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  1. JoshC.

    Duel at Alton Towers closing on 6th September - retheme or refurbishment for 2023?

    Probably still Duel to the masses, at least for a good few months / couple of seasons tbf. Duel 2: Electric Boogaloo would have been my preference for a name.
  2. JoshC.

    CWOA | Mandrill Mayhem (World of Jumanji) | B&M Wing Coaster | 2023

    The track for the flying monkeys coaster has been completed:
  3. JoshC.

    Alton Towers | Nemesis | B&M Retrack | 2024

    All the track that's being removed has now been removed:
  4. JoshC.

    20th Anniversary CF Live - THORPE PARK - 16th April 2023

    Now that I know what I'm doing for work, I can confirm I will be there (full day this time!)
  5. JoshC.

    CWOA | Mandrill Mayhem (World of Jumanji) | B&M Wing Coaster | 2023

    I feel like it would get even more attention if they promoted it as an opportunity to ride The Rock...
  6. JoshC.

    Biggest misnomers in the theme park industry

    I particularly enjoy the rcdb entry reiterating the fact that it has no loops.
  7. JoshC.

    Biggest misnomers in the theme park industry

     Stealth is, in fact, not stealthy.
  8. JoshC.

    CWOA | Mandrill Mayhem (World of Jumanji) | B&M Wing Coaster | 2023

    Took me a bit to twig it. The first reboot of the Jumanji series is officially called Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. So it's a play on that.
  9. JoshC.

    CWOA | Mandrill Mayhem (World of Jumanji) | B&M Wing Coaster | 2023

    Concept art looks fab. And dare I say it, realistically achievable. Mandrill Mayhem continues to confuse. That all but confirms a singular row facing the other direction, which is weird. And whilst I get what they have tried to do with the mandrills, I'm struggling to get over (my own)...
  10. JoshC.

    Steepest Airtime Hill

    On the top hat vs airtime hill debate, I think - for me - what classifies something as a top hat is not so much the verticality, but more the twisting involved in the incline/descent. So yeah, I'd be of the view that these were airtime hills, not top hats. But I guess on this front, it's kinda...
  11. JoshC.

    Thorpe Park | Project Exodus | Mack Hyper Coaster | 2024

    My thinking here, especially on reflection, is that the "15 months to go" wording was inspired by the construction timeline, which suggested it would be a 15 month process. The Merlin Careers Facebook page is run separately, and won't be from someone 'in the know', and the editing to remove that...
  12. JoshC.

    What makes your #1 better than your #2?

    #1 - Taron #2 - Taiga Two Intamin double launches, beginning with T. What separates them? Not much. Really and truly, it is just the theming and larger experience that Taron and Klugheim give in comparison to Taiga. Both rides are phenomenal at what they do, and it is splitting the finest of...
  13. JoshC.

    CWOA | Mandrill Mayhem (World of Jumanji) | B&M Wing Coaster | 2023

    At this point, John is a marketing mouthpiece for Merlin really. I think people need to stop taking his comments so literally and to heart, and treat them with the same pinch of salt one would whilst reading a PR release.
  14. JoshC.

    CWOA | Mandrill Mayhem (World of Jumanji) | B&M Wing Coaster | 2023

    The train is on the track! And because this project is weird for the sake of being weird, it appears that not all rows face the same direction, but it is not an even divide, with seemingly only one row (the 'back row') facing the other way. There is currently a casting call for the advert...
  15. JoshC.

    What has been your most successful year as an enthusiast?

    A good chance to chuck in my up-to-date Creds and Years graph... And table: Rank New Creds New Parks 1 2022 (+64) 2019, 2020 & 2022 (+9) 2 2019 & 2020 (+38) 2015 (+7) 3 2015 (+36) 2018 (+5) 2020 was a surprisingly good year considering Covid. Last year was my most successful...
  16. JoshC.

    Thorpe Park | Project Exodus | Mack Hyper Coaster | 2024

    For all the mud and rubble enthusiasts, here's a couple of views from Monks Walk I took earlier... https://www.facebook.com/thorpeparkmania/posts/pfbid025dr7GehAecmu5bMU7hvujxmQTpCoPxAsyGNoWZbdND7p47U7m1vPwaciGH3tFw28l The Canada Creek Railway carriages look like they'll be disappearing soon...
  17. JoshC.

    Ferrari World Abu Dhabi | Mission Ferrari | Dynamic Attractions | 2023

    Everyone loves photos of dirt and dismantled wood at Thorpe Park right?
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