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gavin

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The actual. F**king. Audacity.

Those VR "egg" things cost f**k all to set up. There is nothing that really justifies a £5 charge if they were at the end of a pier somewhere, let alone in a park where you've already paid.
 

Jamss

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To be fair, in an interview with Ride Rater the park’s new owners discussed the addition of VR attractions AND that they’d ‘look at’ reopening the Ultimate as they’re ‘well aware of its iconic status’.

I guess at best this shows they’re acting on their word? Hope for the ultimate yet? 🤷‍♂️
 
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Will

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I guess at best this shows they’re acting on their word? Hope for the ultimate yet? 🤷‍♂️
Like any UK enthusiast, I really hope you're right - but I'm not optimistic.

I don't think there's anything I can say on the VR simulator that's not already been said - even without the upcharge I'd see that as a kick in the proverbial.
 

Pokemaniac

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The audacity is actually pretty impressive, I'll give them that. The idea is so spectacularly awful that it becomes notable in itself. "Want us to fix our coaster so that you can ride it? How about just seeing a video of it instead?" The upcharge is a nice cherry on top. It just makes the whole boondoggle complete.

LWV might not have The Ultimate to thrill guests with anymore, but this sorry excuse for a compensation is at least one for the history books in its own ways instead.
 

Dar

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Given that the splash screen on lightwater's website now boasts that they've tailored the offering to under-12's, I don't think T'Ultimate is going to be moving again. I know maintenance on it cost a fortune, I can't imagine they'll have been spending cash on keeping it "Rider ready" all this time while the rest of the park is struggling
 

Tomatron

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I mean, they've got a Wacky Worm and Dragon Wagon that travel as well :p
I was supposed to do Alaska State Fair + Cruise last August, but that got canceled at the beginning of Covid :(

I just found out about the Wacky Worm. I'd go there just for that!

Hope you get to head up there at some point. I'm still trying to do all 50 states. I've only got 8 left to do, and now there's an official park cred and the travelling ones, that's a happy bonus. Honourable mention to Denali as well.
 

davidm

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Probably not small-news in the scheme of things, but Di$ney have announed their replacements for FastPass etc at the US parks ; App-based "Genie" and "Lightning Lane" queues. Hmmm.


 

liam147a

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Given that the splash screen on lightwater's website now boasts that they've tailored the offering to under-12's, I don't think T'Ultimate is going to be moving again. I know maintenance on it cost a fortune, I can't imagine they'll have been spending cash on keeping it "Rider ready" all this time while the rest of the park is struggling
We have season passes, having young kids and not a bit of maintenance has took place at all this season, we always go check.
spoke to a few operators and they all don’t seem confident on it getting work done anytime soon.

the new vr area is 4 pods of 2 and last weekend I’d say the 15 mins I was around that area it was full the whole time. Crazy, people must have money to waste because I wouldn’t give them 50p for it
 

Thekingin64

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Zamperla have released a new design for their spinning mouse coasters:

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Source: Zamperla FB

Looks much better than the standard design, should be a fun ride. Footprint and dimensions doesn't appear to be too different than standard design either so can see a lot of the smaller parks getting this in place of a standard mouse.
 

VonRolland

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Zamperla have released a new design for their spinning mouse coasters:

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Source: Zamperla FB

Looks much better than the standard design, should be a fun ride. Footprint and dimensions doesn't appear to be too different than standard design either so can see a lot of the smaller parks getting this in place of a standard mouse.
Does very much remind me of the layout on Spinning Racer...
 

Matt N

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Diggerland in Devon is reportedly closing forever on 5th September, due to the COVID crisis’ financial and staffing impact: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-diggerland-theme-park-closes-24834837?gaa_at=la&gaa_n=AYc4ysugfq8uS8rOGDQFen6ZINtotIzUIivdlSx111zvGoMvmQ4CdgvWfVEpvdV7&gaa_ts=61264bb4&gaa_sig=jiTcxgNINR0vO5UuLy2MTgEIaLM_d4KglGWCLwUB2u9Xae8JQEuIxZcmcQlcvJwSadegubd-n-HwMmcrh4kZiQ==

A park closing is always sad, especially one like this which has some pretty unique attractions. Let’s hope someone might swoop in and save it, as we’ve seen with some other attractions as of late.
 

Nitefly

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Probably not small-news in the scheme of things, but Di$ney have announed their replacements for FastPass etc at the US parks ; App-based "Genie" and "Lightning Lane" queues. Hmmm.


This is a strange / curious change. It sounds a lot like they are incorporating the sort of day planning that Touring Plans has historically offered. Then adding a fast pass option onto that, but from the blurb it’s hard to understand how it will work in practice.

I did enjoy rinsing the fast pass tricks and tips at Disneyworld, in the sense that you could play the game and make every ride a walk on, but it did require an awful lot of addictive ‘being on your phone’ / cancelling and rebooking etc, which took away all of the ambling fun that makes park visits relaxed and special. Plus the absurd ‘constantly refresh your phone to get time slots months in advance’, was absolutely ridiculous. It was like this OCD game of: “just how well can you engineer the rules in your favour?”

The most common trick was really counterintuitive; if you had 3 fast pass slots to book, which could only be booked one hour apart each, it was more time-economic to massively spread them out at first, but then constantly refresh to get earlier time slots in between the hour windows you had already booked. So you just walk around the park refreshing like a madman. And you could see dozens and dozens of people doing the very same thing, all around you.

I think the very most ridiculous thing I did was book a single night stay in a cheap Disney hotel, just to collect the wrist bands and get earlier access to the fast pass bookings in the preceding months for my whole 2 week visit. Got the wrist bands at the check in desk for my family and literally handed the room keys straight back to them. It was absolutely bonkers how far people were going with it.

This new system will hopefully cut all of that ‘game the system’ BS, even the playing field and keep things simple for everyone (to the collective mutual benefit), but who knows.

I dislike that they have named it after the genie though. Seems a little poorly thought through to blight a popular character with such an association.
 
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