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2019

ECC Dreamland Margate Trip

Photos from a trip with the European Coaster Club to the revamped Dreamland in Margate

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ECC Dreamland Margate Trip

Legoland's new Haunted House Monster Party

Legoland Windsor's long awaited Haunted House has finally opened

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Legoland's new Haunted House Monster Party

Alton Towers Dungeon review

The brand new Alton Towers Dungeon attraction reviewed

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Alton Towers Dungeon review

2018

Highlights of the Year 2018

2018 was the year that wood finally came to Alton Towers with Wicker Man, the star of Coaster Mania at Cedar Point was Steel Vengeance, and the European Coaster Club became the first major theme park group to visit Turkey.

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Highlights of the Year 2018

Chessington Howl'o'ween 2018

Chessington's Howl'o'ween 2018 celebrating Halloween and the end of the theme park season.

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Chessington Howl'o'ween 2018

Legoland Windsor Fireworks 2018

A review and video of Legoland Windsor's end of season fireworks display.

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Legoland Windsor Fireworks 2018

Thorpe Park Fright Nights 2018

Reviews of all the mazes at Fright Nights 2018, including the brand new Vulcan Peak, Dead Creek Woods and The Walking Dead: Do or Die.

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Thorpe Park Fright Nights 2018

Project 42 Scare Maze review

Review of Project 42, the new scare maze for Scarefest 2018 at Alton Towers.

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Project 42 Scare Maze review

Tiger Rock at Chessington

Chessington World of Adventures have rethemed their Dragon Falls log flume for 2018, transforming it into Tiger Rock in the Land of the Tiger.

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Tiger Rock at Chessington

Project 42 Construction for Scarefest 2018

Updated the Alton Towers Scarefest section with details of the attractions line-up for 2018, and early pictures of the new Project 42 Scare Maze construction.

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Project 42 Construction for Scarefest 2018

Conneaut Lake Park

I recently visited Conneaut Lake Park as part of a road trip in the USA - here's a new section featuring reviews, history and photos of the park and its major attractions, including the classic Blue Streak rollercoaster.

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Conneaut Lake Park

CoasterMania! at Cedar Point

My first visit to Cedar Point coincided with their annual CoasterMania event: the park was open for eighteen hours from 6am to midnight, dedicated to rollercoaster enthusiasts and Cedar Point fans.

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CoasterMania! at Cedar Point

Wicker Man Grand Opening

Wicker Man, the UK's first wooden rollercoaster in 21 years, officially opened at Alton Towers on 24 March 2018.

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Wicker Man Grand Opening

2017

Highlights of the Year 2017

A short video capturing some of my highlights of 2017, the year I finally got to go to Disneyland, the original theme park; I rode Formula Rossa, the fastest rollercoaster in the world; went to Six Flags Magic Mountain, the park with the most rollercoasters on the planet; and visited incredible parks like Phantasialand, Universal Studios and PortAventura. And I got Chosen...

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Highlights of the Year 2017

Alton Towers Fireworks Spectacular 2017

People's memories of Alton Towers played a big part in this year's end of season fireworks display.

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Alton Towers Fireworks Spectacular 2017

Alton Towers SW8 Construction: 4 November 2017

The final chance of the 2017 season to take a look at construction on Alton Towers' new rollercoaster, including the first opportunity to walk underneath the lift hill.

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Alton Towers SW8 Construction: 4 November 2017

Alton Towers SW8 Construction: 29 October 2017

A large number of new pictures from the SW8 construction site, including new views made possible by the reopening of the Katanga Canyon path.

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Alton Towers SW8 Construction: 29 October 2017

Legoland Windsor Ninjago Fireworks 2017

Video of the full Ninjago themed end of season fireworks show at Legoland Windsor.

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Legoland Windsor Ninjago Fireworks 2017

Alton Towers Scarefest 2017

Information and reviews from Alton Towers' Scarefest Halloween event, featuring The Welcoming: Be Chosen, the brand new scare maze for 2017.

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Alton Towers Scarefest 2017

Alton Towers SW8 Construction: 30 September 2017

Lots of work has been going on at the Secret Weapon 8 construction site since my last visit, with much of the trackwork now in place.

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Alton Towers SW8 Construction: 30 September 2017

Disneyland

Disneyland page added together with a set of pages and videos for major attractions at the park. More Californian theme parks coming soon!

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Disneyland

Alton Towers SW8 Construction: 9 July 2017

Construction of SW8 continues, with the structure of the lift hill now towering over the site together with part of the potential "Wicker Man" statue.

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Alton Towers SW8 Construction: 9 July 2017

Movie Park Germany Review and Video

New review and video from my recent trip to Movie Park Germany.

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Movie Park Germany Review and Video

ECC Arabian Adventure Trip Report

Report and videos from my trip with the European Coaster Club to the United Arab Emirates in March.

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ECC Arabian Adventure Trip Report

Alton Towers SW8 Construction: 3 June 2017

An update from the SW8 contruction site, with the station building framework now going vertical and some more of the track foundations visible.

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Alton Towers SW8 Construction: 3 June 2017

Theme Parks of the UAE

Find out all about Motiongate, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Legoland Dubai, Ferrari World and more... videos and a trip report are coming soon!

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Theme Parks of the UAE

Alton Towers SW8 Construction: 29 April 2017

Photos and video from the construction site of Alton Towers' Secret Weapon 8, the new wooden rollercoaster opening for the 2018 season.

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Alton Towers SW8 Construction: 29 April 2017

CWOA Gruffalo River Ride Adventure

Info, photos and a PoV video of Chessington's new for 2017 Bubbleworks replacement, The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure.

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CWOA Gruffalo River Ride Adventure

2016

2016 Season Highlights video

All (well OK, some) of the best bits of the 2016 season, crammed into less than 4 minutes.

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2016 Season Highlights video

Alton Towers Fireworks 2016

Alton Towers' 2016 Fireworks were themed around Galactica, the VR retro-fit overlay on Air. The story was pretty poor and the display didn't feel as big as in previous years, but I still managed to capture it from multiple angles over two nights in glorious 4K.

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Alton Towers Fireworks 2016

ECC North America Trip 2016

Trip report of a fortnight travelling to 15 parks in the American Heartland, including Holiday World, Dollywood, Silver Dollar City, Carowinds and Kings Island.

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ECC North America Trip 2016