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  1. Ian

    Maximum Pleasure | BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH | 11th May 2019

    A CoasterForce Live season without Blackpool Pleasure Beach is like Amanda Thompson without sunglasses on her head – it just doesn’t happen! This May join CoasterForce for a day out at the UK’s premier seaside amusement park! Ride The Big One, be in awe of an Icon and prepare for a...
  2. Ian

    Swarming Up For The Season | Trip Reports

    Cheers to everybody who turned up today, was one of the best trips to Thorpe I’ve had in years! Particularly pleased to meet so many new enthusiasts! I hope everybody felt welcome and had a great time, too. Come on then, phones and cameras were out all day, let’s see your photos and hear your...
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    Most renames for the same coaster

    So Pleasurewood Hills’ big announcement is the return of Rattlesnake. Or Snake in the Grass. Or Ladybird. All depends which generation you’re from, I guess. For a coaster that has never been relocated (yes, that’s in bold so take note), four names (albeit one used twice) must be a record of...
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    Rock & Roller Coasters: ICON BELIEVE IT! (BPB, 23rd June)

    The most exciting new UK coaster in years is nearly upon us! Now when we say we're going to ride "Grey", we don't mean Revolution... we mean ICON! JUST LOOK AT IT!! :eek::eek: WHEN Saturday 23rd June. Park opens at 10am with the "earliest ride closing" being 6, so it might open later! MEET...
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    “THE SW8 IS OVER!” Alton Towers, Sat 17 March

    Wooden coaster rumours have been burning the ears of enthusiasts for years and years. Alton have finally pulled the rod from the fire and are hoping Wicker Man will be a blazing glory on opening day! Nothing quite beats going to a new coaster opening day, so I hope as many of you as possible...
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    CF Lives 2018

    Thinking along the lines of... Alton Towers Blackpool Liseberg Denmark (for GhosterForce) Toverland Throw date suggestions at me! The list above is not conclusive so I’m happy to hear suggestions. I’m still umming and ahhing over Poland. There has been a mixed response from several people I’ve...
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    IAAPA 2017

    On Tuesday morning (Orlando time), this grumpy face... ....will be entering this massive building.... ...and going under this fab sign onto the IAAPA Expo 2017 trade show floor! I’ll be posting news from the floor in this topic and, of course, CF’s social media. A few train reveals are...
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    CoasterFawkes - Alton Towers, Sunday 5th Nov

    Where has this season gone?! Our last UK park visit of 2017 takes us to Alton Towers for their last day of the season and, most importantly, the spectacular fireworks! On actual fireworks night! The park opens at 10am and closes at 9pm so they'll be an opportunity to ride a few coasters in...
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    Thorpe Park Fright Nights 2017

    I went to the press preview yesterday evening with my brother, @Rachel and her friend Zara. Once we got through the tired looking entrance plaza, over the bridge and out of the dome, Thorpe Park looks amazing. The sudden view of coasters and rides is great and it looks especially beautiful at...
  10. Ian

    Chessington World of Adventures 10/09/17 Reports

    It was a pleasant day. Beige surroundings brightened up by the colour CFers stomping about. We rode all the big rides, including the now-spited Dragon Falls and Peeking Heights. Ate lots of meat. Decided all new rides will be themed to scorpions - Scorpion World of Adventures. Minimal queues...
  11. Ian

    The Original and Best

    Reading the Blue Fire, Seriously? topic, some CFers are jumping to the coasters defence because it was the first of its kind, a prototype, the original, whatever you want to call it. It's always exciting when a new roller coaster type opens. It's the best thing EVER! Sooner or later, another...
  12. Ian

    Favourite pre lift hill moments

    There are a several coasters that have a little section of track, sometimes containing an element or themed structure, before the train reaches the lift hill. Like a warm up before the main event, an amuse-bouche before a main course, foreplay before...you get the idea. Hades 360, Hydra and...
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    Over the top story about Wipeout PWH

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4702700/Man-injured-rollercoaster-dozens-trapped-50ft.html In a nutshell, ride stopped due to sensor doing its job. People panicked. Man complains about back pain and is cut free to be stretchered off. Usual Vekoma jokes aside, how could he develop back...
  14. Ian

    Skyline sell first Skywarp

    Remember this from the 2016 IAAPA? They've sold one which will open next year...but they won't say where until IAAPA 2017. Any guesses? Press release below... Skyline Attractions Sells First Skywarp Scheduled to be Open 2018 Orlando, FL, USA (July 1, 2017) – Skyline Attractions has...
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    Coasters that have been modified

    I was thinking about the few lacklustre coasters that were rotting away but brought back to life when Fred from RMC got his Grubby hands on them. Aside from RMC and Gravity Group conversions, can you think of any other coasters (or rides in general) that have been converted, either by theme or...
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    GhosterForce 2017 - 13-15 Oct - Movie, Heide, Hansa

    Three days at three top German parks! The trip kicks off at Movie Park Germany, where seven creds await us including the new, amazing-looking Star Trek: Operation Enterprise! It's also the time of their Halloween Horror Fest event so expect some spooky stuff! http://movieparkgermany.de/ On day...
  17. Ian

    Can or Tin?

    I posted this on Twitter earlier. There has been a thrilling discussion on there between me, @davidm and @Martyn. Read the Twitter tread. I'm throwing it open to CF to gain a wider response and settle this once and for all.
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    Blackpool - 20 May - Rock & Roller Coasters Planning

    FYI, I do have an Icon based Live name but I'm saving that for 2018 when it's open! Anyway, our annual trip to Blackpool is just over a month away! When? Saturday 20th May. Meet inside the park by the entrance of the Grand National by 10:30. The park is scheduled to open at 10am and close at...
  19. Ian

    Top Coaster Moments

    This topic is not about listing your top five creds, or the happy memories you have from a particular ride, such as getting engaged on a coaster, holding a girls hand for the first time or watching your mate be sick. It's about those epic and sublime moments on rollercoasters that make you go...
  20. Ian

    If Nemesis never existed what would be the UK's #1 coaster?

    Before you start saying "it's not my number one UK coaster", good for you, I'm thrilled for you. That's not what this topic is about. Generally speaking, Nemesis is regarded as the top cred in the UK. It features heavily in many goons Top Tens, it wins polls and it was, urgh, here comes that...
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