My top 5 most anticipated B&M coasters

My top 5 most anticipated B&M coasters

Since travelling abroad has become a somewhat far distant reality for me (and many others) at the moment, I can’t help myself from pining for new theme parks to explore. From staring at Coast2Coaster looking at the next cluster of parks I want to travel to, there’s always a bucket list of coasters that I want to add to my coaster count.

So guess who thought it would be good to write up a little series on my blog about my 5 most anticipated coasters – segmented by coaster manufacturer? Yep, that’s me. My blog has slowed right down at the moment due to no real travel plans, so it felt right with my 100th post to start up a little series of blog posts.

B&M has to be the first manufacturer since I’m a sucker for their coasters. They’re smooth, fun and photogenic – I could spend a long time taking photos of stunning B&M coasters, hello Fenix! Not only that but I’ve always had a big infatuation with their rides since I was a kid. Nemesis at Alton Towers has always played a big part in my journey to hitting up the ‘big boy’ coasters.

There are also some great hidden gems in the B&M world which provide a punch. No matter what, I’ll always have a soft spot for B&M and nothing will change that.

So, which B&M coasters are my most anticipated?

Note: this list is in no particular order.

Alpengeist, Busch Gardens Williamsburg

This B&M invert has been on my mind ever since I discovered B&M inverts existed so effectively after I rode Nemesis for the first time. I’ve seen a lot of good reviews of Alpengeist and can’t help myself from swooning over this coaster. Not only does the layout look exhilarating but the colour scheme is great for the theme of this coaster. Hopefully I’ll have a US road trip booked so I can head on over to Busch Gardens Williamsburg over the next couple of years.

Daemonen, Tivoli Gardens

Now I wouldn’t normally go for a Floorless B&M as one of my most anticipated coasters but this one in particular intrigues me. Not only is Daemonen located at Tivoli Gardens, my most anticipated park that I want to travel to in Europe. It also has some stunning photo opportunities that make me want to get my Canon camera out and spend so much time photographing the coaster.

Mako, Seaworld Orlando

As soon as Mako was announced I wanted to head back to Orlando in a hurry – obviously I decided to hold fire since there’s been so many fantastic new additions within the Orlando parks. I loved Shambhala at PortAventura so it’s no surprise that I eagerly anticipate this to be the same or better. Roll on next year when I should have the chance to ride Mako (provided the COVID-19 situation improves!)

Thunderbird, Holiday World

So who else in 2015 was curious when B&M announced a launched Wing coaster? Cause I certainly was. The colour scheme is so cool – that orange track is the perfect contrast against the teal-style blue & yellow train. Again another coaster located in the US that is on the bucket list so no surprise that I’ve included this coaster on my most anticipated B&M coasters list. Plus the way Thunderbird winds through the landscape, it’s only made me more excited to see how this rides.

Katun, Mirabilandia

Finally, Katun has certainly been on my list for a fair few years. The Italian parks have always been on my radar when looking at cred road trips, just a shame they are all far from each other so takes some extra planning. I’ve read reviews from people saying Katun is intense and a pretty cool B&M invert. Since this type of B&M coaster is my favourite, I really hope to see how well it rides when I get the chance to head over to Mirabilandia over the next couple of years.

Which B&M coasters are on your bucket list?

Have I missed any notable B&M coasters?

What type of B&M coaster do you like?

LOTTIE TRAVELS

Theme Park Favourites

Theme Park Favourites

Let’s share a bit of love in this Valentine’s inspired theme park blog post today. Valentine’s, Galentine’s, whatever you want to call it, we should all have the chance to feel the love. No matter what makes us happy, we should do it because we want to do it. Not because someone says it’s the right thing to do. Heck, who cares if someone doesn’t enjoy the same things. We’re all individuals at the end of the day with an opinion, a voice, a personality. Don’t stop being YOU. Even when it comes to your theme park favourites. I may not be as well travelled as some people I follow on Twitter/Instagram. However, it only spurs me on to get out there and travel further than ever before.

So, let’s crack on with my theme park favourites:

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Favourite Theme Park: Phantasialand

Possibly the biggest favourite among the theme park community. Phantasialand was a park that I deeply fell in love from my first visit in 2013. There is that slight air of grace and beauty about the park. From the ornate details in the Berlin area to the wildly intense rockwork in Klugheim. To me, it is like a work of art and the park has all the qualities that I like in a park. Theming. A good coaster line-up. A sizeable theme park. What’s not to love? I can’t wait to visit Phantasialand this year to ride F.L.Y. It’s been 4 years and I’m ready to return to the park that I so love.

