Wednesday, 14 November 2018

A memoir to the 2018 season

I know technically the 2018 season isn’t over for those in Europe (do we count as Europe anymore? Brexit...) but the UK peak season is over and this makes me sad. It’s been the best season yet for me, and as I’ve done a blog hiatus what better way to start it off than being sentimental? 
Being part of the industry
I got my dream job at a Theme Park. I manage the social media channels for the Park closest to me and every day I wake up thinking it’s just a dream - getting to sit next to a rollercoaster and cute animals every day is an absolute dream. Also - I spent half of my Halloween scare acting and running at people with a chainsaw! Broom broom, a five foot girl legging it towards you IS scary.
Making new friends
Wow, the mushy part of it all. I have made SO many new friends - if not ones from previous who I’ve grown closer too. I’ve gone on trips with them, I’ve had countless group chats and I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings! Hopefully more hungover quibbles and a whole lot of coasters. Ryanair pls do flash sales every few weeks, I beg...
Exploring new parks
I remember writing up a post earlier this year saying parks I’ve wanted to go to, and I have been to 10 new parks this year, and my 11th is PHANTASIALAND!!!!!!!! Needless to say - I’m excited! Considering I expected to go to 3/4 this year, albeit maybe 1 new one abroad, I’m pretty proud of myself. Promise more reviews next time. Sorry.
Hitting my 100th cred
Who dat basic bitch? It’s me lol. I’ve only started counting coaster credits recently and my 100th was Helix at Liseberg - which is the best coaster I’ve ridden. Also Liseberg is amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a better park to celebrate a geeky milestone in!

Now it’s closed season and I have my bearings back (almost - send help and coffee) I’ll be doing more of these. Maybe. 

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Friday, 17 August 2018

Top Takes - Efteling

It's been over a month since I went to Efteling for a little 2 day trip (which ended up as 3, but I spent that in an airport crying over blackcurrant fanta) and as I've finally had time to think about my little holiday, I feel ready to talk about it.

Wow, Efteling. What a little gem. It honestly wasn't a park I was desperate to go for, considering none of the coasters really enthralled me unlike Taron at Phantasialand, or going to Toverland for Fenix, but I was surprised. Even the location is cute, alongside everything else, apart from the big lobed man in Fata Morgana which will give me nightmares for at least 3 years. Talking about my favourite bits isn't hard, but I thought I'd take a different spin on it rather than just coasterscoasterscoasters.
De Vliegende Hollander
First off, water coasters or any water ride (aside from dark rides) do not appeal to me. I'm allergic to chlorine, I hate getting wet, and I constantly feel like I am going to die, but this ride? Really surprised me. The smells, the sights, the story, everything was so, endearing? Being in pitch black with some fake stars around you, followed by the breeze and bromine smell just felt so, comforting, yet scary. I came off wanting to re-ride, and the best bit? You don't get too wet. Splashing down next to Joris en de Draak was picturesque af. 
Oliebollen, cassis fanta, spiral potatoes etc.
The food. THE FOOD!!! I never have hope for Theme Park food, Portaventura made me ill, Disney was overpriced, and in general, most food places are shut. But Efteling has this down to a T, or a hot dog, whatever your preference is. The food is just, cheap and good? Nothing is stupidly overpriced and when you eat it you don't want to vomit or cry at your bank account. My recommendation is definitely the oliebollen which are dutch donuts and magical angels from the heaven above.
Fata Morgana
This was the first ride we headed to unknowingly, and it was... weirdly amazing. We were greeted by the most amazing theme park smell (of which I bought bottled up) and the whole experience was fab. Arabian Nights, creepy tiger animatronics and that big man with the big lobes. I am scarred for life, but in the bst way possible.
The stories
Fairytale Forest was creepy and amazing, the dark rides had everything I've ever wanted and more, and the rollercoasters just, got it? The stories behind each ride really grabbed me - even little touches like the winning flags falling on Joris en de Draak really made the experience so much better. I'm a half and half gal, you can have an incredible coaster with all the elements I love, but if it lacks theming and storyline, meh. Efteling really seemed to have everything down to a T. 
Overall, Efteling was a perfect gem to add to my theme park collection, it may be small, but it sure is sweet-er now. Have you been to Efteling? What was your favourite part?

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Friday, 30 March 2018

The Walking Dead: The Ride - VIP Launch and Review *SPOILERS*


It’s Friday, the day after The Walking Dead: The Ride press launch, and I’m still feeling achey. I’m still in awe I got an invitation to go - little old enthusiast me! But I am so, so glad, and I’m my opinion, it was really worth the wait.

This IS going to contain spoilers for The Walking Dead: The Ride, so read with caution, cos if you read you’ll probably survive. There are no pictures or videos from inside the attraction though.

