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Theme Parks

Theme Parks have always been a love of mine since I was young. Read through my reviews of the many different theme parks I have visited, both here in the UK and abroad.

Theme Parks I love to visit…
Theme Parks

Theme Parks I love to visit…

Before I begin this post, these are not in order of my favourites. This is a small collection that I have come to love during my travels, including the UK. I am a critic of theme parks, if there are areas that are looking run down or I find the operations half arsed and terrible, I will not rate the park highly. As a theme park enthusiast, we are highly critical of theme parks. Always expecting the best throughputs on rides, the theming to be pristine, the entertainment and ride selection to cater to all our needs. Everyone is different on what they class as a good theme park but generally there is an agreement among enthusiasts - I say generally. Sometimes you might find the odd enthusiast who will rate a park you absolutely despise, and vice versa. So let's get on with my favourite par...
Pin Badges – Worth the hype?
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Pin Badges – Worth the hype?

Now I love being an avid collector of pin badges, however it would have been hard to miss the craziness that stemmed from the Alton Towers Fireworks pin badge fiasco and wondering whether pin badges are worth the hype? When something is limited edition, you can’t help but think you NEED to get the item ASAP before it sells out. As proven with the Alton Towers Fireworks pin badge, hundreds of people queued up at Towers Trading during the Fireworks weekend to grab themselves a pin badge. It came as no surprise that since they were all sold out after about an hour of the park opening on the Saturday, there was a limit to ONE per person on the Sunday. Now my argument would be, why didn’t they produce enough to meet demand? Especially when their range of pin badges that they have sold during t
Curb those Closed Season Blues
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Curb those Closed Season Blues

The closed season is now upon us. Theme parks in the UK are shut and we must keep ourselves busy during the next four months. I enjoy the comfort of having the quiet weekends to recover from the busy open season however I do find boredom comes along at certain points, so I thought I’d write some tips on how to tackle those closed season blues. Join Theme Park Forums Are you a chatty person that wants to chat to other likeminded enthusiasts about a wide array of topics on the industry? Why not check out some theme park forums that are around, for example CoasterForce, TowerStreet... there's plenty you can find and join. Or why not check out some Facebook Pages for likeminded theme park enthusiasts. Simply click to join and one of the admins will add you to the group. I'm in a couple of di
Alton Towers Moon Voyage Hotel Room
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Alton Towers Moon Voyage Hotel Room

I had the pleasure of staying at the Alton Towers Hotel this year and was lucky enough to stay in one of their Moon Voyage rooms. Having only stayed in the standard rooms for ATH (Alton Towers Hotel) and Splash Landings, I was very excited to try out one of their themed rooms. It was a pure fluke booking the Moon Voyage room, since our group booked it the week before our trip to Scarefest. And with the added Merlin Annual Pass discount, it was pretty much a bargain price – approx. £40 per person when split between four people. The key cards for the themed rooms of the hotel really add to the feel of the experience. As you enter the corridor of the themed rooms, it gives you some idea as to what awaits in your room. The steampunk lighting, the purple walls, the vinyl print doors, yo
Alton Towers Scarefest 2017
Scare Attractions, Theme Parks

Alton Towers Scarefest 2017

Scarefest is probably the one highlight of visiting Alton Towers in October. I really love the atmosphere on park and I find the scare attractions are just a fraction better than Thorpe Park – sorry Thorpe Park fans! I think with the scare mazes being inside the actual Towers, there is a natural darkness and the cold air really adds to suspense inside. And you don’t need to wait for it to get dark to visit the mazes unlike at Thorpe Park. Alton Towers are lucky they can use the Towers to their advantage when it comes to having scare attractions. This year, Alton Towers have added a new addition to their maze line-up with The Welcoming: Be Chosen. I was looking forward to experiencing this new attraction alongside the 3 mazes: Sub Species, Altonville Mine Tours: Skin Snatchers and Ter
Fireworks Finale
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Fireworks Finale

I am home after what has been a truly wonderful weekend away at Alton Towers. Friends. Fireworks. Fun. Pretty much had a fantastic weekend, definitely a high point that was needed after the last few weeks of depressiveness. I could not fault anything with the weekend. I got the chance to experience an amazing fireworks display for two evenings, and I was blown away by them! To be reunited with the people who I really care about as well, it made the weekend so special to me. It is very sad that it is now over. In all honesty, it feels like a blur. Strange to think that I was at Alton Towers this morning and now I am back home. Returning to reality tomorrow morning with work. I might have also got a little bit too drunk last night at the hotels but then again, a TST Fireworks Meet would...
Scarefest 2013 continued…
Scare Attractions, Theme Parks

Scarefest 2013 continued…

After a nice-ish night at the Vane, I was ready to set off for my second day at Alton Towers. Hopefully after the bad luck we endured on Saturday, we would have a better day on park. Well… The day started off alright. We set off towards the Dark Forest to ride Thirteen. The queue went quite quickly and pretty soon there was a TST takeover on one of the trains. It was time for ‘lunch’ so a small group of us headed off towards Carnival so we could get that maze done. And I have to say it was definitely a great improvement than last year, especially with the finale. After this we headed off towards the Smiler to mooch around and wait for the 2.30pm meet up outside TOTT. This was where the whole group, out of the kindness of Pete Cliff, got on the maze, even those who didn’t have maze ticket
Scarefest 2013
Scare Attractions, Theme Parks

Scarefest 2013

What a weekend! I am finally home after what has been a very interesting and explosive weekend. Let me take you back to what happened during the weekend. Saturday morning. I got up extremely early. Excitement was kicking in but I guess having an early night makes you get up early. Really early – 6am. I decided to stay up as I knew it would be difficult for me to get back to sleep. Got myself ready and set off for the local Tesco so I could top up my petrol ready for Monday. So all was going well. I arrived at Towers around 8.45am and walked down to the entrance plaza where I was met with long queues already. This was the first sign that the park was going to be busy. Once the gates opened and we were let through the turnstiles, I power walked down towards the Box Office so I could pick
Thorpe Park Fright Nights
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Thorpe Park Fright Nights

I went to Thorpe Park Fright Nights on Saturday, which worked perfectly considering I had just been paid so I didn’t need to worry about money! I thought the event in general was a great improvement on last year’s event. Last year consisted of you being stuck in Thorpe Park’s own madhouse where the lunatics (roaming actors to you and I) were out and about to scare unwitting guests around the park. Whilst this worked to some extent, I felt the theme wasn’t very known around the park. This year however, you are part of the Thorpe Park movie studios and are the ‘stars’ of the shows. This worked much better, and I loved the park/ride audio with the director shouting ‘action’ when a ride commenced and ‘cut’ when the ride finished. The general atmosphere of the park itself was much more creepy
My Passion is Theme Parks
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My Passion is Theme Parks

My passion is theme parks. Even when I was young I loved the thrill of rollercoasters – and they were only the kids rides that didn’t go upside down! So my job right now is to talk about theme parks. I guess I can provide you with statistics and facts - though you will only fall asleep. I could be really serious and provide news stories about theme parks – but then again even I will be slightly bored with writing that! I’ll just give you my thoughts on theme parks. I’m no enthusiast that knows the ins and outs of theme parks, how rollercoasters are made etc. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t know what is happening – only in the UK, although we know the biggest and most extreme rides are in the USA. I’ve been to Thorpe Park and Chessington WoA many times when I was younger although the