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More bites of more Big Apples: 2018 - Devon

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by HeartlineCoaster, Jul 23, 2017.

  1. HeartlineCoaster

    HeartlineCoaster Well-Known Member

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    West Sands Fun Fair

    Time to take a short break from the fancy stuff and get down and dirty.
    Drove for 40 minutes through intermittent bursts of rain so heavy you couldn't see the road.
    Sat in the car park for 30 minutes while it was chucking it down.
    The rain eased slightly.
    Walked up to the cred as a couple of staff members were starting to come out of hiding from the weather. No one else around at all.
    "Do you wanna go on that?"
    "Yes, yes we do."
    "Sweet, I don't know how the brakes work but I know a man who does."
    Several more staff wander over and between them are able to meet the criteria to take our money and get the ride running.
    Got 3 laps.

    Highlight: Got the cred.
    Lowlight: Got wet.

    Better than Nagashima Spiteland.

    Here's a little game for you:
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    Spot the mistakes.
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    Let me guess, one of them is the price!
     
  3. DelPiero

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    I'd argue 5, Attendant, You're, OK, too and arguably Mt, 1.2 mountains is pretty high. Mostly see just M, can't remember seeing a Mt recently.
     
  4. HeartlineCoaster

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    ^^ Nope.

    ^ Okay is perfectly acceptable. Spot on with the rest. You win.
     
  5. davidm

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    B in Better should be a b and not a B
     
  6. DelPiero

    DelPiero Well-Known Member

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    I guess Okay just bothers me then, if you spell the K then why not the O as well and spell it Ohkay. Just another grumble from an old man.
     
  7. HeartlineCoaster

    HeartlineCoaster Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm... GrammarForce.

    I let that one slide due to creative license in a slogan.

    Okay is the full word in the dictionary though. The O isn't an abbreviation of Oh.
     
  8. Will

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    A cred's a cred - I remember having a similar experience getting this one, also in the rain, probably being given more laps than I wanted and having to park awkwardly outside a nearby shop.
    I like the grammar spite, but my favourite thing about this report is that it has nothing to do with New York :p
     
  9. HeartlineCoaster

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    May as well turn this into a general UK down and dirty thread.

    Flamingo Park

    Popped in to Hastings while ‘in the area’ for work on the off chance of catching the cred.

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    Whole park was closed, even though there were about 1000 tourist teenagers (and seagulls) in the immediate vicinity feasting on fish and chips. Surely they could have made some money out of that.

    There were a couple of people inside doing painting, maintenance and stuff.

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    I wasn’t allowed to aggressively beg for them to open it.

    Did spot an even more pathetic looking ride in a storage area next to the park that clearly wasn’t ready yet.
    https://rcdb.com/15509.htm
    This has since appeared on RCDB, so might be double points next time at least. It may also have become the best Flamingo-based park in the country by then.
     
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  10. HeartlineCoaster

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    Bit of a fun weekend in pursuit of some previous spite:

    Day 1 - Fantasy Island
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    Odyssey (pictured in yellow) is a hard creature to catch, finally managed it this year. Had some mild excitement for it, as it’s reasonably unique and it’s big innit.

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    Well it rides like sh*t. I simply resorted back to my zoned out defensive mode and that was that. At least it's done.

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    Millennium (pictured in yellow) remains an offensively smooth mince around the park and the nearby streets.

    Couldn’t resist Seaquarium, the fishy dark ride thing. Got the song stuck in my head again. A classic.
    I forget the rest.

    Botton’s Pleasure Beach
    As nice as the staff were last time, this park was down to a 5 minute job, from the previous 15 minute job.
    Needed Queen Bee. Got Queen Bee.
    Did the ghost train cos it worked out with a token deal. Wasn’t great.

    Mack's Amusements

    The wrong Mack unfortunately.
    Sketchy looking thing on a beach:
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    They closed down early for the day, in front of our face.
    Didn’t want the money.
    You win some, you lose some.

    Day 2 - Pettitts Animal Adventure Park
    Nice little park.

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    Nice little ride.

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    Spent some time looking at raccoons.

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    My reaction to yesterday's spite.

    Joyland Childrens Fun Park
    Didn’t make it here last time we were in Great Yarmouth. Can’t remember exactly why.
    They pack the rides in tighter than I do.

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    Another WGH for the collection in the form of Spook Express. Jellikins may make that collection hard to complete.
    Quite good use of space, being above everything else. Few laps and a bit of an ‘indoor section’.

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    Did the tubs. Hilarious. Vicious. Don’t agree on the Coaster Count stance on this one when it’s pretty much the same logic as:
    Did the snails. Hilarious. Vicious. ‘Undefined’. Not a cred.

    Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach

    Popped in for the first Wacky Worm I’ve ever reridden, albeit 15 years later. Friend needed the cred. Not as good as I remember, but very enthusiastic staff is always a plus.

    Took a token lap on Rollercoaster. Be rude not to.
    Tivoli killed these things.

    There’s still time. What else can we squeeze in? Against better judgment, Clacton.

    Pavilion Fun Park
    Got out of the car just as Hurricane Irma was hitting the East coast of England.

    Shouting through the wind:
    “IS THE ROLLERCOASTER OPEN?”
    “NO, THE TRACK IS WET”
    What is this? Nagashima?

    Battled through a sandstorm and walked to...

    Clacton Pier
    Stella’s Revenge was that she was also spiting.
    However, the ticket bloke managed to phone up a member of staff to run Wild Mouse Coaster for us, in adverse weather.
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    Finally got my ‘most confusing cred name’ cred to my name.

