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  1. Robbie

    Legoland Viking River Splash to close 25th September...

    Really enjoyed these rapids, even the fact they looked a bit out-of-place. One of the few rides at Legoland with a bit of an edge to it, and as such a good part of the park's all-round offer.
  2. Robbie

    WTF BPB?

    Pretty desperate stuff from the Pleasure Beach marketing team...
  3. Robbie

    Fantastic old coaster footage/pics

    Some footage of Blackpool Pleasure Beach in this BBC TV report from 1954:
  4. Robbie

    Small News From The Theme Park Industry

    Not sure where to put this, but here's Sooty and Sweep riding the Big Dipper at Blackpool...
  5. Robbie

    WTF BPB?

    Never seen it, but about 10 years ago I did visit the park with friends who weren't as interested in rides as I am so they went to watch the Ice show as it was included in the ticket and said it was OK, though largely empty.
  6. Robbie

    Small News From The Theme Park Industry

    The reporting is hilarious, but operators really should be checking stuff like this if only to avoid the OTT negative publicity, and for basic public re-assurance among those who may be in two minds whether to go on rides.
  7. Robbie

    WTF BPB?

    It's been downhill since they dropped the free entry/pay-per-ride. In theory the current system should be better, but if people are paying for a full day of rides in the park they really should be opening all the rides for a full day. They could maybe get away with it in the old days as tourists...
  8. Robbie

    If you drive, do you prefer to pull forward into a bay or reverse into a bay?

    The driveway for my house is round-the-back and oddly positioned so the only safe way for me to park (and get out again) is to reverse in and drive forwards out. So that's what I do pretty much everywhere. My only disappointment is I haven't got round to installing a gate that automatically...
  9. Robbie

    Alton Towers | Nemesis | B&M Retrack | 2024

    All looks great to me, but... too soon? Are people going to start thinking New Nemesis will be ready this year?
  10. Robbie

    Fantastic old coaster footage/pics

    This week's The Footage Detectives on Talking Pictures TV ended with some clips of Alton Towers in (I think) the 60s, 70s and very early 80s. No coasters, but there is the train and carousel. Plus the sea lions! (I'd forgotten about them)...
  11. Robbie

    Valhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach to be refurbished for 2023

    It depends what the rehearsals are for. If the aim is to see what works and what doesn't so they can fix/change things then not everything is going to be working every time.
  12. Robbie

    Kent, England | The London Resort | Entertainment Complex

    I expect the new "scaled back" plans will be a retail park, housing and conservation area.
  13. Robbie

    Valhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach to be refurbished for 2023

    I honestly didn't think anything could take longer than that new junction on the M55 so well done BPB.
  14. Robbie

    The World of David Walliams is coming to Alton Towers

    Shouldn't be any problem with Alton renaming their area as Carr's Land...
  15. Robbie

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

    I assume you'll get a fairly definitive answer to that while you're in the queue.
  16. Robbie

    The World of David Walliams is coming to Alton Towers

    It's only in keeping with Towers history, as Roald Dahl was a bit of a dick as well.
  17. Robbie

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

    When I read of Emily, this is who I thought of:
  18. Robbie

    Roller Coaster TV Programs and News Articles!

    God forbid someone should go on a roller coaster and, y'know, enjoy it for what it is. No, she has to do a "challenge" at the same time. TV people are the worst people.
  19. Robbie

    Small News From The Theme Park Industry

    Southport Pleasureland has closed with immediate effect until after the Queen's Funeral. I'm sure it's what she would have wanted.
  20. Robbie

    What is your favourite Merlin-created dark ride or dark ride retheme?

    Does Madame Tussauds' Spirit of London count? It's bonkers and I love it. Apparently it's only 5 minutes, but it feels much longer.