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  1. Matt N

    Talbot Street Tuesday - 2021 edition

    All this also makes me glad that the redevelopment happened at just the right time, because looking at those pictures suggests that a development of the nature of what happened at Alton Towers definitely wouldn’t have been allowed today or even a few years later on!
  2. Matt N

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach: 2022 Discussion

    One issue Blackpool Pleasure Beach perhaps faces is the type of visitors they get and their purpose for visiting the park. The impression I get is that their current pricing style is targeted towards wanting people to come to Blackpool solely for the Pleasure Beach and to treat the park in the...
  3. Matt N

    The I Feel Happy Topic!

    Congratulations; I remember that being a big milestone for me! What was the big 50th, out of interest? Mine was The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach!
  4. Matt N

    General Queue Times Discussion 2022

    Rita was definitely on two trains the day I timed it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it on one. I get the impression that that one is a struggle due to how bulky the restraints are. How long was Wicker Man’s @Ethan? I often find that one to be somewhat overstated; when advertised 55 over the...
  5. Matt N

    General Queue Times Discussion 2022

    Why would school trips cause the queue for The Smiler and The Smiler only to be high, out of interest? I know it’s a popular ride, but the likes of Wicker Man are also popular rides, and Wicker Man’s only 60 minutes. For what it’s worth: Smiler is currently 90. The second highest queue on park...
  6. Matt N

    General Queue Times Discussion 2022

    The app still says 90, for what it’s worth. If you want a short queue afterwards, though, Spinball is only on 35 and Thirteen’s only on 40! I’d head to one of those afterwards if you want a coaster with a short queue to ride! The queues do seem to have gone down a tad since this morning…...
  7. Matt N

    General Queue Times Discussion 2022

    I’d imagine it’ll still be shorter than 90 minutes @Ethan; even all the way back to the top of the stairs, the queue only took 10-15 minutes a few days ago!
  8. Matt N

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach: 2022 Discussion

    One question I have is; why can’t Blackpool function with both pay per ride and wristbands? Many seaside parks in the UK do, and places like the Fun Spot parks in Orlando do as well, and I’d argue this could offer the best of both worlds. Those who want a fuller theme park day could still buy a...
  9. Matt N

    Your most embarrassing moments?

    Oh dear, that sounds like a mortifying one… an honest mistake, I’m sure, but I hope the man wasn’t too upset with you!
  10. Matt N

    "Partygate" and UK politics general discussion

    Random question; out of interest, which party holds your local political seat and how safe are they? I live in the Forest of Dean political constituency, which is a Conservative seat held by Mark Harper. Even though this constituency has had a Labour MP in the past, the Conservatives’ vote...
  11. Matt N

    "Partygate" and UK politics general discussion

    I mean, he could hold on, I don’t deny that, but it does look like the Conservative party vultures are circling him now… The thing is, though, what can they do to remove him? Another confidence vote won’t be possible until 2023, so what can they do in the interim if they’re so desperate to get...
  12. Matt N

    "Partygate" and UK politics general discussion

    It appears Boris Johnson’s position has grown more precarious. Both Wakefield and Tiverton & Horniton were lost by the Conservatives yesterday, to Labour and the Liberal Democrats respectively, and Conservative chairman Oliver Dowden has resigned as a result. Boris Johnson and the cabinet have...
  13. Matt N

    Would Alton Towers be different today if it were still owned by Tussauds?

    Personal preference; I much prefer the 2021 advert you show to the 2007 one… I’ve never really sat down and thought about Towers’ adverts too much, but I certainly don’t think they’ve gotten any worse by any means. In terms of Wicker Man’s advert; making it less dark and “coloured to theme”...
  14. Matt N

    TBC: SW9 Speculation

    That might be a bit too tall for Towers… Pulsar at Walibi Belgium is close to 150ft. I guess they could dig a massive pit…
  15. Matt N

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach: 2022 Discussion

    The problem with pay per ride is that it often (albeit not always) significantly reduces value for money, and it may put families off if they are only able to do 1 or 2 rides for their money. For instance, I went to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2019, and I got 7 rides while there. From memory...
  16. Matt N

    General Queue Times Discussion 2022

    Apart from Smiler at 90, nothing is above an hour according to the app… is it busier on park than the app suggests? If you want a quiet ride @Ethan, go and do RMT, which is walk on right now according to the app!
  17. Matt N

    What do UK Theme Parks do better then their European competitors?

    Each to their own, of course, but I’d definitely disagree on smaller parks being superior in the UK, from what I’ve seen and visited. Many of Europe’s small to mid tier parks are churning out things that give the big parks a run for their money, and even some properly low tier parks have...
  18. Matt N

    Your most embarrassing moments?

    Glad I’m not the only one! I’ve certainly had encounters similar to that… In my instance, I don’t think it helps in some cases where I’m accompanied by my parents (such as my case with the bartender) that I topped out at 8.5 inches shorter than my dad… he’s 6’6”, while I’m only 5’9.5”. As such...
  19. Matt N

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach: 2022 Discussion

    OK; I apologise, as I digress that that included snacks and was based off of a very poor estimate from the last time I went to the cinema, which was a good couple of years before COVID. Looking at the Cineworld website now, though (I’ll use Cineworld, as it’s the last cinema I remember going...
  20. Matt N

    Sustainability Efforts at Alton Towers

    I always used to enjoy collecting park maps! If ever I go to a theme park with a paper map on offer, I still add it to my collection; Paultons Park and (surprisingly) Legoland Windsor still had them post-COVID, and I had a field day visiting Europa Park, as the park had both a paper map and a...
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