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  1. Gazza

    Adventure World - 2019/20 Season

    So, would you die of exhaustion after pedalling all the way up?
  2. Gazza

    Adventure World - 2019/20 Season

    What's that single rail thing?
  3. Gazza

    Dreamworld Maintenance 2019

    Here's how the lineups compare now, they are pretty neck and neck these days Type WnW WWW Body Slides Whitewater Mountain Fully 6 Tornado Tornado Green Room Raft Slides Black Hole Temple of Huey Thrill Slides Aqualoop Wedgie Waves Giant Wave Pool Cave of Waves Lazy River Calypso Beach - Twin Kamikaze Little Rippers Launched Surfrider Supertubes Multi Person Mammoth Falls RIP Gimmicky Constrictor Triple Vortex Racer Super 8 BRO Kids Play Structure/ WnW Junior Wiggle Bay / Pipeline Plunge
  4. Gazza

    'Mexi Cantina' coming to Dreamworld

    Big facts. The line I always use is that you don't need a straw for cold beer, no matter what vessel it comes in, so why for any other soft drink? I can understand if its thickshake/smoothie/slurpee, but even for the former i will just drink it.
  5. Gazza

    The New Atlantis - Construction Updates

    https://www.phantasialand.de/en/park/attractions-overview/talocan/ Talocan appears to be 1.40m-1.95m https://www.kingsdominion.com/play/rides/the-crypt Crypt is min 54" (1.37m)
  6. When I was in Minneapolis earlier this year I checked out Valleyfair. My time in the park was cut short, because picking up my car rental turned out to be a 2 hour ordeal because my emergency replacement credit card was not processing correctly (wallet stolen earlier in trip!) See all photos here https://www.parkz.com.au/search/photos/location/park-188-Valleyfair or scroll through the whole gallery using your arrows https://www.parkz.com.au/photo/20755-Valleyfair/gallery/sort/newest/location/park-188-Valleyfair/offset/0 Nethertheless, the park wasn't too busy, so it didn't take that long to see what i wanted to see. The park is nice enough, it sits in the average tier of Cedar Fair parks with the likes of Worlds of Fun and Dorney Park...In other words, the rides are alright, the park is clean and the operations are good, it's just a bit pedestrian feeling. I recall a comment in my trip previous trip report about the condition of La Ronde being excused because its under snow for half the year...But wouldn't that apply here too? Granted they rely on a lot of flat concrete, but the park still looked very presentable. I started off with Steel Venom, an impulse coaster, which is a lot of fun with the alternation between briskly launching and floater airtime as you spiral upwards. This was my first time riding one with the holding brake still installed. Basically, on one of the launches up the straight spire, there is a set of vertical lims that work in reverse to stop the train right at the top. Its a bit sudden, so you go from floating out of your seat to suddenly dropping downwards into your restraint, a bit of a fright. Next was Corkscrew , so it's sort of like the next model up from what Sea Viper was...For your money you get an extra hill and a helix. Nice. I took a spin on the Ferris Wheel given it was midday, which is the best time for elevated rides because the sun doesn't get in the way of your photos. Not particularly tall but some great pics of Corkscrew can be had. Continuing my loop around the park I stopped in at Snoopys Rocket Express, for even more elevated pics. Right next to this, with its entrance in the middle of Planet Snoopy was High Roller, an ageing wooden coaster with a fairly simple out and back layout, decent enough though perhaps a bit unmemorable....just straight drops and hills, and flat turns...Very Roller Coaster Tycoon 1 style. The longest wait was for Mad Mouse, a wild mouse built by arrow. They had heaps of cars on, but only 1 or 2 out on the layout, so there was like 7 cars permanently stacked in the brake run and station....Most of your ride was spent waiting to leave the station, and waiting to get off. Also, screw you for not having shade. It was interesting for having banked turns and way more dips than usually seen. Green Lantern called, it wants its supports back. Pushing to the back of the park was the other woodie, Renegade, which is much more interesting, it has all the GCI trademarks, big fan turns, quick transitions, loud and fast paced, just a bugger to get pics of because most of the ride goes out past the back of house area, so the only bit you can see is the last part that comes around the station and queue. Also at the back of the park is Excalibur, which was one of my favourites and a sleeper hit. It was like if Arrow designed a mega lite, it has quite decently steep hills interspersed with ground hugging turns, that all interlocked and passed over and under each other in an interesting manner. All done with arrow track of course, so it did have bumps, but was quite exciting. One of arrows best rides IMO. The final coaster was Wild Thing, a hypercoaster which seems like a cross between the other morgans at Dorney and Worlds of fun, but with a turnaround sequence that Steel Dragon 2000 seems to borrow from. Yeah pretty good, again, with DC rivals down the road, you see how much better hypercoasters have become, this seemed to have quite shallow hills and the turnaround sequence was fairly drawn out. What did impress me was the way the final hills were enclosed by a huge tunnel that went all the way to the ground...kudos to them for building that! I got plenty of photos, the park is well and truly sorted for flat rides, and they had a decent sized water park included in admission, though it seemed quite heavily body slide focused. I was still a bit frazzled by my experience with the car rental that morning, since my whole itinerary was hinging on it and had been stressing , so i called it a day for some zen time cruising on the interstate down to Iowa. As for the park? I don't think id go to Minneapolis just for it, but if you are in the city, check it out. It's respectable, but well and truly overdue for a new signature coaster, since their family offerings and flat rides well established.
  7. Gazza