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Favourite Rollercoaster: Zadra, Energylandia

Zadra is my current number one coaster, and a firm favourite for me. I seem to have taken a fancy to RMC’s over the last few years. Ever since my first ride on Wildfire at Kolmarden Zoo in Sweden, I’ve grown a real fascination for them. They may be overrated for some enthusiasts. To be honest, I can see why. But I can’t help enjoying the ride experience on them. Zadra was intense but in a good way. The sheer speed of the ride as it twists and turns was incredible. I’d be keen to find out if there is a coaster out there that will beat it!

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Favourite Dark Ride: Dreamflight, Efteling

Dreamflight at Efteling is a dark ride that fills me joy every time I think about it. The first time I visited the park in 2013, this ride was shut. It was down for refurbishment at the time and I was truly gutted. Thankfully, I returned in 2016 and it was open. Hurrah! The ride is beautifully themed. You’d pretty much compare it to the likes of Disney dark rides. Add in the mix of music & lights, you’ve got yourself a dark ride to be proud of. No wonder it’s so popular with guests. Might not be the highest throughput ride at the park but it’s so worth it.

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Favourite Water Ride: Chiapas, Phantasialand

Okay, anybody have the Templo De Fiesta song in their head right now? Just me then. Honestly, this ride is a true representation of what Phantasialand can do. No matter what ride type it is, they will go crazy with the theming. And it really does make a difference. Chiapas as a ride itself is incredibly fun with some very cool transitions and interactive elements. Add in the theming and the fantastic feel-good soundtrack by IMAScore, it’s transformed into an experience. No matter what the weather is like, there’s always a good time to ride Chiapas. Now don’t mind me, I’m off to listen to the soundtrack for the millionth time.

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Favourite Flat Ride: The Beast, Fantasy Island

The Beast may no longer reside at Fantasy Island but it’s still up there as my all-time favourite. Of all the flat rides I’ve ever been on, Mondial Top Scans are impressively fun. Whilst Samurai at Thorpe Park may never get back to the glory days when it was at Chessington, The Beast was always that one flat ride at Fantasy Island that I needed to get my fix on. I’ve never vommed on or off the ride but I’ve experienced those ‘greying-out’ moments due to the intensity. The operator always knew how to flip the spins on each gondola. It was amazing and I wish it was still here in the UK!

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Favourite Ride Manufacturer: B&M

Of all the amazing ride manufacturers out there, B&M (Bolliger & Mabillard) is still a firm favourite of mine. Yes, they don’t take as many risks compared to the likes of Intamin or RMC. But they sure as hell create some solid coasters that are liked among a variety of people. B&M provides an all-round fun experience that is smooth and sometimes thrilling. If you’re looking at the right cred, that is. I’m always checking up on their latest investments and love seeing what else is coming up from them. I will always have a soft spot for them, and my heart fills with joy whenever I’m at a new theme park and a B&M is there waiting for me to ride it.

Do you agree with my theme park favourites?

What are some of your theme park favourites?

Do you love theme parks?

Let me know in the comments below.

That’s all for now!

LOTTIE TRAVELS

My Least Favourite B&M Coasters

My Least Favourite B&M Coasters

Another controversial post is due, and yes, I’m tackling my bae of a manufacturer, B&M. I love B&M coasters. That has never changed but that doesn’t mean that I have ridden certain B&Ms and not enjoyed them as much as I would like. I am biased towards B&M, always have been. When I visit a new park and it has a B&M, I squee at the thought of riding ‘perfection’ – if that exists!

I have ridden a small handful of B&M’s in my time and there have been many which I’ve loved and will ride and ride again. But there is a small cluster which is on my list of maybe ride once during a trip, even if it is a return trip after I have got the cred but is not enough for me to want to ride again and again. Everyone has their preference for ride enjoyment and these B&M just didn’t make the cut for me.

MANTA | SEAWORLD ORLANDO

Manta, Seaworld OrlandoSource

I really wanted to like Manta, I really did. I don’t know if I found it too intense for me. I love flying coasters, Air/Galactica at Alton Towers, is a favourite of mine but Manta… I wasn’t overly impressed and didn’t get the hype. I love the colour scheme, don’t get me wrong, but that pretzel loop just made me feel uneasy for the rest of the ride experience, and it is probably going to be a one time ride when I next visit Seaworld, Orlando.

DRAGON KHAN | PORTAVENTURA

Dragon Khan, PortAventuraSource

I just get flashbacks to when I had stupidly bad sunburn and with it being hot when I last visited, I was sticking to the hard, plastic restraints which really made me hate the ride experience. Yes, self inflicted I know but I do also find that sit down B&M’s are not a huge favourite of mine in general. Again, it could be down to intensity but it just doesn’t do it for me when it comes to sharing my love B&M. Especially when it is next door to my bae, Shambhala.

