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  1. 1. What are your initial thoughts?

    Would hope it dosent split the forum into paid and unpaid members with the unpaid members on the outside of the 'in' group


    2. Can you think of anything else we could be offering?



    3. Is this something that interests you?

    Not really


    4. Why would you NOT be interested in this?

    Casual user of the site, love the updates etc but wouldn't attend any events (would love to though!) haven't brought anything from shop and would probably only buy a dvd if i had been on that trip for hardcore members it sounds like an excellent idea


    5. Any additional feedback you can give us based on the information you see here.

  2. 'Opening Spring 2009, SAW - The Ride. The world’s first ever horror movie themed rollercoaster will test the nerve of all who dare ride it as they subject themselves to be at the mercy of ‘Jigsaw’.


    The ultimate test will be a ‘beyond vertical’ drop of 100° from a height of 100ft, making it the steepest freefall drop in the world. Riders will also endure three inversions adding another dimension to a whole new experience of adrenaline-fuelled terror for thrill seekers'


    http://www.sawtheride.com/ (bits and pieces have been added to the site now)


    Obviously not a family ride then! Bit freaked out by the theme of this ride but Thorpe park isnt what i call a family park anyway so maybe it will fit in well, will watch and wait and see.

    Will people have to prove their age on the gate do you think, hopefully this will mean the themeing is pretty intense!

  3. Ok just got back from Alton towers and had my last ride on corkscrew, we would have had more but it is bloody painful, my poor ears!


    Yes there is a little air time but you dont really notice as you are desperatly trying to protect your head from slamming against the restraints!


    The queue for this ride was the longest i have seen in the last few years and with a month to go today they are only going to get longer.

    Will be interesting to see if they remove it straight away or leave it standing, will be interesting!

  4. Thanks

    Is Discovery cove worth doing? If so any tips??


    We have a lot to fit in in 7 days but with 13 days on the ship we can only manage another 7 days after that.

    We are thinking:


    Dicovery cove

    Bush gardens

    Disney (how many days do you think we will need for disney?)




    Anywhere else that is essential?

  5. The best prices for the park hotels is on the alton towers internet web site apparently, we are annual pass ticket holders and still got a better price on the internet, there are of course cheaper ways to stay butt he park hotels especially spach landings is fab! (we are staying there next week for the week)


    Have a wonderful trip! I am just planning our florida tour so i know how exciting planning the trip is

  6. Thanks for your replies, very very helpful, will look into the hopper tickets.


    I have managed to find a 12 seat mini bus think (ford galaxy i think) we went for extra seats as the others just dont have the luggage space, we will have 8 cases so need a lot of space!


    How long does it take to get from Fort Laudadale (sp?) to Disney, we have a villa we are thinking of renting in Davenport. not sure if we can get anything closer. any ideas?

  7. Hey there

    Ok so we are now in the process of sorting out the finer points of our trip, we are leaving Southampton UK and cruising over on the independence of the seas for 13 days before arriving in florida.


    We will then drive to a house we have rented and stay for a week doing Disney etc.


    I have been looking on the internet trying to find a mini van which will fit 8 passengers and their luggage and i cant, do you have any idea

    1, what we could hire

    2, where i can hire it from


    Also where can i get a good deal on a disney tickets as well as all the other parks?


    We are still undecided as to whether to do the crossing by cruise ship or just to fly out and stay in the disney resort with a 2 week unlimited pass. we will see what is cheaper/better (anyone done a transatlantic crossing in December before?? If so what is it like?


    Also someone mentioned that it is cheaper to get an indirect flight back to the UK rather than going direct, is this true?


    Thank you so much for any help you can give me


  8. Damn!!! I knew I left my cigarette somewhere.


    In all fairness I could've give a toss about this ride. Granted i've never been on it, and yes it is history for the UK, but in reality it's a failing amusment park that needs gutting and i'm sure something much more useful than a themepark can be put in its place.


    The general public really don't care about old rides anymore. Personally i'd much rather see some cheap flats put inthere than a themepark. (the UK needs some cheap first buyers housing fast!)


    I think you will find the general public do give a toss, i dont think you have a connection with it as 1) you have never been there by the sounds of it - or never been on it so you state and 2 you are too young to probably remember it in its hay day, for many there are lots of memories. Margate could do without more flats.


    Dreamlad was going to be opend in 2009 for historic rides. The amusment park was closed so it wasnt failing (ok so it may have been failing just before it was closed! )


    Years ago it was the place to be, just sad that people can do something like this and not give a toss about the knock on effect. There have been a few arson attacks in Margate recently, this just looks like another casulty

  9. 1. What do you find most useful about the front page?


    The updates bit, it is the first thing i look at


    2. What do you find least useful about the front page?



    3. Is anything on the front page confusing?

    For me, nothing, i can navigate around with ease


    4. How far do you scroll down the front page looking for updates?

    I dont, i check it so often that once i have looked at one update i dont tend to go back to i again unless it has been updated furher like trip reports



    5. How often do you look at the front page?

    Umm every day, every hour i love the updates and TPR is my home page!


    6. How often do you click on the "whatsnew" link?

    I dont


    7. What would you like to see added to the front page to make your visits to TPR better?

    i know it happend in some reports but if ore photos have been added can they be pu to the op again on the home page so we know somehing is new



    8. Anything else you would like to mention? Like any thing else you would like to see us add/change/leave alone/etc?

    Nope for me i love i!

  10. I wonder if merlin didnt own both Thorpe and Alton towers if the race to fit new and exciting rides would be on, it seems that they have nothing to really compete with and have cornered the market as other than a few parks in the UK i think these two are the most well known.


    Together the parks offer something different so dont really compete any more.


    remember the good old days of nemisis being built....

  11. I would disgree about 'most' people knowing about Adventure Island at Southend, it does depend on where you live I think. The only people I know that have heard of it are friends who live in London, and they were surprised I knew it was called Adventure Island. I haven't ever seen any advertising for it here in Devon, so I think unless you're in the catchment area or have visited nearby you wouldn't have heard of it. Its not somewhere people will travel 3 or 4 hours to get to like the other parks, so they don't bother advertising it in areas further away.


    Yes good point, thats the londoner in me! Thinking everyone has heard of it when you are right.

    I now live in kent so am even closer to Southend but we still dont get any adverts here either. To be honest i would never in a million years assosiate it as a theme park and would no way travel more than an hour to visit it.


    But its only disappointing because of Mystery Mine, and like you say you and the thousands of other people who are going to go and ride it aren't likely to ride MM anytime soon, infact you'll probably find a huge percentage of them haven't heard of it either


    Nope, every day non entusiasts wouldnt even think of what was in other parks across the world or even in the UK, i know my friends dont to them a ride is a ride!


    Its pretty difficult for a park in the UK to put something original in if you start making comparisons to coasters to the US, or even Europe. The majority of the country has restrictions on height which doesn't help, and there are only so many types of coaster out there which will make a big enough impact on advertising, and have a high enough throughput for a park like Thorpe, which means its likely a similar one will already exist elsewhere.


    Yes, i think we are so limited here in the UK that they can get away with theming a standard or well used/known coaster and people think it is one of a kind. It isnt until they go to other parks that they make the connection.

    I am looking forward to it though, i am not sure i will ever get to ride MM so for me it is the closest i will get probably. lets hope the name dosent let it down!

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