    Big Banana new attraction

    Yes i know its a dry mat slide I ask because i never noticed in the pics above the obvious repainting...normally you expect the slide pieces to just be one colour....I mean would it work to use a water slide as a dry slide if you got rid of the flat sections between the dips?
  8. Gazza

    Big Banana new attraction

    So, was the racer just the old super 8 from WnW but with two lanes removed?
  9. Gazza

    Movie World - The Next Few Years

    Yeah i know, hence the open pathway next to Lex Luthors substation.
  10. Gazza

    Movie World - The Next Few Years

    It's the Wonderland thing, it was basically to get everyone passing in and out through the shop.
  11. The next park on my hitlist was 40 min further south. Moreys Piers, a collection of three amusement piers with water parks spaced out along a 1.2k stretch of boardwalk along the Wildwoods Boardwalk in NJ (Right near the bottom of Cape May) https://www.parkz.com.au/search/photos/location/park-291-Moreys_Piers (Click through here to see about 170 pics) Various concession stands, chain fast food joints, places which sell “3 t shirts for x dollars”, gift shops, fake tattoos, game parlours and the like line the boardwalk. An ever present trackless tram trundles along, with a very irritating “watch the tramcar please” played whenever someone strolls slightly too close to its path. The park is generally pretty well presented, yes it’s a seaside type park, but its quite flashy and smart looking, doesn’t feel daggy. Perhaps the only exception is there are a few flat rides which are obviously carnival models with temp barricades around them. There are two water parks on the piers as well, Ocean Oasis and Raging Waters . The slides were all pretty 80s serpentine slides and freefall slides (None of the new Whitewater or Proslide stuff), though there was one interesting one that consisted of interconnected slides with intermediate basins. https://www.parkz.com.au/parks/US/Wildwood/Ocean_Oasis_Water_Park_Beach_Club/ https://www.parkz.com.au/parks/US/Wildwood/Raging_Waters_Water_Park/ The first pier is Adventure pier, which is the weakest of the bunch, and not really the best first impression, but you can tell they have made an effort to give it a look, so it probably was a bit worse in prior years. They seem to have gone for a urban Venice Beach style, with painted murals, shipping containers and chainlink fences. It’s fairly sparse with rides, and there are mostly upcharges in this bit, such as a skycoaster, booster, screamin swing, go karts etc, but the main thing is Great White, a wooden coaster which actually travels out over the sand. I liked this one, starts off with a tunnel under the boardwalk, then some good dipping out and back turns like Ghost Rider, and concluding with a run of airtime hills. There was an interesting looking ride where you were in boats that could shoot balls, but I didn’t get time for it. I then headed through to the far end for Surfside Pier, where several coasters are located Great Nor Easter This is an SLC, with some modifications to have the station where the maintenance bay sits on the regular model, and some modified supports that allow the flume ride and water slides to snake through. This would also be the first time I’ve done an SLC with Vekomas new trains with vest restraints (Ok Battlestar has them, but that was a new build) . I think they ran a bit better than the KumbaK ones, but you still get thrown around a bit in parts because of how Vekoma shapes their transitions, eg as you come into the inline twists. The ride has a no loose items policy, enforced by metal detectors, but the storage system was so easy. Free lockers and you