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About eyeamthu1

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    Harry Potter is a sick donkey.
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  1. Don't really agree with this though either. There is the unique element, which I agree is cool. 'Really good mine train' - wouldn't agree with that; the coaster segment is horrendously short, totally unthemed and very very tame - it's less exciting than Alton's existing Runaway Mine Train for sure. 'Extensive theming' - as I said already, as far as I can see, the only extensive theming is in the main station building, including the crypt which houses the secret element. The station is really nice and atmospheric, but you're only in there for a very brief time. The crypt has a bit of decent the
  2. There's too much positivity here for Th13teen. I class myself as a pretty big Alton Towers fan, and was left quite disappointed by Th13teen. There's a few problems with it, the first of which is the marketing, which I suppose is largely irrelevant in the long term. The marketing makes out like it's gonna be the next Nemesis - it is NOT. So thrill-seekers will leave disappointed. However, I feel that the same marketing will alienate families and kids for whom the ride is appropriate, and actually dissuade them from riding. The first half of Th13teen is really REALLY tame, and anyone who say
  3. Hi-- My University Engineering project this year covers roller coaster design. I am investigating, amongst other things, what it is that makes roller coasters so exciting. Along with additional work, the project aims to create the 'perfect' next generation roller coaster design! So this is where you come in - I need public opinion on what you think makes a coaster exciting. Please please please spare a few minutes to fill out a quick questionnaire - it'll help me greatly. Many thanks! TAKE SURVEY HERE: http://tinyurl.com/CoasterSurvey
  4. Quick question -- can you use NoLimits to log g-forces over an entire ride? I know that the Stats bar at the top displays the CURRENT positive, lateral and linear Gs, but that's just instantaneous -- is their a way to log the G-forces over an entire circuit to produce a graph showing the general g-force 'trace' of the ride?
  5. This is spot on. I first rode it around 1998, and it was literally one of my favourite rides ever; certainly a Top 10 - just so, so much fun. Nowadays, it's a good coaster - sort of 7 or 8/10. Nothing amazing, but certainly a solid, good ride. A couple of seasons ago, it went through a bad spell - really overly rough - but since the retrack, it's improved a bit. But still not a patch on those early seasons. Nonetheless, I got 8 laps on it earlier on this week, and really enjoyed it... and last season I had one of my best rides on it, in the driving rain - was insane.
  6. Kinda hard to comment on this, seeing as with one day you'll be rushing as it is... it depends what you want from the day. To me, Disney is much more than just the rides. But if you're doing a crash course in getting all the big rides done and assuming your family is old/tall enough to ride all the 'big' rides, then here's my advice: If you're only there for one day, I'd skip Crush's Coaster... it always seems to get a big queue as it has low capacity. I'd just cut your losses and avoid doing it - it's not that great anyway. Your time is much better spent on other rides. Make use of Fa
  7. Sorry I can't help here - I'm just looking into this time of year as well and wanted to ask the same questions really: I've heard all this stuff how September is the hurricane season - but is it actually all that bad -- does it really affect the theme parks much at all? Cos otherwise it's one of the cheapest and quietest times of year to go. Also - any word on if Harry Potter will be open by September 2010?
  8. Hi... I'm planning on visiting Europa Park and possibly some other German parks in the Summer, but need to do the whole thing on public transport. Obviously hiring a car would be easier, but I'm only 21 and this makes things awkward and expensive. I've figured that I can fly into Baden-Baden airport (with Ryanair) and get a shuttle bus to Europa Park and back. I imagine a lot of people from the UK do similar... But I'd quite like to add on an extension to the trip to visit Holiday Park (for Expedition GeForce) too - has anyone else attempted to do this on public transport? I'd need to get
  9. ^ Very true. Currently, we're going to use an estimate of 200kg per car = 2400kg per empty train. This is on the basis that a PTC 6-person car (like used on Rebel Yell) weighs around 550kg... so we're guessing that if split up into 3 'single-row' cars, they'd be around 200kg each (adding on a bit extra). No email back from GCII yet!
  10. Hiya - just a very quick question - I'm doing a project on roller coaster design at university, and we're designing a GCII coaster... But we need one vital stat - the weight (mass) of a typical Millennium Flyer train (12 cars). Does anyone have a rough estimate as to what that figure may be, as I can't find the info anywhere online. I've tried emailing GCII, but just wondered if anyone knew, or could at least come up with a pretty good guess as to what it is! Thanks, Alex
  11. Awesome trip report - it's nice to finally get a 'genuine' report and pics from someone who's actually visited the park as a paying customer, rather than someone who's been following construction. (Although thanks for all the really great construction updates too!) The park looks stunning - will have to check it out one day. You make a good point about the Tower of Power slide having a narrow tube - what if someone didn't adopt the correct riding position and sat-up? I never really considered that safety aspect before, but now that you mention it, it does seem a little over-looked...
  12. Hiya everyone - I'm doing an Engineering degree in the UK at the moment, and my design project for this year just so happens to be 'Design a Roller Coaster'. (Pretty lucky considering I'm a coaster enthusiast too!) The project guidelines are pretty general - we've essentially been given a blank canvas - a flat, fairly large green field on which to build the coaster. There are no limitations to do with money, height etc etc. Our task is to build the best possible world class coaster on that site. My job is to work out what makes a roller coaster world class and why - and which types
  13. So, say I was to go in September... it should be quiet. Are there any other disadvantages to going then? I've already mentioned that it's hurricane season - is this just not a problem worth considering? Could the weather potentially affect the trip?
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