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Everything posted by azza29

  1. For what it's worth, I rode Lightning Rod about a dozen times in the past couple of days, and nothing about it seemed slow or forceless. Still hauling ass from the main drop right through to the brake run.
  2. I have a similar scenario, planning to Uber from O'Hare to the park and back. So getting out there is no problem, but is anyone able to comment on whether it's a reasonable option to get back again? Am I likely to have trouble getting an Uber pickup around park closing time (10pm)?
  3. B&M wing coaster? Go Toverland! Totally agree. And given that wing coasters generally aren't too wild, they can be a great "first big coaster" that maybe looks intimidating but don't cause anyone to freak out.
  4. Couldn't agree more, Chuck. Every trip I've done with Robb and Elissa has been awesome, but I guess some people just prefer to find things to whine about rather than enjoy themselves.
  5. ^I would say it's about half as busy compared to the same time last year.
  6. ^They have a fast track option, I think it's around the $30 mark for a "once per ride" option and a bit more again for unlimited. It covers most rides but not Arkham Asylum. I've never used it myself but all of the fast track entrances go straight into the station, there's no "merge point" in the queues. All that said, you probably won't need it. Due to the Dreamworld incident attendance is very much down at the moment - on Saturday everything was a walk on.
  7. Always great to see a new park announced, but I am starting to wonder if the UAE is going to become the "land of the half-day park". It seems like there is a lot opening and planned but most of these parks seem light on attractions, particularly re-rideable ones. Even Ferrari World is only a 4-6 hour proposition, and that's with the new dark ride and coaster.
  8. It's not been open long. I think they have the same "build it and worry about attendance later" mentality that goes with a lot of these UAE developments.
  9. Second gate announced as IMG Worlds of Legends, pretty big expansion by the looks of it: Source: gulfbusiness.com/dubais-img-unveils-plans-second-theme-park/ Concept art Based on this it looks like the new park will be three times as large as what's there presently, and include a hotel.
  10. The park will reopen (sort of) on Saturday, December 10th. Some rides will remain closed a little longer pending further "safety reviews". Source: www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20161130/pdf/43dbnnh79xgcvk.pdf
  11. Given its popularity in the other parks, I'm surprised they haven't announced a Midway Mania clone as part of this expansion. Seems strange that the two parks with dedicated Toy Story lands miss out on this ride, and have a collection of mediocre flats instead.
  12. Ocean Park Halloween Fest Of all the haunt events I've tried in the last few weeks, Ocean Park had by far the most variety on offer. At one end you have the family-friendly trick-or-treat maze and Ghostbusters "shooting dark walkthrough." At the other is 16+, which was basically themed to a sex dungeon. So, something for everyone! Ocean Park's Halloween event is included in regular park admission, and it's incredibly popular. During the day it wasn't too crowded but the park was heaving once it got dark, with two-hour plus waits the norm for most of the mazes. Only having the one night th
  13. Disneyland Hong Kong Next on this eclectic collection of haunts we have the Hong Kong parks - let's start with Disneyland! In true Disney fashion the park was heavily decorated for Halloween, though it's not an upcharge event (yet). The seasonal offerings were of varying quality, ranging from a couple of somewhat mediocre parades to the very impressive Nightmare Experiment. This wasn't your typical temporary haunt - more like a London Dungeon-style tour through some "scary" Disney moments. The park clearly had a good amount of money to spend on this, and it was pretty solid. The only downside
  14. Great to hear you enjoyed the event as much as we did! I think for anyone who's traveling to visit these things, the express pass is a must, but the RIP tour definitely made it much easier to see everything without rushing.
  15. Universal Studios Singapore - Horror Nights 6 Universal Singapore has an excellent track record when it comes to Horror Nights, so in what's become something of an annual event for me, I headed there last weekend to check out their sixth iteration of this event. One of the things I love about Singapore's Horror Nights is that every single maze and scare zone is original and brand new, every year. A number of the mazes have some basis in local culture, which gives rise to some great, unique haunts. The event is hugely popular, with most of the guests being Singapore locals. This year the p
  16. This is the same media that run a report every time Storm coaster e-stops on the lift hill due to wind. The sensationalized coverage is disappointing, but sadly not surprising.
  17. So the shop is open already... if they could soft open the ride by Friday I would be very pleased.
  18. Walibi Belgium I wasn't expecting a whole lot from Walibi Belgium. It's not a huge park, has changed hands a few times, and on paper the selection of rides looked fairly mundane, without any standout rides. But you shouldn't judge a park by its RCDB listing, and we had a pretty good day there. Pulsar (2016 new hotness) was a great surprise - I definitely didn't expect a shuttle water coaster to have some decent airtime - and no doubt we'll see some clones appear around the place before too long. Calamity Mine was another highlight, proving that mine trains work much better with theming! O
  19. Warner Bros Movie World Fright Nights Haunt season is here, and over the next few weeks I'm planning to hit up a few different haunt events in the region. Rather than creating a whole pile of trip reports I thought I'd just roll them all into one, starting with my local-ish park - Movie World! 2016 is the tenth year of Fright Nights, and it remains the only serious haunt event at any Australian theme park. This year the park is presenting four mazes, all based on familiar IPs. Two of the mazes (From Dusk till Dawn and The Conjuring 2) are brand new, while two are "encores" from last year
  20. Great TR, thanks for showing off more of IMG. The park looks a lot better than I had expected!
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