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by Dan
Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2078
Views: 224570

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Work has been continuing on the remodelling of the Entrance Plaza at Alton Towers. The concrete bases are all that remains of the area where the kiosks once stood, whilst scaffolding still surrounds the turnstile building. New ticket collection windows have been installed in the building on the left...
by Dan
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2078
Views: 224570

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I think what MakoMania is saying is that the specific ride opening times aren’t detailed on the Alton Towers website anymore. The ride opening schedule that we reported was at the bottom of the Opening Times page on the website, whereas now it says this: We look forward to welcoming you to Alton Tow...
by Dan
Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2078
Views: 224570

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

The ride opening times were announced and then removed, now we have nothing :) To be honest though, ride opening times is probably the least important one for people to know in advance. I agree, however Towers have said that all rides and attractions will be open by 11am, so this at least gives gue...
by Dan
Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2078
Views: 224570

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

However, we still have no park opening times, no ride opening times and no opening date for the park's signature attraction. Happy trip planning folks :P The ride opening times were announced a few weeks ago, do you not remember the amount of backlash Towers got before amending them a few days late...
by Dan
Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 961
Views: 123018

Re: Towers Loving Care

It is nice that they’ve had a tidy up of the facade but I think the thing we all want to see is the interior. Apart from the pictures that were released two weeks ago, I’m hoping there’s been some serious adjustments made to the lighting, especially in the screaming head room.
by Dan
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5937
Views: 675189

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but the effects on that live video seemed to be a lot stronger than the video we posted a few days ago. It may just be because it’s dark so the flames are naturally more visible but is it possible they’re gradually increasing the size of the flames as we get closer to o...
by Dan
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 2955
Views: 378315

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

I do agree this seems stupid, that there isn't much to say about it at all. 3 places you can look: Blue Peter - The Smiler, pause at about 5:24. In the back you can see the KFC logo surrounded by what looks like tracks of The Smiler. This might be, as you say, thinking about adding the KFC to the r...
by Dan
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 2955
Views: 378315

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Hello. On a recent project revolving around The Smiler (which is my favourite ride) I am focusing on the theming and story line of the ride. I have got most of it (I think) about MOJ and The Sanctuary etc. but have come across a few things talking about the 'KFC project'. Is this anything actually ...
by Dan
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 5911
Views: 225954

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

The first wave of tickets for the Thorpe Park Annual Pass Preview Day went on sale this morning. The park will be open between 10am-4pm and the Eventbrite website has the following information about the day: - For one-time-only, join us in the marquee throughout the day for eXpo:\2018 – a celebratio...
by Dan
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Liseberg
Replies: 144
Views: 12418

Re: Liseberg

Apologies for the double post, but we have another Valkyria update courtesy of Andreas Andersen.

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This thing is looking seriously impressive. I can’t wait for the day I finally get out to Liseberg.
by Dan
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Land of the Tiger - 2018
Replies: 34
Views: 3684

Re: Land of the Tiger - 2018

Chessington have posted a new video on their Facebook page confirming that their 4 new tigers have safely completed the journey to their new home. Adventurers, here is Oli's final update. Our tigers arrived safely at Chessington this morning! Tsar, Olga, Kyra and Kalinka are bedding into their new h...
by Dan
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Th13teen - General Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 2659

Re: Th13teen - General Discussion

With that in mind wouldn’t you find the whole experience better if the drop wasn’t trimmed? Heck they could have done away with the second lift hill if they took the trims out. Let’s build a coaster with a fast, pacey layout and then make it slower because it’ll wear the wheels out too quickly. The...
by Dan
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: The Walking Dead: The Ride - New for 2018
Replies: 320
Views: 1161

Re: The Walking Dead: The Ride

https://i.imgur.com/3HOVXNb.jpg Thorpe Park have revealed the ‘headliner’ attraction for The Year of The Walking Dead will be The Walking Dead: The Ride . THORPE PARK Resort is overrun by Walkers and there is but one goal: survive. Making it to the sanctuary of the Safe Zone is vital for salvation....
by Dan
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5937
Views: 675189

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

It looks great, and it also seems to have picked up a fair bit of speed since the first testing video we saw. I haven't yet seen anything that gives me reason to be apprehensive about Wicker Man. From what we've seen, it could very well be the most highly themed coaster at Towers, and I for one am g...
by Dan
Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Liseberg
Replies: 144
Views: 12418

Re: Liseberg

Another update from Andreas Andersen via Twitter, showing that the trains for Valkyria will have the softer, vest style OTSR’s that are now commonplace on B&M coasters.

I do like the “Liseberg” detail on the restraint, it’s a nice touch.

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by Dan
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Liseberg
Replies: 144
Views: 12418

Re: Liseberg

Smiler313 wrote:
Is that a new B&M track modification or have a lot of B&Ms got them little holes in the cross ties?


I believe it’s something as I’ve never seen it on any other B&M’s.

As for what it’s for, I don’t know :)
by Dan
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Liseberg
Replies: 144
Views: 12418

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: 34
Views: 1824

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: 1288
Views: 186803

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: 5937
Views: 675189

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.
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