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  1. Serena

    Coaster Red Force | PORTAVENTURA and FERRARI LAND | 30th Nov - 1st Dec 2019

    The final CF Live of 2019 will see us visiting Spain for some big coaster action! Shambhala! Dragon Khan! Red Force! ...*whispers* Furios Baco... Saturday 30th November: start at Ferrari Land (doing this park on the Saturday as I hear it's usually quiet) Ferrari Land closes at 5pm, meaning we...
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    GhosterForce | TRIPSDRILL and EUROPA PARK | 4th-6th Oct 2019

    Spooky season is creeping up! Here is a topic to plan Ghosterforce 2019, which is: Fri 4th Oct: Trippsdrill Sat 5th Oct: Europa Park Sun 6th Oct: Europa Park Unfortunately I am no longer able to run the Live as I'll be moving to a new city to start a PhD that same week. So I'm leaving you in...
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    Untame My Heart | WALIBI HOLLAND and BOBBEJAANLAND | 7th-8th Sep 2019

    Only a few months until we can ride all that new RMC goodness (and the fastest triple launch Gerstlauer, lest we forget!) Saturday 8th September - Walibi Holland Sunday 9th September - Bobbejaanland So let's get planning! Who is coming? If we get some decent confirmed numbers we may be able...
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    Japan 2019

    Went to Japan last week, as my band were touring there. Managed to squeeze in a couple of theme park visits with @daviddoc - who happened to be on the other side of the world at the exact same time as me! This is one of the things I love about CF, you're never far from a fellow theme park nerd...
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    Beasts in the East | FANTASY ISLAND and PLEASUREWOOD HILLS | 8th-9th Jun

    The largest SLC in the world! Some other big old Vekoma thing! Relocated Ice Mountain! All this and more at our Beasts in the East CF Live in June. We will be visiting Fantasy Island on Saturday 8th June and Pleasurewood Hills on Sunday 9th June. Meet up times and places are on the next two...
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    Phantasialand Live 2019: CANCELLED

    I'm thinking of cancelling the Phantasialand Live on 7th December. My reasoning: - Fly won't be open, and we will want to go early next year when it is. So is there much point in going so soon beforehand? - Wintertraum gets insanely busy, especially on weekends. Instead, I'm thinking we could...
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    Alton Towers on a Tuesday

    A trip report from that rare elusive park...Alton Towers! Don't be too jealous guys. I know you're all dying to get out to this park for the first time. Let's kick things off with a list of Things That Weren't Working At Alton Towers: - Wickermans flames - Rapids waterfalls - Duals tunnel...
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    Phantasialand Wintertraum

    Nothing staves off the Off Season Blues like a theme park trip in January. In 2016, it was my beloved Winter Efteling. Last year, I visited DLP Season of the Force (bleurgh). This year, I opted for something classier in the form of Phantasialand's Wintertraum. I've always suffered from...
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    Swarming Up For The Season | THORPE PARK | 31st Mar 2019

    Well...what else are you gonna do on a Sunday in March?! The first CF Live of 2019 sees us finally return to the UK's most thrilling island...Thorpe Park! Expect some classic B+M goodness, Derren Brown hilarity and a memorial service for Loggers Leap. Firstly, I need to get a rough idea of...
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    Liseberg Halloween

    What is it with Halloween events being so damn good this year? Oh Liseberg! I loved you already, but now I love you even more. Firstly, I would like to award Liseberg the Most Pumpkins Crammed Into A Park award. Seriously! And I thought Europa had loads. At Liseberg, there were pumpkins...
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    CF Lives 2019 Ideas Topic

    Now that the closed season is nearly upon us (boooo!) I thought I'd get the ball rolling on where you lot might fancy going next year. This is just an ideas topic. Feel free to make suggestions! Here are a few ideas rattling around in my brain: Weekender, early July - Walibi Holland and...
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    Ghosterforce 2018 - Order of The Fenix

    That's right! The best time of the year is nearly upon us! For this years Halloween shenanigans we will doing a jam-packed trip to The Netherlands. The plan: Friday 19th October: Slagharen in daytime followed by Hellendoorn Screams event in evening. Saturday 20th October: Billy Bird cred in...
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    Release The Krakow: Poland Live 22-23rd Sept

    Right, it's (hyperi)ON! Poland here we come! Sat 22nd Sept: EnergyLandia Sun 23rd Sept: Legendia Before I email the parks, I would like an idea of numbers, so please confirm your attendance in this topic. Also, drivers willing to share car spaces, please make yourselves known! There's loads...
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    Wicker Moan

    Like many others, I had foolishly booked travel for the opening day of Wicker Man. Half way up the M5 on the Megabus, I see that there's pretty much snow chance of the ride opening on 17th March. I'm already half way there. And because I am a burden who can't drive, it's not like I can turn...
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    DLP Season of the Force and Jardin D'!

    Ahh, Disney. The Coca Cola of theme parks. What kind of girlfriend would I be if, when my boyfriend told me that he once visited DLP and wasn't tall enough to ride Space Mountain, I didn't selflessly book flights then and there for us to go back and get him the darn cred. Never mind that we're...
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    Walibi Belgium Halloween 2017

    Right, first things first. Halloween at Walibi Belgium is VERY different to Halloween at Walibi Holland. That latter is a slick, huge-scale, dramatic, mindblowing event that leaves no corner unthemed. Whereas Walibi Belgium is more off-the-rails, relaxed yet unpredictable. They really are...
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    Chessington World of Recycling

    I went to Chessington on Monday and nothing was new. I mean, there *was* technically a "NEW!" ride in the form of Gruffalo Soldier (in the heart of the Transylvania). But easily-removable cardboard cut out fixtures, screens and leaves on the roof seem like more of a temporary redecoration...
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    I Have Never: Theme Park Edition!

    Let's play I Have Never: theme park edition. What's the one thing you never get round to doing at a park you visit regularly? I have never been inside the towers at Alton Towers. I have never been on Slammer at Thorpe Park. I have never seen a show at Parc Asterix. Ok, go!
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    A Disney-Free Florida November 2016

    As I've failed spectacularly at my primary new years resolution to eat more veg, I'm going to take a stab at my second resolution: write more trip reports. So here is a tale from a few months back, where I went to an exotic land to get some of the worlds most elusive creds...You probably...
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    When the queue is better than the ride...

    Sometimes, if you're lucky, theme parks go all out and create beautifully themed queue lines. But is it just a good way to polish a turd coaster? Here a few culprits of this: Express: Platform 13 at Walibi Holland. The long queue line begins fairly bright, but gradually gets darker and...
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