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by lewis97
Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Toverland
Replies: 72
Views: 4370

Re: Toverland

The latest update on Toverland's minisite shows that the first track pieces have been set in place - these being those for the station. https://2018.toverland.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/180123_Bouw_update_01.jpg https://2018.toverland.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/180123_Bouw_update_02.jpg http...
by lewis97
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 1996
Views: 213086

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

While the cutbacks of the previous two seasons were by no means well received, they certainly seem to have provoked a much wider outcry this time (which is undoubtedly justified). Hopefully, that will result in at least some backtrack of what has been announced, but I'm not getting my hopes up given...
by lewis97
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 1996
Views: 213086

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

As posted on TowersTimes Facebook , Alton Towers have confirmed their Early Ride Time line-up and staggered openings for the 2018 season. Early Ride Time will now only be from 9.30am – 10am, and include Wicker Man, Spinball Whizzer and Postman Pat Parcel Post, Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom Ride, Justin'...
by lewis97
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 894
Views: 112700

Re: Towers Loving Care

A new update has been posted this evening... A monster of a job! The Nemesis monster refurbishment is in its third and final stage, with the whole roof and rear of the station being scenically repainted by skilled artists. https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/26733580_402095626883792_550426...
by lewis97
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: X:\ No Way Out
Replies: 308
Views: 30219

Re: X:\ No Way Out

It has been noted that the video features the message "Safe Zone, X, 05/03/2018, 09:00" presumably indicating when we can expect an announcement.
by lewis97
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: X:\ No Way Out
Replies: 308
Views: 30219

Re: X:\ No Way Out

Some interesting footage has been discovered... You can see it on SouthParks Facebook.
by lewis97
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Toverland
Replies: 72
Views: 4370

Re: Toverland

I'm not completely sure what's happening to the current entrance, but this looks to be in a different area of the park, following a quick look on Google Maps with the coaster on the left of the visual as reference.
by lewis97
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Toverland
Replies: 72
Views: 4370

Re: Toverland

Toverland have today announced details of their new entrance area, Port Laguna. They've also confirmed that the new entrance area, as well as Avalon, will open on 7th July. Looopings have published an article containing lots of artwork of the entrance area's buildings. https://2018.toverland.com/201...
by lewis97
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Liseberg
Replies: 123
Views: 10815

Re: Liseberg

The first sections of Valkyria's track have gone vertical today.

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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: 1180
Views: 168597

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: 5652
Views: 627491

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: 1180
Views: 168597

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: 5652
Views: 627491

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: 5652
Views: 627491

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: 894
Views: 112700

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: 5652
Views: 627491

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: 5652
Views: 627491

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: 50948

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: 5652
Views: 627491

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: 5652
Views: 627491

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...