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  1. Alton towers once tryed such a stupid system where you could NOT use the normal queue to go on some rides(nemesis and oblivion were the two ride trailed I believe) and the only way to ride them was to have a fast track ticket booked in advance or you got a fast track ticket on the day however it was very quickly abandoned as people constantly complained that the system didn't work as too many people were unable to gain tickets if they arrived late, meaning they physically couldn't ride these two rides as it was ticket only throughout the whole day. I really hope this system doesn't last either, Efteling is not a park that needs fasttrack, all the rides have good capacity, and queues flow well, taking out a normal queue system of any kind is just terrible as people who arrive a bit later in the day are then unable to ride their favourite ride because all tickets/time slots are gone, and then it will only lead to complaints, I really don't know what they are thinking with this, yeah I know/realise its a trial thing but trust me, it won't work as it never worked at Alton and can't see it working here to be honest
  2. I "think" it still holds this unique fact but Fire Dragon(as it was known when built) at islands of adventure, it was the first B&M inverted coaster NOT to have an inline twist, all other inverters have them and I believe it still holds this unique fact about the ride today The black hole at Alton towers was not simply retired at Alton, according to inside knowledge, the real reason it went is because health and safety demanded Alton install a new evacuation platform, even though it had been there for 20 years previously without Any problems, alton had planned to get rid of the ride from 2006 but due to the costs involved, it was deemed too cost effective to keep for one more season so they decided to retire the ride early hence why it suddenly sat there for a whole season SBNO
  3. Just found out some more information, so if anyone knows Paultons really well, the whole area is going where the Dinosaur walk is at the back of the park, It will also be extended slightly outside the dinosaur walk and it seems the Slide,the bunny powered ride, and a small part of the gardens will also make way for the whole area so its a fair sized area, these changes are already confirmed on the 2015 map so I strongly suspect the slide and bunny powered ride will not be operating throughout the entire 2015 season. Also I hear there will be 1 or 2 other kids rides in the area as well to make up for the 2 lost attractions this year, I guess this make sense so some of the younger kids are not missed out. I'm really looking forward to these changes, Paultons is my local park, so I will definatly be trying to get here for opening day to check it all out. Also Bravo to Paultons for taking another big gamble in the big rides department. The park is certaintly "growing up" and I cant wait to see what the rest of the future now brings for this park providing this investment is indeed yet another success
  4. This is a bit of a touchy subject IMO, you cant really say that this park(insert name here) doesn't get crowded, because they will always have some really super busy days and they will always have a general quiet day, lots of factors actually go into each day don't forget like what day it is(Obviously saturdays and sundays generally are busier than weekdays for example) but I've still been to plenty of parks on saturdays and found a park quiet and that can still be on a nice sunny day, Also weather is always a huge factor each day,School and Public Holidays can affect crowds and even travel conditions(accidents on major local roads to the park etc) can affect crowds too. I will always remember going to Legoland UK on a monday once which wasn't near any school holidays or anything like that, and the weather wasn't even great that day, I thought it was going to be quiet, but infact the park was crowded like you wouldnt believe. I also did Alton Towers on a saturday for Fireworks 2 years ago(the park is usually absolutly rammed all the time on fireworks weekend) but the crowds were shocking quiet, It was the quietest saturday I had ever seen the park on fireworks and thats never happened before(me and my friend just couldnt understand it whaosoever) we were not complaining though, We got on loads of rides that day,and generally didn't queue up longer than 30 mins max for anything. Going back to try and give a good answer to this thread though, Europa Park is a good park in that it can get pretty busy most times but it never seems to be really crowded, I think the park works well in that it is so well spaced out that you will always find good areas you can relax in which not experiencing big crowds around you, also the way they operate the park is amazing and you rarely queue up longer for an hr max for any ride even if the queue is spreading out the entrance, the queues just move slick and fast all the time, oh and will you see any rides braking down, I dont think I did once when I went there for 3 days total 2 years ago, amazing park
  5. I'm not really the sort of person to constantly ride something over and over again, I just find it eventually too boring after a while. However I once decided to do a Stealth Marathon at Thorpe in the early days when it had the single rider queue, and racked up about 20 rides in only a 2-3hr period, Basiclly no one was really using the single rider queue that day so I took advantage of it, I think I even managed at least every other coaster that day at least once or twice, so it turned into a pretty good day. And this was totally insane, but on an ECC trip to Thorpe Park, we had an ERS on Colossus, and everyone was invited to do the "Chunder Challenge" it was basiclly to see how rides in a row you could handle on Colossus without pretty much getting off because we could pretty much stay in our seats the entire time(you could swap seats if you wanted) the result was about 15 rides in 1hr, and OMG it really was the most insane thing I've ever done, Colossus isnt the easiest coaster to just "stay on" for multiple rides lemme tell ya because after even 5-6 rides in a row, you really feel like you wanna throw up, I did manage it(JUST) but most members did actually give up after a while, and it was probably me with about half a train that lasted offically till the end, kinda fun but never again though
  6. Alton Towers used to deal with line jumpers on Nemesis in a clever way. So when a member of staff caught/saw any kind of line jumping, the person would be reported to the staff in the station, and security would be called, but they wouldn't take any immediate action, instead what they would do is still let the person take their ride, and then just have a little suprise for the person in question when they got off the ride(Security waiting and a nice escort off park) If security were delayed getting to the ride, they would deliberately cause a delay on the ride so they could still get there on time when the person got off. I personally think machine guns should be placed around all the queue lines for every ride, with signs up saying anyone caught queue jumping will be shot, I bet it will soon all stop then
  7. I didnt realise the park in Bournemouth had changed their policy of No Adults allowed unless you have a child because I have visited once in the past and was allowed in the park with no problems,Does the park still have their huge maze, OMG It is epic but very hard to actually find the exit, I actually gave up after 20 mins and ducked out of a side exit, I felt embarassed I never successfully completed it but still enjoyed it to some extent. Glad you enjoyed Paultons(My local Big Park)Its a lovely park with a few decent rides and always good for a visit over a few hrs,I'm hoping 2015 is going to bring another big ride to the park as the park generally follows "A Big Ride every 3 years" Rule so here's hoping.
