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  1. Vilda Musen at Grona Lund A very unique and funky wild mouse built literally on top of other rides and walkways
  2. Hi there! I'll be going to the park somewhen on the weekend of 18 and 19 (this month). We have to buy tickets in advance but we're just gonna wait a little to see how the weather looks. Apparently each ticket comes with 2 "fast pass" entrances and it looked (from the park's website, which I can only see in Swedish) that you may have to pre select where you want to use them. Is this true? If so, does anyone have a recommendation on which rides I should use it on? Also, if anyone has any other tips concerning the park, that'd be very appreciated (like which day would be better. I always assume Saturday is the worst but Sunday will be the last operating day for the month) Than you!
  3. I always try to do that, taking all into account (how popular each ride is, capacity, where in the park it is located,...) but it doesn't always work. I have been able to get really early into parks and ride 2 (maybe 3) rides with almost no wait. But recently, for example, I took a car trip across several parks (north of France, Belgium and Netherlands) and while I got to every single one a bit before opening (25/15 min) in many cases they would let people into the park before the rides would open which meant that while I stayed in line for the first one (waiting for it to open), people were already going to other queues and by the time I left the first ride all of the others would already have solid lines. So all I could get was 1 ride without/with little queueing time. I think this year is also a special one since many parks are having horrible operations (due to the effects of covid, I guess). But the first time I went to Europa Park, for instance, I was running all over the place and only managed to get 1 ride on each of the coasters (and no other attraction). And when I had spent 10h on a bus (each way) to get to that single place, it is a bit frustrating.
  4. The idea that parks just add those to make more money sure is annoying but the truth is that parks that don't may be quite frustrating. If I had a park near home which I could go to anytime, I probably wouldn't buy those passes often. But when you invest a lot of money (and time/effort) to go to a park which you might not visit anytime soon, it does feel good to have a way of getting on rides more quickly (even if you have to pay more) I can tell you that I have made trips to parks which didn't have any pass and in many cases I'd spend the entire day running around and stressing. And sometimes I really was not able to get on everything that I wanted (even just once) and that is very frustrating when you travelled a lot for that single place.
  5. Alpina Blitz at Nigloland (AKA Mack Megalite) Haven't been on an intamin megalite but this was a great little ride!
  6. I wouldn't exactly refuse to go there again, but I recently had a pretty bad good experience at Walygator (France) and no interest in going back anytime soon. The park had some nice rides (such as "MCBRless" clone of raptor at CP which is probably my favourite coaster in the country) but the operations were literally the worst I have ever seen. The lines were only 2-3 trains wait but 30 mins long. While running one train on the big coasters, the operators would wait for the train to be back to the station AND empty of riders to let guests on the station and they sure took their sweet time to distribute them across the different rows. It would be 2-3 mins since the trains stopped and restraints opened until the air-gates were open. Dispatches would be between 4 and 6 mins. I really thought that they were literally doing on purpose to slow the queues down and make the fast pass more appealing but then I stood in line (a big one) to get food for quite some minutes and it didn't move at all. Seriously, it was quite surreal. Has anyone had such an experience there before? Is this normal?
  7. Hi everyone! Does anyone know what the park's rain policy is (if coasters stay open or not)? Cause me and some friends have been trying to go there for quite a bit but the weather forecasts (although they might change very close to the day) are always terrible. Now one of them is leaving and we are thinking of going ahead anyway.
  8. That's a bit of a bummer but to be expected, I guess. I always feel sorry for parks that are heavily affected by something (like this or Covid) right after opening a major ride. At least they're not done for the season
  9. Well, that kind came out of the blue But really excited to finally see B&M having a beyond vertical drop, considering they were among the first to have really steep/vertical drops with their dive machines.
  10. I wonder how the "recovery" is going, but indeed it sounds like there may be a lot of serious issues. I went to the park's website (cause I was thinking of going there soon) and for now all ticket sales are suspended. The calendar also shows the park closed until August 16 but perhaps this is still very optimistic? This also seems to be the only major park affected in Belgium as the other websites I went to show their respective parks up and running.
  11. I rode it last summer and it was in no way uncomfortable (even if the lap bars are exposed metal). Just not the most exciting ride.
