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Photo TR: H(anno)Happy goes UK (october 2007)


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First a short story... during the summer of 2006 i was introduced to the possibility of going on a multiple day multiple park tour reading some reports and viewing some video's from this site.

I do surf around sometimes and that also included a dutch website..

 

They offered a trip to the UK in october 2006.. After visiting Blackpool, Alton Towers and Thorpe Park that year i was hooked...

 

This resulted in me joining the Midwest and Mini Europe trip this year... and as a small bonus for myself another visit to the UK.. This time it was Blackpool, Alton Towers and Chessington with 50 other coaster enthusiasts.. (most of them wearing red jackets)

 

The following is a selection of the pics i took during that trip with some comments.. There might be some familiar faces in there.. and maybe none.. time will tell

 

enough said.. photo time

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Last picture for today's visit..

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not this year...

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Infusion at night

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you get such a nice feeling when walking around during this time of day..

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Grand National station at night

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More lights

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lights :)

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being a "credit whore" i wanted to check the Crazy mouse.. it was closed at the time i was at it's location :(

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when the sun goes down.. the lights go on.. which results in some excellent views at Blackpool...

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first drop goodness

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the view from the restaurant area ;)

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anyway.. dinner time.. and where better to go then Coasters?

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true

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Random person on Steeplechase.. just showing how much fun it is ;)

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to be honest.. i don't have a clue who this is..

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Plenty of space left

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This is what i like about Blackpool..

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Rollercoaster time

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Yummie, just needs a volunteer.. ;)

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The view was getting better by the minute :)

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Anyway.. time to enjoying a little "flying"

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This was my second visit to Blackpool.. and again.. i did not go in.. sometimes i wish i did not take that many pictures or bring my "expensive" camera with me.. maybe next year..

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and the other result.. it was clouded most of the day and 12 degrees Celcius (53 Fahrenheit)

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Result number one

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while other members of the tour went like this...

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some random girl was going in like this...

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Plenty of warnings when you look around ;)

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Blackpool=Valhalla

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More wood :)

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How many coasters can you count?

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I love this view

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almost there..

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Big Dipper time

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No thanks ;)

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The ride was more fun then i remembered from the year before... or was it just me being on more rougher rides?

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After eating something it was time for the Pepsi ;)

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There was one person going round and round all day in these bumper boats..

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some other random people.. to me this was nice surprise regarding how smooth the ride was.. especially compared to "el condor.."

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At least it looked like they enjoyed the ride

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Always fun to capture some onride moments..

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nice for the viewing audience

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Next stop was Infusion

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The wild mouse was closed all day :(

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wood :)

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some members of the group i walked around with during the following days ;)

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another angle

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Lovely view

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going up... no interaction between the trains :(

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Plenty of warning sings

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any familiar face on the train coming back into the station

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First stop of the day was the Grand National

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Yes.. we are almost there

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I love the Pleasure Beach at night. I was there Friday night just before I went into that Forbidden show at 8pm. I was hanging round the Infusion area and saw a few of the shirts. I didnt spot you though, and didnt have the time to hang around to look.

 

I really love the way Infusion looks at night. Its one of the best looking SLCs Ive seen.

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The second park we visited was Alton Towers.

I was looking forward to this especially Rita since it was closed last year..

 

Anyway.. the pics will speak for itself i guess.

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yes.. it was a good day for us.

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spinning teacup fun ;)

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on the way out of the park.. we passed Nemesi again ;)

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Air fun :)

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The air picture everybody has..

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it just doesn't stop untill you hit the brakes..

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especially compared to Black Mamba...

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I do like this layout....

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More nemesis

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If you have time.. check out the Gardens and the area around it.. it's just lovely..

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dude

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ehm.. this was after going through a halloween themed walkthrough (or haunted castle)

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looks "impressive"

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Single rider line worked perfectly today :)

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ehmm

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looks like they had a good time ;)

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spinball time :)

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big (or small) plus for a park ;)

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bye bye

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Have you seen the movie?

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inside :)

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i do like to experiment.. so here goes "nothing"

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Oblivion past some trees ;)

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Looks like these guys forgot to get out while they could..

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Halloween quest :)

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Alton towers also includes Hex

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autumn shows it's colors

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Rita launch rita

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the whole area was under these nets..

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i don't have a clue why they got onto this one...

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just look at how quick it moves..

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blue train

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red train..

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Playing with the sun

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see?? but damn.. there are not that many spots where you can take good pictures..

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Yes.. Rita is working :)

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everytime i'm there i see new things..

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I need to do some more work on my timing ;)

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Back to Nemesis ;)

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so we headed for Air... which got stuck just about the time it was my turn to board.. this guy took a picture of himzelf being stuck ;)

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First stop.. Nemesis.. while standing in line.. they told it would open later due to some "problems"

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Time to enter the park.. Looks like Halloween is also present

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How to start the day when you are early?? take a group photo ;)

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Early morning gave some nice photo opportunities..

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To conclude this small report the following pictures are from Chessington.

The year before we visited Thorpe (which is more of a thrill park (to me)) but Chessington was a nice surprise.

 

Plenty of details to look at and some very nice attractions...

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Thanks for watching ;)

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aha, that explains it a little ;)

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what's up with these kids??

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you know this kind of ride ;)

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little wet??

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Looks like a cool drop

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More random people

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One of the best places?? ;)

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Halloween time

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looks like having a great time

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While waiting for the others i enjoyed a bird show

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little bit of onride fun..

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It was fun.. but a bit too many people able to shoot at the same targets at the same time..

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There are so many angles and so many details to look at..

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more water fun :)

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yes.. you will get wet :)

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and these things are in the ground.. you might...

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when everybody says you should try a ride.. and nobody joins you.. ehm..

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random people having a good time

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Nice explanation.. it was fun :)

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I just loved this ride

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here comes.....

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true

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Best attraction of the park??

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It was a fun ride... but to me not a big thrill

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some members of the group are having fun..

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nice

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Vampire..

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on our way to...

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While waiting for the gates to open there was time to check out the "pool area"

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entrance sign

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