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by Dan
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Liseberg
Replies: 136
Views: 11950

Re: Liseberg

Liseberg CEO Andreas Andersen has posted another update on Valkyria on his Twitter feed.

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by Dan
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetups
Topic: Events Calendar 2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1675

Re: Events Calendar 2018

JC13 wrote:
Just out of interest, what is a ride takeover?


Essentially, a ride takeover is where there’s a group of us big enough to fill a whole ride vehicle (or more).

The Blade takeover is always a highlight of any event at Towers.
by Dan
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1259
Views: 182467

Re: Wicker Man Construction Discussion

It all looks brilliant! I especially like the rune markings and flags/bunting that are dotted around the ride area and queueline.

Every time I see new photos of how this project is progressing, it makes me want to see it in person even more! Thankfully we don’t have long to wait.
by Dan
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5841
Views: 662921

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Well you obviously forgot about the Octonauts train then...  https://www.towerstimes.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/20150321_img_1388_hursty.jpg Let me rephrase that: the best themed original trains on park ;) The CBeebies stuff is obviously high quality, because it has to be.
by Dan
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5841
Views: 662921

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

I personally love the trains, the level of detail and theming looks excellent and, in my opinion, they’re the best themed trains on the park right now.
by Dan
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5841
Views: 662921

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

MakoMania wrote:
So when are people expecting that the opening day will be announced?


I would expect some time in the next week or so. If it is to open on opening day, they can’t leave it too much longer to announce it or they risk people not being able to arrange plans to visit.
by Dan
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5841
Views: 662921

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Apparently the fog machines and some of the lighting was added for the images, so we should expect less lighting and fog :) That’s quite normal for promotional images, remember the amount of lighting The Smiler had when those images were released? I still believe that the Wicker Man will look brill...
by Dan
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5841
Views: 662921

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

WOW. That’s all I really have to say about the photos. Yes, they may have been edited to enhance the image but it doesn’t take anything away from how good the Wicker Man structure actually is. I’m really looking forward to seeing the whole thing finished and running, with all the effects working. I ...
by Dan
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5841
Views: 662921

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Attraction Images have been up in the air again and posted some new aerial photos. The first is a close up of the area around the station and lift hill which shows work is still ongoing in and around the small building next to the Wicker Man structure. The second is of Mutiny Bay and shows a bus an...
by Dan
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 2954
Views: 96523

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

There seems to be a notable lack of excitement for Icon on TTSP compared with all the other enthusiast forums, I can't quite put my finger on why :? Despite its relative lack of inversions, I still think Icon will be a brilliant coaster, potentially one of, if not the, best in the country. I’ve alw...
by Dan
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5841
Views: 662921

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

I do believe there will be some form of special effect “finale” in the covered section of track after the brake run. I can’t see any other reason why it would be enclosed as it’s obviously not for noise reasons.

Hopefully it won’t be too long before the park release more information about the ride :)
by Dan
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 957
Views: 121685

Re: Towers Loving Care

The latest Towers Loving Care update focuses on the Circular Summerhouse. Even though it's still winter ☃️the huge amount of Heritage TLC continues on our Circular Summerhouse ready for when the sun eventually does come out! ☀️ Built in the early 19th century and situated to the east end of the gard...
by Dan
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 2954
Views: 96523

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Excuse the quality, but seems the track for Icon is now complete, as shown in this image taken from a video recorded by the Blackpool Gazette.

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by Dan
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5841
Views: 662921

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Well, that looks awful. How they can even attempt to justify charging £80 for that is beyond me. It’s a nice idea, but even with the items being Limited Edition and exclusive to the box, it’s still vastly overpriced and probably double what I would even consider paying.
by Dan
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 2954
Views: 96523

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The only negative that I have of Icon, at this stage, is the relative lack of inversions when you compare it to other megacoasters like Blue Fire and Helix. I really think it could have done with a few more, especially in the second half of the layout. That being said, I think the way it interacts w...
by Dan
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 2954
Views: 96523

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Now the trains are on site and the track expected to be complete this week, surely we can’t be too far away from Icon testing? I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some form of movement from it over the next couple of weeks.
by Dan
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Fantasy Island
Replies: 107
Views: 7724

Re: Fantasy Island

The repaint on Millennium is indeed happening, these photos were uploaded to the Fantasy Island Facebook page on 14th January, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s finished by now.

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by Dan
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5841
Views: 662921

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Not sure what I think of this. Yeah it’s a nice idea but I don’t think it’s anywhere near worth the £80. One thing that does intrigue me is the wooden block. Is it going to be a similar size to the SW8 offcuts that were on sale towards the end last season, or something smaller? The lack of Annual Pa...
by Dan
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Chessington - General Discussion
Replies: 1605
Views: 81906

Re: Chessington - General Discussion

It appears Chessington’s Half Term event has got off to a good start, as the car park has reached capacity. The wording of the tweet suggests that they don’t have all the available car parks open.

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by Dan
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 957
Views: 121685

Re: Towers Loving Care

Is there a lot more TLC happing over this closed season? Compared to previous years.. the work done so far is incredible! I’m not sure if there’s more being done, maybe it’s just the fact that more is being made public. I’m really impressed with the work that’s been done on Towers Trading. I never ...
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