  12. I honestly did not think it was that slow. Sure, it was nothing like a batman clone but I found it waaay more intense than any B&M wing coaster I've been on (actually, the only B&M built after Oziris that felt more intense to me was Fury). I have not been on banshee but it doesn't seem super intense. Fast, yes, but also with very drawn out elements. I'm sure this will be a great fun ride but I'm not expecting a batman clone. B&M seems to be done with rides that intense.
  13. Is this true? Because it's a lot more than I expected and it looks like more than other similar sized trains weigh Does anyone know how much B&M flying coaster trains weigh? Those are supposed to be pretty heavy
  14. Out of the ones I've been to, I´d say Cedar Point, Hershey Park and SFGAdv (the latter has added quite a few rides since I went there, so even better). I also quite liked the lineup of Busch Gardens Williamsburg and I imagine SF Magic Mountain is pretty good to (although I haven't been there). Out of the ones I've to in Europe (which typically have fewer coaster per park), I'll say Portaventura (if you include Ferrari Land) because you get an awesome old-shcool B&M, the tallest B&M hyper out there, a great (although this is a matter of taste) intamin accelerator coaster and an intamin giga which is basically a slightly smaller KK or TTD. I'll give an honourable mention to Energylandia (yes, I know a lot won't agree here) because they do have a lot of potential (looking only at coasters). When I went there last year they had a great (not the best ever but great) intamin hyper and an awesome RMC which became my personal favourite coaster. They also have the tallest water coaster in the world (I believe), a solid fun Vekoma launch coaster and now they'll have (is it open?) what looks like a great multi-launch coaster. Plus 2000 kiddie coasters
  15. I remember hearing in a video that the empty trains nemesis (alton towers) weighed around 10 000kg. I actually went to check this now and I found 9500. That would be around 1.2 tons (metric) or 1.3 imperial
  16. If you count those, it was an Alpine coaster near Gruyères, Switzerland If not, Mystic at Walibi Rhône-Alpes. I found it a great little coaster. It's pretty compact but packs a punch.
  17. Seems weird with all the swinging pendulum models out there on the market, that the park brought one of the few that has a counterweight to do the full 360 and not run it that way. The only time I went there it did go 360, but that was a few years ago. I personally prefer the standard "counterweightless" pendulum rides as they feel more natural. But it sure is strange if this one is o longer doing the full 360.
  18. I do mostly agree with you. While I don't mind a slow jojo roll to get things started or a faster heartline roll that still gives you negative Gs, I'm definitely not a fan of hangtime in more "traditional" inversions like loops and corkscrews. I remember once riding dragon khan at night and being upside down in its huge loop while still on my seat really felt cool because it almost made it seem like everything else was upside down and not me. That feel goes away when you clearly feel yourself hanging. Whether its tight loops that throw you over the top with great Gs or massive B&M loops which provide near weightlessness for a longer time, I find them more fun than these more modern hangtime inducing ones. I also love inversions which provide zero g (like zero g rolls or stalls) but, like you said, I wish the concept of leaving you hanging from your seat belonged to wacky flat rides (which, despite not making me sick at all, are not so fun to me)
  19. That actually looks reasonably steep for a B&M hyper of that height. Curious to see how it turns out
  20. Plus it's a bit of a gimmick. Saying that a coaster has a triple launch sounds a lot more impressive than just a launch. Great, that's what I was hoping for
  21. Agree. I'm not a fan of these "triple launches". I mean, it's fun to be launched backwards but they usually end up being quite forceless. I also prefer a single intense launch. I honestly completely missed this coaster being built but it looks really great. How are the restraints?
  22. It's really quite ridiculous how fast this parks is expanding. It sure may have its problems but this is pretty remarkable. It's also funny how I went less than two weeks ago and, while I did see some construction work behind the fences, I totally had no idea how massive it was.
  23. Hyperion at Energylandia Not the smoothest ride but I really enjoyed it.
  24. Wow, okay.... Thanks for the explanation. That does indeed look like a mess. And it doesn’t make any sense to have a fixed number of single riders per train. Anyway, we’ll see how it goes. I’m expecting to make a report when I come back home and I’ll let you know how the experience was.
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