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Everything posted by Baffles

  1. Haha, it seems you aren't a real enthusiast unless you have experienced this sensation.
  2. That photo of Nitro running in the snow is hilarious and awesome. The majority of B&M rides can run in sub-zero temperatures, and as the pacing is so quick on Fury I would not expect it to be an exception. I remember working at Alton Towers and the only reason Nemesis wasn't able to run in snowy and icy conditions was due to icicles on the track - so maintenance went around and smashed them all off to get it open.
  3. I felt Oziris was an excellent example of a new school B&M Inverted, where Banshee's long and gliding inversions lacked the wow factor for me. I'm grateful that Monster is able to fit in the space, and am just hoping it rides more like an original Batman clone than a wing coaster
  4. Can't wait for the new photo opportunities of Valkyria from the hotel. Will breath life in to that whole back end of the park.
  5. So do we know which version of the inverted trains this will have? Not that they affect the enjoyment too much, but the originals provide a preferable ride experience for me, over the trains with the vest restraints. Hopefully this will ride more like Oziris than Banshee.
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. I just wish people would have more compassion - it's not a big ask considering how many people are dead over this virus.
  9. 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.
  10. 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]
  11. Update from this weekend - looking good! [youtu_be] [/youtu_be] Full album - https://www.facebook.com/pg/XtremeCoasters/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2611694218943347
  12. 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!
  13. Zadra is nearly ready to go! Source: XtremeCoasters.net - full album here.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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]
  20. 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.
  21. I visited Dollywood two weeks ago from the UK as part of a multiple park road trip. LR was the only coaster down out of all the rides in the seven parks we visited. Whatever the reason, launch or not, it's unacceptable that the ride is still experiencing such downtime in its third year. Must be a huge thorn in the side for the park, and as suggested, just stick a lift hill on the coaster and be done with it, if that's what it will take to make it reliable. We still had a great time at the resort and LR's downtime didn't affect what was a wonderful stay where the hospitality is hard to beat.
  22. Beautiful looking trains! Reminds me of the detail that went in to the Dueling Dragons.
  23. Efteling doesn't know the meaning of tacky - it's one of the most beautifully themed parks in the world. I doubt they would screw that up.
  24. Today, Chessington hosted the media preview for their new area for 2018, Land of the Tiger, featuring Tiger Rock. Dragon Falls, the classic Mack Log Flume, has been rethemed in to the new area and is now intertwined with Tiger enclosures containing rare Amur Tigers. Here's some photos from today: ..and a POV of Tiger Rock: [youtu_be] [/youtu_be]
  25. So is that what looks like space for a block brake in the middle? Rather bizarre that there is just a straight piece of track before the helix.
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