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by Vladimir Bobinski
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2638
Views: 326887

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

A quick visit yesterday. Nemesis not available until the afternoon, half the rides were not even open on time at 10.  Galactica VR not working at all. The batching really confuses me in Wickerman and I don't see how the guy right at the back is supposed to see everything going on with such a narrow ...
by Vladimir Bobinski
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Nemesis - General Discussion
Replies: 127
Views: 20993

Re: Nemesis - General Discussion

Nemesis was not available yesterday morning, to the extent at the path was blocked off to force customers down the lower path to Galactica.
by Vladimir Bobinski
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Galactica - General Discussion
Replies: 1494
Views: 213613

Re: Galactica - General Discussion

VR was not available at all yesterday morning, 2 trains running shared between 2 platforms, the 15 minute queue advertised at the time was within the station building itself! Personally, I do like the rebrand, retheme and refresh, but they really should just call it quits with the VR. I have managed...
by Vladimir Bobinski
Wed May 16, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 1102
Views: 140641

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

I can't work this out from AT FAQ pages, or from memory.  I know the bring a friend vouchers in the MAP pack are eligible ERT as I used one last week, but are Friend & Family Tickets?
by Vladimir Bobinski
Thu May 10, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6690
Views: 904175

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Okay. Topic changer here. I've heard from members of another forum that much of the smoke / mist effects around the rides tunnels haven't been working properly recently, meaning in the pre-lift hill tunnel, you can see the concrete walls and lighting, and not as much mist in the other tunnels aroun...
by Vladimir Bobinski
Thu May 10, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime
Replies: 223
Views: 37297

Re: Ride Downtime

Wicker Man took until 11AM to get going this morning, It was still in the hands of Tech Services at 10:30AM.  It also had a brief stoppage around 3.30PM.
by Vladimir Bobinski
Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6690
Views: 904175

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

No rides whatsoever today.  https://twitter.com/altontowers/status/974945628336852992 Despite this clearly being a result of conditions and not the park this time around, trying to ride The Smiler on opening day put me off that idea for Wickerman some time ago, although credit to them for how this p...
by Vladimir Bobinski
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6690
Views: 904175

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

I love the poster for SW8, However the 'World's First Rollercoaster experience fusing fire and wood' is absolutely hilarious. Absolutely.  https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/colossus-coaster-fire_wong.jpg?quality=85 Although Twisted Colossus did come out of that..... In all serious, it'...
by Vladimir Bobinski
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Silver Dollar City
Replies: 62
Views: 11365

Re: Silver Dollar City

by Vladimir Bobinski
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Future Of Th13teen
Replies: 34
Views: 9266

Re: The Future Of Th13teen

Same thing as above really, it's a fun overall ride experiance, despite the horrific marketing strategy, I think that's been forgotten now. If anything if there was a way they could extend the outdoor ride layout or improve it so that last section wasn't so slow, the weakest part of the ride is the ...
by Vladimir Bobinski
Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3067
Views: 452885

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

I have two problems with these types of reports. The phrase "broken down" is thrown around like leftover food, a ride stopping for safety reasons, manual or automatically is the ride functioning correctly. I want it to stop and allow me to get off in an appropriately safe place if the ride...
by Vladimir Bobinski
Wed Aug 03, 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6690
Views: 904175

Re: SW8

Jack wrote:
Tom170499 wrote:
But then again, this is Merlin... :roll:


Yes, this is Merlin, who just opened the UK's best themed ride at Thorpe Park...


Having just visited Efteling last week "UK best themed" really doesn't set high expectations for me anymore.
by Vladimir Bobinski
Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:25 pm
Forum: My Visit
Topic: Efteling
Replies: 2
Views: 729

Re: Efteling

My understanding is they are open over winter as stated above, but they close a couple a days of the week for maintenance, etc. It's now into the busiest time of the year for them. July 29th was the last "yellow" colour marked day on their Calendar. I just made my first visit last week, it...
by Vladimir Bobinski
Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Efteling
Replies: 633
Views: 43270

Re: Efteling

So I made my first ever European theme park visit on Friday 29th, I'll write a longer opinion post later but for now a couple of pics of Symbolica I took while I was there. Overall, a very enjoyable visit, expectations exceeded. https://s19.postimg.org/7sqsmxe8f/DSC_0413.jpg https://s19.postimg.org/...
by Vladimir Bobinski
Fri Jul 08, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: If you owned Thorpe Park, what would you do with it?
Replies: 10
Views: 3592

Re: If you owned Thorpe Park, what would you do with it?

The first thing, refurbish Colossus. Great layout, decent theming, awful painful experience. I just avoid this now. At the very least update the trains.

The new lap bars trains with the pulley lifts that the latest versions of these look so much more pleasant.
by Vladimir Bobinski
Fri Jul 08, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: The Walking Dead: The Ride - New for 2018
Replies: 412
Views: 23714

Re: X:\ No Way Out

I'm quite fond of X, it does amuse me somewhat.

NemesisNosh wrote:
I believe they are replacing the speakers inside, hopefully bringing it back up to a decent volume.


I thought they did that for last years opening, with the whole change of direction, installation of lights etc. It's quite loud. Night club loud.
by Vladimir Bobinski
Tue May 31, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6690
Views: 904175

Re: SW8

SW coasters have a history of being world's first, ground breakers etc. With the current layout and lightning rod already being the first launched woodie, I struggle to see how this is going to live up to the SW name. (Im not denying this is not going to be a good a coaster) Personally, I think Mer...
by Vladimir Bobinski
Tue May 31, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6690
Views: 904175

Re: SW8

Once it uses LIMs isn't it automatically a launched coaster, after that it's just a question of how fast the launch is. By definition of the word "launched", opposed to being lifted up/pulled up, yes, it is a launch. It's a discharge of energy, to hurl, to set in motion, to send. The spee...
by Vladimir Bobinski
Tue May 31, 2016 5:39 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6690
Views: 904175

Re: SW8

I see other people have also mentioned the feasibility it would be a RMC. I would be extremely happy if it was a RMC Hybrid, bridging the old and modern worlds in such a wonderful way. In terms of the closest thing to it, purely for the LSM launch feature, it would have to be Dollywood, Lightning Ro...
by Vladimir Bobinski
Sat Apr 23, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6690
Views: 904175

Re: SW8

The plans do look "simple", but it can conceal a lot when you are playing by the rules of a planning by the rules of a planning applications, i.e inversions.

*Crosses Fingers* RMC Hybrid!
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