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Everything posted by KarlaKoaster

  1. They've announced that they're doing a special day with a talk by John Wardley and an ERT after the park closes. No mention of backwards seats thank god. The over analysis of the 'sit back' font did make me smile though
  2. I think it looks less steep because it's next to the vertical support structure which dive machines don't normally have. Because it's next to something which is truly vertical it gives the illusion that it's not as steep.
  3. I was at London Fashion Week recently and they were not allowed there so that's good. What I will say though is that strictly speaking they're not allowed on coasters either... they might not be specifically banned, but loose objects and cameras aren't normally allowed and selfie sticks are most certainly loose objects/cameras. Hopefully the tide has turned against them though and hopefully theme parks will ban them from shows etc too.
  4. I normally do Smiler first, then go across and do Rita as that seems to get long queues, and do Thirteen while I'm in the area. I then normally get the cable car across to Forbidden Valley to do Nemesis and Air, then walk back through Katanga Canyon and do the rides there. Then it's normally around lunchtime and you can do the rest of the park at your leisure. Oblivion doesn't seem to get too busy, and if it does, then maybe just come back to it as the queue normally goes up and down quite a bit. Duel and Hex rarely get queues so they should be easy to fit in. Hex is a lot of fun and is really well themed
  5. 1. Do you have your videos set to auto-play on your: a. desktop computer and/or b. mobile device? No to both. 2. Do you regularly "share" content from Facebook "page" (like the TPR page) to your own personal Facebook page? And have you shared something from the TPR page? I don't typically share much, and haven't shared TPR content before. Only a small proportion of my friends are theme park fans so I try and make sure the stuff I post is of interest to everyone. 3. What kind of content are you most likely to share? (Videos, Photos, News Stories, etc?) Probably video because it is the most engaging form of media. 4. How long on average do you watch a video posted to Facebook for? Do you watch the entire video? First 30 seconds? Until you get bored? Typically most of it, but sometimes I do skip to the bits of most interest to me. For example if it is a coaster I am familiar with I will normally just watch the POV. 5. How important are "video thumbnails" to you? (the image you see with the > Play icon before you click to watch a video) They are important in general as humans are visual creatures and that is what captures people's attention. From a personal POV I like the video thumbnail to be clear so I can tell at a glance what the video is for. I'm not a fan of the 'OMG!!!' captions on TPR thumbnails, but having read Robb's comments I understand why you do it. 6. What do you like/dislike about Facebook? What features do you use the most and which ones annoy you? I like that it is probably the most versatile platform for sharing content whether it's an individual photo, news story, entire gallery or video, and it's easy to get an overview of comments and opinions whereas some social networks are less intuitive in that respect. I do not like click bait and people blindly posting sensationalist, inaccurate images about immigration etc etc. 7. Is there anything that TPR does or doesn't do on Facebook that you think we should be doing more/less of? No, I think it's good.
  6. I like the look of the Enchanted Village and it will be nice once the trees grow which will hopefully not be too long. I think the restaurant building is fairly bland though which is a shame. I never realised Splash Landings was the budget option at Alton Towers, I assumed it was in the same price bracket as the Alton Towers Hotel. Oh and it's great they're restoring the tower in the gardens. It's nice that they are looking after stuff like this.
