Photo TR: The Brit Crew go to Oakwood (and More!)

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Re: Photo TR: The Brit Crew go to Oakwood

Postby Hhappy » Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:55 am

Thanks for the report, one day i'll visit this park.. one day i will..
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Re: Photo TR: The Brit Crew go to Oakwood (and More!)

Postby Divv3k » Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:22 pm

Thanks guys! I really appreciate the comments.
davidmorton wrote:Hey I'm in one of your pics! ;-)

I was in front of you on Megafobia - thought I recognised one of the faces but it wasn't until much later in the day did I work out from where!

Anyway, just to prove it; heres a paparazzi style stalker shot...
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I wish you'd come up and said hey! Cool stalker photo though!

Larry, I think we jumped the shark a LONG time ago!

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Part Two
CONEY BEACH

Seeing as there was no Crystal Maze for us to enjoy after our time in Oakwood we decided to take advantage of being on Wales' South coast and whore up some really ghetto parks.

The first park was the infamous-on-TPR Coney Beach. Sadly there's only one kiddie coaster here now since the Pinfari Death Looper was removed but there's still plenty of ghetto death to go around (well there's a powered coaster too which we didn't ride, but I hear you don't even have to ride that one to count the credt. Right, Big Mike? ;)).

I'm not sure I can say much more about this glorious, glorious place. here's the photos...
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Brace yourselves! We’ve arrived at one of TPR’s favourite ghetto, ghetto parks – Coney Beach!!!
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Hey, hey it's Hooka Anth!
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Whatever you do, don’t pull Scottish Steve’s finger. You WILL end up looking like Stewie.
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OMG, new attraction alert!!! I guess we;'ll need to plan another big Brit Crew weekend for next year!
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Dave’s got his cash ready to use Coney Beach’s state of the art lavatory facilities.
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Let’s check out Mega Blitz, the park’s Pinfari looper…
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Wow, this might be my favourite Pinfari looper ever!
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I’d say that this coaster has seen better days but I’m not entirely sure that would be true!
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Dave bought enough tokens so that he wouldn’t have to leave Coney Beach ever, ever again.
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OMG, it’s Nessie!!!
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It's only (another) sad and pathetic Brit Crew takeover!
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I think we’re on course for the most creepy and disturbing Brit Crew excursion yet!
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We tried to get in the funhouse but the op feared that we might trample all the kiddies. That was WAY more responsibility than I was ever expecting from this place!
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Dave’s a bit apprehensive about Coney Beach’s super scary ghost train.
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DEATH RIDE!!!
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Seriously Steve, you’d have loved this guy!
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"The naked monster only had one boob, but it was THIS big!"
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Coney Beach also has a VERY high quality haunted walkthrough!
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I could have swore I saw at least one of these guys at East Coast Bash.
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TPEmo.
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Yes, Dave. They’re hot. But they’re just paintings, and you’re engaged.
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Dodgem takeover!
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Mmmmmmm… Coney Beach cuisine! You won’t have to eat again for the rest of the weekend!
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Anth’s all about the baby love.
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Phew… It’s good to see that the Welsh seaside resorts are booming!
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With questionable seafood in hand we’re heading out of Coney Beach to somewhere which is, believe it or not, even MORE ghetto!

The awe-inspiring Barry Island report will be up later!

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Re: Photo TR: The Brit Crew go to Oakwood (and More!)

Postby TPDave » Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:27 pm

Divv, did you get video of the bumper cars? Behind Knobels they're probably the best ones I've been on!

Well that of Power Park, but that wasn't because the cars themselves were anything special ;)

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Re: Photo TR: The Brit Crew go to Oakwood (and More!)

Postby Chroniq » Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:39 pm

That is seafood? Really? Really?



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Re: Photo TR: The Brit Crew go to Oakwood (and More!)

Postby TPDave » Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:47 pm

I'm not sure there are pictures of friday nights drinking, Saturday should be well covered though :)

Patience, young cherub :P

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Re: Photo TR: The Brit Crew go to Oakwood (and More!)

Postby cfc » Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:03 pm

The excessive number of "fire exit" signs in the Ghost Train cracked me up in 2006. I guess safety is Coney Beachs's top priority.
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Re: Photo TR: The Brit Crew go to Oakwood (and More!)

Postby disneyfan1313 » Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:42 pm

I love the "here to stay" sign. It's so....British! Thanks for the great TR as always.
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Re: Photo TR: The Brit Crew go to Oakwood (and More!)

