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  1. With track showing up today, it's probably a good time to dust of the old MS Paint and enter the competition because vertical construction will likely be underway fairly soon. Remember we'll close entries once construction begins. We'll also throw a few consolation prizes out there for "most creative", "most spectacularly wrong" etc. for anyone that wants to take a crack but thinks they won't have a shot at the grand prize.
  2. Unfortunately so @Aimsley81. We only got a few of the smalls in either design for the women's shirts and they went quicker than expected. If the medium is no good then best I can do right now is wait until we restock.
  3. We didn't get any of the standard Parkz design printed this time around, but shoot me a message if there's something in the range/sizes available that you're after.
  4. The new range of shirts are now in stock. We've sold a number of the new shirts already and a few sizes/designs are already out of stock, so to give you a quick rundown of what's currently available: Men's "Support Our Theme Parks" Sizes remaining: M, L, XL Women's "Support Our Theme Parks" Sizes in stock: M, L, XL Men's "Pure Imagination" Sizes in stock: M Men's "The Worlds" Sizes in stock: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL Women's "The Worlds" Sizes in stock: M, L, XL Parkz Tri-Blend (American Apparel) Sizes in stock: S, L Parkz Trucker Cap In stock (one size fits all)
  5. Quick poll. Now that the track is here, what do you think the theme will be? Not intending to start a major discussion on the topic -- that still belongs over here. Choose the option from the ones that have been most frequently floated around the forums. If it's not on the list feel free to post it here.
  6. With the complete placement of the roller coaster's footings now visible on satellite imagery (thanks @themagician) we have a basic idea of the coaster's approximate layout. The competition here is to use this satellite image to design what you think the coaster layout will be. Use this image to design your layout. Prize The winner will receive their choice of any t-shirts from our range in stock, subject to size and design availability. Includes free postage within Australia. Rules Entries are open from now until when vertical construction commences. Once we have confirmation that supports and track are going up no more entries will be accepted. Your layout must be drawn onto the satellite image provided in this topic. No other images will be accepted. Do not crop, rotate or otherwise alter the original image. You can resize it if needed but please submit your entry at a resolution no less than 1000x578px. You can make multiple revisions and submissions but only your most recent will be judged. In the event that two different members submit identical or substantively close entries we will only judge the first. Winners will be judged once the track layout is completed and satellite footage of the finished track is available. Entry is open to all Parkz members. If you have inside knowledge obviously be aware of your contractual obligations and remember what the prize is. Do you really want to be the person that cheated for a $30 t-shirt? We recommend you get in early as vertical construction is likely to commence in the near future! Design suggestions Sketch in MS Paint, Photoshop or whatever other tool you are comfortable with. Above all keep it simple and clear. The layout should be a top-down 2D representation of the track. Don't show any vertical elevation or 3D projections. Portray your track layout with a single, clear, bold line in a colour that stands out from the satellite photo's colours. You do not need to mark support columns, station design or other elements. If you are circling and/or labeling elements, do so in a different contrasting colour to the main track layout. Use small arrows in a different colour to aide in showing the track direction, particularly where track overlaps. Use sparingly though. Everything you wish to say about your design should be included in the image; don't design it so it requires an accompanying post to describe or explain it. Judging The entries will be judged by the team of Parkz Community Leaders based on a number of criteria: Accuracy. How closely the layout matches the line of the track. At the same time we're not necessarily looking for pinpoint accuracy but rather a design that reasonably portrays the finished layout. Elements. Correct placement and labeling of key and unique ride elements such as station, lift hill, first drop, inversions, overbanked turns, brakes or any other elements. You don't need to label each and every drop, hill or turn but rather key features. We will be judging based on the images on their own without any outside explanation or description. Theme, colour and other elements of the experience wont be judged. We're not judging graphic design skills. Simply ensure your image is clear, concise and well labelled without being overly complicated or cluttered. Entries must be uploaded/attached to a post in this topic to be considered. Judging is final and entirely at the discretion of the Parkz Community Leaders. Example Here's an example of what we're looking for. You don't have to follow this template in terms of colours or anything, but just make it similarly clear. And of course it goes without saying that this is a comically wrong layout that you'd be wise to not use for inspiration given it ignores most of the footings. And obviously it's got the station and lift hill all wrong. Good luck!
