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  1. fair enough. only spitballing on my behalf.
  2. One point i'd like to make here though is that the majority of their Dec-Feb visitation tends to be holiday makers. Many passholders tend to avoid the parks over the busy summer period - because they can usually go anytime when it's quieter. With the incident occurring just as holiday makers would have started to plan their itinerary (accom would have been booked already) - many would have decided to go with Village, or alternative attractions to DW at least, because of the uncertainty of knowing if\when it would reopen (especially since ticket sales were also suspended during the closure period). By the time they had reopened, the damage for the season had already been done - so I completely expected to see visitation down for that reason. Village had a slight drop, but this can be attributed to those 'extreme' reactions of 'i'll never go on a ride again' - but unlikely to make a big dent overall over time.
  3. I wear whatever I like to work - and have worn the Parkz shirt to work on several casual fridays. So long as there is variety, i wouldn't mind having more than 1 parkz shirt. What am I supposed to wear on day 2 if I go to a park on consecutive days (and don't anyone say the same shirt, you stinky bastards). At the risk of a temporary ban, I would like to mention that the addition of a polo would be more comfortable (for me) and permit me to wear parkz shirts to work on days other than friday. it really is a conversation starter - people ask about it alot - and that of course leads more traffic to the website. How would you like to increase your exposure to 1000 office workers by 500%? 4 polo shirts in different colours can make that happen!!!
  4. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..... Green SCREEN fencing. that makes sense.
  5. by the sounds of things renewal time for the early adopters is close at hand - I wonder if Richard has any variations on merchandise to encourage a spend of more than the 'membership only' renewal?
  6. I wouldn't be so sure that's for greens fencing. For one - it looks too close to stage 9, to be 'range area' - it looks more like its in the spot of the carpark or building itself. Two, they're way too close together - driving range fencing only needs to be every 10-20 metres as they use netting in between. And three - why on earth would you build range fencing - a job that would only take a couple of weeks - before the main building is anywhere close to completion, thereby putting obstacles in and around the construction site that heavy machinery will need to maneuver around?
  7. "The false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) is the fourth-largest dolphin, a member of Delphinidae, the oceanic dolphin family. "
  8. I'm with Skeet - too many conduits for some LED lighting. The larger orange conduits are probably supplying power to MCBRs, cameras \ speakers, on-structure-lighting etc. Likely the comms conduit is for cameras \ speakers \ control cable too.
  9. yeah do that - but this time put Queen Elizabeth on the gondola, and have the background as Corkscrew, not Cyclone.
  10. I did a little googling this morning. one thing that pops up frequently is how many dolphins have died in captivity - but what gets me about these stats is they usually quote a figure as 'since the 1960s' or something to that effect. Considering the average lifespan is 20 years, and some have been seen to live to 40 or 50, with the most extreme case being apparently 100 - it stands to reason that if you quote a figure from 57 years ago, you're at the upper limit of most accepted figures - of course they're going to die - they're old! Of course - statistics on how many dolphins died in the wild during that time would likely be higher too #nobrainer The other figure (for which i'm also guilty of perpetuating immediately above) that commonly seems to be an item of conjecture is the life expectancy. Pro-captivity arguments suggest they live longer in captivity because there is no pollution, predation, hazards etc. Pro-wild arguments suggest that the stress of captivity reduces immune systems making them susceptible to disease they would be resistant to in the wild. What I found was mostly 'anti-captivity' - but almost none of them were respected. The two I did find that held even a shred of respect about them were an article by the Australian RSPCA, and one by an organisation formerly known as WSPA. Both advocated an end to wild capture. Both advocated for enriching environments for those in captivity rather than a concrete pool, and both seemed to acknowledge that you can't 'empty the tanks' and return these predominantly captive born animals to the wild. Many seemed to lambast the 'research, conservation and education' angles as artificial (because observing the animal in captivity doesn't necessarily translate in the wild) but at the same time, one article I read (opinion, not research) quoted an increase to the survival rate of injured or beached wild dolphins from 10% to 30% on the basis of what we have learned from those that are captive. I haven't linked or quoted anything here mainly because CBF, but mostly because many of the sites aren't much more than the uneducated spew we've seen from the mob at SWGC recently. The RSPCA and WSPA articles should be easy to find using keywords. For mine - I have to admit the abundance of reading i've done today has shifted my view slightly. I never supported wild capture, but acknowledge that we as a species have done so in the past and many of us now realise that isn't cool - unfortunately what is done is now done - we can't change that - so where to from here? We can't just empty the tanks. To do so would be to sentence each one of these animals to death. I believe SWGC's dolphin cove is an amazing (if artificial) habitat, and probably the best we could hope to provide for captive animals. The unfortunate side of this is that - if the activists get parks around the world to end their 'shows' - there will be no money to improve the habitat for the animals that remain. Captive breeding programs are another hot topic - reportedly - most captive births are by artificial insemination - and this is probably not a great idea. The end result of these campaigns is that dolphins in captivity are likely to come to an end - and parks will likely need to end breeding programs too. The 'pod' in each park will slowly die until there are few left, at which time mortality will accelerate due to an absence of social interaction with others of their species - and they will all be gone. The few remaining may even need to be euthanised to end their suffering. Realistically - i believe this is what will happen. I mourn for that day - as I believe what we see at SWGC (and in many other parks) does have an impact on our children and their attitudes towards the ocean and marine life. I still remember my first trip to sea world - trying to drink a coke through a paper straw that would die after 30 seconds - and even that small memory from many years ago still sticks with me - that the park used paper straws to avoid issues with straws getting into the habitats. I want my son to see these amazing animals, and learn to appreciate them, and their natural habitat - and I fear that an end to captive dolphins will make instilling that in him a lot harder - if not impossible.