Postby Divv3k » Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:29 pm

Part Three:
BARRY ISLAND

So this was a park I knew pretty much nothing about. Other than the fact that RCDB said that it had a credit I knew it was a seaside park and nothing more.

This was a real surreal park visit, we got tho the park and while it was totally open to the public as we walked up the midway we saw that pretty much every ride in the park had been abandoned and left to rot! Even crazier was that most of the rides weren't even boarded up or blocked off. You could walk up the entrance ramps and onto the loading bays if you wanted to. It was all a bit weird and pretty sad as some of the rides looked like they might have been pretty good in their day!

Even weirder was this one corner of the park which had a few operating rides! So they let you walk through the abandoned portion of the park with all the cool looking rides only to let you walk to the crappy bit at the back with about three operating rides. Weird.

I really am amazed this place is still open. I can't see it staying for long, so really I guess I should be glad I got to visit when I did! Photos probably tell the story better, so here you go...
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Okay so here we are at Barry Island. Looks quite nice and inviting, though a bit quiet…
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We're about to find that the words "Barry" and "Pleasure" don't really go well together!
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Oh look, a credit! But no, it’s closed… Well the entrance is open but there’s no one operating the ride…
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Looks like this one hasn’t operated in a while!
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Hold on everyone, I’ll operate this ride!
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It was just weird seeing a ride totally abandoned but without any kind of fencing or signs telling people to keep away!
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I mean I could have sat in the abandoned coaster if I’d wanted to! We actually had to restrain TPDave from pushing this car up the lifthill and riding it down himself!
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Just in case you ever need it, Larry!
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But wait, there ARE rides operating at Barry Island!
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This one looks a bit too grown up and mature for us.
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THIS is more our level!
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Yup we went all the way to the semi-abandoned amusement park and whored the place!
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Here’s the best part - it took two ride ops to STOP the ride at the end!!!
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These guys were just hammering and nailing the rotor the whole time we were there. They may have been employees or may just have been stripping it down for parts, I’m not quite sure.
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Well that’s all the operating rides covered, back to the abandoned ones!
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It's a closed and abandoned ghost train. Steve thinks they should all be like this!
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Cute AND depressing!
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This was about as stringent as the security around the abandoned stuff got. The rope didn’t even encompass the entire area that had crap in it!
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Dave’s pretty upset that the tow boat ride that he enjoyed as a kid is now all gone. Either that or he just saw a busted lamppost.
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Looks like some hobo’s set up a home in the old dark ride!
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Can you blame them? It looks like quite a safe home that even comes with an alligator and a moat to protect you.
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The whole place pretty much abandoned apart from that one corner. I don’t understand why they keep this part open to the public!
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These guys all picked the pink elephant log to pose in! Is anyone surprised?
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Looks like the log flume has seen better days.
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Anth’s got his two tickets and is ready to ride!
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Maybe not today, Anth!
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Like the coaster, the Log Flume entrance was open and you could just walk up the entrance and down to the loading platform.
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Okay, which one fills the trough?
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If you ever you forget where you are in the UK, just check the teacup.
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That’ll be an abandoned TV then.
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It was pretty freaky just walking around the abandoned place. Again, I don’t understand why they haven’t closed all this off!
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Cheer up guys, there’s still a food stall open!
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Freakiest Thomas ever!
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I think this pretty much sums it all up.
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Maybe they’re just gonna leave it like this another ten years so they can have that big 100 year bash!
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Of course Barry Island Pleasure Park only existed in the first palce because of the lovely, lovely beach next to it!
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There’s something very “TPR” about the bins here!
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Hi Erik!
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This summer’s number seller.
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Dave loves to play with Smelly Fun Balls!
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Okay guys, stop being emo, we’re gonna go drinking soon!
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Dave Fudge tries so hard to look hard but he still comes across as totally camp!
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Bye bye Barry Island! I look forward to reading the news report of 100 refugees found living in a Haunted Mine in South Wales.

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Re: Photo TR: The Brit Crew go to Oakwood (and More!)

Postby larrygator » Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:15 pm

Thanks for bringing us this awesome park, I'll add it to the Park Index later tonight, before the park shuts down for good.
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Re: Photo TR: The Brit Crew go to Oakwood (and More!)

Postby derwood » Fri Sep 24, 2010 6:48 pm

Thanks for bringing back memories of Megablitz. My favorite part was watching the bolts and nuts bounce around our feet while we rode.

Great update Divv!


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