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  1. I literally JUST POSTED a whole rant about people being rude and obnoxious and you go and post this. As much as I'm sure you are all aware we support the LGBTQ community this is NOT the appropriate place to bring up whatever issues you have. Take your drama someplace else. We don't need to hear it. So people should keep their mouths shut when it's been rightfully pointed out that a percentage of guests would have to hide who they are to visit without being arrested? Sounds like some great LGBTQ+ community support there.
  2. 1. Name 3 of your favorite roller coasters, but not your top 3. Not my top 3, but close: Joris en de Draak (Efteling), Stealth (Thorpe Park), Nemesis (Alton Towers). 2. About how many different parks did you visit in 2018? Only 3. Thorpe Park, Efteling, Alton Towers 3. Which 2018 park visit was your favorite? Efteling. Quiet and madly cold day which meant much was closed but what was open was walk on. 4. Your favorite 2018 park addition (ride, food, show, etc)? Wicker Man at Alton Towers 5. What ride exceeded your expectations the most in 2018? Walking Dead The Ride. For
  3. Hi, Since it's a weekday on the 16th and in the low season you should be fine with one day. The only issue there might be is the weather. If it's too cold the outdoor rollercoasters may close. In February 2018 there was a freak cold chill that took it to -1 degrees Celsius, which closed all outdoor coaster except Baron 1898. I went to the park last on a weekday in February and got on 23 rides in only 7 hours (including 5 on Baron and 4 on Symbolica). I still had a great time and sure you will too.
  4. Don't get me wrong, I love the park, but Carnaval Festival is a bit tacky.
  5. I'm glad they're planning on wedding a new coaster but I must admit a circus theme doesn't excite me much. I worry it might be a little bit tacky.
  6. Thank you for setting up this poll Robb, AJ and Chase, I had great fun completing it. I find a few things on the results interesting, especially compared to the Mitch Hawker polls. I noticed Nemesis dropped much further down the polls than I expected. I imagine this is due to the new rides that overtook it, but it was still surprising. I also noticed Space Mountain Mission 2 in Paris was higher up than I expected. In the old Mitch Hawker polls it was one of the worst, yet it was ranked much higher in this. I wonder why?
  7. UK resident here, I've never visited BlackpoolYelford so can't comment on that. I have however been to Thorpe and Chessinot on a fair few times. Out of the two, Chessington is actually the busier of the two, so if pushed for time I might recommend buying some fastrack tickets. The fastrack packages do not save you much money, so would honestly just recommend buying on the day if you need them. Both parks will be busy in summer. Despite what people about the UK, you won't need a raincoat...it's not that bad, unless very unlucky!
  8. Efteling for me. It's got a fantastic charm to it and a great selection of rides. Not the best for thrill-seekers, but an all round brilliant park otherwise. Europa Park is an extremely close second for me, and honourable mentions go to Phantasialand and Disneyland Paris.
  9. TDS has always had a coaster. https://rcdb.com/1501.htm Forgot about that one (I was thinking for a second that Raging Spirits was the only one).
  10. Although since around 2006 (I think) it's had a credit, Tokyo Disney Sea didn't have a credit when it opened and it looked amazing even then (though I've never been there myself). EPCOT again needs a mention as it's (to my recollection) the only cred-less park I've been to in the last few years.
  11. I've never been, but Flying Turns interests me the most! Thorpe Park
  12. Also there's more to Liseberg than just Helix. There's more to most of these parks than just one coaster. Though Heide Park has Colossos for example I'd say Europa Park would be a better trip since it's more well rounded. Blue Fire doesn't hurt either. I'd argue a park with nice settings, efficient operations and a rounded selection of rides would be a better choice than one with a few 'noteworthy' rides but less of the rest. You will miss a lot of of great parks in the world if focussing just on "this ride craps of that one".
