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  1. Tonkso

    Drayton Manor 2022 - New Vikings Area

    Also, this is pretty much a copy-paste from something I posted elsewhere, but I felt the need to post here too. I had to speak up at Drayton Manor yesterday, we were exploring the zoo area and found ourselves in their Tamarin enclosures, and a group of young lads were vaping in there. Vaping...
  2. Tonkso

    Drayton Manor 2022 - New Vikings Area

    I visited yesterday, which was my first visit since the takeover by Looping. The new Vikings area is quite good, the theming isn't as high standard as what they achieved in previous lands but is nice and will bed in well once the plants grow over the next couple of seasons. I'd like to have...
  3. Tonkso

    Seven-Country, Eight-Week Euro Jam (July, August '22)

    Such a shame, because when it's quiet, PA is a fantastic little park. My advice for anyone else here, pick a midweek day in September or October. September 11th is weirdly a sweet spot with the park expected to be quiet, and the last day of operation for the water park before the seasonal...
  4. Tonkso

    Seven-Country, Eight-Week Euro Jam (July, August '22)

    PA is an off-season park, we did 3 and a half days there a few years back and absolutely marathoned everything, I mean full chain rides on Shambhala where we didn't even leave the train. I mean splitting up, running through the queue line to race each other on Stampida. The park was dead.
  5. Tonkso

    Is RMC-style “funkiness” always a good addition to a ride?

    I don't see the criticism of Kondaa, or how it's trying to emulate another manufacturers ride. In fact, the only 'weird' bits of it are the outerbanked airtime hill which Intamin seems to have mastered, even if RMC arguably got there first, and the non-inverting cobra roll for which Kondaa did...
  6. Tonkso

    WTF Merlin?

    Incidentally, their own statistic implies 20% we're not satisfied. You're never going to please everyone, but that figure should not be double digits, let alone 1/5 of your visitors.
  7. Tonkso

    WTF Merlin?

    Easy to check, queue-times.com would have downtime statistics for that day. I can also believe it, despite what official statistics say I always end up in a queue when something breaks down at Thorpe. Leaving out the day I went when it was incredibly windy and our of their control, I've found...
  8. Tonkso

    Anti-Rollbacks on Old Schwarzkopfs/Zierers

    I guess this makes sense, given Gerst was formed by former employees of Anton.
  9. Tonkso

    CWOA | Project Amazon | B&M Wing Coaster (Jumanji Land?)| 2023

    Interesting that this still isn't on RCDB. I think we can all agree its well under construction now.
  10. Tonkso

    Last Cred Review

    You still get the fear/intimidation factor? I've lost it now, and I'm slowly losing it on drop towers too. I want it back!
  11. Tonkso

    Last Cred Review

    After an amazing weekend, got a while bunch of new creds but I'm not going to talk about all of them, here are the highlights. The Ride to Happiness. Why in earth did Plopsa build this thing? Don't get me wrong, I'm very pleased that they did but it's such an unusual choice for that park...
  12. Tonkso

    Milestones in Your Counts

    Vampire, Walibi Belgium. We did a last minute driving trip to Walibi and Plopsa.
  13. Tonkso

    Milestones in Your Counts

    I need to go over the day properly later but I think I accidentally made an SLC my 150 today...
  14. Tonkso

    Thorpe Park | Project Exodus | Mack Hyper Coaster? (UK's tallest coaster) | 2023/2024

    I don't get the problem, shrinking biodiversity and climate change are of huge concern right now (and rightly so!). It's nothing but a positive that were making sure a habitat (albeit manmade) on the periphery of one of the world's major cities is protected and encouraged to flourish...
  15. Tonkso

    Overshadowed attractions

    I totally agree on Mamba and Winjas, absolutely world class rides overshadowed by two rides within a class of their own. Mamba sits at the second to bottom on my list of B&M inverts (none are bad, but I digress) but it would be the best or second best ride in so many other parks, it's so damned...
  16. Tonkso

    Small News From The Theme Park Industry

    The average pint cost in London is approaching 8 quid too. The general rule these days seems to be within the M25 = rip off expensive.
  17. Tonkso

    Flamingo Land | Sik | Intamin 10 Inversion Coaster | 2022

    Pretty sure they're placeholder values and photos and that app update wasn't supposed to go live.
  18. Tonkso

    Small News From The Theme Park Industry

    Collector's item laying on the floor there.
  19. Tonkso

    Park with the most extreme quality gap?

    I can't believe people have mentioned Port Aventura yet not brought up their Mine Train which is essentially 90% lift hill. John Wardley didn't want it built but was brought on too late, he did give us Dragon Khan though.
  20. Tonkso

    CWOA | Project Amazon | B&M Wing Coaster (Jumanji Land?)| 2023

    The thing with foliage though, is it gets better with time, especially on a jungle theme. I actually enjoyed the reboot films, I think we watched them both one night after the other.
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