  7. That's a caching issue. Refresh (and/or wait a little while) and it should be fixed. And yep, updated homepage has gone live this morning. In my view it's the best looking and most balanced homepage we've ever had. Though if anyone has ideas for things that they'd like to see there or things they'd use I'm all ears. As for shirts @themagician, it's going well so far though. Most surprising is that the 'Imaginary Canoe' shirt is almost completely sold out. It started as a joke and we ended up getting a small batch printed to see what'd happen. Didn't really expect them to go first. None of the new merch is actually here yet -- it's due to arrive from the printers on Monday -- so that's why there hasn't been really any promotion or actual photos of the new range yet.
  8. The new homepage is a bit of a work in progress. It was rolled out in a bit of a hurry because of some other changes that had to happen. Think SDSC's de-theme, but far less interesting. I somewhat agree about the removal of the old Sea Viper 'hero' section on the homepage @Santa07. I do feel like it was a bit of wasted space, and the image was certainly due for a bit of a refresh. But having made the change I feel like we lost some of our identity. Putting the "Support Our Theme Parks" section above the news is something I might try. I currently like the more condensed news section though there is a bit of minor work to do in terms of spacing etc. The rest of the page will be expanded to reintroduce and add various sections like check-ins, latest reviews and (finally!) forum posts. Thanks @Theme Park Girl. It slipped my mind that the mobile version had a different logo. That one should be fixed.
  9. I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels like every update Parkz (or anyone else) does is deja vu. There's only so many things you can say about concrete footings, and we've been saying it on repeat for about three or four months...
  10. Yeah that wasn't worded too clearly; removed the reference to Arkham Asylum because it just made the example confusing. Of course the ride is designed to operate with two trains but they don't currently have a second train. The current Kumbak-built train uses the original Vekoma chassis and of course prior to that the two trains effectively became one as one was cannibalised for spare parts for the other.
  11. Snap! You got me there @andrewt92. I wrote 800 words about the campaign that pointed out some confusing and poorly executed aspects. I'm a veritable party-pooper! The crux of my argument was that despite being a great concept for Dreamworld, in many instances the editing and execution doesn't distinguish between things that are real and things that could be real. If you've got an alternative opinion that doesn't rely on ad hominem attacks or just "but it's imagination!" then I'm all ears.
  12. The way I see it the original poster posted this story to gauge whether anyone's had it happen to them and if it's a common occurrence. There's no insinuation of wrongdoing. Yes it sounds like something worthwhile to bring up with the park directly but it's also an interesting thing to discuss with other theme park fans. Anyone is free to come to these forums to discuss interesting, unusual or even concerning things they encounter at theme parks. The theme park mollycoddling on these forums gets a bit much sometimes. If we're so protective of our precious theme parks that we sacrifice interesting conversation for the sake of things the media might get wind of, then what do we talk about at all?
  13. There's suspension of disbelieve; I think that's required of any themed attraction. That is completely different from using your imagination. I'd like to think there's no adult on this site that is genuinely imagining themselves saving a Sea Lion on a jet ski, on a train during an earthquake in Metropolis, or doing whatever it is you're doing on Tower of Terror II with all those underground tunnels and turbines. That said you can appreciate your surrounds and let yourself enjoy the story or atmosphere as it's presented to you. You can appreciate it whether it's as simple as a few props surrounding the ride, or a mind-blowing universe everywhere you look. This campaign should be about how Dreamworld brings imagination to life. That's where the power of this concept lies, and both Dreamworld and the ad agency completely missed that. This "fill in the gaps with whatever you want" angle makes no sense in the context of a theme park that has always put some effort into presenting each attraction with its own unique look and storyline of sorts. Why are the ad agency and Dreamworld so oblivious to the fact that The Claw is themed to an Australian beachside town that they came up with a nonsensical medieval knights concept to promote the ride? Someone take a crack at explaining the rationale there please. Here's how it's done properly; Legoland pulled off this same basic concept perfectly several years ago. Note that they introduce fantasy elements while portraying the attractions accurately.
  14. I'll take a fresh, balanced American IPA over most other beers. If you're a microbrewery or craft beer bar and you don't have an IPA or at least a solid American Pale Ale on tap then I probably won't be back. Spirits I'm generally a single malt Scotch on the rocks. Cocktails are rare but generally a Negroni or Americano suits me.
  15. It's 2017... all news sites are either angry blogs or going bankrupt.