First of all - the Facade. Gone are the days are the booming house music (Sandstorm I’m looking at you) and here come the echoey, dark sounds of IMAScore. The watch tower is a really good touch, would love to climb up it one day and get some good shots of the park, like a coaster climb but... not on a track? The entrance is also beautiful too, yeah we can make comments about desolate theming being a ‘thing’ but when you do it that well I ain’t complaining! The bag hold is actually outside the attraction now, this way it keeps the inside a secret, which is another reason why I have no pics from inside because my pockets are small and my phone is big. The hosts are in costume, which is such a positive for me because as much as Thorpe blues are fine, doesn’t really work alongside a themed attraction.

You get batched in groups of 20 and ushered into a ‘Pre-show’ element. CCTV is shown on the screens alongside a Survivor who talks about getting you to safety - then all hell breaks loose. We’re shouted at to go through the doors quickly as Walkers have infiltrated the surrounding areas - panic arrises and I nearly slip over. Throughout the corridors that were once graced with fab neon lighting and the sound of bass, now comes blood staines walls and fake doors leading to ‘other’ places of the building, the lighting is red and my personal fav thing is the audio. Down each corridor it’s different, so when you go past it’s like the story is advancing which really gets you immersed like a proper zombie invasion. Just before you reach the boarding station, there are documents and X easter eggs EVERYWHERE. Make sure you have a good read of everything on the notice boards, and look out for funky car plates. 

Now, onto the ride. Let it be known that the track has NOT changed. I’m not too sure why people thought this initially, but no, it’s the same classic X layout, but the way they’ve used the track is so clever. As you embark up the lift hill there are warning lights everywhere and loud sirens, it’s completely chaotic and I  L O V E  it. The first section honestly wasn’t too eventful, I’m assuming some effects were turned off and tweaked during to get full ride capability on. As you zoom past corners ‘Walkers’ are lit up and sound effects play as you come across certain sections, there’s a screen which shows a survivor shooting at Walkers alongside some more mannequins clawing at the screen below you. Now comes my favourite part - the brake section. This. Bit. Shat. Me. Up. You’re halted, unlike before when you’d slowly come round the banked corner and fly off, and to your right there are screens of windows, slowly steaming up with Walker breath. A familiar voice is trying to restart the car, you jilt forwards but stall a few times whilst the ‘glass’ continues to crack, before you’re suddenly launched off into smoke and red light. Now I was screaming horrendously during this bit (check out my ride pic - lol) and just as you think it’s all over, you’re greeted by more bloody Walkers. Leave me alone!!! I hate you mannequins!!!! Satan!!! 

As you reach the exit station, the hosts tell you to leave quickly as there’s an exit to your left, as everyone fumbles out you exit into the old bag collection room. More dead walkers are lying around, the lights are flashing, I am crying 5ever, and actors bumble around scaring the living (nightmare) daylights out of everyone. I really hope they take on board the amazing feedback from the actors, I feel like without them it would’ve been very anti-climatic? It really was the cherry on top to such an amazingly themed ride, so plz, actors! There’s a section just before you leave too which resembles the 2017 Platform 15 tunnel. Rope in the eyes. Send help.

So - my thoughts. I really loved it. I never really rated X that much, and I love horror themed rides. Even if you don’t watch The Walking Dead you’d still understand what was going on, there’s enough leverage that if you’re a fan you’ll love it and if you’re not, you’d still love it. The theming is incredible - I’d love to see some more effects at the start of the ride, but overall, very scary, it made the scare actor cry. Top tip is to definitely sit on the right hand side when you first go on to get the real traumatising experience!

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Why I love being a Theme Park Enthusiast

As much as I hate labelling myself one, I am a big Theme Park Enthusiast. All my time spent holiday planning is based on parks, I talk about parks like it's my second language and it's one of the things I'm most known for within my friendship group. We're all quick to moan about things and the 'community', but I thought I'd brighten up the start of open season by chatting about why I LOVE being a Park Enthusiast.

First timers
One of the most *~*~MaGiCaL~*~* things about taking someone on a coaster they've never ridden before is their reaction. Watching someones face light up as we hit dispatch and seeing their initial reaction is something so heartwarming? One of the most wholesome things I've ever experienced was back at Paulton's Park and sitting in front of a girl who was about to embark on her first coaster - the mighty Cat-O-Pillar. She LOVED it. I felt gooey inside. Gross.

Being the know-it-all
Some people might hate it, but I secretly love being the person people come to when they have park queries. Being able to chat shit about my fave places and my fave coasters to someone who isn't as educated as me but wants to learn tips and tricks? Really makes me realise how much I LOVE being a geek. It's that power trip you get when you tell someone the best place to sit on Nemesis - all their trust is in you. 

Coming together in times of trouble
The beast from the East really blew us over (literally) this weekend. Wickerman opening didn't open, and despite the snow closing all big rides, everyone just kinda rolled with it? I was watching from afar because work, but so many people I knew were there, and rather than moaning over something that no one can change, they just took gorgeous pictures, vlogged and rode Hex! It's easy to feel disheartened over it, but the amount of enthusiast geeking out was really cute to see. Onwards next weekend!!!