  13. Whilst it's true that there are not as big coasters in Europerror, that doesn't mean that they are bad, and in fact many world class rides live here. Maybe they're not as tall but many are very unique. In my native UK Alton Towers or Thorpe Park are your best coaster park options, both of which have rides which are exciting and thrilling, especially Nemesis and The Swarm. Germany is a great country for coasters, with Heide Park (Colossos ), Phantasialand (Taron, Black Mamba) and Europe Park (a little bit of everything). I think the main thing about a lot of European parks is that
  14. It is my favourite park I've visited, but yes, there can be a lot of overhype....odd when the park could speak for itself (as it did when I first visited only 3 years ago). Great reports Robb.
  15. This is an excellent report. I missed out on Hansa Park on my Euro-Trip last month and now I wish I'd had the time to go there.
  16. This is very sad to hear, but his legacy will live on.
  17. I'm surprised you found it that long, I really enjoyed the pre-shows and didn't find that I was waiting around that long at all.
  18. Yeah, I have often found these to be rather US-centric. To see the absence of last year's Chiapas from the water rides section in particular seemed odd, alongside the absence of Tokyo Disneyland itself. Mystic Manor as well seems like a ride that would be an obvious contender for best dark-ride, and Arthur at Europa Park, and it seems each year nothing much changes in that category (excluding Gringotts appearing on the list).
  19. I think people are missing the point with this. It's not a comment about theme parks, it's more a comment on society framed within the subject of a theme park. Theme Parks are simply the display mechanism.
  20. Should people not review bad films as such because it might make people not go to see the film? No, that would be absurd. You'd have though, given the potential social media influence mentioned earlier, that parks would be aiming to ensure that they run as smoothly as possible. Why should it be Robb's problem if he wants to review it as badly as he found it? They're the ones providing the bad park experience (if it was the park rather than guests causing problems). For me it would depend entirely on what caused the bad visit. The worst visit to a park I've ever had was Thorpe Park, but
  21. I've only been on three 'new' attractions/rides this year, so it's kind of a 'winning by default' situation. I've been on Baron 1898 in Efteling, I'm a Celebrity Maze in Thorpe Park and the rejuvenated Whale Adventures splash battle at Europa Park. Baron 1898 was excellent with some wonderful theming, story experience, preshows, and on-ride effects, and was an exciting layout considering its short stature. Whale Adventures was fun, and I'm a Celebrity maze should sit in the 'naughty corner' and think about what it's done! Wicked Cyclone and Twisted Colossus look the most fun out of the (ma
  22. On the whole different languages don't bother me. As long as I can get by in terms of eating and negotiating the park I don't mind if I don't know the stories of shows, so long as they're visually fun. I have visited a lot of these parks solo and with German or Dutch speaking friends in the past, so have had some back-stories explained to me previously (Heide Park excluded). Efteling - virtually all the staff speak English, and so ordering food, asking advice, buying items etc. will be no issue at all. The vast majority of rides have no English, and most shops/restaurants do not have any t
  23. I'm glad people got that from the review, I was worried I wasn't explaining myself very well! I must concede that, objectively, Efteling is not as good a park at Europa Park, mostly down to the size and number of rides. What has still allowed Efteling to remain at the top for me is how charming and quaint much of it is, the attention to detail and the standout rides it has, particularly in terms of dark rides, which I am a sucker for. Also having studied it academically as a case study for a Masters paper did mean I developed something of an affinity for the park. Comparing Europa Park and
  24. To be honest a lot of screen-based rides (Forbidden Journey included) make me nauseous, which therefore makes the number of media attractions in the Universal parks a problem for me. Spiderman and Gringotts I can manage however as the screens are big enough and far away enough to not be a problem. Up close screens make me very sick!
  25. PART 3 – EUROPA PARK The journey from Hamburg to Europa Park was a very long one! I left the hotel at 9am and arrived in the apartment with my friends at 8pm. The train was first, travelling to Frankfurt, at which point some Dutch friends picked me up and drove the remainder of the journey. The group of us had 3 full days at Europa Park, staying in an apartment in Rust. Rust is a town which is comprised almost entirely of guest-houses and hotels, and there are not many facilities. My time at Europa Park was very good. I have been once before, but that was a 4-park trip, with only one d
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