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  1. Dar

    What’s next for Phantasialand?

    I can't see a date anywhere on that page that's more recent than 2015. Is this confirmation or just a restatement of what's happened so far in the process? This image was in the moderation paper from 2015 showing what they planned to do, slightly higher res than the one on the council page :P...
  2. Dar

    What’s next for Phantasialand?

    If I'm understanding the translation, the council has agreed to the expansion and now they're going to sit down and work out where the park can expand? Or is there a development plan already agreed?
  3. Dar

    Busch Gardens Williamsburg | Pantheon | Intamin LSM Coaster | 2021

    Because Facebook are annoying: Have you tried ctrl + f5 to force a refresh? The site runs a bit faster for me since they moved servers! I'd kinda forgotten about this ride, it doesn't seem as interesting...
  4. Dar

    What’s next for Phantasialand?

    I wonder if Phantasialand are running 2 investment plans side-by-side, a status quo one and one in case they get the expansion they want. They could run concurrently quite happily for a while, but at some point they're going to diverge. They might be going 'careful' at the minute so they don't...
  5. Dar

    The Maccy D's Thread.

    Have you got one of those vacuum sealers? Could you seal one and post it? I feel the tiny village pain too, our closest one is close enough to be tempting but far enough to not be worth the hassle :P
  6. Dar

    Coasters past their Primes

    Grand national at Blackpool It used to be a fun, rough and ready woodie before the fire, then KumbaK came in and ruined the whole thing! Or at least the controls system. Not sure why they seem to have so much trouble parking in the station, but at this point it's just a bit tragic every time...
  7. Dar

    Small News From The Theme Park Industry

    I genuinely cannot figure out how this managed to happen? It's like the train stopped on the roll backs but the second car's bogey kept going? Either way there was a fair amount of force to pull it off, and bend the front bogey and catwalk.
  8. Dar

    What is the most surprising airtime moment you’ve experienced in your enthusiast career?

    Back row of Colorado Adventure at Phantasialand, down into the tunnel after the second lift! The cars are surprisingly roomy and have a single lapbar, so you can get launched if you sit with the right person!
  9. Dar

    Gröna Lund | Monster | B&M Invert | 2021

    Is it going to be fenced off or is going to be like crossing the road during a marathon? Wait for the group to pass, and the marshall to give you the signal to run across?
  10. Dar

    What is your favourite use of special effects on an attraction?

    It's not really a special effect per se, but the kitchen trommel in Hotel Tartüff is the only that's genuinely made me feel ill!
  11. Dar

    Fantastic old coaster footage/pics

    I reckon they would have experimented with splitting the big lift into two blocks to get 2 extra trains, instead of just 1 if it was one big lift. I couldn't see why not, they're no twistier than anything else the trains traverse! A lot of the transitions on Schwarzkopfs are already pretty...
  12. Dar

    Walibi Belgium | Kondaa | Intamin Mega Coaster | 2021

    Come on, you can't all tell us that Kondaa can be a play on words and then not tell us what it's a play on!
  13. Dar

    Fantastic old coaster footage/pics

    There's an extra lift before the immelmann, cobra roll, and then the zero-g exits back onto the original lift to do the normal layout like nothing happened :P How insane would a 9-inversion travelling coaster have been? :D
  14. Dar

    Movie Park Germany | Unknown | Intamin Multi Dimension Coaster | 2021

    Hmm, I wonder if it's going to sit on the support grid like a traveling coaster, or are they going to add another layer of concrete over top?
  15. Dar

    Small News From The Theme Park Industry

    "sent"! I love these skits, I'm amazed other places didn't jump on the bandwagon for a bit of social media fame! I got sent the video of (teddy) bears on Untamed by friends & family that have no interest in theme parks, let alone overseas parks. If a British park did it, I might have managed to...
  16. Dar

    Lightning Rod Status

    I wonder if the negative Gs are the problem with the topper track? Looking at the picture from IAAPA, the topper track overhangs the wood so I'm thinking the upstops loaded that overhang too much and it started twisting the wood underneath? (No I'm not an engineer, yes RMC know way more than...
  17. Dar

    New Merlin "Annual pass"

    Yeah, the people complaining are the same people that don't spend anything on park, milk the pass for all it's worth, and then seem shocked there's no money for a decent new ride. I can possibly see pre-booking for pass holders becoming permanent, Merlin love their numbers and getting a bit...
  18. Dar

    Big One Partial Re-Track @Pleasure Beach

    Doubt there's any "improvement" going on, I assume they're copying the original plans like last season! Now would be the ideal time to replace the old fashioned arrow mid-course with something more adjustable than 'on', 'off', or 'middle-ish' though :p
  19. Dar

    Walibi Belgium | Kondaa | Intamin Mega Coaster | 2021

    Are they going for Africa or Yorkshire with those pretty dry stone walls? This thing looks, to show my age, wicked! Now we just need an Arrow 4D, a decent length flyer (with pretzel loop), and RMC Big Dipper and Europeans won't need to travel to America! ETA a word
  20. Dar

    Accident at Lightwater Valley

    Is that all? They should've said, those companies are ten a penny \s :P The trouble with another company swooping in to buy them is that there's not really a track record of making money. Breaking even isn't enough, especially if they've had to cut things right back to get where they are now...