  7. Hello, I'm European and am cringing a bit here too. I think Baron is a beautiful looking coaster. The station and supports for the lift are inspired and look really classy. But it's hard to tell what it will be like as a ride and a nice station and structure do not necessarily make a good ride. I think once you're at the top of the lift at best it will be like any other dive coaster, and at worst it will not be as good as a lot of the bigger ones. I think whatever happens in the queue and station will set it apart from the others, but it's not likely to be a game changer in that plenty of other coasters have well themed stations, queues and even pre-ride segments (eg, Furios Baco). One thing I'd like to say in reply to Robb's original post though was that Black Mamba was a disappointment to me ride wise when I rode it on the opening year, but since then it has become one of the better inverted coasters in the World. Have you ridden it recently Robb? I genuinely think it has gone from being a nice invert with great theming to being great in every aspect
  8. Damn and blast Q and Z! Struggled with P and V too. (A) Alpengeist (I think this is really underrated) (B) Black Mamba © California Screamin' (such a fun coaster) (D) Dragon Khan (E) El Toro, Expedition Ge-Force (can't decide between these two) (F) Formula Rossa (G) Goliath (Walibi) (H) Helix (I) Incredible Hulk (struggled to think of any others. The first half is great though) (J) Joris en de Draak (K) Kumba (L) Lisebergbanan (M) Maverick (N) Nemesis (O) OzIris (P) Pepsi Max Big One (not sure I've ridden any others beginning with P) (Q) None ridden ® Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (Florida) (S) Shambhala (T) Top Thrill Dragster (U) The Ultimate (V) Vampire (not ridden any other Vs, but I like Vampire for sentimental reasons) (W) Wodan (X) Xcellerator (Y) Yolocoaster (Z) Not ridden any
  9. I love that video! Such a lovely park and they have so much pride in everything they do. I spent a week there last year and only just managed to fit in all the shows, restaurants and rides. I was totally like one of those kids in the videos pointing at everything with my mouth open
  10. Makes sense to use just one motor as I guess they're pretty expensive.
  11. Launched Intamin? I can live with that It wouldn't surprise me if it was Intamin as Chippas seems to have been a big success for the park despite the delays. I love how much mystery there is about the ride and how little we know about it.
  12. I don't think so, I think it will probably only be around the lift area so that it looks like the mining tower.
  13. Honestly I far prefer XXL by far, although have only ridden them at fairs. I'm tiny so don't have a problem with restraints but can see why they are a problem for people. Has there ever been an XXL in the USA?
  14. You are mistaken XXLs do go up to 120ft. You confused me when you said "For those of you wondering what the new ride Playland is getting, it's the Giant Frisbee by HUSS" because it sounded like a confirmation to me. Here is a picture of the seats from what I believe are Playland's XXL at the factory in the Netherlands: The seats being black with a bit of green seem to match the style of Playland's from the artwork we've seen. I think the only other XXL KMG are building this year is Apres Ski XXL and the seats on that are pink.
  15. I think that building must be near the park as I am sure I remember seeing pictures of the Helix track there. This definitely isn't the actual location of the ride.
  16. It's sad Merlin aren't willing to prove the public wrong by building a good wooden coaster. It's not like the public have many modern wooden coasters to make a fair comparison.
  17. I was thinking the same about Blackpool's. I'm surprised there doesn't seem to be a double-ended version of the ride as I'm sure the planes would just hang upright while the other end is loaded. It looks like such a fun ride though.
  18. Oh if that's the case then I'm sorry - BDG mentioned that some of the artwork was from the Spanish project (which I don't know much about) so you're probably right as I'm pretty sure the two projects are completely independent of each other. I think Paramount are only really putting their name to the project and letting investors use their IP
  19. Is it because Iron Dragon's audience is bigger as it's not only just thrillseekers who would want to ride it but families too?
  20. Sorry for the double post, and hope it's OK to use this thread as a general Paramount London news thread, but they have just released a new video which has a lot of artists impressions from the park and resort: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttqGaf3-nIo&feature=youtu.be 15 million visitors seems quite optimistic if they're talking about park attendance, but as a resort I guess that will be easily achievable if they're also factoring in the City Walk style entertainment area etc etc.
  21. Disneyland Paris has a great layout in my opinion because it has the big loop that you can walk around from land to land, but it also has paths going through the centre like spokes, which means you can cut across the park and get from one side to the other extremely quickly. The infrastructure is great too with the Eurostar train station right inside the resort and it is easy to get to by car.
  22. I guess they are OK if you are visiting a park for your first/last time and unlikely to get back as it gives you a chance to ride everything. They work well at Disney, but most of the times I use something like this is at a Merlin park where I hate the concept as it seems to create queues that wouldn't have been there if it wasn't for Fastrack. I would rather them install high capacity rides rather than try and get you to spend yet more money on top of admission.
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