Making lifetime friends
Oh, jesus, gross (if you know you know) I hate being nice but this is such an important part. I've literally made so many friends and met so many new people just through being a coaster geek, I've been part of forums, meetups, met my boyfriend through this, and even met people I look up to. It's a niche hobby, so finding others that really understand you can be hard, but in this community everyone gets it! There will always be fights over 'what's best' and unnecessary drama for literally no reason, but so many positives come from this. I've achieved so much in the last year from being around positive park peeps, and I'm super excited to see what's coming.

Getting to go to incredible places
Lots of people spend their holidays in the sun or snow, getting a tan or going shopping and having a chill time. What do we do? Get blisters just to ride a zoom zoom fast machine, but I wouldn't change it for the world. I love gushing about planned trips and holidays to people, for some reason it's so much more exciting than going on a sun getaway? People are super involved, and in the end you get to go to these amazing parks in amazing places. Germany is such an incredible place, and when I was at Europa I got to explore for a few hours a day and fell in love even more. 

These are just a few reasons I love dedicating my life to a life of inversions and headaches, but it's so worth it. Why do you love being a park enthusiast? Aside from the obvious one of getting to ride a shit tonne of B&M's...

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Monday, 5 March 2018

Theme Park Travel Anxiety

I am an all around anxious person, I get anxious over the weather, my food, driving, breathing. It's all very dramatic. Going on holiday is always a stressful time for me, but especially when it comes down to Theme Parks. Normally I'm fine with UK ones, it's just a stress about how long the drive is and how much parking is, but for some reason recently I've become and absolute Gremlin when it comes to any sort of travelling to parks. I've also recently discovered that a few other friends suffer from this too, and I'm going to whittle it down into one relatable post.

Money
For some reason, I'll spend like an idiot with £'s, but when it comes to converting money I lose all sense of what money actually is? Like, I'll go to Europe and have a panic attack over what a cent is and then I move savings into my account even though I have more than enough money. But at the same time, I also think of it like it's Monopoly money??? 5 euro for a biscuit with Mickey Mouse ears? Bargain.

Tickets
This is one of the worst things for me, I always think I am buying the wrong tickets and have to re-read 20 forums just to reassure myself. Luckily when it comes to European and places in the USA, it's all in English, but I've looked at Asian parks and more rural parks before and just given up hope of going. It truly stresses me out thinking I've messed up THE most important part of  a Theme Park trip, and when I don't understand if certain rides are included in entrance fee, a part of me dies.

Travel/Getting there
I'm literally mid panic attack thinking about this. I am a very anxious traveller, whether it comes to trains, cars, flying, boats, horse, whatever. I've only been driving for 2 years now, but I have mini meltdowns in the car on a daily basis and car parking really stresses me out. So many signs, yet so little understanding on my part. Going abroad really gets to me too, transfer, trains, tubes??? What do I need to DO to get this beautiful cred? I previously was really ill on a train to PortAventura before, which really doesn't help long journeys on transport i'm anxious about. I'm taking a big step this year by driving up to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which is a hefty drive if you're from the South. 

Language Barrier
Getting lost? Bad. Getting lost in an unfamiliar place where no one can understand you? Even worse. Now before I go to parks I try my best to learn a bit of the lingo as I don't want to seem ignorant, but I am terrible with languages. I can understand German, but I don't speak it, which is a really big help when you're stuck on a German road, right, right?????? Google translate is a lifesaver but also a very vague life saver, one minute you're asking where Dæmonen is, and the next minute you're asking how to eat a rollercoaster. Relatable content.

Surprisingly enough, none of these are ride based (aside from water rides, but that's for another day when you can all mock me) as I don't get new coaster anxiety? I used to get it really bad, but the worst I'll get it these days is if I think that someone in front or behind me is going to vomit. When it comes to things like packing I'm pretty on the ball because I'm a control freak and need to make a list at least 2 weeks before I go travelling. Is there any type of anxiety you get when travelling? Let me know, I'll see if I can help ease some nerves! I can't take my own advice but I'm good at giving it to others...?

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Disneyland Paris vs WDW's Magic Kingdom

The more I think about it, the more I don’t rate Magic Kingdom that much. Before you start sweating profusely and start mansplaining why it’s SoOoOo magical and good, let me explain myself.