KRAKEN | SEAWORLD ORLANDO

Kraken, Seaworld OrlandoSource

You know what, I still can’t quite put my finger on why I don’t particularly like Kraken. Yet, I just don’t feel a need for riding it repeatedly. It’s very much a one-time ride per visit to Florida. For me, every time I have ridden Kraken, I don’t have that feeling of ‘wow, that’s a good ride’ – and that’s not me saying it’s boring because it isn’t that. I just don’t really find it exciting for me as a coaster, especially compared to other B&M’s I have ridden. I’ll give Kraken some credit, the colour of the track is fab.

BARON 1898 | EFTELING

Baron 1898, EftelingSource

Okay, I know that this ride is in my top 10. Whoa, say what? Let me explain. The coaster layout of this ride is somewhat meh. It’s a short layout which in my opinion, I wish it was a bit longer. You cannot deny that the theming of this ride is what makes it into a truly wonderful experience but if I were to strip it of its theming and storyline, this ride would be pretty average and it wouldn’t do much for me in terms of enjoyment. The theming is part of the reason why I have made it my number 10 coaster – as my personal opinion, I rate rides based on the whole experience.

SILVER STAR | EUROPA PARK

Silver Star, Europa ParkSource

Oh Silver Star, you tried to be awesome but instead became a bit of a mediocre ride. Maybe I set my expectations too high and ended up disappointed when I rode you. It’s a personal preference for me but I just feel like Silver Star isn’t quite as good as it should be. You know, when you look at a coaster and it looks awesome but then you come to ride it, and you end feeling disappointed and sad. I don’t really want to compare Silver Star to the likes of Shambhala as both are two different ride experiences, but I really wanted to love Silver Star like I do with Shambhala. It’s somewhat fun but I wouldn’t be rushing to ride it all the time – especially when you’ve got Blue Fire or Wodan at Europa, which in my opinion, are better! I just didn’t get the love for it compared to other B&M’s I have ridden.

Are you a lover of B&Ms? Are there any that you feel are your least favourite from the bunch? Let me know in the comments below.

That’s all for now!

LOTTIE TRAVELS

Nemesis Inferno is just as good as Nemesis

Nemesis Inferno is just as good as Nemesis
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Ooooh, controversial post time. Well, it’s not going to be too controversial but I’m sure there are a few geeks in the theme park community who might say I’m wrong for thinking this. Before I begin, I rate Nemesis much higher than Inferno, however I think it’s very underrated out of the 2 B&M invert’s in the UK.

Personally, I love riding Nemesis Inferno and I don’t see why people should knock it down just because part of its name is shared with pretty much the UK’s top coaster, Nemesis. I love the ride experience of Inferno, that first drop into the volcano was the main draw for me when I first went on the ride in 2003. The smoke, the red lighting, that B&M roar echoing inside the tunnel, what’s not to love about that!

The volcano makes a great theming element to the ride – okay, it’s looking a little worse for wear now but back in 2003, it looked great. I was so excited to have a B&M invert at one of the Southern parks, saves me a long and sometimes tedious 3-and-a-half-hour drive to Alton Towers for Nemesis!

 

 

 

The queue line doesn’t really have much to be desired but in some ways, you can imagine yourself walking in the jungles, whilst you see the ride in its glory above you. The great thing about the landscaping of the queue line is the parts of the ride that you can’t really see – adding to the anticipation of what is to come, especially with the final helix before the brake run.

Back to the ride experience, I have already explained how good the first drop from the station into the volcano is. Most other B&M inverts have your standard exit from the station into the lift hill – Nemesis Inferno does it differently. Once you reach the lift hill after you wind through the volcano tunnel, your adrenaline really kicks in.

 

 

 

The whole ride experience is great, the loop, the zero-G roll, the intertwined corkscrews and that final helix. It’s nothing too thrilling compared to other coasters in the UK but it can certainly be up there with the ‘big boys’ of the UK coaster collection. One of my all time favourite ride experiences on Nemesis Inferno was during Fright Nights in 2012/13 (I can’t really remember the exact year!) and it had been running all day whilst raining, honestly… IT WAS BRILLIANT!

I always find that coasters, each ride experience is different because it all depends on the weather, how long the ride had been running for etc. Trust me, Nemesis Inferno pretty much showed me that evening that it could pack a punch and be up there with it’s older counterpart, Nemesis. Perhaps that is why I do enjoy the ride, and the fact is a B&M (B&M fangirl right here!)

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Let me know what you guys think of Nemesis Inferno. Do you like it or do you loathe it? Feel free to leave a comment below! You can find Nemesis Inferno at Thorpe Park – open season is here so why not go and give it some love!

Thorpe Park, fancy giving it a fresh lick of paint… *wink*

That’s all for now!

LOTTIE TRAVELS