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  1. Charlie N

    The Queen dies, aged 96. The future of the monarchy

    This is insane. May be tough to get lots of re-rides in.
  2. Charlie N

    Phantasialand - 2022 Discussion

    I've just returned from a fantastic first trip to Phantasialand, and wanted to share some thoughts: The quality and quantity of theming across the park is the best I've ever seen. I was particularly impressed by how the transitions between lands were dealt with. Everything is so well...
  3. Charlie N

    Is there anything I should know before going to Phantasia Land for the first time?

    I have just booked for two days at Phantasialand in September. Is there any pattern to when Mystery Castle becomes Misery Castle? Or is it just luck?!
  4. Charlie N

    Most rides you've ever had on one attraction in a day?

    I got 20+ rides on Stealth a few years ago when the park stayed open due to a nearby traffic incident. I didn't leave the station for over an hour!
  5. Charlie N

    Eurovision 2022: Sweepstake.

    Thanks both Matt and Matty. Both of mine qualified on Tuesday... although I can't see either doing particularly well.
  6. Charlie N

    Matt N’s Europa Park Initiation 26th-30th April 2022

    The things I would do to step foot in Europa Park for the first time again! Enjoy!
  7. Charlie N

    Eurovision 2022: Sweepstake.

    Yes please!
  8. Charlie N

    2023/4: Mack BigDipper

    Yeah - it does appear so. Although the above layout also shows three trains with two rows each. Whereas the art Michael Mack released of the train clearly shows four rows - so I reckon that layout may just be a place holder and not indicative of the final ride at all.
  9. Charlie N

    Eurovision 2022

    I'm pinning all my hopes on MARO this year - that is if she wins the Portuguese selection later today! I do feel like the standard of songs seems much weaker than last year.
  10. Charlie N

    Is there anything I should know before going to Europa Park for the first time?

    Just for reference Matt, on my first day at Europa (which was late April 2017) I rode all the coasters, all the dark rides, all the water rides and a handful of flats - without rushing. EP is a delightfully relaxed park, it's very difficult to feel stressed there. You'll be absolutely fine.
  11. Charlie N

    Is there anything I should know before going to Europa Park for the first time?

    I've only spent two days in Europa Park, but have to echo what others have said, Matt. In my two days I rode all the coasters, all the dark rides, all the water rides (which are excellent and largely dry) and a nice selection of flat rides and other oddities multiple times - without rushing at...
  12. Charlie N

    What do you consider a “good” ride count at a theme park?

    Looking back at a Europa Park trip a few years ago, I got 52 rides (and saw the parade) across 2 days. Crucially, this trip was totally relaxed and included quite a few coffee breaks. Whilst EP is massive, the attractions are densely packed so as long as you don’t go a totally inefficient route...
  13. Charlie N

    Eurovision Sweepstake 2021!

    Why not?! Count me in please.
  14. Charlie N

    2023/4: Mack BigDipper

    This is all very exciting speculation. Croatia would be an excellent choice of land considering it’s proximity to Greece (and importantly similar climate and architectural styles). Thumbs up from me regarding a duelling coaster too - wasn’t Wodan originally meant to be a pair of coasters?
  15. Charlie N

    Podcast Recommendations

    Theme park podcasts are very hit-and-miss I find. I’ve listened to In The Loop for years though - very enjoyable if you’re looking for more informal theme park chatter. Also recommend reviewtyme for more Disney-centric content. Aside from parks, my big interests are football, film and music...
  16. Charlie N

    Energylandia (Poland): New Coasters

    The pacing seems great and it *looks* wonderfully smooth - but I’m kind of indifferent about the layout. I understand the concept of a low to the ground section to start the ride, but it doesn’t seem to achieve much at the beginning. I’m also not a huge fan of batwings. But of course, I’ll...
  17. Charlie N

    The Great Skyline Game (Final Results)

    Ahh. I completely forgot about this. There goes any chance of victory. I’ll participate again this week - I’m assuming the coasters will be on the moon?
  18. Charlie N

    2022: 'Eatrenalin' Innovative Restaurant

    Thank you @Ramius I seem to have issues every time I try to post a picture on TS!
  19. Charlie N

    2022: 'Eatrenalin' Innovative Restaurant

    What a wonderfully silly concept. No doubt this will be hideously expensive too. I've also found this plan view of the experience - it doesn't seem like there's a vast amount of kitchen space or other general facilities within the building.
  20. Charlie N

    The Great Skyline Game (Final Results)

    Oh gosh - here’s to another evening of Coast2Coaster and RCDB!
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