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  1. Serena

    An Ode to Thorpe Park - 17.04.2021

    It's been three weeks since I visited Thorpe Park on opening weekend. But I can still feel my heart racing at the top of Detonator. I can still feel the wind beating my face on the launch of Stealth. I can still hear the lift hill of Collosus ringing in my ears. It's been three weeks since I...
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    New (temporary, hired) flat rides for Alton Towers

    I love how tenuous this flat ride marketting is! I, for one, have never looked at a funfair ride and thought "oooh so 80's!" Because funfairs to me, don't have a particular decade? And these ride types aren't from the 80's, are they? Like, you think Waltzer, you think a. That episode of Peep...
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    Craving an Average Park

    Been having a bit of a weird thing lately. I see all the major impressive parks with their major impressive new additions: Velocicoaster gleaming in the Florida sun, Kondaa towering over Walibi Belgium, Jersey Devil Coaster looking, quite frankly, INSANE... ...and yet, all I am craving is a...
  4. Serena

    Forum Live: 21st February

    I'm running 15 mins late but I will be there!
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    World's Loudest Coaster?

    Surprised no one else has said this, but Tarons second launch. It's impossible to ignore that aggressive roar in the queue and it's defeaning on the ride. I absolutely love that sound! One of my earliest childhood memories is being at Alton Towers and hearing the screech of Thunder Looper and...
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    Top 10(ish): 2021 Edition - page 102

    It is rather uncommon isn't it! To be honest, I'm not mad on the inversions on Helix, that's what ruins it for me. Too much hangtime. I find the Norwegian Loop quite headache inducing. Plus, Helix is only really amazing at night. In comparison, I've never had a bad ride on Icon and could...
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    Forum Live: 21st February

    Yay sounds fab!
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    Top 10(ish): 2021 Edition - page 102

    Strap yourself in guys, this post is longer than The Ultimate. We all have those important tasks on the To Do List that we never get round to. Phoning your sister. Cleaning out the boot of your car. Analysing your Top Coasters in a detailed and meaningful way with pie charts, key codes and...
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    IP-themed rides that have outgrown their IP?

    I think a factor to consider is the change in media consumption from say, the 80s to now. Back in the 90s, before streaming etc, the majority paid to see big blockbuster movies at the cinema and it felt like a huge event. It was a treat. It was all people would talk about for ages afterwards...
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    Is RMC going downhill?

    To me, "going downhill" means manufacturing disapointing rides. I don't know about you but I've yet to be disappointed by an RMC. Plus, the new coasters they are opening this year are exciting and innovative - so they're still easily meeting those high RMC expectations! The success of other...
  11. Serena

    Rollercoasters and Robot Wars

    Omg, I need to make a Gladiatiors one too! And yes, now that I think of it, there deffo was a cluster bot named Gemini. One more for the diagram!
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    Rollercoasters and Robot Wars

    Like any self respecting goon, I've been passing the time this Lockdown by rewatching every series of Robot Wars. The British one with Craig Charles, of course. And it has struck me just how many robots share their names with rollercoasters. Here, have a Venn Diagram: There's so many...
  13. Serena

    Plopsaland de Panne | The Ride to Happiness | Mack Xtreme Spinning Coaster | 2021

    "The Ride To Happiness" implies there is also a Ride To Sadness. Bet it's an SLC.
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    If you could put any roller coaster in your home park, what would it be and where would it go?

    Yes to all of the above! And it can have a preshow in a mist-filled pitch black room where a huge full moon emerges in front of the train and a wolf howl blasts out before the doors open and you go up the lift hill.
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    If you could put any roller coaster in your home park, what would it be and where would it go?

    Brean is also technically my home park, and I whilst I have brean there several times - I genuinely don't think that place deserves a new coaster! At a push, maybe a second hand boomerang, if I'm feeling generous. I consider Thorpe Park to be my home park. Being a non-driver it's the easiest...
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    Simple, but effective dark rides

    Ahh okay, I get what you're saying now! Oh boy you are gonna love the Pirates in Batavia rebuild at Europa if you like creepy darkness, fog and nothing but a flickering lantern. It's amazing!
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    Simple, but effective dark rides

    Sorry @Howie but Flying Dutchman isn't simple! First, there's the extremely detailed queue where you walk through many rooms and the music motive is played on different instruments with slightly different variations for each scene to signify the changes of the story. Then there's the elaborate...
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    Ice rooms in theme parks

    Secretly The Best Theme Park in The World (AKA Karls Erlebnisdorf Berlin) has a whole ice world! With slides! And ice vehicles you can climb in! You have to wear a cloak to go in and it's very magical ? @jayjay Me and @Mysterious Sue in our cloaks w/ some ice dragons Note the ice cred in...
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    Your Top 10 Movies.

    The following definately aren't the best movies, but they are my favourites. How To Train Your Dragon Packed with puns, relatable characters, epic soundtrack and one of the most moving animated scenes of all time (the long precarious dialogue-free scene where Hiccup first places his hand on...
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    The Best, The Wurst and The Gersts - A Week in Germany

    Look what I just found! It's the activity sheets I made for the trip...?
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