  8. Nope they stopped it to become(WAIT FOR IT) A Disabled Exit Yep I'm not kidding, a very big WTF because if anyone knew Stealth's single rider line, there are STAIRS before the station, so disabled people are forced to use the stairs to get into the station when the exit to the ride had a perfectly good lift upto the unload station, which is(Wait for it again) STILL IN USE, so now we have a Disabled Queue that DOESNT GET USED because most disabled people are still wise to use the lift around the back of the station to get upto the station easily. Its embarassing to see it rarely get used nowadays and I cant understand the reason behind why they changed it the way they did I would love to see the return of the SRQ, but I dont think they ever will. Also there was never anything wrong with that SRQ, It always worked fine, and there was never anything wrong with the previous disabled access either, the mind boggles
  9. The Rapids at Drayton Manor Park can be amusing, there is one section that is quite wide which causes the boats to sometimes slow down with the current through the ride, and in turn sometimes enables the boat to get stuck in this section too if your boat spins or slows down wrongly, On one such ride, I think 4(YES 4) boats passed us before we were finally bumped by another boat and continued on our way, At least we got some good extended ride time and had a good laugh at the end of it when we finally got off
  10. For me personally, Europa Park wins hands down, the park is so amazingly themed, they have left absolutly nothing untouched(even the toilets are themed), its amazing. Islands of Adventure is of course a very amazing themed park, pretty much everything is themed to a very high standard, love Harry Potter Land. Phantasialand would make my top 3, Again everything is very well themed, just look what they did for their drop tower ride, cant believe they did that just for that ride of its type, amazing.
  11. Fire Dragon(Sorry The Red Side of Dragon Challenge) at Islands of Adventure is the "ONLY B&M" Inverted Coaster that does not have an inline twist(At least I think it still has this unique feature)
  12. YEP, just seen the annoucement, Anthem comes to the UK for the summer months(Usually May to end of October) and Florida rest of the months, this is awesome news to hear about a new ship to my home town, and WOW its looks awesome although I hear it does bring a little bit of sad news in that Independance retires from the UK after 2014(sooooooo glad I have done this ship a month ago, would have been gutted to miss it) but as soon as bookings are available for Anthem, I might just book one for the hell of it
  13. awesome report, cant wait for more updates. Trying to convince my girlfriend to go on a Disney Cruise as it does look like such a cool ship, will have to show her your report to tempt her
  14. looks like the launch into the loop at the start could be prone to rollbacks maybe, but I'm liking the concept of this coaster now, looks great, the track over the loop look like it could give great airtime. Do we know if there will be any effects in the tunnel when it first goes into it to simulate its going into a backwards launch??I'm thinking a scenario like flashing red lights,Warning lights,Malfunction noises etc to really build up some drama and make it exciting???
  15. I have a simple rule when I visit any theme park, I wont queue more than 2hrs max for any ride(It is my absolute limit) IMO NO RIDE is worthy of queueing for that long, I wouldnt even queue longer than that if I was desperate for the credit,its just not worth it, you can usually risk going to do other rides in a 2hr period which have much lower queues(fitting in say about 3-4 other rides) and then coming back to the ride in question mid to late afternoon when everyone has ridden it and finding there is usually a much shorter queue for it at the time. Its pretty much always worked for me anywhere that I've visited and long may it continue. So the longest I have queued for anything was Top Thrill Dragster at 2hrs 30 mins, now yeah yeah I know that breaks my rule, but they estimated the queue at roughly 2hrs so I waited it out, but the ride broke down for a 15 min period, and then there was a rollback which further delayed it re-opening for another 15 mins so not too bad.
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