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About Baffles

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    The best thing about TPR is the donkeys.
  1. Hoping it does use the rocking boat technology, but looks like there will no / minimal restraints which wouldn't work to keep guests in the boat! Am sure it'll be an absolutely flawless attraction regardless. I just hope they add the sea monster from the concept video.. Rawwwwww
  2. I wonder why Efteling chose to have the trains depart at opposite ends of the station, rather than race side by side? Surely the fun factor of increased rider interaction would be more appealing. They do look charming though!
  3. I just wish people would have more compassion - it's not a big ask considering how many people are dead over this virus.
  4. Great photos. I will never understand what this park did to their lovely main street and castle. Reminds me of an urban explorer visit to an abandoned place full of graffiti.
  5. Here's a POV from opening day today. They did a really good job on making the area look fun and vibrant. [youtu_be] [/youtu_be]
  6. Update from this weekend - looking good! [youtu_be] [/youtu_be] Full album - https://www.facebook.com/pg/XtremeCoasters/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2611694218943347
  7. It has been interesting to see various media completely screw up the initial press release. They clearly think 'Disney World' and Disneyland Paris are the same thing, which the latter is what they are basing the claim on. If the second gate does open a few years later then it may be a similar size.. but they shouldn't get ahead of themselves. There are some good people behind the project now, so as long as the finance and planning process go through okay, we should be good. Will certainly give Merlin a kick up the ass which the UK really needs. No more rides based around horror!
  8. Zadra is nearly ready to go! Source: XtremeCoasters.net - full album here.
  9. Update from today - the B&M hyper is looking good! Station, transfer and brake run track, along with the three maintenance bays have been installed. Really will be the Fury for Hershey Park - can sense the scale of the ride when walking to the entrance already!
  10. Great report! The area looks beautiful. I notice the Vekoma train has a strange cage / netting type structure on - I wonder why the clearances have made this necessary.
  11. Today Chessington have opened Room on a Broom - A Magical Journey. It's a nice walk-through attraction for younger guests, based on the popular childern's book by author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler.
  12. It's just disappointing that Merlin cannot come up with exciting new ride concepts. It's another horror themed attraction that a lot of people will not pay for if it is an upcharge. Alton Towers has never particularly had a 'horrible history', so I'm sceptical about how unique the attraction will be to the park. The location is awful - in a kids area between the bright and colourful Burger Restaurant and the rest of Cloud Cuckoo Land.
  13. With Merlin's cut backs, operations have certainly been tighter which is a shame considering the park has historically always had efficient operations. On Wicker Man, the trains were being starved of guests in the station as they had not got the pre show batching right, so are still in the middle of finding the balance. Like most coasters, Nemesis does warm up throughout the day, but is generally a consistent ride wherever you sit. You can cut down on the walking by using the Skyride, but appreciate it has been down a lot lately due to 'the heat'.. hmm.
  14. Just sharing a Wicker Man front and back POV that we shot at the weekend with permission from the park. It's no Mystic Timbers but can hold its own. [youtu_be] [/youtu_be]
  15. Exactly - and it is well known the the other topper track RMC's such as Goliath, Wildfire and Outlaw run have not experienced such maintenance issues, so one could assume the launch is the problem. However, even a vague blog post /statement from Dollywood would prevent some disappointment and frustration.
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