scanned your ride wristband to lock and unlock. Simple. Zoom Phloom A nice flume ride, which got really close to Great Nor Easter! Typical formula, with a bunch of high up elevated turns, and a couple of drops, but it also had a tunnel of love type section that went under the boardwalk. Also on this pier was Runaway Tram, which didn’t open till a couple of weeks after my visit. Looked like a fun family coaster. Dantes Dungeon An average ghost train. I usually do any dark ride religiously when at a park or a fair, but these days the are beginning to feel a bit samey samey. Doo Wopper This was another Zamperla wild mouse, like the one at La Ronde, with a nifty 1950s burger drive thru theme, with Cadillac themed cars. The ending is a bit lame because it lacks the nice big drops you get on the Mack Mouse. Rollies Coaster It wasn’t cigarette themed as I expected. It was however the first Galaxi coaster I have ridden in YEARS, and it was good fun. Decent drops at the start and a helix of death…. It had OTSRs though, which was strange. Upon arrival at Mariner’s Pier I took advantage of the last remaining sunlight to get some pics from Giant Wheel, again, playing the “I’m a solo traveller from Australia” card to get around the single rider restrictions. Very high so excellent views . You can get a sense of how spaced out the piers are. Wild Whizzer Another one of those bloody Figure 8 spinning coasters, that’s what 5 for me now? Sea Serpent The last coaster to do was Sea Serpent, a very smartly presented Vekoma Boomerang, with an indoor queue with windows that looked into the equipment rooms and winch area for the ride. The coaster ran decently well. I ended up leaving then because I had to return to Newark, and at least get say 4 hrs sleep before my flight in the morning, so I passed up Ghost Ship (But hey, ive done plenty of horror walk throughs too) If I hadn’t gone to SFGAdv in the morning, I probably could have checked out Casino Pier and Steel Piee as well. If you are in this part of the country, you could easily do all the Jersey Shore parks in one long day. If you were with a family, or wanted to do lots of flat rides or water slides, you could spend a bit time at Morey’s Alone. I’ll conclude with a few more key pics.
  12. Gazza

    WNW - GC upgrade ideas

    I think you are being disingenuous. Obviously a lot of people don't wear shoes because that's the default when you go swimming. On the other hand, it would be unusual to visit a dry park without shoes, and in any case you don't get let on rides barefoot. Its a pain in the arse to have to leave them by the pool and at each ride and hope they don't get stolen, and it's just something else to get forgotten. Its entirety possible to have walkways that are comfortable, eg by having plenty of shade trees, and choosing surfaces that aren't rough and don't absorb as much heat. Doing this is a better guest experience. It's probably a bit safer because you're not inducing people to run around. I think it's a reasonable expectation for irregular guests that a water park would be comfortable to walk around barefoot, like any swimming facility. Not all guests will arrive with thongs either. I personally like a nice light coloured concrete, it can get warm, but not to the point of being burny. Stuff like LifeFlor is good too since it's soft as well.
  13. Gazza

    WNW - GC upgrade ideas

    Yeah but you have to anticipate that large numbers of guests will.
  14. Gazza

    Dreamworld November Update 2019

    It might be better if you repost the Fully 6 pics in the relevant thread, so we get a good chronology of the project.
  15. As of this morning the two freefall slides have been installed. Blue white and yellow.