Truthfully I’ve only ever been to Disney Land Paris and Walt Disney World in Florida, and there is so much to explore in the theme park world of Disney, but realistically I only really rated Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios and I prefer Disney Park Paris to Magic Kingdom overall. Yeah, Paris is labelled as ‘tacky’ but honestly I love tacky shit. Aside from Armageddon. Absolutely not. Now bare in mind the first and last time I went to Walt Disney World was back in 2016 and I’ve only just recently been to DLP, I’m trying to not be bias. But like, looking back on it all, I just feel really underwhelmed and a bit disappointed in myself that I didn’t like it as much as everyone expected me to? I’ve got a Disney tattoo for Christ’s sake, I should’ve been pissing my pants and gawping over hidden Mickeys, but meh. The rides really weren’t that great, and even though I say I prioritise theming over coasters/rides, it’s a bumpy road (or wild mouse if it’s a bumpy road to probable death). Big Thunder Mountain in Paris is breathtaking, I enjoyed hyperspace’s layout waaaay more than Space Mountain and it just feels so much more cosy? Pirates is unclockable in comparison too. I don’t feel rushed, I don’t feel intimidated and I just love it. Don’t get me wrong, Haunted Mansion is incredible and I found myself always going to it whenever I was on park, but that’s one of the only things I really enjoyed. I did really enjoy the shopping outlets (classic me) more and guest interaction was amazing with the performers, but was that because it was better or just because there were more of them dotted around? It just seemed way over hyped for me, but is it because I’m a general theme park nerd and not a Disney nerd? Theme park geek problems eh? Really the finest first world issues. 
As I said before though, I did really love Animal Kingdom and Studios. I need to go to Pandora and if I don’t ride the Slinky Dog coaster my life won’t be complete. Also Disney Springs is perfect and beautiful and amazing and I wouldn’t have it any other way. And Tower of Terror. So many feeeeeelings!!! Overall theming is definitely beautiful there, but I think I’d rather ride Ratatouille than stand in the scorching sun for 2 hours to ride Splash Mountain. 

How do you feel about Paris in comparison to Florida? Or comparisons to any of the other Disney parks? I feel like I definitely need a trip back soon, or maybe even a cheeky trip to Disneyland? The newest news that Disney revealed in the last few days for their plans for DLP is a game changer too. Jordan (Cupcakesandcoasters) has whittled down the important bits here for you, so give that a read. New superior park? Who knows...


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Friday, 23 February 2018

New job, new path

I've recently done the one of the most life changing decisions of my life. I changed career. Wow shock horror! It's actually a pretty scary thing to do. Throughout education I've been focused on Media and Make-up, then in jobs I've worked in Retail, Hosting and Acting. I've now dived into the scary (and big) world of Marketing. More specifically, I'm a Marketing Assistant and I manage all the Social Media pages and run events. Me, 20 year old piss baby, has to take charge for once, and it's one of the best decisions I've made of my life. I know it's still early stages, but for once I don't feel like it's a chore to get up.  I'm not a morning person and I never will be but the 7am alarm isn't so tedious anymore. It's a little bit sad that I'm not working at a Theme Park, there was always something so weird and wonderful when you told someone you worked on a Rollercoaster, BUT I can see Chessington World of Adventures from my office window. You can leave the Theme Park but the Theme Park never leaves you.

One problem that no one really warns you about when changing career directions is the amount of rejections you get. My god. I have a pretty swanky CV, it's got columns and colours and shit, yet no one wanted to even give me a chance. I was sure that I was just an awful human with nothing to give, but then I one day I just kept pushing and pushing, and look at me now! Fancy! If there's one thing you get from this rambly post, it's to keep on going. Rejection emails are awful and half of them don't even get your name right, if they can't get your name right which you've plastered everywhere, then they're not worth your time. Most places just look for keywords in your CV's and stuff, and normally unless you've had 3+ years experience in a certain area they won't give you their time of day. Prove yourself, add in cover letters, portfolios, embrace the fact this is a new start for you and show them that you're determined to make the most out of it. Also, always go for a place that has dogs. Dogs are the best.

Once again, this is a rambly chat with nothing to do about anything. I just wanted to... talk. I'm a busy bee right now getting the ropes of everything but open season is SO SOON so expect 143947 'I'm hyped' tweets coming up in the next few weeks. #sorrynotsorry

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

My First Time - Paultons Park

Despite being someone who loves Theme Parks and Rollercoasters, I haven't actually been to many parks (yet. the yet is important) but this year is the year that I spend a stupid amount of money on tickets and travel just to ride all the rolliecoasties. First on my list is Paultons Park. Luckily for me, it's open during February half term so I zoomed down before seeing my parents and this is my little review on it! Spoiler: it's cute and soggy.

I was honestly prepared for it to be a bit busy, but low and behold, the British weather kicked in and as soon as I got out of my car I actually resembled a piece of soggy toast. Nice. When we got into the park, we headed straight towards Lost Kingdom, an area themed around exploration and Dinosaurs. My first thought when walking up to the entrance was how adorable it was. Foliage was everywhere, the themed signage on the rocks was cute and I loved how bright the supports for Flight of the Pterosaur were against the shitty grey sky. 
We rode Flight of the Pterosaur first as it was closest (and walk on). I loved how they had the Vekoma sign and information on the offload side, I was squirming whilst my boyfriend was cringing. Cute couples, eh? Aside from getting absolutely soaked on this, the track layout itself is fun. Suspended coasters in the wet weather are always a bit of a risk, ended up with flooding around the hip area due to the amount of water dripping down, but apples and oranges or something. We headed over to Velociraptor next, I honestly wasn't expecting how fast it would go for a family boomerang?! Head was shook. Did Dino Chase for the #cred much to the dismay of my boyfriend, then we quickly rushed over to Cobra where my soul left my body. Please Gerstlauer. Please. Last of the coasters we did was Cat-O-Pillar which was actually really, really cute. I was there for this girl's first ever coaster ride and it was so wholesome and warm. One of the coolest parts of being an enthusiast is taking someone on their first ride and witnessing their reaction (aside from all the cool coaster creds, obviously).

