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  1. Geeky Pastimes

    Grand National Blackpool

    I might be misremembering but didn't Roller Coaster at BPB not have any restraints in the 90s? I feel like I went on something that felt like going round a coaster track on a sofa.
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    Rank Your Worst-Run Parks

    They still have the three hour time slots, doesn't look like they're going away anytime soon. Locals are annoyed that it's ticketed at all now because you used to be able to just wander through them
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    WTF Merlin?

    Did our first trip to Heide Park today and had a great time. Really impressed with the theming, audio around the park, and the general atmosphere. Had a great time! Ride operations were terrible but thankfully it wasn't too busy (probably thanks to the current heatwave) so we didn't queue more...
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    WTF Merlin?

    We're going to Hansa and Heide for the first time in a couple of weeks. Definitely got low expectations for Heide, we don't even bother with the Merlin UK parks anymore after our last trip to Thorpe in 2021 was so depressing.
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    Why do smaller theme parks in the UK seem to struggle more than similarly sized equivalents abroad?

    I'm wondering if as the time of coal power plants finally comes to an end in the UK (we had a few months of burning zero coal over the last year) there's suddenly going to be a lot of land available that's in industrial areas so unsuitable for housing, but has great transport links, loads of...
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    Why do smaller theme parks in the UK seem to struggle more than similarly sized equivalents abroad?

    I wonder how much is a difference in planning permission laws and procedures. If creating something new is such a headache (the legal stuff, then even transporting all that steel/wood to an island with fairly poor infrastructure) I imagine lots of the parks try to do it as rarely as they can get...
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    Have you ever had a changing ride on a coaster you’ve ridden before?

    The Grand National stands out to me, but it might be my age (and its age tbh). When I was younger I remember finding the racing element so exciting and I loved reriding it, was easily my favourite coaster at BPB - when I returned as an adult I absolutely couldn't stand it. It's so rough, the...
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    Rank the Mack Launch coasters

    This feels like an unpopular opinion but I'd say: 1. Helix (By a mile) 2. Blue Fire 3. Slinky Dog Dash 4. Star Trek 5. Icon I've only been on Icon once but I really didn't care for it at all. I enjoyed STOE a lot. Probably had quite low expectations for it, but I enjoyed it and went for plenty...
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    Your most ridden rollercoaster models

    I think for a specific Model it'd probably be B&M inverts, I think I've done 7, but in terms of re-rides I think it's probably Mack Megacoasters just because they're so re-rideable. I've only done 4 of them but I've done Blue Fire and Helix so many times it eclipses anything other than perhaps...
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    A park with the best and worst coaster in one!

    I'd say PAV for Shambhala and then that awful El Diablo. I really like Furious Baco, I just can't take too much of it.
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    Phantasialand | F. L. Y. | Vekoma Launched Flying Coaster | 2020

    I'm really liking the look of it now. When I saw it bare for some reason I thought it was finished, so glad I was being dumb.
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    Next European Park to get a B&M

    I agree that a Port Aventura Dive Coaster seems like the most likely, something big like the US ones would be a big draw in Europe I think, they look so impressive in pics.
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    Cruise Lines to add Bolt & Space Cruiser roller coasters (update page 3)

    Jubilee Odyssey cost so much because it's in a place with crazy winds and the ground is crappy for foundations so apparently the supports go as far underground as they are above. I grew up near there and remember all of it in the local papers about how hard and expensive it was to build it there...
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    What are your favourite non-coaster attractions?

    Rise of the Resistance. They do so much in that ride. I strongly suggest not spoiling it for yourself by reading any more about it, just wait until you can experience it.
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    Disney retheming Splash Mountain at WDW & Disneyland to The Princess & The Frog

    The recent rethemes based on IPs have all been hits in my opinion. I did Tower of Terror at DL and California Screamin', and then I've been back and done Guardians of The Galaxy and Incredicoaster and I actually prefer the new versions. GoTG is a whole new story, just set in that universe and...
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    Disney retheming Splash Mountain at WDW & Disneyland to The Princess & The Frog

    Who cares if a bunch of white people don't have a problem with possible racism in an old film that a ride is based on? Clearly at least some black people do have a problem with it and maybe you should listen to them rather than explaining that they're wrong and actually the treatment of Dumbo is...
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    Disney retheming Splash Mountain at WDW & Disneyland to The Princess & The Frog

    ...the Tokyo one is in Japan. Near Tokyo. Shanghai Disney doesn't have one, neither does Hong Kong
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    Disney retheming Splash Mountain at WDW & Disneyland to The Princess & The Frog

    I'm really excited about this. I love Splash Mountain, but I'm looking forward to this. Princess and the Frog has some awesome music and a great aesthetic. Hopefully we'll get some Seven Dwarves Mine Train quality animatronics with it rather than new skins for the old ones (the DL ones are...
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    Coronavirus: Impact on Theme Parks

    It makes sense to open coasters like Iron Gwazi when they can do a proper event rather than have all the press for it have social distancing and everyone in masks. Not sure how much harm it does having it standing there for a few months before it opens, can't imagine it's much other than the...
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    Favorite Drop Tower

    We haven't done many in the US but for my top five worldwide it'd be: 1. Ikaros at Grona Lund 2. Atmosfear at Liseberg 3. Apocalypse at Drayton Manor 4. Mystery Castle at Phantasialand 5. Zumanjaro at Great Adventure I do love all the Tower of Terror Rides but they don't really feel like drop...