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  1. Fleetwood_Mack

    Which major theme park have you gone the longest without visiting?

    11 years between Alton Towers visits, 2011-2022. This year was my first trip to Chessington since 2013, and it'll also be the last until their next major coaster/investment. I was shocked how run down the park feels and how incredibly half arsed the "World of Jumanji" is. I haven't been to...
  2. Fleetwood_Mack

    New rides @ small parks

    I wouldn't get your hopes up for anything new in the thrill department at BPP. Their last thrill ride was an Air Race, over a decade ago. It really feels like they're doing the literal bare minimum to keep the big rides going until they die and can also replace them with family rides. The...
  3. Fleetwood_Mack

    Last Cred Review

    Finally made it to Margate yesterday. Dreamland is a great, quirky little place. I love the shabby chic vibe of the decor. I couldn't stay long as I was with family + dog so they were at a café on the beach while I hobbled in, got on the Scenic Railway, walked around admiring the place a little...
  4. Fleetwood_Mack

    WTF Merlin?

    I think I must have read too many "don't worry, it looks a lot better in person. Very immersive hun! Coaster is surprisingly fabulous!" posts because I was underwhelmed by all of it. Then you've got an almost 20 year old Dragon's Fury right next door putting a brand new B&M to shame in the...
  5. Fleetwood_Mack

    Alton Towers | Nemesis | B&M Retrack | 2024

    You know those sad middle aged men that congregate in ASDA car parks of a weekend revving around in their neon coloured sooped up cars? Even they'd look at this paint job and say "nah mate, bit tacky that!". What were they thinking?!
  6. Fleetwood_Mack

    WTF Merlin?

    The new mobile RAP system in place at Chessington is... interesting. As a disabled person with crab claw hands, I don't exactly love standing around with my phone in hand or using it on the move/in crowded spaces. Not uncommon for me to throw the thing on the floor for no apparent reason. That...
  7. Fleetwood_Mack

    Colossus Partial Retrack (Thorpe Park)

    I've never found Colossus to be that rough, my problem has always been the lack of legroom in the trains. My legs always cramp up by the time we hit the brake run, which is absolutely no fun. Especially when the ops are having one of their slower days and you're sat there waiting for a minute or...
  8. Fleetwood_Mack

    Colossus Partial Retrack (Thorpe Park)

    They'd better close it again by next week if they wanna make a start on the next section and get it open for the beginning of the next season!
  9. Fleetwood_Mack

    Rides that don't feel safe

    Rode this last year and was actually pleasantly surprised. It was just pre-summer holidays so nice weather but most rides walk on/minimal wait. Odyssey absolutely hauled around the layout with minimal head-banging. I found the restrains to be very well padded. Caught my earring on one ride but...
  10. Fleetwood_Mack

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

    In 10 years time Merlin will just be installing cardboard cutouts of coasters. People will still be defending them even then 😂 The level of complacency within this company really is astounding. Let's be realistic here, there are a lot of fabulous "family thrill" coasters around the world. This...
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    CWOA | Mandrill Mayhem (World of Jumanji) | B&M Wing Coaster | 2023

    Heading to the park June 9th. This system is giving me a migraine already. As a disabled person with crab claw hands - I really don't like using my phone when on the move/standing around. Really added to my layers of physical stress having to do this all day at BPB a few years ago. Hope this...
  12. Fleetwood_Mack

    WTF Merlin?

    I'm a lifelong user of the RAP and I definitely struggled a little bit at Towers last year standing around waiting to get on a couple of things. The same thing has happened with blue badges in the last few years. They've widened the net so far in terms of what counts as a disability that it's...
  13. Fleetwood_Mack

    Rides that don't feel safe

    Fond memories of sitting on Euro Coaster one evening at Winter Wonderland, our car slowly moving along the station waiting for dispatch and watching one of the OPs somehow falling asleep sat on a stool. The coaster itself was... fine... I think? But I do remember thinking "this feels like a bit...
  14. Fleetwood_Mack

    Blackgang Chine To Close Cliffhanger Coaster

    Fond memories of this place, had many family holidays there in the 90s. Even then this place was sliding into the sea. I'm sure we have footage of some poor souls house scattered down the slope taken during one trip. I'm surprised there's anything left of the park. Would love to go back to the...
  15. Fleetwood_Mack

    Is your home park doing well?

    If it counts - Brighton's Palace Pier. Are they doing well? There's no doubt that they rake in a mountain of money each year, but even by seaside resort standards the fun fair itself is a depressing dump. The rides are all slowly limping towards their deaths. They couldn't even fix their...
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    CWOA | Mandrill Mayhem (World of Jumanji) | B&M Wing Coaster | 2023

    It's like a pre lift section of a coaster fell off the back of a lorry on the M25 and Merlin said "sod it, that'll do". I think that should be their company slogan.
  17. Fleetwood_Mack

    New Coaster at Pleasurewood Hills?

    Really need to head to this park and lose my boomerang virginity at some point. I know I'm not missing anything but it still bothers me that I've not ridden one. As it stands I just don't think it's worth the effort though. The park looks a bit... depressing.
  18. Fleetwood_Mack

    Lightwater Valley - Future?

    Grand National is the only coaster that has genuinely hurt me. That jolt at the bottom of one of the drops is/was evil! I felt that in my back for a while after riding. I'm another one that never got on The Ultimate. I lived in York for a short while around 2016/2017 and planned to go at some...
  19. Fleetwood_Mack

    Last Cred Review

    Not a new cred, but I thought as I was travelling through London this week with a few hours spare I'd run over to Winter Wonderland and cram in a few rides on Olympia Looping. First two rides as forceful and beautifully disorientating as ever. As the place was still dead I thought I'd do my last...
  20. Fleetwood_Mack

    The World of David Walliams is coming to Alton Towers

    I don't know, it doesn't take a massive amount of searching on Twitter to come across some much more serious accusations that have supposedly been swept under the rug for years. Sounds quite similar to the situation the lead singer from Arcade Fire found himself in. We all know how much the...