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    Odyssey wind speed

    Three sisters in a caravan? I've seen that movie...
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    Hixee tries to catch up – Misc UK 2021 (#1 - Alton Towers & Drayton Manor)

    Perfect timing as I came on looking for an Alton trip report since they re-opened. I was trying to decide if it was worth a visit just for a theme park fix and the 4pm closing was putting me off slightly but it sounds like you got on the big rides with no issue and I can't imagine it'll be too...
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    Kent, England | The London Resort | Entertainment Complex

    Would it be cynical to think those comments demanding further research is required on impacts will stem from the same source as companies affiliated with eventually producing such reports/
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    Alton Towers vs Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    I think my view will probably echo most people's - Alton is just a better park. I guess it all depends on the circumstances and the company. If you're giving me a choice of 1 day at either park, it's always Alton. Better rides, basically. If I were taking some non-enthusiast friends to a park...
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    WTF Merlin?

    What even is that? A rebrand of an existing ride (I'm out of the loop). Either way, it looks cheap as **** - like literally it looks like one of those pop-up halloween scare fests you find in a random field somewhere.
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    New (temporary, hired) flat rides for Alton Towers

    It's embarrassing (although I'm not sure if it's for you lot or me) that none of you have mentioned Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Cowabunga. Heathens. I both love this, and think it's a seriously smart business move for them. I get the concerns about them looking tatty, or putting people...
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    Coaster with the strongest smell?

    Smilers disgusting restraints had a distinct smell.
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    Most impressive Coaster Designs

    So there's two different strands to this for me. One the one side, you've got Nemesis. Built around and in the valley, impressive pacing, looks ominous, I'm surprised it took so long to be mentioned in here. But as it was built from scratch into the environment, it doesn't fall into the same...
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    Blackpool Pleasure Beach: Future Predictions

    I mean it didn't take a genius to predict that Icon wasn't going to bring the punters flying through the gates - I've lost count of the amount of times we've had to discuss how the UK market relies heavily on USP's, branding or 'world firsts'. It's a really good ride, it looks beautiful, it...
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    Attractions that still scare you?

    I dislike jump scares so I don't really think it's a scare thing, as there's just no enjoyment there for me. Oblivion is always the first one that comes to mind, I've been on bigger and faster rides, and I don't have any issue with Eurofighters (beyond the vertical lifts), but Oblivion gives me...
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    Icon at Blackpool Pleasure Beach; overrated or underappreciated?

    Yeah I think initially it was massively over-hyped (and somewhat rightly so based on both Helix/Blue Fire, and it being the first big ride in ages at BPB) and that was always going to impact on the initial reviews of it. I think it's perfect for the park, yet not what they needed. It's a...
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    Five Things That Changed Theme Parks - Part 1: The Use of IP

    I literally used this forum and my growing interest in theme parks to focus a large portion of my dissertation on IP's and branding and their increasing usage by UK theme parks. So this was a blast down memory lane for me.
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    20 Years of CF: Tat Giveaway #1 - Batman...Forever

    I wish I could remember the exact reason - It's one of two and from memory it's about 2005/2006. I think it was researching somewhere other than Alton Towers to go, possibly somewhere like Flamingo Land or Blackpool. I know what kept me coming back was the forums, and doing a lot of my GCSE and...
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    World's Loudest Coaster?

    Never heard them in person but TTD/KK on video sound outrageously loud. I'm trying to think of when I've actually been aware of a coasters noise and it isn't half chucking up some nostalgia. Oblivion as it enters the hole, Joris as it flies through the station, Red Force at the end of the launch.
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    If you could put any roller coaster in your home park, what would it be and where would it go?

    If I'm including Billing Aquadrome then they're struggling - I'd love a Balder just chucked in to the fairground though. Realistically, next on my list is Helix but that wouldn't work on a flat caravan park, so it would have to be Shambhala next up. Just imagine the stunning views over the dual...
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