I think the biggest highlight for me was probably the new area for 2018, Little Africa. I always go and see animals when they're located at a Theme Park, and Little Africa is primarily the reason why I loved Paulton's so much. It. Is. SO. Cute. The nocturnal animal enclosure was a personal favourite, thr Fennec Foxes were snuggling each other and the little tiny mouse like creatures were so endearing. I just love tiny animals, tiny animals for everywhere please. Alongside this, there was an outside enclosure too with different species of birds and creatures, I'll throw some pictures down below as anything I say makes me sound 5 and sometimes pictures are better than words.
Before we left, we had a little stroll around Peppa Pig World and looked at the construction for their new expansion later this year. I'm not someone with a child, but if you have a little one then this place is probably perfect to keep them interested for a few hours. So much stuff to do, so much energy to use up. Plus Mr Potato is the star of the show in my opinion.

So there we have it, a miniature review on a new park for me. I love it when parks open for a bit before *actual* open season, helps that coaster stress inside of me. Are you planning to go to Paultons Park this year? Or any parks that you'd like me to go and review? Leave a comment. Let's have a natter.

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Monday, 12 February 2018

Ghost Stories - What and Why I'm so Excited


I can't remember the last time I was properly excited for a film to come out. Sure, I was engaged with the most recent IT and Jigsaw film as I've grown up with them, but they were pretty bog standard releases. Then I remembered my beloved Ghost Stories. I. Am. So. Fucking. Excited. Don't even test me. This film has a bit of hype surrounding it, I'm sure it's been shown at a film festival last year, but the initial release for it in the UK is April. I want April now. FrightFest are having a special screening on the 1st March as part of their event in Scotland, but my weak legs cannot handle a drive there. One like equals one cry. 

Why am I so excited? Settle down, kiddos, it's time to get nostalgic.
Ghost Stories is a play that came around in 2010, due to it's popularity and success for being so niche, it got lots of interest surrounding it. Back in 2014, I had the pleasure of watching it in London with my parents. I'm not going to lie, I was bricking it. The marketing surrounding it was very... vague. It was labelled as very scary and not suitable for anyone under 15, and if you google the play, there's no recordings or show pictures, just stills of audience members looking terrified. It is mysterious and gives you chills, just how a ghost story should be. The use of stage work and interaction with different effects was amazing, and the fact it had no intermission and if you left, you couldn't re-enter? Spooky. There was a sound effect of a knocking noise and I remember a guy shouting "Elsa? Fuck this, I'm out" when it happened. 

Now, onto the film. To keep this vague and simple for those who want to go in with a fresh mind, the story follows Professor Phillip Goodman who is a Professor of Parapsychology, he gives lectures on 3 'Ghost Stories' which are re-enacted. That's all I'm gonna say. I am very intrigued to see how they plan it all out. I'm going to keep this spoiler free, but if you've attended the show, you'll know how certain physical aspects came into play. Another rewarding factor is that upcoming star Alex Lawther features in it with his dorky, yet endearing aura about him. (You've probably seen him in 'The End of the F***ing World', or my favourite, Kenny in Black Mirror, Shut up and Dance) The co-creator, Andy Nyman, stars in this too (I know him best from the best TV show EVER produced, Dead Set, do not fight me on this) I for one am itching to see them perform in the film adaptation. 

Please please PLEASE do not spoil this for yourselves if you want to see the film. Do not google the plot. Do not read spoiler reviews. The story really is better unknown to those who aren't familiar with the play, and it'll keep the shock factor alive. I'm so excited to go and see this and give a proper review when it's released. Did I mention I'm excited? Excited excited excited. I've said that word too many times, soz English students.

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

2018 - The year of The Walking Dead and the decade of Horror

Before anyone says I’m being bias as I’m a self proclaimed horror fan, hear me out. Horror is taking over this year. Why, I hear you beg? Stop begging. For mother Amy shall give.

First of all, The Year Of The Walking Dead. Over the past few weeks (or lifetimes, as it seems) Thorpe Park have been teasing a ‘safe zone’. Unlike our warm, internet safe space for all of us special snowflakes, this is in no way really safe. Unless you lived under a rock in 2017, The Walking Dead aka the 2nd biggest TV show ever aka rising home of daddy Andrew Lincoln graced itself at Thorpe Park’s FRIGHT NIGHTS. Now being someone who worked as a scare actor there, I can tell you this was huge. Queues were heaving, hype was 100% real. Obviously places such as Universal Halloween Horror Nights And Movie Park Germany have had Walking Dead attractions, but ours were different. Now it seems due to this popularity, the Walker disease has been spreading. Living Nightmare is opening during May Half Term for a more extreme experience, along with selected dates during the Summer (I see you, summer nights). Another exciting addition is ‘Zombie Hunt’, described as an extreme battle for survival. If it’s anything like the old Face it Alone experiences, then I’d defo recommended bringing a spare pair of pants...
Alongside this, my baby itself, Saw ALIVE is opening during the Summer holidays so you can once again experience true torture in 26 degree heat. The last time this happened was like, 2012? 

