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About rctneil

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    "Excuse me, miss, may I pound my large rooster into your donkey?"
  • Birthday 01/14/1989
  1. Looking like a quick trip to Thorpe Park next week. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Big Grizzly Mountain, Th13teen, Mega Lites are all really fun rides in my opinion. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I rode a couple more times during a visit to the park yesterday. My first ride of the day was fantastic. All in sync, audio was balanced and not just in one year, was nice and clear too. When everything is correct it all works to bring quite a nice experience (apart from the video rushing through all the destinations). My second ride in the afternoon was another story. The audio was fine but it was waaay out of sync. Before trying Galactica I didn't think it would affect me as much when it was out of sync as it actually did. Blimey I was wrong, the video was 1-2 seconds behind where I act
  4. Is it named that because it's close to the actual tree or just because of Alton Towers? The actual chained oak is very close to it and it's named after that.
  5. Hey, Just some thoughts and photos from myself about Galactica: I visited Alton this past Saturday, mainly to give Galactica a try. The day started out very rainy but we made our way over to the ride and stood by the entrance until it opened. The whole area and plaza is very similar to how it used to be when the ride was known as Air. The Galactica logo has been created in bricks in the plaza and is a nice call back idea to the ride name "AIR" also being embedded into the ground when Air originally opened back in 2002, (now let's just hope Alton don't build a corner of a coffee shop se
  6. Really love the Efteling advert posted and looking forward to visiting there! One of my favourites from my local park, Alton Towers is one advertising Oblivion in 1998.
  7. Just got back from Alton Towers today having ridden the Smiler three times. I have to say that it was great to see the ride back in operation. No fuss was made, it just opened as usual and people rode it. Not one person I saw/heard mentioned the accident or that it would put them off and most people were perfectly happy to get back on and enjoy the ride. The ride experience was practically identical to before the crash minus some TV's and audio not on (they could make a comeback but who knows?) The ride also seemed to run all day with no issues whatsoever. The Smiler is back!
  8. Looking like Blackpool Pleasure Beach in just over a week for me!
  9. Nemesis - Alton Towers Euro Mir - Europa Park Mystery Mine - Dollywood Dinoconda - China Dinosaurs Park Blue Fire - Europa Park Helix - Liseberg Valhalla - Pleasure Beach Blackpool Overall best ambient sound is when inside Mysterious Island at Tokyo DisneySea.
  10. Would love to see this go ahead but as of now it just seems like a bit of a dream. That's a LOT of coasters for what is just a small caravan site. On the other hand, it would be amazing to see another Vekoma Stingray open up. The first one is a great but weird ride.
  11. That reminds me what did they do with Submissions spot when they closed the ride? I always preferred Energizer over Submission (that ride was so uncomfy) although it always seemed tamer once it became Boneshaker. All the smaller holes were filled in and the larger concrete foundation was just filled in and a patch of grass laid on top. So not much. Yes, Energizer was a much better ride. Wish one of those would return.
  12. Arrow - Cyclone (Dreamworld) Beijing Shibaolai - Hanging Roller Coaster (Crab Island) B&M - Nemesis (Alton Towers) Cavazza Diego- Nessi (Ocean Beach Amusement Park) CCI - Villain (Geauga Lake) Fabbri - Screamin' Deamon (Castle Park) GCI - Roar (Six Flags Discovery Kingdom) Gerstlauer - Coastersaurus (Legoland California) Giovanola - Goliath (Six Flags Magic Mountain) Golden Horse - Spinning Coaster (Sun Park) Gravity Group - The Voyage (Holiday World) Hopkins - Dragon (Adventureland) Intamin - Shockwave (Drayton Manor) L&T Systems - Wild Mine Ride (Gulliver's World) Mack
  13. I know it's a feature coasters have had for a long time but switch tracks. Definitely overlooked parts of a lot of rides. Rides that have switch tracks as part of their layouts are becoming faster and faster (examples are Th1teen and Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars) Both those two rides use switch track elements during the ride and both are very reliable and change super quickly so most people just don't realised the track has moved until they are travelling a different part of track!
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