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by hursty
Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2068
Views: 224183

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Really good news, whilst having not attempting it in the first place would have prevented reputational harm, it is at least a strong sign that they were willing to look again. I suspect the fact it was starting to gain mainstream news coverage (although local), and was eroding the impact of the SW8 ...
by hursty
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2068
Views: 224183

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

...Perhaps their bizarre plans have something to do with how the Wicker Man area will flow, so are sticking to them for that reason? It's entirely possible that they've announced these times to keep people on that side of the park in the morning for a better appearance of guest numbers in the early...
by hursty
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2068
Views: 224183

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Whilst they have done staggered opening before, they've either been mostly water-rides or have still been controversial! I think the line "this year is no different" is poor choose of words, because it can be misinterpreted to mean the same staggered times as last year - which isn't true! ...
by hursty
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Waterpark
Replies: 41
Views: 5082

Re: Alton Towers Waterpark

Does anyone have any suggestions of what would be feasible additions to the water park that could be added without too great an space/engineering challenge?
by hursty
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: February Half Term - Pirates and Princesses
Replies: 15
Views: 2654

Re: February Half Term - Pirates and Princesses

Muffin? Muffin!? Lady Muffin!? Lady... ... ... MUFFIN! Love this idea of seeing The Kidnap of Lady Victoria Sponge again, would have been great to see it back in the Mutiny Bay Courtyard during the main season, but hey-ho . I've done the pirate weekends before and they have been good fun, still not ...
by hursty
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Nemesis - General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 4656

Re: Nemesis - General Discussion

Nemesis has definitely had it's quiet days this season, although there is a lot to be said for it's reliability and efficiency in terms of riders per hour. It's unfortunate that on most of my trips the queue didn't make it past the fastrack gate. I'm sure the late opening is purely down to predicted...
by hursty
Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Event Photos
Topic: TT ScareMazing - October 21st 2017 - Photos
Replies: 12
Views: 833

TT ScareMazing - October 21st 2017 - Photos

Here are the event photos from TowersTimes ScareMazing 2017 - can you spot yourself? We'll be adding the photos to Facebook in the coming days (we like to give you forum lot a sneaky peek). We politely request you wait until we post the photos on our Facebook page and share the photo from there rath...
by hursty
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1288
Views: 186575

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Can see some nice detail below the track line https://www.towerstimes.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/20171104_img_3538_hursty.jpg And that rock wall is looking nice against the wood https://www.towerstimes.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/20171104_img_3560_hursty.jpg
by hursty
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Fireworks
Replies: 171
Views: 23026

Re: Fireworks

Out of curiosity in previous years where did this set-up control for the Fireworks be? Behind HB Leisure's giant football darts (near the marquee), nestled in the bushes is a small building which they've been using. There's no line of sight, so effectively they'd be running blind (although still sa...
by hursty
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1288
Views: 186575

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

PhNx Survivor wrote:
And I'm sure some of us will be making our way to the hotels over the winter season, so could possibly see things in the parking lots or storage areas


Ah, fond memories of SW7 was the tarpaulined "theming element" that turned out to be one of the ice cream vans...

#-o
by hursty
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Fireworks
Replies: 171
Views: 23026

Re: Fireworks

Calling all cable fans! Over on TTSP News is our brand new article Fireworks Bring 2017 Season to a Spectacular Close We managed to get a look inside the control centre for the show! Here are a few of the photos; https://www.towerstimes.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/20171104_img_3341_hursty.jpg S...
by hursty
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: CBeebies Land Hotel
Replies: 125
Views: 23958

Re: CBeebies Land Hotel

If you've not been yet, the hotel restaurants are not far apart (except for Rollercoaster Restaurant as this is on park).
For grown up food its likely Secret Garden or Crooked Spoon, or the premium Emperors Grill.

Be interested to hear your thoughts on your stay
by hursty
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest
Replies: 2203
Views: 175728

Re: Scarefest

There has been some suggestions that MAP discount is available on the day Also there is normally a quota held back to sell on the day - so make your way to box office on arrival! Obviously to guarantee entry/time book online, but you may pay more. If doing The Welcoming it's worth waiting for dark (...
by hursty
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest
Replies: 2203
Views: 175728

Re: Scarefest

ohh, that's wild. do you know what the animatronic did/what it looks like? ive literally heard no one talk about it, must have been really hard to find tbh After the dark section, where the actors had lights that flash in front of their faces, there is the bridge that took you outside of the Towers...
by hursty
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest
Replies: 2203
Views: 175728

Re: Scarefest

Hearing things to suggest at least one of the mazes has had a soft opening.

Staff previews are Thursday so might start seeing a bit more information coming out.
by hursty
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Scare Attractions
Topic: Tulley's Shocktoberfest
Replies: 11
Views: 2136

Re: Tulley's Shocktoberfest

That's a shame, it was perhaps as you mentioned - it being the first night. The queues can certainly get up, from what I've seen hayride can easily reach an hour queue. But that's something you'd get easily get with Thorpe, or even Alton on a bad year! I'll be interested to see if those things have ...
by hursty
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Scare Attractions
Topic: Tulley's Shocktoberfest
Replies: 11
Views: 2136

Re: Tulley's Shocktoberfest

Fantastic, really looking forward to this year.

I thought the concept behind Coven of 13 was stunning last year. I walked through the first scene with the lake, just repeating the word wow! Great creativity.
by hursty
Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Rumba Rapids
Replies: 30
Views: 5082

Re: Rumba Rapids

The Fright Nights map doesn't feature Rumba Rapids, clearly closed for the rest of the season. Other things to note; 3pm Closures Angry Birds 4D (Becomes Walking Dead Advert Final Cut Cinema) Rocky Express Timber Tug Boat Lumber Jump Closed Amity Beach & Wet Wet Wet I'm a Celebrity Rumba Rapids ...
by hursty
Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Best/Worst places to eat in Alton Towers?
Replies: 77
Views: 18288

Re: Best/Worst places to eat in Alton Towers?

Had a burger at Woodcutters the other weekend, and it looks as if they have lowered the quality of the meat patty in it.

Not sure if it is about generating more profit, or having to deal with rising costs of ingredients, but not an encouraging trend!
by hursty
Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Fright Nights
Replies: 1080
Views: 94766

Re: Fright Nights

Muppet738 wrote:
Does anyone know what time the mazes open ?

Mazes are scheduled to open at 3pm
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