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About mardy

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  • Birthday 08/10/1982
  1. 6 times if I recall correctly. It's very rough when there's only 2 people on the train and they're both sat in the front! But, sit near the back when the train is empty (ish) and it's not too bad. As soon as the train is full it's a whole different ride.
  2. It's definately a different experience every time you ride. When we had 45 minutes ERT on the Ultimate last year it was quite tame in the morning. The track was cold, the trains were running quite slowly (even failed to reach the 2nd lift on many occasions). We only had 20 people in the trains so they were half empty. In the afternoon (after ERT) we rode the ride with full trains and my god does it make a difference. The track wasn't as cold, the trains were full and the ride was much, much rougher! The back is smother than the front on this one, I believe it's largely down to the
  3. The owner of a theme park was summoned to court today following an incident nearly four years ago in which a teenage girl was killed. Sunday school teacher Hayley Williams was ejected from the top of the spectacular Hydro ride at Oakwood Theme Park in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, as it began an almost vertical descent into a plunge pool. The 16-year-old, from Pontypool, South Wales, died of internal injuries following the incident on April 15, 2004. Martin Rothwell, 10, suffered minor injuries in the incident. At an inquest in May 2006, Pembrokeshire Coroner Michael Howells r
  4. Me and some other theme park enthusiasts from the UK are planning a Europe trip this year. It is quite difficult trying to get everything organised, but it is much easier when you've got a group of enthusiastic people wanting to go aswell. If you wanted to join us on our trip visit http://www.parkpreview.co.uk
  5. This is a work in progress topic that I'll update as and when the project progresses. I have started a No Limits recreation of Nemesis at Alton Towers in No Limits. This is quite a big challenge for me as I only downloaded No Limits 3 days ago! :shock: Here is a screen print of the fire frame model so far. Here is a screen print looking down from the top of the lift. And here is a video of the wire frame model, it's an on ride video and compares the wire frame of my model to actual ride POV footage. There's a few bits that need attention before I can start terrain sh
  6. I've recently got back from a trip to PortAventura and all things considered thought it was an amazing theme park. Furius Baco is amazing. The right side is much smoother than the left, and as others have said sit near the front. The front seat is AWESOME - but again, much better on the right hand side of the train. The left seats are really rough. Try and get on the rides in the dark, it makes for a whole different experience, especially Stampida! I was a little dissapointed with Hurricane Condor, it looks a lot scarier than it is to ride. You get a nice view, and the build up/ten
  7. We recently took a trip to Drayton Manor Park in England and had a great time. I thought the park was quite good. Very small, but that means less walking so bonus! The drop tower is excellent and in my opinion gives a better ride experience than the 330ft Hurricane Condor drop tower at PortAventura which is twice as high as Drayton's. I was quite dissapointed with Shockwave, but I think I was expecting too much from it to be honest. Please let me know what you think of the video... DraytonManor.wmv Drayton Manor Park
  8. Here are some of the on-ride photos that we bought whilst in PortAventura: Us on Hurricane Condor for the first time - notice we're actually holding on for a change, you won't often see this in an on ride photo. But it is pretty high! :shock: We're all smiles though, wish we could say the same for the couple next to us. Us on Furius Baco for the first time and this was at night! Michelle's face says it all really! This photo of us on Stampida tells a story really, you can clearly see that I'm enjoying this ride where as Michelle found it too rough, but we still wen
  9. They had already begun the preperations for Halloween, there's lots of themeing and scenery already in place and it already looks amazing! I'd love to go to this park at Halloween! I thought Furius Baco(N) was awesome. The front seats are fantastic and offer a really good ride experience. The back seats are good to, but nowhere near as impressive as the front. So there's been a lot of talk about the ride being rough and we found this to be true to a certain extent. We found the right hand seats, both inside and outside very enjoyable and not rough - except in the back row. However
  10. Here are the photos from our PortAventura trip. Woody, the park mascot welcoming us on arrival The only sign we could find with Universal logos still present! Dragon Khan mid Cobra roll. Dragon Khan mid Cobra roll. Dragon Khan on the lift hill. Dragon Khan mid Cobra roll. Dragon Khan mid Zero-G roll. Dragon Khan mid Verical Loop. Dragon Khan track layout. Dragon Khan track layout from the Great Wall of China. Dragon Khan track layout from the Great Wall of China. Me getting in the way of a nice Dragon Khan pic. Drago
  11. You were on the telly again tonight. Program called the Secret World of Theme Parks, again on Sky 3. It's actually still on until 8.
  12. Yeah that's the one. Wow didn't realize it was 2001. They were doing a feature about Halloween and Ghost Rider in the dark. Looked pretty cool. I recognized you 2 from your videos and was like, woah! Did you see who that was? lol.
  13. Was watching a program tonight about extreme rides and saw Robb and Elissa on a wooden coaster. Must have been quite an old program I reckon as they were talking about Wicked Twister at CP being new. I was well surprised to see you both.
  14. Hi TPR, I'm Martin, my mates call me Mardy or Marty, nickname comes from the Back to the Future film if you've seen it? Anyway, I'm 25 live in England UK with my girlfriend Michelle and have been a theme park enthusiast all my life. I love everything to do with them! Hope to talk to some of you and maybe even meet some of you guys someday.
  15. Thanks, that was a great trip report. I really really want to go to Cedar Point but as I live in the UK it's a bit far to go really. I'll do it one day, your photos make me want to go even more now...
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