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  1. Rupert

    Walibi Belgium | Unknown | Gerstlauer Family Coaster | 2025

    It’s amazing what a transformation the park has had in the last few years. A decade ago I had no desire to visit the collection of average coasters but now it’s a genuinely great day out, with a hugely fun headliner, a really strong supporting line-up for all ages, good landscaping. The constant...
  2. Rupert

    Alton Towers New Flat Ride?

    If it was a suspended Top Spin or similar, having a ride capable of absorbing an additional 1100pph would be a huge bonus and sorely needed given the hollowing out of the flat ride lineup over the years.
  3. Rupert

    Flamingoland Removing Lost River Ride?

    All that work just to move the ride 25m further north and lower the tallest section to have a smaller drop, and it won’t reopen until 2025, not to mention the lions end up somewhere else with a smaller enclosure? If that’s true that would be a catastrophic waste of money - I can’t see how the...
  4. Rupert

    Universal considering UK theme park in Bedford

    Amazing to see land purchase by a company obviously 100 times more likely to do something than the London Resort ever was. I’m at work so can’t check - how does the size of this plot compare to other parks, Universal or otherwise? I presume at least ~50% of any site goes to backstage needs...
  5. Rupert

    Thorpe Park | Hyperia | Mack Hyper Coaster | 2024

    Looks like a hell of a head-chopper there!
  6. Rupert

    WTF Merlin?

    Not really sure where to put this but bit of a needless PR error from Thorpe here: Thorpe Park apologises to locals after blaring Halloween sound effects all night
  7. Rupert

    SeaWorld San Antonio | Catapult Falls | Launched Flume Ride | 2024

    …especially when the Power Splashes already fit that exact description…
  8. Rupert

    Portaventura Being Sold Back to Universal? Rumour!

    I guess this implies that either the Universal purchase was just a rumour, it did exist but has collapsed completely, or it still exists but has stalled and this is a tactic to push them along.
  9. Rupert

    Universal's Epic Universe | Orlando USA | Theme Park

    Looks amazing - you can almost feel the airtime. I just can’t fathom why they chose the support colour though - it’s so drab.
  10. Rupert

    Liseberg Approved For €100m Grand Curiosa Hotel In 2023 Slides going in for the attached water park. Aesthetically it’s not great so far, with very chunky supports and it’s a minor thing but I’m surprised to see how misaligned all the slide ‘seams’ are… Looking at the renders above there will...
  11. Rupert

    Alton Towers' Next Big Thing?

    I’ve completely missed this - what’s the significance of RMC capitalising Os in words, if any?
  12. Rupert

    Shindigging across the Channel [FINAL DAY]

    A really enjoyable set of reports to read! Looking forward to the Phantasia part - hopefully going in a few weeks after a 5-year absence so will be good to hear how it’s changed. And I completely agree on Walibi Belgium expectation vs reality! I assumed it wouldn’t be that nice, a bit concretey...
  13. Rupert

    Parque Warner Madrid | Gotham City Escape | Intamin Launch Coaster | 2023

    Great to know also - thanks! Do you know if public transport matches the opening hours? Be a shame to cut out night rides if the bus doesn’t go til ~midnight or so.
  14. Rupert

    Alton Towers | Nemesis Reborn | B&M Retrack | 2024

    Is the assumption that all track profiling is staying exactly the same as the original? Maybe it’s just the angle but I don’t recall the zero-g looking like that before…
  15. Rupert

    SeaWorld Orlando | Penguin Trek | B&M Family Launch Coaster | 2024

    Have B&M dropped their prices or something over the last year or two? Just seems wild for parks to be choosing them for family coasters over Vekoma, Gerst or Zamperla when all do pretty similar things but surely at a different cost level - yet the Lego parks, Merlin and now potentially Seaworld...
  16. Rupert

    Colossus Partial Retrack (Thorpe Park)

    This would make such a difference to the ride experience, surely more than track replacement would.
  17. Rupert

    Toverland's Expansion Plan

    It looks fantastic. With the Skyfly within the helix, they’ve pulled off something I could have only dreamed about doing in rollercoaster tycoon, it’s perfectly done. Also great to see the amount of greenery throughout the area, and the immersive touches that all make a difference, eg the...
  18. Rupert

    Europa Park | Voltron | Mack Rides Stryker Coaster | 2024

    What a pleasingly ridiculous way to start a coaster.
  19. Rupert

    Alton Towers | Nemesis Reborn | B&M Retrack | 2024

    I know we’re all on this forum because we care more about coasters and parks far more than the average person, but I just can’t imagine the general public care even the slightest bit about the 90s original story. To be honest I haven’t heard of any of the back story other than snippets I’ve read...