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  1. Matt N

    The question that will change the UK thrill ride scene ... for better or worse

    Interesting thoughts, and an interesting topic to discuss! One thing I would say, though, is that I don’t think rides necessarily have a rigid “shelf life” in the way that you suggest. There are all kinds of ways that you can keep a ride going for years and years for little cost without needing...
  2. Matt N

    Valhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach to be refurbished for 2022

    Interestingly, it would appear that the park might be on the verge of unveiling some info about the Valhalla refurbishment; they just put this cryptic video on Facebook: Intriguing stuff… EDIT: For some reason, it won’t embed; sorry about that!
  3. Matt N

    Kings Dominion Volcano and Crypt Replacements

    Interesting… what happened to the Free Spin they were supposedly getting? Come to think of it, Dorney’s woodie kind of disappeared off the radar, too… It would be a shame to see Avalanche go, as I actually find its namesake at Blackpool Pleasure Beach rather fun and the ride type is getting...
  4. Matt N

    Wicker Man vs Megafobia

    Out of interest @HeartlineCoaster, what do you mean when you say that “the intended sensations have lost their edge over time” on Megafobia? Do you mean that the ride has grown weaker with age, or do you mean that the sensations produced aren’t considered exciting now in the way that they may...
  5. Matt N

    Theme park soundtracks that get stuck in your head

    Ah yes; I love the Katanga Canyon track! The second one in that video especially brings back so many memories!
  6. Matt N

    Universal Studios Beijing | 2021

    Oh dear… I hope it’s not a serious fire that sets back progress on the park. The main thing, though, is that I hope nobody was hurt.
  7. Matt N

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach: Future Predictions

    I’ve heard that rumour too, and it would definitely make sense given that the footprint of Ride to Happiness is kind of long and thin, and looks like it would fit that space. Ride to Happiness also has some very weird supports that look as though they might have been made to go over paths and...
  8. Matt N

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach: Future Predictions

    I don’t think they can, or at least not with ease; Big Dipper’s listed, as well as Nash and Blue Flyer. Streak isn’t, for some reason.
  9. Matt N

    Walibi Belgium | Kondaa | Intamin Mega Coaster | 2021

    Ah, sorry! Was it @Trax who filmed the video?
  10. Matt N

    Walibi Belgium | Kondaa | Intamin Mega Coaster | 2021

    Great video @Benni; thanks for sharing! To be honest, that seems to match the park’s own g-force stats pretty well, to be fair! Out of interest, what are your thoughts on the ride, if you wouldn’t mind sharing?
  11. Matt N

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach: Future Predictions

    I know this seems a bit random, but; whenever the time eventually comes for Blackpool to build their next new roller coaster, how would you guys feel about the park going for a modern wooden roller coaster, from a manufacturer like GCI or the Gravity Group? I know it might seem a bit redundant...
  12. Matt N

    Wicker Man vs Megafobia

    I just found a really interesting blog post from Lift Hills and Thrills about this topic: https://www.lifthillsandthrills.com/megafobia-the-uks-best-wooden-coaster-i-think-not/ Do you guys have any thoughts? I don’t personally agree with the notion that Megafobia is completely boring after the...
  13. Matt N

    Theme park soundtracks that get stuck in your head

    Oh my; I’m not sure how I forgot about It’s a Small World! I must have had that tune stuck in my head the entire time I was last in Florida…
  14. Matt N

    Theme park soundtracks that get stuck in your head

    Hi guys. Audio is arguably a key part of the theme park experience, even if it’s not something that often gets talked about. When it does get talked about, you often hear enthusiasts say about their favourite soundtracks, but what about those soundtracks that just get stuck in your head for ages...
  15. Matt N

    Wicker Man vs Megafobia

    I’d be intrigued to know; for those of you who voted for Wicker Man, did you vote for it on the basis of the overall package, or are you basing it exclusively on track and train? I seem to be one of the few people banging Wicker Man’s drum on a track and train basis; most people’s praise for...
  16. Matt N

    Fårup Sommerland 2022

    Could even be a thrill coaster; you never know!
  17. Matt N

    Walibi Belgium | Kondaa | Intamin Mega Coaster | 2021

    Given my dad is 1.98m, or 6’6”, I guess that means he wouldn’t be able to ride Kondaa... I’d be fine, though, as I’m only 1.77m or 5’9.5”. I benefit from not being particularly tall in this regard! The ride itself looks absolutely outstanding, though; I counted at least 6 areas where it gets...
  18. Matt N

    Wicker Man vs Megafobia

    Hi guys. Here in the UK, we have somewhat of a shortage of modern thrill wooden coasters. In fact, we only really have 2 (unless you count Antelope, but I’d argue that that’s more of a family/kids woodie, personally); Wicker Man at Alton Towers and Megafobia at Oakwood. Even though they are two...
  19. Matt N

    Kent, England | The London Resort | Entertainment Complex

    I get the impression it’s only because of this SSSI designation they’ve been given.
  20. Matt N

    Universal IoA | Jurassic World VelociCoaster | Intamin Blitz | 2021

    What makes you say that, out of interest? Actually, I think I may only ever have watched the first Jurassic World film from the JP franchise...
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