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by lewis97
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1175
Views: 165495

Re: Wicker Man Construction Discussion

MakoMania wrote:
Can we be sure that the ride has begun testing given that there is still scaffolding blocking the track?

Looks to be an old photo as there are no sound walls up on the helix behind the Wicker Man.
by lewis97
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5603
Views: 616639

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

bendaboss wrote:
There is still a major issue, having to look behind you to see the wicker man on fire. Does anyone have any thoughts?

We don't know exactly what the timing of the effects will be, so it's not really possible to comment on where they will be seen from.
by lewis97
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1175
Views: 165495

Re: Wicker Man Construction Discussion

I do hope they do something with the wall surrounding the first turn out of the station. At the moment it just looks like bare concrete so I hope they clad it with theming between now and opening day. Likewise. Although it does appear that the concrete walls below the station building have had a so...
by lewis97
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5603
Views: 616639

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

An interesting blog post from Wicker Man’s Creative Lead, Bradley Wynne. Among other things, it offers some insight into the actual Wicker Man structure: The six-storey Wicker Man itself will have a head which is half human and half ram. The human face represents the Beornen’s deity, who they’re ho...
by lewis97
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5603
Views: 616639

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

The TTSP@15 Q&A with John Wardley is now live on the TTSP YouTube channel! In it, John does go into some more depth about how he came to be involved with SW8 / Wicker Man and his contributions to the project (from 4:48 onwards). As has been discussed, he was the reason the profile of the first t...
by lewis97
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 885
Views: 110836

Re: Towers Loving Care

This seems like a good excuse to plug the Garden Conservatory page in our new Restoration Archive section, which features a few updates on the restoration works from throughout the 2017 season :P 
by lewis97
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5603
Views: 616639

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

What fire effects have these previous wooden coasters specifically had? Could it be as I've suggested with my Valhalla thinking that Wicker Man does indeed push the fire effects further than previous coasters, thus meaning Merlin can just about get away with their 'world's first' claim. It may be m...
by lewis97
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5603
Views: 616639

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Also the head and shoulders are the only parts made of metal - the rest is wood. While I believe you're right about the head and tops of the shoulders being made of metal, I don't think there's any wood in the theming structure, with the main body instead being made up of timber-themed cladding, as...
by lewis97
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Heide Park
Replies: 768
Views: 50520

Re: Heide Park

While everyone's distracted with Wicker Man, Heide Park have announced their Peppa Pig Land which appears to feature four attractions: George's Dino Adventure, Peppa's Boat Ride, Grandpa Pig's Train Ride, and Peppa's House. https://www.heide-park.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Bilder_PeppaPig_DinosaurAdve...
by lewis97
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5603
Views: 616639

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Brett wrote:
has anyone figured out what the hidden message is in the poster?

It's just "Feed the Flames" in Kyle Lambert's poster.
by lewis97
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5603
Views: 616639

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

How was The Smiler announced? There was a PR stunt involving the logo appearing on sheep, with the Resort soon after revealing their involvement along with the ride name etc. on January 21st (somehow I can remember that date). There was actually a rather bizarre video released of the sheep with voi...
by lewis97
Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: TTSP News & Your Views
Topic: TowersTimes V3
Replies: 198
Views: 30405

Re: TowersTimes V3

With us very nearly at the halfway point of closed season, work continues on the TowersTimes website to ensure it is providing the most up to date information and content. The first notable recent addition is that of the 2017 Event Archive  - I'd highly recommend checking out the respective Scarefes...
by lewis97
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5603
Views: 616639

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

There’ll still be just over two months until SW8’s (assumed) opening following Monday’s announcement, so I would expect some things to be kept back for a little longer in order to allow the hype to continue to be built upon in the lead up to opening day.
by lewis97
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5603
Views: 616639

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

Another new SW8 teaser video has been posted on Alton Towers' Facebook, with it appearing they are going to be counting down the days to the announcement by taking a look at the previous Secret Weapons.
by lewis97
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: The Merlin Annual Pass
Replies: 2713
Views: 234825

Re: The Merlin Annual Pass

Rhezz wrote:
Does anybody know when the sale ends?

Midnight on February 12th.
by lewis97
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5603
Views: 616639

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

I think the fact that up until this point there has been no mention of there being a "world first" is pretty indicative of its relative insignificance. Therefore, I can't imagine it will be a "world first" in relation to the actual ride system/hardware, but perhaps something more...
by lewis97
Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1175
Views: 165495

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

It could be an attempt at 'forced perspective', as by making the highest point (i.e. the head) proportionally smaller, it could make the the structure appear taller when viewed from ground level.
by lewis97
Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1175
Views: 165495

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Attraction Images have since posted a closer, high-resolution photo. A couple of observations: (i) the scaffolding around where I think the lift motor is located, with the possible enclosure of that area, and (ii) the installation of six (what appear to be) gas storage tanks in the corner of the fo...
by lewis97
Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1175
Views: 165495

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Attractions Images have shared these aerial images on Twitter and Instagram respectively... https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DR-2ShuX4AAyDAP.jpg:large https://scontent-lhr3-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/26151999_2032806640331174_7223203469300072448_n.jpg
by lewis97
Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5603
Views: 616639

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

Looks like the full announcement will be on Monday 8th January, based on these blocks of wood sent to press...

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