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by Dan
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 770
Views: 67676

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Hi, does anyone know what's going on with the smiler? apparently it's been unavailable since Sunday evening? I imagine it's downtime is related to the high winds that we have seen over the past couple of days thanks to Hurricane Ophelia. I have been monitoring the weather at Towers quite closely an...
by Dan
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: Do you get sick on theme park rides? You can help!
Replies: 6
Views: 190

Re: Do you get sick on theme park rides? You can help!

Roller coasters don't have any effect on me. I can do multiple re-rides on any coaster at Alton and Thorpe and not feel sick/dizzy in the slightest. Flat rides are a bit different. After my first ride on a Top Scan I did feel a bit queasy but I have ridden a much better version since and felt fine. ...
by Dan
Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest
Replies: 2159
Views: 144312

Re: Scarefest

I was in the first public group in the Welcoming, and was disappointed. The maze seemed to be mostly blindfolded and the maze wasn’t scary at all compared to Sub Species or Altonville Mine Tours I've been told by numerous people that the hooded section of The Welcoming: Be Chosen is a very, very sm...
by Dan
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 770
Views: 67676

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Morgan wrote:
Regarding the three mazes- you start with one maze at your chosen time and then do the others back to back. Towers recommend you leave 90mins for them, so you should have plenty of time for The Welcoming :)


This year they are saying to allow 2 hours to complete the three mazes
by Dan
Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest
Replies: 2159
Views: 144312

Re: Scarefest

JonDoesTT wrote:
So the weekend of SMN? :(


Last year they came on the Friday before SMN but there was little to no traveller presence on the park during the weekend
by Dan
Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: The Merlin Annual Pass
Replies: 2678
Views: 216359

Re: The Merlin Annual Pass

Are there any Premium MAP holders out there who are looking to renew? Both Alex & I are needing to renew before the ScareMazing event and we're looking for someone to join us so we can renew as a Family and take advantage of the cheaper price.

If anyone fancies it then let me or Alex know :)
by Dan
Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers - General Discussion
Replies: 1848
Views: 188953

Re: Alton Towers - General Discussion

Whoooah. Anyone seen anything like this before? Not sure about Stealth and Rita, but as they're much smaller scale I can see them staying open. However, I can see the potential closure of Kingda Ka, and maybe RedForce. RedForce won't be affected as it uses LSM technology for the launch rather than ...
by Dan
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion
Replies: 5016
Views: 513368

Re: SW8 Speculation and Discussion

Wondering if anything has been confirmed about the name being "Wicker Man" yet?  Just a thought, but is "The Welcoming" maybe a clue?  A wee look at information on the domain "thewelcoming.co.uk" that doesn't currently have any content brings up the following. Domain n...
by Dan
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest
Replies: 2159
Views: 144312

Re: Scarefest

Does anyone know what weekend it is that travellers usually go to scarefest ? Last year it was the Friday before half term, so this year that would be Friday 20th October. Usually it's the first weekend of Scarefest but MakoMania is right in that they came on the Friday before half term last year. ...
by Dan
Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest
Replies: 2159
Views: 144312

Re: Scarefest

I have to say I'm much happier with 4 mazes and 1 zone than I would be with 3 mazes and 2 zones.

This still leaves them with 5 "scare" attractions (not counting House of Monsters) so they should be able to run this years event on a similar number of actors to last year.
by Dan
Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Fright Nights
Replies: 1066
Views: 80059

Re: Fright Nights

Having never gotten into The Walking Dead I can't say that I have a massive opinion either way on Thorpes choice of IP for this year. The name of the franchise will be such a big draw for a lot of people so in that regard I can see the mazes being a success however I would like to see Thorpe try mor...
by Dan
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers - General Discussion
Replies: 1848
Views: 188953

Re: Alton Towers - General Discussion

So I looked at the auction page as I quite liked the idea of having the "No Splashing Please" sign in my bathroom.

£78!!!!! :yikes:

No thanks :lol
by Dan
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 872
Views: 112566

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

RobJackson85 wrote:
When can these be posted? 


The photos in question aren't mine. They were taken by another member on our visit to Alton this week. I'm sure we shall see them soon enough :)
by Dan
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 872
Views: 112566

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

I believe that you are correct in that it will look like the figure is breaking out of the ground. On some higher quality photos that can't be posted onto the forum yet you can see some rockwork along the top of the structure, near the horns. This will add to the effect of the figure bursting out fr...
by Dan
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 872
Views: 112566

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Another view of the theming element which has had some of the covering lowered from the scaffolding allowing more to be seen.

Image
by Dan
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 872
Views: 112566

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

The structure definitley doesn't look tall enough to me, the original plans stated that it wouldn't be around 190m. That is not 190m. Not sure what you're referencing to get that figure but 190m is 623ft :-k That would be more than three times the height of Stealth at Thorpe Park. The figure you're...
by Dan
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 872
Views: 112566

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

As I've already posted, I believe it'll be some sort of Minotaur figure
by Dan
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Future of Nemesis Sub-Terra
Replies: 203
Views: 32938

Re: The Future of Nemesis Sub-Terra

I have heard numerous different things around the state of Sub-Terra however I would like to believe that all of its problems are now resolved and the only thing keeping it being closed is money, with it being such a labour intensive attraction. Hopefully as the resort continues to recover they'll b...
by Dan
Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 872
Views: 112566

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

soo.. this could also confirm that it is half way constructed? (Thought about the Smiler then.. miss that audio :( ) You asked this question (and it was answered) at the top of the last page of this topic. In terms of bents being constructed I would say they are more than half way there but in gene...
by Dan
Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion
Replies: 5016
Views: 513368

Re: SW8 Speculation and Discussion

PhNx Survivor wrote:
 Elaborate?


I believe it was in reference to the SW8 site using the words "World Class Experience" rather than the traditional "Worlds First" tag line.

Does this suggest that SW8 won't have a world first element and that it'll just be a solid coaster with no gimmick?
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