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  1. I was pretty cynical of this expansion when it was first announced -- mostly because Fun Spot's current ride lineup is fairly lame beyond their nice go-kart tracks. But, the GCI looks really damn amazing -- and the other rides look top notch. I'm getting pretty excited about this expansion at this point.... Can't wait to see it built.
  2. But it's cheaper to fly directly to Abu Dhabi -- which is what I was saying. Maybe I didn't phrase it correctly. I don't really trust the taxi idea -- I've been taken "for a ride" a few times overseas....
  3. Well, attendance wasn't really the problem for Cypress Gardens Adventure Park. It was the owners racking up crazy levels of debt for the park's expansions/repairs/Starliner restoration that doomed it. CG hit capacity for most of its concert days. Even with the lousy weekday attendance, they were still hitting 1.2 to 1.4 million visitors a year. With Legoland's stated attendance goal of 2 million, they should be able to hit that goal eventually. I've been really impressed with everything Merlin has done so far and can't wait to see how they transform the water park.
  4. It really is a shame that the park is struggling so much. I'm really not surprised -- the location is holding the place back. I'm a huge car nut -- so I've been trying to go since it opened. But, the travel options are so limited compared to Dubai.... Hopefully, I can get down there before/if it closes.
  5. I'm pretty excited about the Topper Track. I've always loved the Cyclone wooden coaster and its clones -- and this is the closest one to where I live. Can't wait to see how the new track affects the ride quality.
  6. I know a lot of people, including myself, who strongly disagree with this. Strongly disagree. I gave it a chance. Two, in fact. And I don't ever feel the need to ride it again. I'm not a comic book fan either, but I don't mind riding Spiderman. I'm not a Star Wars fan, but I like Star Tours. I actually HATE Winnie the Pooh, but I absolutely love Pooh's Hunny Hunt. Why is that? Forbidden Journey, and the land itself does a horrible, awful job of telling anyone who doesn't know about Potter anything about the franchise or the story. It assumes that anyone who enters the area is fully educated in the Potterverse, thus leaving most people who aren't in the know, totally confused. To me, the ride and area is just a bunch of silly "unicorns and fairies", and it doesn't do anything to even try to invite me into that world. Why do I want to stand in line for two hours to buy a stick? I dunno. The land doesn't give my any insight as to why I should be doing that. Fail. After my first visit to Wizarding World, someone asked me "What did you get out of the land?" and I responded "I guess the characters live in a castle, drink butter and fight some kind of sheet monster?" I honestly had no clue. The sad part about all of this is, since I'm someone who has never seen any of the movies or read any of the books, Wizarding World, in theory, should be the perfect vehicle to introduce me to Potter, and try to get me hooked. It completely fails at doing this. I'm actually surprised JK Rowling even let that happen. If anything, Wizarding World turned me OFF from wanting to know more about Potter as it had that "You're not a Potter fan? F**k you! You don't belong here!" vibe, and I thought that was really lame. --Robb I completely agree with your assessment of Forbidden Journey, Robb -- and I'm a HP fan for the most part, but the FJ ride is kinda dull for me. I personally think they are milking the HP franchise to death with the upcoming expansion -- and would have rather seen a different movie theme for their cool "Spider-Mummy" dark ride plans. I know the new dark ride will be technologically amazing -- but HP is plain getting overexposed IMO. I'll probably spend more time at Disney's "Avatar" land to protest
  7. That's the most subjective load of crap I've ever heard. Also, it's called inflation. Look it up. It figures in. FACT: The first Star Wars movie was released 35 years ago. If Lucas partnered with Disney to create a "Star Wars land," it would probably be just as, if not 1000 times more popular than Potter. Oh, and did I mention the popularity of that franchise spans three and a half decades? These arguments are stupid. +1 These arguments are stupid. I also call total bullsh** -- Justice is conveniently leaving out the billions of dollars worth of toys and video games that the Star War franchise has generated. Star Wars is just as strong as Potter as far as I've seen.... and I think will have greater longevity IMO (my opinion, obviously), SW has already been going strong for 3 decades. We'll see how Potter is doing 20 years from now......
  8. My guess is that London replaces Amityville. It will be far less cramped (than the IOA version) with lots of shopping and large restaurants. I think we get a larger version of the Mummy ride themed around Harry Potter. I think they will incorporate some Transformer/Spiderman special FX into the roller coaster. There will be a London Style steam train, powered by electric propulsion which starts off by smashing through a wall like the movies do. That train will park hop with IOA via a tunnel (like Disaster!) to Wizarding World. I also think you will see special effects used on the exteriors of London.
  9. Transformer 4 is currently in development. Even Michael Bay has backpeddled a bit and now is in negotiations to direct it. www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=transformers%204&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CD4QFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nme.com%2Ffilmandtv%2Fnews%2Fmichael-bay-to-return-for-transformers-4%2F254913&ei=EB3xTrnYBOKEsAKfoPS-AQ&usg=AFQjCNHIXp9v6psWENAllpGBXXywsfkgIw&cad=rja
  10. I know a lot of people are still in the dark. Nothing all that big happens for 2012, unless you believe the Mayan calendar..... anyways.
  11. I completely agree with you on this point. I firmly believe that nostalgia was the driving factor for these relocations, never good business practices or plans. I'd say nearly every park that had paid to relocate a wooden roller coaster would have been better off with a clean sheet design instead. For the cost of documenting, transporting and rebuilding most of these structure... Those respective parks could have probably had a larger and more modern attraction for the same amount of cost. I actually think Kent would have probably spent less on the Starliner if he simply started from scratch using its blueprints (like what they did for Zippin Pippin) -- instead of the labor-intenstive documentation, disassembly and cost to move all that lumber.... which mostly ended up rotted out anyways. It's the business decision that bankrupted him and he lost 2 amusement parks because of it.
  12. Looking back at older posts in the thread, the early tests had it running at 130km/hr, and then when it was set to open in June of this year, it would run at 160km/hr, and then work its way up to the 217 km/hr in 2012, so they might have been having troubles with it at slower launch speeds as well. I don't know if running it slower than 130 km/hr is possible without it roll-backing though. That would be my guess, too. The lower speed probably wasn't enough to get over some of the hills. Its a shame they don't retrack the elements that don't work instead of completely scrapping it... Maybe they feel that their thunder was stolen by Ferrari World?
  13. As a huge fan of Dark Rides -- this is an amazing thread. I'm glad there seems to be a resurgence of this type of ride after it seemed like it was starting to fade away a few years back.
  14. I'm still a relative newbie -- still learning the "tone" thing. Hopefully, I've gotten better with it over time.... because I've definitely been trying. As for the double posting -- I apologize, that's mostly my lousy (WildBlue) internet connection.... My ping sometimes creeps up to 2000 ms or drops completely in the middle of a submission.... Satellite internet is awful, I'm about ready to go back to 56k. But DSL and Cable aren't available in my neighborhood.
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