Now, I know what you’re thinking. That doesn’t say why it’s taking over? Well, yeah it does. Bringing scare mazes to open throughout the whole year is incredible. There’s such a high demand, and it’s being brought now. The Dungeons is a more of a tame ‘horror’ experience, but it’s one that is known all across the world, within different locations. Tulleys Farm’s Shocktober fest is having yet another scare experience being revealed, and more and more escape rooms are popping up. What is it that makes us love being so scared? (Derren pls) Last year we had the likes of The IT remake and the Jigsaw reboot come into play. Then this year Ghost Stories, which was a play running throughout 2014, has been adapted into film, and Halloween is getting another start up. 2018, I am ready for your gore filled contents. 

What are you most excited for? I know I’ll definitely be making my way to Thorpe Park to check out Negan swing his bat at me. Would be rude to say no considering I live 5 mins away.

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Lovers and Losers - January 2018

January has been a weird one. I can't tell if it's gone super quick, or super slow?? All I know is that I don't actually know what day it is. Or time. I'm so confused.

Thought I'd do a favourites type of thing, but give it that horror twist rather than being a basic 'favourites'! The names speak for themselves, but if you are a little slow, Lovers are my faves and Losers are my not-so faves. Goddit?


Lovers 
The Body Shop - Shine Lip Liquid in Cherry Gum
Matte lips have been my fave thing for a loooong time, but recently I've wanted a change. Lip gloss has been a taboo subject for a while as it's kinda compared back to the early 2000's when we'd all be wearing a thick layer from Claire's. I've got a few glosses in the past but a lot are either super sticky, barely have colour or smell like bleach. When I was browsing The Body Shop the other week I came across their Shine Lip Liquid. I immediately assumed it was gonna be a lip topper or metallic lip from the name, but when I swatched it I was pleasantly surprised. Cherry Gum is this beautiful red with a pink-ish undertone. It applies like a dream and isn't sticky, and when it wares off during the day it leaves your lips a beautiful stained red colour. I'm really hoping they're gonna bring out more shades of this in purples and deeper reds because I crave a vampy glossy lip.

Regal Rose - CUPID. Black Spinel Chevron Silver Ring
I've never, ever been a ring person. I'm really reeeeally self conscious of my hands because they look like toddlers hands with sausages as fingers. I bite my nails and I'm covered in freckles, so I'd always make an effort to hide or edit them in pictures. I've known about Regal Rose for a while, and I love their rings, so I asked for one for Christmas to try it out and I haven't been able to go without it since. It's delicate enough that it doesn't draw too much attention to my fingers, but still is a statement. The black spinel gemstone is gorgeous and it goes with everything. I'm gagging to get more to stack this now! Might have to get my nails done to look more insta friendly too...

Firebox - Unicorn Tears Gin
Probably the most on-trend drink of the millennial life. If I spill this down myself no one will care because it’s glitter and glitter makes everything one hundred times better. Even makes Unicorn farming seem ok. (It also tastes delicious) They've actually got several of these sparkly concoctions, including a pink version for Valentines Day and a black version like my heart.

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Season 2 - Netflix
My boyfriend forced me to watch Season 1 last year and I was a bit 'meh' about it all until I started paying attention, now it's probably one of my favourite shows. I liked this season more than season 1 and I'm in love with Samuel Barnett. Can't really talk about this much without giving it away, but it's good I promise. Also dogs. 

mercury grls depop - 'Girls will be Girls' t-shirt
I've been trying to experiment with my style more recently, have a bold staple pair of trousers or coat or whatever and pair it up with something a bit tamer, but I was lacking a white slogan tee. 90% of the highstreet shops sell the cringiest ones, but I noticed Poppy had her own depop shop going on and was selling cute, empowering tshirts. I've only had this for a week or so but I keep wearing it so much. It smells. I'm ok with that. 

Losers 


Rejection emails - EVERYWHERE

Your shitty response of 'We've had so many amazing applicants, but you lacked the experience' means nothing. Do. Not. Give. Me. That. Same. Excuse. Companies, please make your rejection emails more personal. Please actually write my name and not 'To ,' (lol true story) it isn't hard to set up mailto. 


Loser list was short, but that's because I haven't really been adventuring out of my comfort zone, next month I'm gonna have a full hit list. You watch.
Anything you've been liking over the last month? I'm sure this list will include theme parks soon because I am sad and craving one. 

Speak soon,




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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Spending your teenage years depressed - A raw post

I’m lying in bed writing this wanting to ball my eyes out but feeling too empty and tired to do that. For the past 8 years of my life I have felt different to others, I have regular panic attacks, I feel nothing a lot, and I’m incredible emotionally sensitive. People say that your teen years are the best years of your life, but for me? Not really. I still don’t quite get why I’m like this, I grew up as an only child and my parents are the best ever and I could not wish for anything but pure happiness for them. I had, and I have, everything. But through it all, I’m still lying here at 1am with tears down my face.


