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  1. Wil_i_am_not

    European theme parks to visit

    Make sure that if you can, visit one of their amazing funfairs (or 'Kirmes') that they have over there. Maybe your not a huge fan of carnival rides in Australia, but honestly the quality of some of those attractions is better than what you'd find at theme parks, and the atmosphere (from what I've seen) is absolutely electric! Definitely something worth checking out. Cranger Kirmes is held in Germany during the August month, and features the likes of Olympia Looping, Wilde Maus XXL and many other notable travelling rides. The other I would have a look at is the Düsseldorf fair on the Rhine which is held in Germany also during July, and also features Olympia Looping, among a range of other awesome travelling rides.
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    Adventure World 2018- improvements

    Taipan hasn't been to the Easter Show for 2 or 3 years now... was replaced by Chants Nitro Coaster (Ex-Python Loop).
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    Adventure World 2018- improvements

    Might exist but it certainly doesn't do any shows anymore. Not sure if it's still in Australia sitting in someones backyard, sold for scrap or gone overseas.
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    Adventure World 2018- improvements

    It's a Fabbri Spinning Mouse, similar to TPA's Crazy Coaster, except slightly different layout and instead of unlocking halfway through the layout, it stays spinning the whole time. Dunno what other shows it's gonna do, as no-one is really sure of the owners, but I assume it'll do more regional shows rather than capitals, as that position has already been filled by the Crazy Coaster. Should do well though and I wish the owners the best of luck! From what I've seen, coasters always do really well at most shows, so definitely a good investment for the long term.
  5. I didn't think Funtime actually manufactured in Australia anymore? I know they have an office over here, but I'm positive that all of their stuff comes from Austria nowadays.
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    Luna Park Melbourne update

    Would love to see Luna Park Melbourne do what Luna Park Sydney is currently doing, bringing the park back to its heritage roots. I honestly think the current space has a lot of potential, but at the moment, the only thing going for Luna Park is it's historical value. It's in a bit of a weird state, where you have some great classic attractions like the Scenic Railway, Ghost Train, Carousel, etc. but then right across the road is some Meisho swinging ship piece of junk... I think just a revamp of exisiting rides would do wonders, actually making them fit within the boundaries of a 'classic amusement park' instead of just having random bits of theming strewn everywhere. This could be done whilst adding in a couple of newer attractions that would capture the attention of punters, but still fit in with the heritage feel of the park. A coaster I feel would do wonders here, something like a compact Eurofighter, but I think even classic attractions such as a Wave Swinger and maybe a well themed Air Race would really liven the place up. And for love of God, keep the damn Enterprise...
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    The Off Topic Topic

    Great video and a fantastic line-up! Here's hoping it picks up a little bit later in the show, seems to be pretty quiet down there today.
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    Traveling fairs!

    If it's the same company that does them at the Sydney Show, the $2 toasties will be most likely raised to $3 for this years show 😥
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    Traveling fairs!

    Looks like theres also a new set of dodgems for the kids carnival, as well as 2 new fun-houses - 'Pirates Nest,' which looks to be quite good and 'Enchanted Circus' which did Sydney this year, and was one of my favourites. It's strange seeing an influx of funhouses at the moment, guess they bring in the money, which is what the owners want. Hope they both do well.
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    The New Atlantis - Construction Updates

    It's on a one-year contract, so as long as nothing has changed, it will be leaving in December of this year and return to travelling the country.
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    Sea World to reveal $50m spend

    Woodies aren't like a conventional Roller Coaster (such as DC Rivals) in which pieces can just be shipped out and assembled on site. In most cases, Gravity Group will come out to the site and fabricate the track and supports on site, so I'd say that we'll see preparation happening within a few months. Considering that Wicker Man at Alton Towers took around 7 months, I'd say that around 9-10 months before opening is when we'd start seeing timber arrive. Can't believe Australia is getting it's first Wooden Coaster though, unbelievable!! I assumed that we would be getting a mid-tier GCI such as Mystic Timbers, but from what I've heard, the Gravity Group does incredible things, and with how far they've come now, I can say we should expect a layout filled to the brim with pops of ejector and floater airtime.
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    Sea World - New Attraction 2019

    It's till on a 1 year lease as far as I know, and then they're likely to invest in a Funtime Skyfler (much taller, much less tacky looking variant).
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    Traveling fairs!

