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15-05-2010, 10:06 AM
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Theme Parks

Anybody enjoy going to them? What's your fave?

I went to Alton Towers on Thursday and loved it they've got some really cool rides there at the mo. My fave is still the Oblivion, it's the only ride that's ever made me 'scream' - all the other rides I just shout n scream for the fun of it but the Oblivion just takes your breath away and makes you go ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!


TH13TEEN is a pretty neat ride too - it has a surprise as well
AIR was pretty cool... you fly lol
Rita - is meant to be the fastest roller coaster in the world, neat as well!
Nemesis - been on it before, this time I took the youngest nephews on The Blade instead (although they both went on 13 and AIR).

Anyone else been to AT? What's your fave ride?


     
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15-05-2010, 10:18 AM
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Not been Alton Towers in ages, we should have a gs meet!


     
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15-05-2010, 10:36 AM
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Lol yeah that'd be mad! I'm such a bid kid I love all the rides

Meant to be going to Thorpe Park in July, it's my nieces birthday and we're staying over her place for a couple of days (London) never been there before so it should be fun (anyone been? Whas it like?)

The games always seem rigged! The basketball hoops for example are not round they are oval! So the ONLY way to win is to throw in the air and directly in the hoop.

Here are some tips I found on the web:

Your first tip, and this is an important one: The games are easier to win in the mornings!

If you are going to play the games, play them first thing in the morning because the attendants usually give out 'deals' or 'offers' on games to get guests to play and to try give out a few prizes in the morning. Why? Because guests walking around the park with giant orange sharks etc is advertising and as a result the games will be more popular.

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There's a tennis ball wedged at the back of the bucket making it really bouncy. As a result of this try not let the ball hit the back.
Throw the ball quite high with backspin on it and try get the ball to land just on the inside rim of the bucket at the bottom and it should stay in!

However you have to get 2/2 balls in the bucket to win, so throw that extra ball in the bucket as quick as you can before the attendant removes the first! The ball already in the bucket will stop your 2nd ball from bouncing back out!

Ug Basketball/Land The Loot

These are your traditional basketball games, one ball in the hoop to win. The balls do fit through the hoop, however the hoops are an oval shape making it difficult! The balls are usually pumped up as much as possible making them extra bouncy.

If you do play this game, throw the basketball high with a netball style throw. Avoid hitting the backboard, remember - the balls are extra bouncy! Go for a swish as if it hits the rim of the hoop it will just bounce off.

Katanga CatRack/Dunk The Pirate

You have to knock down 3 'cats' with 3 balls to win the prize on this one.
Accuracy is the key to winning, most players throw the ball as hard as they can and completely miss the cats. It doesn't take a lot of power to knock down a cat so be as accurate as you can with a 'darts' style throw. The hair around the cats make them look bigger than they actually are so try hit them on the nose!

Captains Challenge/Looney Ladder

This is a game of skill! The operator can usually do this one everytime as they have had a lot of practice.

Keep your hands on the outside ropes at all times, ignore the rungs inbetween and keep your feet as far apart as possible.
Move your right foot and your left hand up a rung at the same time applying equal pressure to keep your balance.
Then move your left foot and right hand up a rung, once again at the same time to keep your balance.
Whatever you do, do not move your left hand and left foot or right hand and right foot at the same time! This will cause you to lose your balance and flip the ladder!

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25-05-2010, 08:48 AM
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If you love theme parks then you need to get yourself to Florida and to both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, then of course you've got Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay and Seaworld...although some might not agree on caged sealife, the rides there are pretty sweet. Disney on top of all that.

Can't wait til my kids are old enough to enjoy/want to go, I'm the biggest kid of them all!


     
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25-05-2010, 09:12 AM
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Would love to go to Florida for the theme parks one day

Whas the best ride you been on?


     
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25-05-2010, 02:52 PM
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Islands of Fire - The Hulk ride was good, as it accelerates you up a 45 deg slope to over 40mph in about 2 seconds...but it was a pretty standard ride after that. The Spiderman ride wasn't a coaster but more of a 3D experience...that was amazing, really clever. There was also the Duelling Dragons...I think that's what it was called, where there are 2 Alton Towers Nemesis style rides that race and near miss with each other - great fun and the queues went really quickly. I also enjoyed the log flume there...Cat in the Hat if I remember correctly.

Seaworld - has a log flume/roller coaster cross that was really good, and even though I don't really agree with the animals performing for us...the shows were amazing! (and I'd go again!)

