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ACE UK! 2015 – Part 5: Flamingo Land

Flamingo Land On Friday, July 24 we left the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre in Leeds and arrived at Flamingo Land in Malton, Yorkshire, England around 9:30. Operating since 1959, this park has a zoo and lots of rides. Of 9 coasters, 5 are family coasters. Although theming is not overly elaborate, I will review it by themed sections. METROPOLIS Home to 3 of the park’s coasters, this section, despite its name, does not display Superman theming. Velocity: (Vekoma, Motorbike Coaster (Custom), 2005) This was expected to be the main attraction for our stop, but unfortunately when we […]

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ACE UK! 2015 – Part 4: Pleasure Beach Blackpool

Pleasure Beach, Blackpool On Wednesday, July 22 we arrived at Pleasure Beach Blackpool in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. Operating since 1896, this is the park I have most anticipated visiting. No other park in the world has 5 wood coasters. It has so many historic attractions – the first ghost train, the only remaining vintage circle swing, the world’s first haunted swing, one of only 3 Derby Racers, one of only 5 operating wooden wild mouse rides, one of only 3 Mobius wood coasters, and the list goes on. We arrived at the park’s Big Blue Hotel around 3:00 and were […]

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ACE UK! 2015 – Part 3: Alton Towers

Alton Towers For some the most anticipated stop of the trip was Alton Towers in Alton, Staffordshire, England. Hands down the U.K.’s best theme park, it first opened in 1980 and has grown steadily through the years, building quite a collection of coasters and other rides. It is operated by Merlin Entertainments that owns several other theme parks in the U.K. that we would visit later in the trip. Here, the emphasis is on elaborate theming of both the sections and the rides. What really sets this park apart, however is the castle – Alton Towers – that sits in […]

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ACE UK! 2015 – Part 2: Oakwood Theme Park

Oakwood Theme Park On Monday, July 20 we drove from the Hilton Newport Hotel in Newport, Wales to Oakwood Theme Park in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, Wales, arriving just after 9:00. Operated by Aspro Parks out of Madrid, this is a park I have wanted to get to for a long as its wood coaster is highly acclaimed. Although they use the term ‘Theme Park’ in their name, most of the park is not highly themed. They do have several sections that are nicely themed, but since many of the rides are not in a themed section, I will review this park […]

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ACE UK! 2015 – Part 1: Paultons Park & Stonehenge

Paultons Park On Sunday, July 19 171 ACEers boarded 4 coaches to begin ACE UK! 2015, our 11 day tour of the U.K. Our first stop was Paultons Park in Romsey, Hampshire, England, where we arrived around 11:30. Operating since 1983, this was a new park for almost everyone on the tour. It is a beautiful family park and I was especially amazed at the amount and detail of topiary sculptures. Crowds were minimal, so we had a fairly easy time getting to most of the major attractions. The Cobra: (Gerstlauer, Bobsled Coaster, 2006) Although this model of coaster called […]

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