Spending your teen years depressed could be seen as ‘romantic’ by an obnoxious tumblr poet. It is the complete opposite, it’s freaking out over the smallest thing, clawing at your body to feel something as you can’t feel the right emotions. It's literally having such a bad episode that you think you're body is going to go into overdrive and kill you off because someone made a shitty comment towards you. I never used to be like this, I could handle confrontation and be a little extroverted prick but now I will avoid it at all costs because it'll just reiterate what I think about myself anyway. 

That section of post was written at 1am the other night after a solid few days of rejections and shit news. Am I a weirdo for writing a blog post when I'm in that mood? Probably, yeah. But it helped. Venting my feelings helped a lot. I used to keep it all inside when I was younger, but now I just kind of cry to everyone. I have been reflecting more-so on my teen years (albeit I've only just entered my twenties) and how shitty they were. Can you imagine spending your grumpy teen years depressed and moping in your bedroom whilst everyone else was out in fields drinking Frosty Jacks and at house parties vomiting up their insides? Spoiler alert: It's shit. I wish I had taken action sooner because now I feel like I'm in a big circlejerk of the same story. I talk about feeling better, I then get worse, I then get better and get all motivational, then I get worse, repeat for 8 years etc etc. Please please PLEASE if you are feeling down or lost, find someone to talk to. Don't bottle up your feelings because it'll make you explode like a bottle of pepsi that's been kicked on the ground several times. If the doctor blames your emotions on puberty then don't just give up. Take their advice, work on it, and if you're still feeling awful, go back. Push them. Do not be afraid and do not agree to things you aren't comfortable with. Your health is the most precious thing in the world, don't let people knock you down and ruin it. 

I'm not really too sure what to do or make of this post, but if I can help someone out there push themselves to get help then that's all I want. Every person is different, but you're not alone. Don't push yourself into the darkness, fight it.


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Thursday, 25 January 2018

Why my favourite Coaster isn't my best Coaster

Discussing your favourite rollercoasters with people can be hit or miss, a lot of the time I get a scornful look for mine, and then in return I also give them a peculiar look. Coasters are subjective to everyone, they're personal and no person will ever have the same feeling as you do towards one. I've been thinking over the last few weeks, what actually makes a good coaster that's a favourite? My personal favourite is Saw The Ride at Thorpe Park. I can already feel the judging looks bursting my way, but I have my reasons to which I'll explain.

This was the first ever 'big' rollercoaster I have ever been on. I remember the anticipation and anxiety whilst queuing for it in 24 degree heat, it was during my first trip to Thorpe Park with my school. I can remember the day quite well as 80% of my friends were piss babies and didn't want to ride anything, so spent their day on the beach. Myself and my friend weren't going to let them spoil our fun, and as we knew we liked typical fair ground rides we thought we'd take the plunge into a 120 minute queue to ride the newest attraction on park. 

The Theming
Now. Say what you want about this, but to someone who is a massive fan of the Saw franchise and someone who's grown up with the films, seeing 'traps' (albeit not actual ones from the films) dotted around the queue line was fucking fab. The audio was booming out of the speakers and I was well aware of the 'barbed wire' fences. Inside the dreary warehouse you're welcomed with a shotgun that was reminiscent of the quadruple shotgun hallway from the first film. Scared the shit out of me when I first went through it, darted up the staircases like I actually had shit myself. Now the bit that got me was the pre-show element. Seeing Billy cycle out with his tiny Mary Janes on was so, so good. Top tip - Get the second car to experience this. Trusssss me.

The Element of Surprise
Being someone who'd never really known about coasties before (aside from Crealy) I didn't even know POV's existed, to which, I am thankful. The first 'hidden' drop completely got me, tears and all. Imagine a small, fragile, 12 year old Amy, with 2 huge pendulums swinging towards her. It ruined my childhood and I loved it. 


The Layout
The USP for this was the 'beyond vertical' drop, but as little old me didn't care about that and only cared about the rotating blades as a near miss, I didn't quite grasp how cool it was. In more recent years, I actually black out during the Immelmann loop. Not too sure why, as I don't find the coaster particularly rough aside from the break run. Gives me a real sense of adrenaline! I remember absolutely bawling my eyes out (in a good way) during my first ride on Saw. It's also a nice coaster to look at, makes a great background for any picture and one I'll always take whenever I'm on park.

The Aftermath
The initial aftermath of a coaster can either be sweet or sour, but after popping my Jigsaw cherry, I was yearning for more already. I ran into the shop to buy all the tat I could, and I remember coming home and immediately trying to show my parents what I'd been on. Saw is the reason I love rollercoasters so much, which is the reason I've taken so many chances with trips and stuff over the last few years, and I'm so thankful for it. Sure, it may not be the quickest or smoothest coaster, it definitely isn't the best one I've ridden and I know darned well that it isn't universally liked, but it has a special place in my heart and I know I'll never be able to replicate that feeling I had when exiting the station. 


So there we have it. I'm not trying to justify (well kind of) why I love Saw the Ride so much, but more so just explaining why it means so much to me. What is your favourite coaster and why? What was your first feeling when finishing it? Is it the best you've ridden? Let me knoooow! I'm nosey.

