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  1. Even tho I am in the UK, I still haven't done most of the parks in Europe. Must admit we do find it quite hard with a 3 year old in tow. Troverland is one I certainly want to do. We are off to Europa this year for the first time in 8 years. Get photos from your trip. Hope you really enjoyed it
  2. We are off to Liseberg for the first time tomorrow. Stopping overnight so we can stay for the 11pm close Really looking forward to it
  3. We visited Paultons for the first time this week and it is a lovely little park but needs a little something more and I think this project for next year will certainly give them that
  4. Got to ride Smiler on Saturday and it's a fun ride but nothing special tbh. The best bit by far is the bunny hops - airtime heaven!. We had an ERS on Nemesis in the morning 8-9 and the park recommended we headed over to Smiler straight after which we did. We were in the queue from 9.10am and they opened it at 11.40. We rode about 10 mins after it opened. The staff running it were making sure every train was going out full which was great to see. (Shame we couldn't say the same about Oblivion) Smiler has quite a bit of power and speed even tho it looked very slow during testing. It w
  5. But I have a good reason! We have a new member in our household. Please meet Rebecca who was born in late March. Lucky for me I didn't miss much of the coaster season but I did lose out a bit when we went to Sweden in September but I had already visited the park so wasn't too disappointed
  6. We are off to visit Alton next Saturday so will take some photos and hopefully be able to report back on what it is like. So far it has had mixed reviews.....
  7. Alton Towers, next year I expect. Depends on when Baby shows up
  8. After my short visit in May this year, my family decided they would like to visit this park. So we planned a 1 night stay to spend 2 days at the park. After a very early start to the day and an early flight we arrived in Sweden early enough to go and visit the largest Ikea store whilst we waited for Gröna Lund to open at 3pm. We headed across Stockholm city centre (which took about 45 mins from our hotel) and once we had our entry wristbands headed off to ride the two kiddie coasters first. On my last visit the park was so busy that I wasn't able to get the credit for these. The weat
  9. We can't watch it in the UK so we have managed to download it. Looked good and we had even been on two of the coaster show Thought it was quite funny that of the 8 coasters featured in the first 2 episodes 7 of them were B&M's
  10. I wish they could cook - would save me having to cook for them most evenings. In the US i think they are called "pups" in europa we call them "kittens" (which can be quite funny as people think of baby cats and then see the rat and panic )
  11. There isn't really enough new stuff over here at the moment for them to visit (at a guess)
  12. GronaLund, Sweden Will be my 2nd visit but the rest of my group's 1st visit
  13. Rat show info now here: http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=62924
  14. Rat show info is here: http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=62924 I like Twister. I managed a back row and was quite surprised by it. It's quick and very smooth considering the tight space it is built in to. Can't say about Jetline yet
  15. Following on from these two threads: http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=18478 http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=62908 I said I would explain to people what a rat show is and how it all works. Firstly there are rat clubs worldwide. The biggest one in the UK is the National Fancy Rat Society (http://www.nfrs.org) plus we have about 10 smaller ones spread across the country. In the US the main club is the American fancy rat & mouse association (http://www.afrma.org/) Shows are a big part of breeding here in the UK regardless o
  16. Yes we did "crown" the best rat Best in Show I'll start a new thread about rat shows with some pictures - will make things a bit easier
  17. At the moment mine is: 1. Black Mamba, Phantasialand, Germany 2. Nemesis, Alton Towers, UK 3. Expedition Ge Force, Holiday Park, Germany (only ever ridden in the rain ) 4. Silver Star, Europa Park, Germany (very special coaster) 5. Dragon Khan, PortAventura, Spain 6. Swarm, Thorpe Park, UK 7. Colorado Adventure, Phantasialand, Germany (I find this one so much fun) 8. Eurosat, Europa Park, Germany (crazy fun) 9. Stealth, Thorpe Park, UK 10. Megafobia, Oakwood, UK
  18. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to visit Stockholm to judge a rat show for the Swedish rat club. Whilst there I was able to visit GronaLund for 3 hours before our flight home. The only downside for me was the fact that is was so hot (around 30 ish). The park is stunning considering how small it is. Jetline wasn't running so I didn't get to have a go. I managed a few goes on Insane which is exactly that - I couldn't work out if I liked it or not. Very much a much do ride regardless. Here are a few pictures that I took during my short visit: View from the footbridge
  19. We have 3 mini dachshunds - Xp (silver dapple), Nappy (Black & tan) and Drake (Chocolate & Tan). Then I have a few pet rats (around 50 at last count). I currently breed and show these in the UK and I am a show judge. Here are a few pictures: My special girl, Suzy Chuck Diablo (this is a new variety for the UK) Lucky Charm Lily some babies (around 20 days old)
  20. 5 years on and things haven't really changed for me. I tend not to ask any more and just enjoy taking pictures from the ground to use them on our website (since our computer crashed and we lost everything so I had to start it again). I would prefer to take some on-ride photos more than POV''s but I have no intentions of doing so any time soon. I enjoy the track walks and things that the clubs sometimes get and make the most of some photos from the more unusual places.
  21. Since I am now at home, I'll post some photos. It was a cold day and very cloudy so they aren't fantastic A couple of general park shots:
  22. We went to Thorpe with the ECC on the 31st. The park allowed us in early to have the first ride on swarm. We managed to get row 2 on the left hand side. Overall we weren't very impressed - the first drop is good and the bit over the station but it seemed slow and not much for it. We spent the rest of the day wandering around as we had a ERS at 6pm on Swarm so didn't see the point of. Q'ing to ride it in the day. Stealth running well, Saw seems better than when we last rode it, inferno is ok aging well, didn't attempt colossus as it look painful. All the coasters broke down at some point i
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