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  1. Funfields new attractions 2017/18

    Interesting article posted today about the physics of water slides. In particular they discuss the new Gravity Wave under construction:
  2. Great Escape closure

    Yes they came to Big Splash in Canberra. They sat out the back for a long time before they were installed. I used to park in the pool carpark when I worked in the area and slowly watched them being built. After they were built they didn't open them for the first season but have now since opened. The best thing about Big Splash is that their prices have remained fairly static for as long as I can remember, though I still think that it is a bit pricey. I won't post the video but there is footage on youtube of people roller skating through the slides during the closed winter season if people are interested, it was done by a group of local "Jackass" wannabes. Here is their website:
  3. I would recommend whilst in Florida to make the trip to Tampa (Less than 2 hours from Orlando from memory) to Busch Gardens, well worth the visit. Whilst they are older Kumba and Montu were amazing coasters and so is Cheetah Chase. Definitely check out Universal and IOA. We rushed but were able to do both in a day even in the middle of the American summer peak season. WDW is well worth the visit. I highly recommend the Animal Kingdom, Expedition Everest, whilst not the most thrilling, was an awesome experience (It also still holds the record for the most expensive attraction ever built I believe at US$100m!). I unfortunately missed Epcot as we only had ONE day to do WDW however due to park opening and closing times we were able to get Animal Kingdom, Disney Studios and the Magic Kingdom all in in one day, was very rushed but we did it.
  4. Hopefully they will also put aside some money for a good proof reader or editor.
  5. This is an interesting article that appeared on the Adelaide version of the ABC News website series Curious Adelaide (Or Curious whatever city you are in). It's about the construction and then closure of the Dazzleland "theme park" in the Myer centre. Quite an interesting read. (No paywall to read)
  6. Seat size on Hypercoaster

    I'm not exactly fit but I'm not obese either and I struggled to get the restraints to be in the correct position on DD. The attendants both had to push to get it down far enough. When I got off they both commented that the restraints are very restrictive on DD especially when they saw that I wasn't massively overweight. With Rivals there's plenty of give in the lap bar I found. I watched a mate ride who is quite large and he used a great technique of pushing down on the lap bar with the top section of his arms and curling over as you push the lap bar down. He had no issues.
  7. I visited Futuroscope way back in 2001 on a school trip to France. Whilst not your typical theme park it was actually a pretty good park showing all the different types of movie style rides (Motion simulators, 4D etc.). All of the attractions were of a very high quality. The addition of a roller coaster knowing their attention to detail would be awesome!
  8. Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster refurb in Nov/Dec 2017

    I remember on my first visit to Cedar Point in 2006 they offered line entertainment. People walked through the queues talking to people, playing games with them and offering prizes. They also had DJs playing music requests for people. Made the long 2+ hour waits much more bearable! Perhaps with the maintenance currently being done on Scooby Movieworld will look at the queue that they have and redesign it so that people can't graffiti it.
  9. Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster refurb in Nov/Dec 2017

    We were actually discussing this whilst waiting the other day. The video they show is too short. We saw the same video 6 times before we left the room. It would be better if they actually played the movie or even episodes of the cartoon.
  10. When I was there the other day (2/10/17) they were only operating 1 train. Queues were very long for everything except Fast Pass. When we went to buy one from Charles he informed us that Fast Pass is not sold when they are only operating 1 train. It makes sense but at the same time was quite frustrating.
  11. My guess would be lightning rods as @jcgoldcoast said but I wouldn't be surprise if one of them wasn't a height warning beacon for aircraft (similar to the tops of buildings) noting the height.
  12. I hope so! I have to go to the GC for the long weekend at the end of September/first week of October so fingers crossed!!
  13. So this has appeared. Looks like corrosion may be the reason for the failure:
  14. Government meeting with theme park company

    Unfortunately I can't read the article as it is behind a paywall
  15. Backwards row - DC Rivals HyperCoaster

    I rode Le Vampire (Batman clone) at La Ronde backwards. It was great but my only issue that I had was not knowing where I was going I wasn't able to adjust my head to stop the dreaded head banging between the restraints. I've also ridden The Racer at King's Island backwards which was really cool as the train next to us that we "raced" was facing forwards. They had timed it so that our train was slightly ahead of the forwards facing train so we could always see each other.