Speak soon,

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Theme Park Luggage - What's In My Bag edition

Whenever I go on park based trips/holidays, I used to struggle with what I really needed to bring. YouTube just didn't satisfy me as it was mainly Disney based, and I was getting bored of seeing 5 types of ears being thrown into a case, so I thought I'd do (maybe) a few posts in what I take in my day bag, suitcase and more for different types of trips.
I remember reading a post like this from Jordan a few years back and I found it really interesting. I LOVE what’s in my bag type content because I’m nosy as fuck and lots of the time I think ‘ooh, useful!’. I thought I’d give my fresh take on what I take to theme parks for a day trip. I’m super antsy about what I take, and I’ve discovered using my boyfriends bag as a go-to isn’t a clever idea as we both take so much so first of all I purchased myself a bag...

A Bag
Not necessarily IN my bag, but it’s what you need to put things in... you get me? In the past I’ve had these adorable tiny backpacks (skinny dip) I use and if I’m just having a quick 3 hour trip to Thorpe Park, that’s what I’ll lug along with me considering I live literally 5 minutes down the road. But if I’m doing a longer day, or at a park where the car park is a bloody trek, I’ll take something bigger. I’ve invested in a cheap bag from Primark, and my first tip for fellow female theme park go-ers is get a back with stable zips and pockets. If you’re at a park where you have to take your bag on a coaster with you and it doesn’t want to sit well, some force could throw shit out (in4 mansplainers tell me it can’t, I’ve watched lipsticks fly out soooo) Having long and short straps will help too, and make sure it isn’t gonna bulk out too much as that’s a pain to drag around.

Portable charger
Behold, the power that keeps me going. A literal power bank. I’d be LOST without these things, long gone are the days of me trying to salvage battery to make sure I could call my mum at the end of the day and instead I welcome a helper to make sure I can Instagram eeeeerything. If I’m on a super long day I’ll grab my bigger box as it has 2 power ports so 2 phones can be charged at once. Carrying on from this, I take a lead and a plug just incase I spot a cheeky socket I can nab.


Tickets, passes, dosh
The most important thing for theme parks is admission to get into the theme park. I am guilty of nearly forgetting on several occasions... now I usually take any printed stuff in an envelope so it’s easier to find in a rush, and my annual pass is kept in my purse at the front. That way I can whip it out for my discount at pizza pasta. Effective. I make sure I’ve also got enough change on me incase I need to go to a vending machine or pay for parking etc, I always have my card (and Apple Pay) on me too. I like to pretend I have money. 

Toiletries
Remember that time Thorpe Park ‘banned’ people from putting their hands in the air because of B.O? Good times. Always got a deodorant on hand, because running to a short queue line always gives me hot sweats. Painkillers, general tablets and other bits and bobs are on hand too. Who knows when you need to stick a tampon up your nose when someone smacks you in the face during an inversion?

Phone/camera
I like to Instagram everything. I am an Instagram Whore. An instawhore. I use an iPhone 7 Plus to take pictures then Afterlight to edit, this way I can capture memories (and shots of cute theming) I’ve also got a Canon 60D which is just small enough to fit whenever I want to take some obnoxious high quality pics. Phones are also good for playing games on when bored in queues! I'm always bored of listening to conversation! Get me out of here! Please!

Snaaaaaackthz
There’s no shame in admitting theme park food isn’t cheap, so I’ll always bring a small drink and sugary snacks for when the queue lines are super long. Maybe even vodka if it's peak season. Even throwing some mints or gum in can help that sugar craving. 

Makeup
I suffer from leaky eyes, leaky nose, leaky mouth, leaky everything. I'm also someone who likes to throw a disgusting amount of make-up on, because I am the best. After having a few disasters in the past, I have now learnt my lesson that I need to bring make-up with me, because no matter how badly I drown myself in setting spray, I always end up looking like a pore monster. I don't drag along my whole collection, just a few bits and bobs. Also I try to wear waterproof mascara/eyeliner if I can, that way I'm not having a breakdown over my cat eye look on a log flume. My fave essentials are always a concealer, brush with powder excess (looking at you Kat Von D lock it), a mascara, eyeliner, and a fun lipstick. Gotta make sure I'm looking like a hot pot of rice in those on ride pictures.

Weather appropriate accessories
This is the one thing I need to learn to do as I forget. For instance, if the weather says it's going to be sunny, pack a pair of sunglasses, suncream and maybe even a portable fan if you're feeling fancy. Then if it says it's going to be chilly, throw in a pair of gloves/hat and some hand warmers as you'll thank yourself later after being stuck in a queue for tea for the last 25 minutes. Having a poncho/mac is always handy whether it's hot or cold, hot for going on water rides, and cold if it's gonna rain! Pew pew, organisation.

There we have it, a nice sized list of junk I take with me. This obviously isn't including car keys, bits of tissue at the bottom of my bag, my dignity etc, but you get the point. What do you take in your bag? Anything else I'm foolishly forgetting?

Speak soon,

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