Merlin have released a full press release on the ride. It covers a lot of the info covered by the Towers Street article but in further detail, describing some of the ride's scenes, with riders exploring sewers and racing through the streets of London. Notably, the ride is described as a 4D...
Ahhh, thought the concept art still looked pretty Blue Fire-y. Still, great to see, though from what I've heard the ones with the halfpipe launches are considered the weakest of the Mack launchers. Hopefully, they've done some work to improve on them, though I imagine the spinning train alone...
Oh no, I got that, I still think it's a surprising amount considering the park's situation and how sparse investment seemed to be even before the incident.
Looking at the article, the coaster by itself is costing them 30M AUD/£16, so not the most expensive but still pretty significant. I hope...
For a second I thought the coaster was confirmed to be named Mammoth! For those wondering, 50 million AUD is about £27.5M. A surprising amount for a struggling park whose last coaster was a Maurer SkyLoop in 2011, but I suppose they have to ship it pretty far.
Swarm - My first big coaster, the first drop is super fun and I love some of the interactions. Shame about the length and how tight the vests can be.
Stealth - Short but sweet, the launch is fantastic and the airtime at the top is great if hampered a tad by the restraints.
Inferno - A solid if...
Good to see Australia getting another solid coaster, even if it is a clone. With DC Rivals, Leviathan and now this, the Gold Coast has a nice growing selection of creds, including a lovely pair of Macks! I'm assuming that this will be modified to include a seatbelt like DC Rivals, or was that...
Not exactly the most well-travelled but here's my list regardless.
First: The Swarm
Favourite: Nemesis (3)
Least fav: Oblivion (20)
Favourite: Taron (2)
Least fav: Rita (38)
First: Flying Fish
Favourite: Helix (1)
Least fav: Flying Fish (34)
HiT doesn't even exist any more. Mattel bought them out and redirected HiT's website to their own. Even before that, they were never really a recognisable name on the same scale as CBeebies, and their properties were usually seen as separate brands rather than a family of characters. This is...
The box says handle with care. As do a lot of boxes with fragile items inside. I don't think it means anything.
The real question is why the Towers-shaped box has two this way up markers, each pointing in the opposite direction? Are they trying to confuse the people storing this stuff?
Another difference between King's Dominion and Carowinds is that Hurler wasn't the only woodie at the former, so I would expect an RMC conversion of it to be down the priority list until the park can build a new GCI or GG coaster to replace it.
I'm seeing this mostly as fun, somewhat jokey speculation based on the link between the first two rides they chose to show off. That said, if the manufacturer does turn out to be Vekoma over B&M I think it would be a better fit for the park, especially with Diamondback already there. As for...
This is new vekoma we're talking about. It's a very different company to what we've seen in the past. I have no doubt that they could build a fantastic giga coaster. After all, they very nearly got the contract for Hyperion. I still think this'll be a B&M though
Right, quick report on what was said during the TTSP event at Thorpe over the weekend (the same event that the 2020 concept art was shown off at two years ago). It seems that there's a lot of changes in the pipeline for Thorpe, with the new divisional director taking the park in a new direction...
There was me thinking Lost Gravity used up all the potential inspiration Walibi could get from The Smiler.
Seriously though, this beast looks incredible! Hoping to visit Amsterdam this summer so will have to try and drag my group over now the park has such a fantastic top 3.