    A reasonable amount of success in there. Still plenty of loose ends to keep me out of trouble though.
     
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  11. jayjay

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    Raccoons are underrated cute animals. Also @Mysterious Sue will be miffed that you went to Norfolk without her.
     
  12. Mysterious Sue

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    It's ok, he didn't go to Pleasurewood Hills
     
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    Pleasurewood Hills is in Suffolk :p
    Pettits is surprisingly fab (and oddly welcoming to goons) but sorry to hear about the weather related spite in other places.
    I still need that bloody thing in Cleethorpes; I sat it out back in 2010 because I thought I already had it, before later realising I was wrong >:C
    Flamingo Park also continues to evade me. Maybe next year.
     
  14. HeartlineCoaster

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    Following recent trips I feel I am ready to start up my own Coaster Crate business.

    Box 0 will contain the following items:

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    A rain damaged Nagashima Spite Land map.

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    A used drinks cup from Tivoli Friheden.

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    A half used Movie Park Germany Fastrack.

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    A Dino Rampage postcard from Fantawild Wuhu.

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    A home made comic about Wallace & Gromit's Thrill-O-Matic dark ride with an interesting take on the plot.

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    A foam ball from Dennis’ Madhouse, Chessington.

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    A Pettitts Animal Adventure Park receipt with a Joyland Snails sticker on the back.
    (with potential savings of up to and including £6, and more!)

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    And the main event: a framed screenshot of an apology email from Merlin.

    How many orders shall I start with? 100?
     
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    So glad I'm not the only one to have a foam ball from Dennis' madhouse lying around :p
     
  16. Will

    Will Well-Known Member

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    I had one for a long time, a souvenir of the foam ball fight we had at GhosterForce '08.
    No idea what happened to it though...
     
  17. HeartlineCoaster

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    Time to get this thread back on track and no doubt generate more interest than DC Rivals.
    Surprised it's so early, but turns out places actually open in February!

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    They obviously get very busy with it.

    A hideously early start for a winter weekend landed us in the car park somewhere in between park opening and ride opening for:

    Milky Way Adventure Park

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    All the rides you could ever want.

    Kicked off to a fantastic start, with a very enthusiastic staff member giving us a highly detailed explanation of the park map, planning out a little itinerary for our day including a show at 3pm. Didn't have the heart to say we'd be gone by 11:10.
    Took particular note of the speech about the wacky worm, saying that for those not brave enough for the big coaster, adults are always welcome.
    Great to hear such thoughtfulness when a fair few parks in this country try and make you feel bad about taking a harmless ride (or even flat out refuse you). One day society will accept us.

    This highly detailed explanation led to us immediately getting lost. The park has a very weird layout, forcing you through certain attractions including Dr. Who and pink R2D2 (what?), then down corridors that look like a school and into doors you don't feel you should be opening.

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    Stumbled outside and bagged our first cred of the day.

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    Standard stuff. Spent most of the ride in a battle between keeping the park map safely in hand and protecting said hands from the bitter cold.
    Reminds me I'm back home when I'm freezing my arse off in a park.

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    Made a beeline for the worm and as if by magic, the operator appeared, coffee flask in hand.

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    Now had 17 minutes to kill before Clone Zone opened. Decided the maze sounded like the best way to do this, but managed to navigate through the hedges much easier than the actual park.

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    Magnificent looking specimens.

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    Seeing that we couldn't contain our excitement, they opened a couple of minutes early and led us through for a quick safety chat. The assumption was made that we wouldn't get scared, but make enough noise and the aliens will go away.

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    The walkthrough bit was a good laugh and I like the way you get a tour guide giving you a bit of back story and a scare or two. Got attacked by an alien near the end as the host made a swift exit, presumably to go run the ride. The best noise I could manage was a mild 'oh no!'.

    Weird contraptions these bat flyers, particularly in powered form. I rather enjoyed the exposed feeling as it pitches about accelerating and deccelerating in hilarious fashion. Scenes and animatronics were great too, just all ended a little too soon.

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    Almost ended, had to ungracefully manouvere the tunnel at the end.

    All done then.
    Grabbed a £1 voucher for Big Sheep on the way out, though we knew their cred wasn't open today. Have to stay one step ahead.

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    Back on the road to Credit-on.

    With due dedication, we had done our research and the other park with available creds in fickle February was:

    Crealy Adventure Park


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    We even had an email confirming said creds would be open, playing it so smart.
    Wait, what's this?

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    Just...
    Can't escape the spite.

    Have to grab things while you can in this game, so soldiered on anyway.

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    Roman soldiered even.

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    Vekoma Junior with a shed. Name might oversell it a bit.

    Bit more significant in comparison to Shark Bay though.
    Was told it was difficult to get. It wasn't. +1!

    The Paultons-fed dinosaur craze in UK parks has reached Devon too. We're blatantly worse for copying stuff than China.

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    Fearless seagull.

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    Gave their version of the dinosaur ride a go. Gotta get your moneys worth from these places.

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    Started off a bit budget, but it had another shed and some animatronic ones near the end. A reasonable attempt.

    Not quite the perfect success we were hoping for but a +5 is a step in the right direction and a great way to kill a day.
    Should only need 1 more trip down this way to dust it all off... but I'm far too cursed for that.
    Your move Big Sheep. I've got my voucher. I'm ready. Are you?
     
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    Fab. Genuinely love Milky Way. The staff are so nice, it's a bit kookie and the indoor dodgems are just fantastic. Clone Zone's queue is like a mini Nemesis and the effort they've put into it warms my heart.
     
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