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  • Birthday 08/03/1981

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  1. Oh definitely Karla, there were queues of over 30 mins for each of the retro rides so must be taking good footfall away from the likes of Nemesis, Wickerman, and Smiler queues which is a good thing. It would be good if they kept them or replaced them with permanent themed flat rides.
  2. I've just got back from Alton Towers and to be fair the Retro Rides worked very well to spread the crowds about, and keep the queue lines in the main attractions lower than they would normally be.
  3. Fantasy Island, The UK one, in Skegvegas! Featuring the smoothest Vekoma ever!
  4. It's not very often I reply to threads, I visit this page every day but I'd say I'm more of a thread watcher than somebody who "gets involved" but this post really caught my attention. I'm quite keen about photography and your photos really are brilliant and obviously not just phone snaps. I always say I'm going to take my "proper" camera with me next time I visit a theme park but when the day comes I change my mind as don't want to clunk it around with me all day or leave it in a locker. How do you get around this predicament? Also my wife would hate it if I stood waiting for the shot I really want. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to seeing your photos from Universal. Shaun
  5. I still find the name "Rollercoaster" the strangest name for a rollercoaster. At least give it some thought haha.
  6. Wow the Hills really did have an identity crisis when you guys visited. Was great reading through the trip report. Do you think you guys will ever re-visit? Oh and Unleaded petrol is probably around $11 per gallon now.
  7. For those who don't know Pleasurewood Hills is a small theme park based on the East Coast of the UK between Gt Yarmouth and Lowestoft. I am sad to hear that the very first roller coaster I ever went on when I was a boy back in 1986 has been decommissioned. The Rattlesnake (Was Ladybird until around 1990) It wasn't a great coaster by any means but it was my first credit, and the one coaster that started it all off for me, although at the time I didn't know it. In fact I remember being scared as a 6 yr old boy waiting in line for it many times. (It's only a basic Tivoli, double figure eight design, but I was proper scared). Rest in pieces dear old Rattlesnake... Did anyone on here ever get to ride it?
  8. Not really Flaffstar, I think the sky needs to be black to qualify, A great pic nevertheless though.
  9. Wow some great shots there, I think you get a different perspective when you view a coaster in the dark. Long exposure shots are awesome but generally can't be done that well on a mobile phone, My OL pic was taken using a phone although I think I got very lucky with the lighting on the coaster. Here is another..
  10. After a trip to Winter Wonderland yesterday and a photograph I took of Olympia Looping I thought i'd ask, Whats the best photo you have ever taken of a coaster in the dark? It must be a pic you have taken. Heres my shot. Show me yours.
  11. Wow! Going by that video posted of the loading/unloading. I think I just worked out that if it carried on consistently at 30 seconds per load, on a 12 hour day over a week, it would bring in £1,270,080 per week at £9 per ride, with seven cars per train. Thats £7,620,480 for the duration of Winter Wonderland. Obviously Winter Wonderland isn't always as busy as it is on this video, but if it was then thats a pretty descent amount of money. Can't wait until I get to ride it next weekend.
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