theme parks

  1. Matt N

    Most relaxed and most stressful theme parks

    Hi guys. I was reading the Merlin-bashing thread earlier, and I noticed a really interesting series of posts that @Benenen made in that particular thread talking about their recent trip to Alton Towers, in which they made numerous comments inferring that Alton Towers is not an especially relaxed...
  2. Matt N

    What do your friends & family think of theme parks?

    Hi guys. While we all (presumably) share a common interest in theme parks on here, not everyone is as interested as us, so naturally, other people might not be that into theme parks. With that in mind, I'd be really interested to know; what do your friends and family think to theme parks? Were...
  3. C

    What is one park that you wish was under different ownership?

    What is one park that you wish was under different ownership?
  4. Matt N

    Does virtual reality have a place within theme parks?

    Hi guys. If you all remember, virtual reality, or VR for short, was all the rage within theme parks back in 2016, with every park and their dog seemingly retrofitting a coaster with VR headsets as their new addition for the year. Alongside those, a couple of more bespoke VR attractions, such as...
  5. Matt N

    Spain & theme parks; what’s the problem?

    Hi guys. After hearing numerous reports from Parque de Atracciones de Madrid and Parque Warner Madrid recently where the reviewers writing them commented on the parks being absolutely deserted, it got me thinking; Spain seems to have a bit of a problem making major theme parks work, and I’m...
  6. Matt N

    Most capitalist and socialist theme parks

    Hi guys. A few weeks back, I seem to remember there being a thread asking about whether theme parks are capitalist or socialist, and to be honest, I think it’s quite a mix, as I think different parks fall on different ends of that spectrum dependant on a number of factors. So my question to you...
  7. Matt N

    Why do smaller theme parks in the UK seem to struggle more than similarly sized equivalents abroad?

    Hi guys. The recent discussion surrounding the possible removal of Apocalypse from Drayton Manor got me thinking about something; Drayton Manor has been struggling a bit (or at least had been until Looping Group purchased the park) for quite a few years now. However, it was revealed when Looping...
  8. Matt N

    Rank the Merlin theme parks

    Hi guys. I know I’ve created a lot of ranking threads over the years I’ve been here, but I thought it might be interesting to rank the theme parks operated by a theme park operator very close to this site; Merlin Entertainments! Merlin operate numerous different parks across the world (even if a...
  9. Matt N

    Have we passed the golden age of theme parks?

    Hi guys. Being a UK enthusiast, I follow a lot of UK park forums and pages, and one thing I often hear tossed around on these places is "[insert park here] was so much better in the 1990s" or "[insert park here] has really passed its prime". And to be truthful, I don't just hear this in the UK...
  10. Coaster Chall YouTube

    Chessington World Of Adventures Have Revealed Elmer's Flying Jumbos In 2020

    We have missed this since November apparently, but Chessington are giving a four year partnership with Elmer the elephant and retheming Flying Jumbos starting in 2020
  11. Matt N

    What are your thoughts on forced participation in theme parks?

    Hi guys. I was just watching the TPW review of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Smuggler's Run at Disney's Hollywood Studios when it gave me an idea for a poll; what are your thoughts on forced participation (i.e. interactive attractions) in theme parks? It seems to be becoming somewhat of a more...
  12. astead04

    What theme park's entrance is your favourite?

    For me, the parks with the best entrances are: •Islands of Adventure ('The Adventure Begins/Lives On' ? Also the music is great) •Alton Towers (I absolutely love the entrance music here and Towers Street always gets me excited) •PortAventura World (Mediterranìa is a brilliant and beautiful...
  13. Coaster Chall YouTube

    Frontier City Preparing For 2020 Attraction? I wasn't sure where abouts on Google Earth this is, but it sounds like it's a big site for a potential attraction!
  14. J

    Where will the next Disney theme park be built?

    With the newest park opening in Shanghai last year and no current announcements of any more, where do you think the next Disney theme park is most likely to be built?
  15. E

    Coaster Dissertation Survey help!

    I am a final year student at Cardiff Metropolitan University currently in the process of completing my dissertation. I have designed a questionnaire, and am looking for the views of rollercoaster enthusiasts. The results of this questionnaire will help me to investigate the different influences...
  16. Sandman

    Industry predictions for 2026

    2016 is almost over. 95% of pop culture icons are dead. Trump is President (elect). Brexit is a word we've still not come to terms with. Many things have happened. But forget all that, let's look at the Theme Park/Attractions Industry. - 2 significant projects announced for UK (SW8 &...
  17. B

    Worlds of Wonder - Amusement Park & Water Park in Delhi/NCR

    World of Wonder - Best Amusement Park & Water Park in Delhi/NCR amazes you and thrills you with its wonderful international rides. Rides that bring out an adolescent in you, no matter what your age is and what gender you are belonging to. There is something special for everyone. It is the only...

    Military Island Theme Park Promotional Video, YouTube Link

    Since I'm not sure what the CF limits are for file size, I thought it would be better to post a YouTube link like I did on Facebook than to try to post the video itself . It's fourteen minutes long, mostly concept art images, followed by video footage of three of the park's roller coasters made...