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by Kraken
Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Nemesis - General Discussion
Replies: 98
Views: 13532

Re: Nemesis - General Discussion

I don't think they are new parts for the Nemesis trains in the picture - the design of the B&M inverter trains has changed slightly over time.  The parts in the picture are the individual seats that are bolted to the chassis of the train.  If you look at the bottom of the seats (under / around t...
by Kraken
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: SW9
Replies: 205
Views: 36304

Re: SW9

What Towers really need is a big, modern, indoor dark ride using current 3D / 4D technology.  Think along the lines of Spider-Man / Revenge of Kong at Islands of Adventure.  They have a huge vacant area where Charlie is SBNO that backs onto "Coaster Corner".  This area is screaming for a l...
by Kraken
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 989
Views: 109693

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Could someone please let me know what the opening procedure is this year for those without ERT? Can you pass through the turnstiles without ERT from 9.30am - 10am (obviously without access to any rides)? Or are those without ERT kept queuing at the turnstiles until 10am? Cheers. The only time I am ...
by Kraken
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6575
Views: 811058

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

I agree! The weather was beyond dangerous, and although I was sad that they didn't open Wicker Man, I didn't blame Alton Towers. They were incredible this weekend, and really showed the best of the company, making changing tickets as easy and hassle free as possible, and handing out refunds for hot...
by Kraken
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6575
Views: 811058

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Theme Park Worldwide have released a VIP press launch video showing the shop and the pre-show! Whilst interesting to see, I do find the TPW vlogs / videos to be somewhat irritating.   It would be great if Alton Towers put the level of effort into theming / actors / lighting for Scarefest that they ...
by Kraken
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 997
Views: 142879

Re: Towers Loving Care

It all looks good, yes, but it should all be under the guise of routine maintenance, as opposed to "loving care".  
by Kraken
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2552
Views: 279472

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

^I'm not so sure, I've ridden Oblivion & Nemesis when it's been snowing in the past. It needs to be colder than 3°C to snow. Well it is in the ride assistant (as it was in 2002) manuals for both Air & Nemesis that they can cease operation of the temperature falls below 3C.  Whether this is ...
by Kraken
Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2552
Views: 279472

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

At the moment, weather isn't looking very good for opening weekend :(  https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2657407 At the moment, the biggest factor will be the cold, as it’s currently only showing a small amount of snowfall early on Saturday morning, which won’t have any impact on the park opening. If a...
by Kraken
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man Area Speculation and Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 28009

Re: Wicker Man Area Speculation and Discussion

If Alton Towers leave that wicker statue / sculpture pictured in the Courtyard out anywhere accessible over Easter weekend (particularly Easter Sunday) then it does not stand a chance of survival.  Even on a "family friendly day" it'll be shredded.   My real concern is how long it will tak...
by Kraken
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6575
Views: 811058

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

A week until opening day and still no TV ad, is that normal? Now that we know the opening date I would have thought we would have seen something by now, as I can't really think why we haven't got one yet. I have to admit, now that Alton Towers have publicly stated the opening date is 17th March, it...
by Kraken
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6575
Views: 811058

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

It all looks very impressive.  The only concern I have is all that plain wood in the queueline fences & those fake rocks being a magnet for graffiti the nanosecond the ride suffers from downtime & the queue stops moving.  I know Towers can't win here, as if they paint the fences black it tak...
by Kraken
Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2552
Views: 279472

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Towers botched the sign up for the original Rita SRQ.  Can't remember the exact wording, but it basically said "Your wait for Rita Queen of Speed will be shorter in this queue.  This is possible ONLY if you are willing to sit in any seat / willing to not sit together".  Of course the gener...
by Kraken
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: ‘Stargazing Pods’ Accommodation Discussion
Replies: 55
Views: 7253

Re: Enchanted Village Expansion 2018 - 2021

It does seem odd that Alton Towers are looking to build more accommodation when they cannot fill what they already have, i.e. Splash Landings becoming a seasonal operation hotel.   I can only assume that the latest plans for Enchanted Village expansion will be aimed very much at the budget end of th...
by Kraken
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6575
Views: 811058

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

^They are selling fastrack valid on Wicker Man for March 17th though ;) Aah, I was unaware of that.  So it's either a case of (1) letting the opening date leak by mistake, or (2) the "left hand does not know what the right hand is doing" - or - a mix of the two!   Would not be the first t...
by Kraken
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6575
Views: 811058

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Surely there is no reason for them not to open it on 17th? This would be pretty bad since everyone's already (rightly or wrongly) booked to visit :P Personally I think Alton Towers have been very sensible to stick to "Spring 2018" as the opening date, as this gives them flexibility to ope...
by Kraken
Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2552
Views: 279472

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Alton Towers have had bag x-ray machines & metal detectors in situ on the "family friendly days" (a/k/a the two known Traveller days) in the past.  Alton Towers are pretty lucky in that they have that nice undercover area immediately inside the entrance turnstiles to keep all the equip...
by Kraken
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 997
Views: 142879

Re: Towers Loving Care

It is very important to note the two different sides of TLC.  There is the "routine maintenance" part (that many would argue should have happened anyway without the marketing bluster of TLC).  Then there is the heritage side.  In the main the heritage side is forced on Merlin by "Sect...
by Kraken
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 997
Views: 142879

Re: Towers Loving Care

Whilst it's good to see Nemmy restored to it's former glory, lets be quite clear that many parks would see this as routine maintenance, not "loving care".  
by Kraken
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2552
Views: 279472

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

This just proves that Merlin are hell-bent on running Alton Towers Resort into the ground.  They claim they've had unfair press coverage but then go and pull tricks like this staggered opening out of the hat.  They're seriously reducing what is already a limited ride offer (compared to other parks)....
by Kraken
Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6575
Views: 811058

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

From drone videos we have seen, the welcoming is still standing. Could this be incase SW8 is delayed like the Smiler was, and they could reopen The Welcoming in March, like they did with The Sanctuary? I too was surprised to see The Welcoming seemingly still fully intact on the drone footage.  (I'd...
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