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  1. chainedbanana

    Are theme parks Capitalist or Socialist?

    Ok I was pondering this question in my head, and without wanting to create any sort of contentious political post ( I don't want to create arguments about which one is best or not) , but more a interesting discussion - are Theme parks socialist or Capitalist, or something in between? and would...
  2. chainedbanana

    Visionland Liuzhou- Crazy Magician

    Ok - came across this coaster(?) in one of my internet deep dives, looks like it's still in construction, although I believe it was meant to open when the rest of the park did! It's an OCT in-house design, and I found some intrequing patents on the OCT technical site! What is it? from the...
  3. chainedbanana

    Multi-coloured (dyed) rainbow fountain - Please ID Park?

    This is a really random question - but 15-20 years ago when I was starting to get into parks - I remember seeing an image of a park which had a water feature/fountain where it had multiple spouts/cascades of different colours - each a separate dyed water to form a rainbow effect (prob each with...
  4. chainedbanana

    Best theme park Toilets

    So its come to this!!........ But really toilets (bathrooms to you Americans) are an essential commodity for any public service or attraction, but are often the last to get any attention - and even in some Disney parks have been left shockingly bland and take you out of the immersion you're...
  5. chainedbanana

    Music - any Trance, EDM or old skool dance fans out there?

    from my observations and conversations - coaster enthusiasts tend to be a very indie lot or at least into rock based music including many a metalhead! So where are the old-skool ravers amongst you? My particular passion is Trance music but I generally love most vocal house-based music...
  6. chainedbanana

    Kaleidescape, Elitch Gardens, Meow Wolf Art dark ride

    I totally forgot this was a thing/ and it seemed to have gone under the radar (as it opened last year) But what's interesting is that this ride was designed and installed by surreal art collective 'Meow Wolf' who are responsible to building an absolutely crazy installation-style 'fun house' in...
  7. chainedbanana

    Future of theme parks from a sustainability stance.

    Something thats just been buzzing round my mind for a while - Is how Theme-parks will adapt to the future like everything else in these times of increased ecological awareness. I know the future of ‘roller coasters and theme parks has been discussed before, but what are your thoughts or...
  8. chainedbanana

    Best coasters for Giving a sense of 'flying'

    After recently riding Shambala - I released one of the reasons i loved it, was because it gave me a genuine 'magical' feeling of flying - a combination of floater airtime, being high above the ground and the wind through my hair, helped with the seat configuration which allowed for lots of...
  9. chainedbanana

    how are special effect 'sparks' created

    One special effect I've only seen a handful of times in a theme park context is fake/special effect sparks, a couple of examples I've noticed them on is Firechaser express at Dollywood in the fireworks shed and On Jaws the ride (Japan) when the shark animatronic gets 'electrocuted'. Ive also...
  10. chainedbanana

    Toverland, Witches Forest

    I love Toverland's Halloween, they're so theatrical, but lacking on actual scare mazes, So a new walkthrough experience is welcome news! It appears they are going to utilise an area not yet used before, that being around the lake behind Avalon (the proposed site for a future hotel) and the...
  11. chainedbanana

    Plopsaland - Dino Splash

    Plopsaland's newly themed log flume 'DinoSplash' looks Faaaaab! THIS is how to do a re-theme! I love how they've painted the troughs and drops going through and out the volcanos red! https://www.looopings.nl/weblog/12514/Rokende-vulkanen-en-brullende-dinos-Plopsaland-opent-Dino-Splash.html
  12. chainedbanana

    Walibi Rhone-Alps | Air Boat | Zamperla Nebulaz

    I thought this was worth noting as Zamperla have deputed there new flat ride 'Nebulaz' (not sure if this is what the ride model will be called) at Coney Island NY. The ride looks fun if not that intense, however there's something quite attractive and pleasing on the eye about this ride - and...
  13. chainedbanana

    Gardaland Foresta Incantata - walkthrough/show/interactive

    This completely past my radar, but along with their new 'Magic hotel' , it looks like Gardaland have jumped on the back of Toverland who in turn jumped On Universal Studios by playing into the whole 'Wizardy' interactive attractions, also definite similarities with this years 'room on the...
  14. chainedbanana

    Can a park pay for the rights to a certain coaster model?

    I was just wondering - can a park have the rights to a certain coaster model or layout to prevent it being cloned or re-produced elsewhere, to ensure they retain a unique product? Unsure if this has ever happened? I image there would be a high cost if it was the case that wouldn't make it...
  15. chainedbanana

    Why do coaster 'clones' ride differently?

    Why do coasters which are the same model and constructed by the same manufacturer sometimes ride differently? surely a coaster with the same layout, same height, same trains, made of the same materials etc would ride the same! What factors could be at play? ....age? (obviously a 'newer' coaster...
  16. chainedbanana

    'Fire Falls' Whitewaterwest rapids/waterslide Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park

    Shanghai Haichang ocean Park/Polar ocean Park - has recently opened it's second 'signature' ride after Steel dolphin. I'm really intrigued by this ride, as it's basically Storm Surge/L'Oxygenarium but ++plusplused having numerous lift hills and slide sections with long winding 'rapids' sections...
  17. chainedbanana

    Toverland - Booster bike re-theme circa 2015

    I came across an interesting find during my random theme park searchings, It is what appears to be an in-depth design proposal for a re-theme of Toverlands booster-bike coaster, the weakest and least themed coaster at the park - I hope something like this will happen in the near future now that...
  18. chainedbanana

    Have you ever considered relocating to be nearer favourite parks?

    Has anyone ever considered moving/relocating to be closer to certain parks? Have you ever thought about and looked into relocating to a different country for the same reason? Have you ever done a Career opportunities flutter in certain countries where you're favourite rides/park are located...
  19. chainedbanana

    Deadspot appreciation

    One of the biggest cristisms I hear about coasters, even good ones are that parts are 'dead spots' or 'boring' or 'a bit slow in XYZ area' but for me I quite like 'breathers' between elements, it's like watching good film or play - the slower moments in story telling make you appreciate the...
  20. chainedbanana

    Re-ridability of Good but intense coasters

    Usually a sign of a great cred is that you want to jump straight back on it, But what coasters have you ridden that you've enjoyed/loved/thought were great, but pretty intense/a bit too intense for you - that you either couldn't ride again (that day) or had to leave a gap of time before...
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