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  1. Along with Psyclone at Magic Mountain getting demolished, I have never been happier to see a ride meet a wrecking ball. No flowers.
  2. 82 worldwide. Hopefully will have a couple more by the end of this year.
  3. I've seen it on a few individual rides in a few parks, but nothing park wide like DIsney. Alton Towers used to get guests to raise their own lap bars on the Runaway Mine Train up until about 7 years ago. Now they perform hands on checks and given the unfortunate recent history I can't see that policy changing. It's a shame because it worked just fine, and it cut half a minute off the dispatch time which really adds up on busy days. The ride op didn't check my restraint on the Gerstlauer bobsled at Klotten, but this happened for every train as they trust people enough not to be stupid.
  4. I've yet to go to Discovery Kingdom or Great Escape, but here's my view on the rest of them. I've marked the one that I used a flash pass at. 1) Six Flags Great America - Wasn't bowled over on my first visit, but my day there last year was really good. Surprisingly good operations, great ride selection and one the best coasters on the planet (Goliath). Even Raging Bull was running well! Slight let down was that Viper was broken, but it didn't make a huge different when there's so much other stuff to do. (No FP - quiet/medium day) 2) Six Flags Fiesta Texas - Very pretty setting, some gr
  5. ^Exactly. Trims or no trims, it'll still be an incredible ride.
  6. Seems like good progress so far. I might be able to get back to Kentucky Kingdom next year if I can get myself to the Indy 500 again, and if so, fingers crossed it'll be opened in good time. There isn't a bad RMC out there, so I can't wait to try this one out.
  7. Got my 1000th on Monday at Silver Dollar City on Outlaw Run! Also turned out to be my 100th wooden coaster! I never make signs to mark milestones, but I couldn't not do it for this one!
  8. I'm gonna be there this weekend, and even though I'm not expecting miracles I will be genuinely gutted if I miss out on it. It looks amazing!
  9. Wow, that is shockingly efficient! At Six Flags of all places!
  10. Thanks Larry. And yeah, in all seriousness I'm giving up on that idea given the timing and the long day afterwards. If I fly through Little Amerricka and Santa's Village (which looks extremely likely given what I want to go on at each) I'll be able to dedicate time to Indiana Beach on the Saturday. I could give it a miss, but I have a soft spot for El Locos and I like the park enough to spend a bit of time there.
  11. Little Amerricka won't be taking up much of my time. It's a 12 noon opening and I can't see myself being there longer than an hour. I missed it on my last trip because of a scheduling conflict with Indiana Beach where I ended up spending most of my day, so this is to go and tick that box. Absolutely. A huge pack of water bottles and a cool bag is always a good idea, especially considering where I'll be driving. That would be good! I'll PM you soon with my details. I'm also going to be at Great Adventure the day before to process my season pass.
  12. Thanks Robb. Larry - after doing all my research including on this site, I'm allocating an ample amount of time for each park, depending on what rides they have, which ones are/will be worth re-riding, etc etc. A few of the parks on this trip will be revisits, and from previous experience I can say that some of them simply won't need my full attention even with new additions. I've also edited the first part of the topic as the first list I posted was a very early draft, from which I've since removed a couple of things which simply aren't feasible such as the Castles 'n' Coasters l
  13. Oachkatzl - Märchenwald im Isartal
  14. I thought I'd put this post out as this year I'm doing something a bit brave/stupid/borderline insane. I'm quitting my job next month and gonna be visiting the USA/Canada for 2 months, and have saved a load of money up to hit a lot of theme parks. I'll be in the States driving around, visiting some old and some new amusement parks. Hopefully I'll be able to meet up with some of you that I've met before from TPR trips in the past, and as long as you're not an axe-murderer, some of you that I haven't met. The trip is gonna be broken up into 3 main parts which I'll go in to in more detail
  15. It's real shame when a park with some great looking attractions doesn't do itself justice with poor operations. And the whole point of a racing/duelling rollercoaster is for the trains to DUEL/RACE! It's like buying a pair of shoes and only wearing one shoe when you don't have far to walk. It just looks daft.
  16. This has been one of the new rides I've most been looing forward to riding, and the testing video is certainly incresing the anticipation for when I hit up Lagoon at the end of May.
  17. When the old Professor Burp's Bubbleworks became the new Bubbleworks at Chessington. Used to be a really funny, quirky and laugh-out-loud ride themed to a fizzy drink factory, now replaced with a not-so-funny, not as quirky and minimal laughter sort of ride themed to having a bath.
  18. Formula Rossa had every single train cheering when they got back to the station when I rode it the other week.
  19. Great photos! I'm gonna be there in a week's time and I'm looking forward to seeing how well they do Halloween. Looks good from this!
  20. It's not making them any money. That's why it's an eyesore. It's a shame that this coaster is probably going to get demolished, because it was one the best coasters in Florida and a really underrated ride that hovers around my Top 10 woodie list. But shopping malls are a safer bet for investors, and the city will gladly take anything that's going to have a better chance of a return on employments, business rates, taxes, etc etc. Especially given the state of it when I went 8 years ago. Sounds like not much has changed. I can only take a punt and say that no-one has bothered buying this
  21. I'm in Spain now and I'm due to visit the park on Wednesday. Was a real shock when I landed and found this out. As Elissa said, I'll be interested to see what the investigation says, I can't imagine how a restraint could just fail, especially how it is being implied by the press. It's far too early to say at the moment, but it's always very sad to hear when a fatality happens.
  22. The only other triple corkscrew in South Korea was a suprisingly good ride all around. The triple corkscrew section was really smooth and great fun, and the rest of the ride wasn't too shabby either! I fear, however, that because this is a Chinese built-ride it won't be quite as smooth as the Arrow creation (can't believe I'm saying that!).
  23. Part 4 - Slag whoring and cred whoring. And getting soaking wet. Today was the last day of the trip before flying home. And it was wet. Really wet. So a lot of the photos are rubbish because I took them from under cover spots so as not to ruin my phone. Slagharen is a big resort with a theme park and holiday homes. It reminds me a bit of Flamingoland, except with less rollercoasters, much nicer to look at, and completely themed to the Wild West. I booked and printed my tickets online before I went, to save a few Euros, which as it turned out was well worth doing given how bad the
  24. ^Hellendoorn was really lovely, would recommend checking it out! Thanks! I'm still knocking about, got a few little trips to Europe planned so I'll have a few more PTRs coming soon!
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