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    Drayton Manor sold to Looping Group (page 5)

    If there's a management team in place it's probably cheaper to keep them on and give them guidance from on high, rather than replace them. Depending on how compliant they are with being told what to do! The family will have knowledge of/reputation with the area and council that will need...
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    Phantasialand | F. L. Y. | Vekoma Launched Flying Coaster

    I wonder if they're adding some temporary Corona protection, like the wooden wall, that fit in enough without spending ages on them?
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    Drayton Manor sold to Looping Group (page 5)

    I guess it's also important to celebrate some "investment" in the industry while the pandemic is here. They at least seem willing to give things a decent try, Hob's Pit was quite well received when it opened, for example
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    Coronavirus: Impact on Theme Parks

    The app makers for table service at pubs and restaurants will be making a fair bit, plus the sign makers that are getting extra orders in? Maybe, someone's always making money somewhere Working from home is going to be the way forward, regardless of peoples perceptions of it. Why do we make...
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    Coronavirus: Impact on Theme Parks

    After visiting Blackpool I noticed one of humanity's psychological quirks: people would wait in a long queue for a ride (and queues were LONG on Saturday), but as soon as the op said they were cleaning down for 10-15 minutes people left the line, even after already waiting 30 minutes! Blackpool...
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    Next European Park to get a B&M

    The London Resort is going to open with the world's tallest wing coaster, featuring a gatekeeper-style flyover each of the resort's entrances. I do wonder if there's any basis to the rumours of a wing coaster in a new Transylvania area at Europa Park?
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    Coronavirus: Impact on Theme Parks

    Fake news. America already beat the virus, it's over, it has disappeared. Is Blackpool still the leader in terms of following guidelines? Got a birthday visit this weekend, not bothered about masks or anything just want to avoid the "it's a conspiracy" troglodytes as much as possible :P
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    New track at the B&M plant

    It looks like they already use that style, like here on the pull out of Diamondback's splash down:
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    WTF Merlin?

    Can't sell fast track if there's no queue! And by the time you've got a tech down (because of ^) to add/remove a train, the queue will have changed, so they'd be chasing their tail all day adding and removing trains to match the queue
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    Energylandia | Abyssus | Vekoma Shockwave+

    If even a tiny part of a country's election is run and won on a platform of anti-LGBT, then the country doesn't deserve the tourism money (from me). Me not going to go to a place that's made it clear I'm not welcome, is just being polite!
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    Walibi Belgium | Unknown | Intamin Mega Coaster

    How heavy is a section of track? Could you just get a bunch of burly people to block and tackle it? Or, slightly more seriously, use a basic forklift for some easier bits?
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    What does MMFO at RCDB means?

    Look at you showing off your education and deductive reasoning skills :P I love stuff like this though, I always assume that it's the same terms around the world! I only found out today that the Dutch initialise the world wars as WO-1/2, obviously because the Dutch is "Wereldoorlog". It'd be...
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    Coronavirus: Impact on Theme Parks

    Saw some worrying stuff about neurological symptoms that are also present in some people, including inflammation of nerves in the brain and spine :( Mind you, brain damage combined with total loss of taste can only mean good things for Gerstlauer et al :P
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    Fatal Accident at Parc Saint Paul

    https://www.planet.fr/societe-accident-mortel-dans-un-manege-du-parc-saint-paul-la-soeur-de-la-victime-temoigne.2023188.29336.html?page=2&anc=subpage-title-1 A couple articles have an interview/the same interview with the park president, he says it's coming down after the investigation. From...
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    Why do US park operators never seem to fully own their international parks?

    As far as I can tell, yeah, they directly own New York too.
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