    Had an awesome time at the Sydney Royal Easter Show this year, and it was a pleasure to meet @HussRainbow87, who was working on the Beast. Was so cool to see how the ride operated, and then had easily the best ride I've had on it with limited spinning, which allowed for heaps of airtime at the top. Even got to have a go spruiking on the microphone, which was a lot of fun. Again, massive thanks to HussR for being an absolute legend, and thanks for the multitude of stickers I have now laying at home haha! Also got to film inside the Paybox/Control cabin on the Soundwave ride (A Waltzer-Style ride from the UK). Was again really cool seeing how it was operated, with all the lights being synced up to the music. A massive thankyou to everyone at GPL amusement for allowing it to happen! And of-course, here's the video from that, enjoy!
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    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    Yeah I'm currently using the GoPro Hero 7 Black, real quality camera in the right conditions. Filmed it in 4K but it had to be compressed because my computer couldn't handle the file, which was a bit of a shame.
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    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    Finally got around to posting the Volare video, think it turned out pretty well. Enjoy!
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    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    Would love to see the original HUSS rides stay with a bit of TLC, but I don't think they fit with the new old-school funfair aesthetic that the park in trying to achieve with their new additions at the moment. Bit of a shame but hope they do find a new home where they are properly looked after. Ranger didn't look the greatest today unfortunately... Might get shut down for this idea haha, but I always have thought that a 'breakdance-in-a-box' style ride would really suit one of our parks well (if not Luna Park, one of the Victorian parks maybe). Just imagine a Huss breakdance at top speed, with a bunch of awesome lighting/strobe effects and pumping music all in an enclosed space, and an awesome facade to top it off. Always just thought it would be a cool idea to see.
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    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    Got down to the park today to check out Luna Park's lates ride - the Volarè (and can confirm it is pronounced VOL-ARE-AY). So, first impressions. Walking into the park, it absolutely DOMINATES the midway, and although the chairs don't entirely swing out past the edge, it's certainly incredible being up so high.The backdrop (as others have mentioned) has been updated and features some new buildings, as well as clouds at the bottom. IMO, the backdrop fits in quite nicely, which was definitely surprising but nice to see. As for the ride itself, I had two rides on it throughout the day and this thing absolutely halls ass! One of the more forceful wave swingers I've ever done, and much more so than the Zierer models. The drives are super loud, which certainly adds to the atmosphere of the ride, along with the screaming of riders. Operations were a bit slow, but considering the 64 capacity, it only took around 15 minutes to get on with a relatively full queue, which was nice. As for the appearance of the ride itself, I think that although Zierer would have done a better job, the overall appearance of the ride is pretty spot on, and certainly fits in with the aesthetic of Luna Park.The characters murals surrounding the top of the ride are a really nice touch, and the lighting also reflects a typical old-fashioned funfair/carnival vibe. I have a on-ride video I filmed (with park permission of course) that I will post as soon as my computer figures out how to handle 4K clips, until then, enjoy the pictures.
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    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    I'll be there on Sunday, super excited to try it out! Really cool incentive in order to draw attention to the new ride, hopefully we see lots of people getting out there supporting the park and giving it a go.
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    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    Nah it's definitely not the OCS one, rode that at the Sydney Show last year, where as the Pleasurewood unit went into the park in 2016.
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    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    If it was the Magic Mountain one that ended up at Wonderland, then this particular unit is still operating at Sunway Lagoon in Malaysia. One interesting thing I noted the other week whilst browsing a UK forum was that there was a Wave Swinger imported to a UK Park (Pleasurewood Hills) from Australia in around 2016. Anyone have ideas of which park/showman could have owned this mystery Wave Swinger? The only conclusion I could come to was that maybe the Magic Mountain unit was put into storage, and that the one at Wonderland was a seperate unit altogether?
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    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    The wooden boards are a gorgeous touch and I can't wait to see this thing flying over the midway, will certainly create an interesting atmosphere for people walking below. I'm still surprised at how fast the ride has gone up, it's feels like only last week that we started seeing parts arrive...
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    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    That three armed octopus (Super Screw) was indeed a travelling ride and was Australian built (could have been built by Kevin Ferrari in the late 60's/early 70's), and was hired out by the park. Unfortunately it was scrapped years ago when it was sold to an owner that no longer needed it, so it was simply left it out to rot on a showground somewhere.
  23. Wil_i_am_not

    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    That was the Octopus (unsure if this was the name or not) that operated til about 2002 and was then moved to Aussie world, where it continued to operate til about 2015 or 2016. Parkz says that the manufacturer was the Eyerly Aircraft Company, however I'm pretty sure that it was manufactured by some Italian company.
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    Arkham Asylum Facade work

    I think a well-themed Wave Swinger would complement the area perfectly and give the area the energy it seems to lack. Something similar to the Gotham City Crime Wave rides they have in some of the Six Flags parks over in the US. It would also be cool to see a unique flat ride, the ABC Rides Tourbillion would fit really well, and although I don't believe it is the most amazing 'experience' as a flat ride, I think it would certainly satisfy the GP by proving a 'Holy shit, that looks insane' flat ride that the Gold Coast seems lack (other than maybe the Giant Drop or Wipeout).
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    Walt Disney World Holiday

    Not very Disney related, but one of your spare nights I would recommend making the trip out to the Fun Spot parks. They're open late (around 12ish I believe) and Mine Blower is an amazing coaster from what I'm told, not to mention the GCI woodie which is also pretty good. Definitely something to consider.