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  1. Matt N

    Why have travelling coasters progressed so little, and will we ever see large-scale, custom travelling coasters built again?

    Hi guys. The recent news of Mellors seemingly having purchased a travelling Sky Rocket II for Riyadh Winter Wonderland in Saudi Arabia recently got me thinking about travelling coasters. And it got me thinking; the world of travelling coasters is arguably somewhat stuck in the past compared to...
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    Coasters you really like that aren’t particularly intense

    Hi guys. Many enthusiasts often rate coasters highly based on them being intense rides; from what I can gather, many of the world’s most commonly highly rated coasters are very intense rides that put you through your paces and barely leave you with a second to breathe. But what about those...
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    Belgium 2021; which of the new coasters do you prefer?

    Hi guys. This year, Belgian parks opened 2 major new roller coasters, both of which were hotly anticipated; Kondaa at Walibi Belgium, an Intamin mega coaster, and Ride to Happiness at Plopsaland de Panne, a Mack XTREME Spinning Coaster. Both of these had huge hype surrounding them, and a fair...
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    Common theme park tropes that you aren't a fan of

    Hi guys. In the theme park industry, a lot of parks tend to do very similar things to one another at times. Even though every park is different, there are a lot of trends that seem to catch on, and many parks do seem to copy each other at times. So my question to you today is; what common theme...
  5. Matt N

    Revenge of the Mummy undergoing “lengthy refurbishment” starting 7th January; due to end in “late summer 2022”

    In other Universal Orlando news that I’m surprised has been overlooked, Revenge of the Mummy is closing for a “lengthy refurbishment” starting on 7th January 2022 and lasting through late summer 2022...
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    Shrek 4-D closing at Universal Studios Florida in January 2022; new attraction in the works?

    Hi guys. Universal Orlando have today confirmed that Shrek 4D is closing permanently on 10th January 2022: https://www.clickorlando.com/theme-parks/2021/10/06/so-long-shrek-universal-orlando-says-4d-attraction-is-set-to-permanently-close/ I wonder what will replace it? Screamscape also said a...
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    Strongest theming on a mega/hyper, giga or strata coaster?

    Hi guys. Mega, hyper, giga and strata coasters are absolutely huge rides, often the landmark ride of their park. Due to this, the cost of building the ride alone is often colossal, meaning that the theming on these monstrous rides is often quite limited. So my question to you today is; which...
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    Rank the Superman coasters

    Hi guys. I’ve noticed that of all the superheroes, Superman seems to have the most coasters (or at least, the widest variety of coasters) themed around him, with numerous Six Flags parks, as well as numerous Warner Bros properties, having Superman themed coasters of varying types. So my question...
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    Thorpe Park 2024?

    Hi guys. Thorpe Park has not received a major investment since Derren Brown’s Ghost Train in 2016, and they have not received a coaster since Swarm in 2012. However, there are rumblings that this may be about to change. What rumblings, I hear you ask? Well, there are signs that Thorpe may be...
  10. Matt N

    Why do omnimover throughputs vary so much?

    Hi guys. I was doing a little looking online yesterday at different omnimover rides on the Dark Ride Database, and I noticed that in spite of being very similar omnimover ride systems, they have vastly different throughputs to one another; to take two of Europa Park’s Mack omnimover systems as...
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    What would you consider a "good" throughput for an attraction?

    Hi guys. In spite of what most would expect, ride popularity is not the sole factor influencing the length of a ride's queue. Throughput, or the amount of people a ride can handle in an hour (well, any given time period, but throughputs are usually measured in people per hour, or pph), has a...
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    Brilliant in concept, disappointing in execution?

    Hi guys. Often when concepts for new attractions are first pitched, the initial concept sounds awesome. Like a recipe for the perfect attraction. However, something can sometimes go awry during development, meaning that the execution of an amazing concept might not live up to the strength of the...
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    Favourite theme park entrance experience?

    Hi guys. They say that first impressions count, and for that reason, many parks like to put a touch of magic into their entrances. Whether it’s the Disney parks with Main Street USA and the castle, or Alton Towers with Towers Street and its stunning view of the ruins, many parks have managed to...
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    Apple or Android?

    Hi guys. Smartphones and tablets have increasingly become a huge part of everyday life, to the point where many people (probably the vast majority, although by no means everybody) owns at least one of the two. There are so many different options out there in terms of operating systems to power...
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    What are your thoughts on going backwards on coasters?

    Hi guys. With the swing launch seemingly being the flavour of the month in launch coaster world at present, as well as shuttle and semi-shuttle coasters increasing in popularity, the number of coasters that go backwards for at least a portion of their layout is ever increasing. So my question to...
  16. Matt N

    Alton Towers 12th/13th September 2021

    12th September 2021 (Day 1) Hi guys. Today, my parents and I went to Alton Towers for Oktoberfest. We’re actually spending 2 days on park this trip, so today’s report is the first of two! We actually didn’t arrive at the resort until just after 12pm today, so as the opening time crowds had...
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    Stealth vs Oblivion; which of the UK’s one-trick coasters do you prefer?

    Hi guys. I know it feels like I’m dominating the Polls section somewhat at the moment, so I apologise for that, but I have another really intriguing comparison thread idea. The UK has two coasters that are short rides, but pack a huge punch within the given duration. They are Stealth at Thorpe...
  18. Matt N

    Does virtual reality have a place within theme parks?

    Hi guys. If you all remember, virtual reality, or VR for short, was all the rage within theme parks back in 2016, with every park and their dog seemingly retrofitting a coaster with VR headsets as their new addition for the year. Alongside those, a couple of more bespoke VR attractions, such as...
  19. Matt N

    Are B&M Hyper Coasters sub-par in the modern age of coasters?

    Hi guys. In spite of B&M's reputation for quality, I've noticed that that enthusiasts have generally gone off their coasters a lot in the last 5-10 years; every installation of a B&M coaster these days seems to be met with groans and a general sense of antipathy. Even the company's airtime-based...
  20. Matt N

    Thorpe Park 7th September 2021

    Hi guys. Today, I went to Thorpe Park for a bit of midweek fun; my uni course doesn’t start until 20th September, so I thought I might as well make the most of it! I say “I” because today’s visit was actually my first ever solo theme park visit; my mum & dad dropped me off at Thorpe and went to...
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