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by lewis97
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: ‘Stargazing Pods’ Accommodation Discussion
Replies: 76
Views: 8810

Re: ‘Stargazing Pods’ Accommodation Discussion

A construction update from Sunday has now been published on TowersTimes. https://www.towerstimes.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/20180812_img_1942_hursty.jpg https://www.towerstimes.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/20180812_img_1938_hursty.jpg https://www.towerstimes.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/0...
by lewis97
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6619
Views: 826220

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

While the staff working on Wicker Man were given guidance on how they could present themselves as Beornen, in terms of the way they behave and speak, I don’t believe they’re expected to remain in a certain character for the whole duration that they’re working on the ride, as ultimately they’re not i...
by lewis97
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6121
Views: 287923

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Can't imagine it helps that those walkers seem to keep taking out the generator for the Safe Zone...
by lewis97
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetups
Topic: TT Summer Festival 2018 - Reviews and Feedback
Replies: 20
Views: 689

Re: TT Summer Festival 2018 - Reviews and Feedback

Hard to believe this was now a week ago! I think I was on such a high from the weekend that there weren't any post-meet blues in sight this time around :P Was a really enjoyable day, from the ERTs (some more expected than others) to the afternoon talk, as well as the Battle Galleons takeover and the...
by lewis97
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: ‘Stargazing Pods’ Accommodation Discussion
Replies: 76
Views: 8810

Re: ‘Stargazing Pods’ Accommodation Discussion

Here's the plan I referenced earlier - the blue dots are what are referred to as "telescope positions".

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by lewis97
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: ‘Stargazing Pods’ Accommodation Discussion
Replies: 76
Views: 8810

Re: ‘Stargazing Pods’ Accommodation Discussion

Dom wrote:
Will these pods also come with telescopes and star charts and maps I wonder?

Shown on the plans are three "telescope positions" in the central green area. I expect that would mean three telescopes, which isn't really a lot when you have 102 keys with a few guests in each pod.
by lewis97
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3043
Views: 421166

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

TowersStreet posted some pictures earlier today showing that some areas of The Smiler's queue have been cleaned recently – hopefully this is just the start of a whole load of much needed TLC for the ride.  Had literally been stood in the queue at the weekend thinking the area in question could do w...
by lewis97
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: ‘Stargazing Pods’ Accommodation Discussion
Replies: 76
Views: 8810

Re: ‘Stargazing Pods’ Accommodation Discussion

Not that there was really any doubt in relation to the name, but a UK trademark for "ALTON TOWERS STARGAZING PODS" has now been filed.
by lewis97
Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: The Bear Grylls Adventure - Birmingham NEC
Replies: 7
Views: 2722

Re: The Bear Grylls Adventure - Birmingham NEC

Tickets are now available to book  for dates from Monday 1st October  - seems it will actually be £20 (not £25) for the four Basecamp activities. Standard and Premium Merlin Annual Passholders can get 25% off various ticket packages, while VIP Merlin Annual Passholders can get 50% off. Those with M...
by lewis97
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetups
Topic: TowersTimes' Summer Festival - 4th August 2018 - Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 2125

Re: TowersTimes' Summer Festival - 4th August 2018 - Discussion

For those who may need them (i.e. Standard Merlin Annual Passholders) for park admission on the day of the event, "Annual Pass Summer Restrictions Tickets" are now available to purchase online at a price of £10.
by lewis97
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Howl-o-ween
Replies: 58
Views: 9231

Re: Howl-o-ween

It seems there will also be a new show called Howl’o’ween Live, with Chessington advertising opportunities for dancers and singers, alongside acting roles.
by lewis97
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?
Replies: 84
Views: 4655

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?

I'm a little apprehensive about the addition, and I think one of things I'm struggling with, is that I can't imagine the facade, particularly if it is for CCL /  CatCF. I've thought a similar sort of thing. Clearly, The Towers themselves would perhaps be the most fitting location for a 'Dungeons', ...
by lewis97
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2559
Views: 286316

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I wonder why they've done "People per boat", rather than "Maximum people per boat". I could potentially see that causing some confusion Seems the interchangeable panels say "maximum" before the respective number: https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/37390723_2...
by lewis97
Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2559
Views: 286316

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Seems ride close has been changed to 5.30pm for all of this week, until Saturday when the 6pm closes begin.
by lewis97
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2559
Views: 286316

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Seems that ride close tomorrow has been extended to 5.30pm, going by the opening times on the Resort's website.
by lewis97
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 1022
Views: 114841

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Thanks! Does anyone know if there are exclusions to this offer when the season pass exclusions apply? If it is an Alton Towers Season Pass that you have, then you can purchase the £15 'Bring a Friend' tickets online . As it is possible to select any date the theme park is open (excluding Fireworks)...
by lewis97
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 1022
Views: 114841

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

I’ve got a season pass but want to visit in August and October. How do I pay the £10 upcharge? Do I pay at the gate or is there a way to book it online to guarantee entry? All help will be very much appreciated. You can book it online by taking the steps that you would to purchase a normal admissio...
by lewis97
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Howl-o-ween
Replies: 58
Views: 9231

Re: Howl-o-ween

As posted on SouthParks Facebook , Chessington have updated their short breaks website to confirm the 2018 Howl’o’ween line-up, with this year seeing the return of all four of 2017’s attractions: Creepy Caves Unearthed, Room on the Broom Spooky Story Time, Curse of the Lost Tomb, and Trick or Treat ...
by lewis97
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2559
Views: 286316

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Dan wrote:
If they added more rides to the ERT lineup...

Should have also mentioned that Cloud Cuckoo Land (i.e. Cuckoo Cars Driving School, Gallopers Carousel & Frog Hopper) has been added to the ERT line-up until 2nd September... ;)
by lewis97
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2559
Views: 286316

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

This blog post from Alton Towers about their preparations for this year's school trip season contains the following, potentially suggesting that students will get access to Early Ride Time: This year, the team has also arranged for schools to enjoy an extra half-hour on park before it opens to the ...