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    The Smiler vs Saw The Ride; which Merlin Gerstlauer do you prefer?

    The Smiler, pretty much based purely on how rough I've found Saw the last few times I've done it.
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    Your worst spite

    I've been to Magic Mountain about 3 or 4 times since X opened. Each time, X was down all day and never opened at all. Luckily I've been to Fuji Q a bunch of times and done Eejanaika loads!
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    Alton Towers' Next Big Thing?

    I really hope it's not a flying theatre. I've never really enjoyed any of them that much at any park and find them hugely overrated, although the general public seems to lap them up. I'd prefer literally anything else.
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    How do you pronounce the word “scone”?

    But gone is pronounced the opposite way to cone, so that doesn't really work. And done is pronounced another way again... I imagine Americans would generally go for scown as they have rounder vowel sounds in general and occasionally change pronunciations to fit that. Similar to them pronouncing...
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    How do you pronounce the word “scone”?

    Scone, like gone. I'm from Edinburgh though so scown would be quite unusual.
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    Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure vs Jurassic World VelociCoaster

    The two are both very different so I agree this is an "apples and oranges" comparison as some others have suggested. For that reason, they complement one another very well in the park. I'd actually side with Hagrids. VelociCoaster is fantastic, particularly the roll, but Hagrids is just way...
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    Alton Towers' Next Big Thing?

    If this is for SW9, I could see it being something like the upcoming DarKoaster at BGW, no doubt with some dystopian and apocalyptic theme. I sort of doubt this is SW9 though.
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    Parque Warner Madrid | Unknown | Intamin Launch Coaster | 2023

    This is looking pretty good - if it's half as good as Velocicoaster we're in for a treat! I'm actually heading to Madrid in September/October and thinking about a visit. I didn't go last time as there's not much there of interest - although I did enjoy Deja Vu at SFMM when it was there, so I'd...
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    Glenwood Caverns | Defiance | Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter | 2022

    More short than sweet, I'd say. The view from the top is beautiful - but honestly, would anyone wait more than 5 minutes for this? It's all of 15 seconds long after the lift hill!
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    Expedition Everest vs Revenge of the Mummy

    Mummy - it's a great mix of dark ride and coaster and just loads of fun. Everest is good, but somehow feels less than the sum of its parts - a bit of an identikit "Disney mountain".
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    Icon or Blue Fire?

    Blue Fire. It's not even close. Of course, if Helix was included, that's even more of a no-brainer.
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    Best of the 6 Disney/Universal Orlando parks?

    I'm not sure I'd say it increased their reputation per se, but it definitely solidified and reinforced it at least. I also think Universal have come through the last couple of years - maybe longer - a lot stronger than Disney. They've continued to invest and expand while Disney has slowed down...
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    Second best of the 6 Disney/Universal Orlando parks?

    Universal Studios Florida. It's just the most fully formed and pleasant of those parks to be in, particularly as an adult. It has the best range of attractions and best environment to relax in. I spent Christmas and New Year dipping in and out of both Universal parks, sometimes going into the...
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    SeaWorld Abu Dhabi | Unknown | Intamin LSM Launch Coaster? | 2023

    I think even with those things it's difficult to fill a day. I had lunch, did multiple re-rides on the coasters and went on all the attractions other than the kids' things and was done by early afternoon. It's a good little park, but in my opinion it's neither world class (outside of the record...
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    Parks you can't be arsed with

    I'm not sure I'd go as far as to say it sucks, but I definitely think it's very overrated in theme park circles and I can see why it wouldn't be to some people's tastes. I went before Lightning Rod, but was quite underwhelmed by my day there and wouldn't rush back.
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