Busch Gardens had some great rides, but unfortunately when I was there the large wooden rollercoaster was out of order...can't remember it's name tho.

That's all I can remember at the moment.


     
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25-05-2010, 03:19 PM
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Sounds neat - how do they compare to the rides at Alton Towers and Thorpe park?

Also - do they have a good safety record?


     
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25-05-2010, 03:32 PM
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As far as florida goes, and I have to say its amazing, on top of what Jotch has said there is a large rollercoaster called Kraken which is really good, and if I remember rightly its floorless aswell.

At the original universal park there is an underground coaster based on the Mummy Returns, which is a good laugh with fire all over the place and mummys popping up and scarying the life out of you . But that parks mainly for movies scenes and stuff like that, all of which are good to go on but only once I think.

Busch Gardens has 5 rollercoasters. The best one is Sheikra, which is pretty much like the oblivion but the drops bigger, and goes slightly beyond vertical for a second or so. Its also longer, and I think they've made that floorless aswell now. Kumba, Scorpion and Montu are 3 steel rollercoasters all pretty decent, and the wooden one is a duelling rollercoaster called Gwazi, but its a bit old and rickety now so you wont want to go on it too many times or you may literally get shaken to death!

IMO for the best overall experience Disney is the best place, although for sheer rollercoasters it doesnt compare with Busch Gardens. Some of the best rides that come to mind are:
  • Tower of Terror (Hollywood Studios) - An "elevator" that supposedly gets struck by lightening and then throws you up and down randomly
  • Rock'n'Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith (Hollywood Studios) - An indoor steel rollercoaster in the dark, with Aerosmith music blasting out of the headrests. Aceelerated start going from 0-60 in under 3 seconds (I think) and the straight round a loop
  • Toy Story Mania (Hollywood Studios) - Great for gamers! You sit in twos in a card and you each have your own little catapult. You go through various different games having to shoot things that pop out at you and so on, with scores recorded at the end (3d glasses used)
  • Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom) - A wooden rollercoaster set in Mount Everest with the mysterious Yeti, goes backwards which is what makes it so brilliant
  • Kali River Rapids (Animal Kingdom) - One of the best rapid rides I have ever been on!
  • Test Track (EPCOT) - A ride that takes you through the testing process of a car, from abs handling to suspension tests over German bricks, the higlight being the speed test at the end!
  • Mission: SPACE (EPCOT) - A rocket simulator, would definately recommend the orange "more intense" training!
  • Soarin' (EPCOT) - Simulates flying over California in a hang glider sort of thing

The Magic Kingdom is the park for the kids though.

The best thing about the Disney Parks is that if you stay in one of their hotels you get free regular transport between the parks, meaning you dont have to pay for parking and you can skip all the queues to get out on a night - and you can also go to 2 or more parks each day (one for the day and one for the evening seems best) if you have the right sort of ticket.

Obv all the theme parks (not just Disney) have their own shows, parades and fireworks at various different points throughout each day.

I know this is getting long, but while on the topic of Florida I think we should mention water parks. The 2 disney ones are great, with Blizzard beach being the better all round one, and it also has Summit Plummet, and massive slide where you reach speeds of up to 65mph (I got to 58 if I remember correctly). That said the other Park, Typhoon Lagoon, has 2 great attractions, a watercoaster and a totally immense wave pool!

Wet n Wild, which is sperate from all the theme parks, has a good variety of slides, and is also worth a day if you ever find the time. Aquatica is a newish water park, with the main attraction being a ride that supposedly takes you through a dolphin tank, but you spend about 2 seconds in there so its a bit of a gimmick. I spent most of my day there playing in the childrens section with all the water guns and buckets , as did quite a few other adults hehe.

Erm, I think thats it, I really want to go again now, but yea all the parks are pretty amazing all all have absolutely loads to do and are great fun - if you ever go over there try to visit them all! (maybe start saving now? )


     
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25-05-2010, 04:10 PM
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Lol nice post LU

How much does it all cost then? What is the pricing structure?


     
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25-05-2010, 04:27 PM
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LU all that makes me want to go again...no doubt the rides will have moved on considerably by the time my kids are old enough to go on all the rides...and it was about 10 years ago that I went.

We just hired a place in Kissimee and then took a short drive to the different parks...was expensive and the offers available varied from a 3 park pass to an all pass park, but I think you'd need about 4 weeks to comfortably visit them all!


     
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