Guys, please help! I want to do something nice for my boyfriend’s birthday and could really use some suggestions! He’s already said that he’d like to go to Alton Towers (a theme park) for the day, but I’d like to do something else as well to make it that extra little bit special. He’s not used to being spoiled and I aim to change that!
I am certainly NOT a Merlin-Minion but if you’re going up that way, maybe make a couple of days of it at the hotel and spa?
Also, if you use the code S5014 you can get 50% off hotel stays. Rooms are more expensive on Friday and Saturday, but if you go midweek you can get a pretty good B&B deal (I recommend paying a bit more for the ATH itself rather than Splash which I didn’t rate), you also get free parking, early ride time, and discounted 2-day entry.
Have an amazing time if you go!
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The Oblivion 2 poster… Well, Merlin own a park in Italy called Gardaland which is getting a new Dive Coaster in 2015. Unfortunately, the marketing department couldn’t think of an original theme and seem to have used the Oblivion logo and font in the teaser poster.
However, from what I have read, it looks like this might not be an Oblivion clone, and instead will be closer to Krake at Heide Park (also owned by Merlin) which is essentially a ‘mini’ version of Oblivion (smaller track and lower capacity cars).
There has been a lot of ‘controversy’ (read: moaning) by enthusiasts about this, because A) Dive Coasters are nothing special any more (even Sheikra at Busch Gardens with it’s inversion and two drops isn’t massively exciting IMO), and more importantly B) They’ve rehashed the Oblivion marketing, and also Th13teen’s tagline ‘The Ultimate Rollercoaster’….which is a bit naff.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Oblivion. But it happened almost 17 years ago. Italy getting it’s first Dive Coaster is great, but I don’t think it would have been hard to come up with an original teaser image! I hope they manage to do something original with it, but this being Merlin, it seems unlikely.
(Try looking at Raptor at Gardaland and think what it reminds you of! It’s got a great-looking theme but it all sounds rather familiar…)
I am planning a trip to Italy in 2015 so, should this tumblr still be running, I’ll post some thoughts here, but I’ll be watching this with interest purely out of love for the original Oblivion’s theme.
What’s Italian for ‘No Rational Explanation?’
So here’s something you don’t see everyday. A river rapids attraction taken over by rubber ducks!
Go to around 2:10 to see the duck action.
This was part of a charity stunt by Toverland in the Netherlands.
Thank you to ‘talkingtomyselfworld' who has become my 200th follower!
Considering there are a lot of blogs out there already dedicated to theme parks, featuring a wider range and considerably better photos than the ones I take, I consider this a massive achievement. I would like to thank all my friends who have contributed photos, especially Dan, Rob, and Tom.
This tumblr is really still a personal one, as the photos I post are of parks I’ve visited or really want to visit. I hope my health improves enough to get me to some new parks this year. I’ve definitely got a few in mind!
So thank you again everyone for your support and I hope I can keep entertaining you with a daily post for another 200 followers :) (don’t forget to enter the giveaway!)
For some things there truly is no rational explanation.