  11. Do you really think a couple of dozen LEDs are going to put a dent in their electrical bill? White Christmas has over one MILLION lights. Oh - and the rides tend to chew a bit of power too. I'm sure we won't see lights on just yet - and if they install the fence toppers before the ride is revealed and the theme known, they can always just put a bag over them until they're ready - but I very much doubt that they'd not turn them on just because of electrical costs. they wouldn't even notice the increase. 196.8 ft
  12. I think most people are generally understanding when a ride has a minimum number for balance reasons - i was quite shocked when I went to ride Doomsday as a single, only to be told they couldn't take me because they had to keep the ride balanced - despite there being other singles in the queue they could have balanced with (and they did after I pointed out the common sense of it all) - but although I was shocked - had I been there alone, i'd have waited until others joined the queue to balance it out, because clearly its an operating requirement - and I don't want to make it unbalanced, and therefore potentially unsafe. Sure, the new minimum on Wipeout could very well be a cost cutting measure, but at the same time - it's bang for buck time here - on average - a flat ride at Wonderland cost about $900 an hour to operate - with the bigger thrills costing more. Staff costs are a fraction of that cost - so the real cost of operation is the power, and the maintenance. Why would you operate a ride every 5 minutes for two people? 24 people per hour isn't going to cover your cost of operation - in addition, its going to increase your maintenance cost 'per rider' astronomically - full seats make it worth operating. Waiting a few minutes generates a bigger queue. And queues create queues. people see a short queue, and they jump on it, knowing that they will get on quickly. Look - I know purists out there will say 'the park chooses to open every day of the year, they should run every ride every day of the year (excluding maintenance periods) - and thats fair, for the most part. I'll take on the Calypso example above - whilst some (crazy) people do visit WnW in the winter, they manage to stay warm because: minimal queues mean you're running from one slide to the next little wait time at the top of the tower, standing there in freezing winds water is warmer than the surrounding air (when you're wet) The problem with Calypso is that the traditional rider style is laying in a tube - held above water - so you aren't in the warmer water, you are exposed to the colder air and you aren't running around to warm up - you're just laying there... so the popularity of the attraction just isn't there. Sure - some people are submerged, with their head and shoulders above the tube, and actively moving - but it's a LAZY river - its meant to be relaxing, and you can't really relax whilst getting hypothermia (although if you stay there long enough you will relax!) Even the wave pool retains its popularity because the waves encourage active swimming - which warms you up. Back to the purists - some attractions SHOULDN'T run all year. As for the minimum rider requirement - whether it be for operational \ maintenance reasons or pure cost reasons - i'd much rather they staff every ride they have, and only run it when it meets the necessary minimum, than to understaff the park, and alternate operations.
  13. Actually (since I also mentioned fibreglass) - I have it on good authority (Universal Studios Backlot Tour video) that some sets are constructed (and this is word for word) out of foam rubber, fibreglass and chicken wire! But certainly - the materials used are only ever meant to be temporary - long enough to last the film - or in some cases - the franchise if more than one is planned.
  14. a scale model, used for exterior shots and so on, which I think was kept in a perspex case, is very different to a full size structure, typically made out of wood, paint, foam rubber, fibreglass and chicken wire.