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by Tom170499
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Project 2020
Replies: 152
Views: 21361

Re: Project 2020

They only started deconstruction of The Flume during winter 2016 so it could still be on Logger’s site. If anything, I’d have expected to see planning permission by now. With Merlin saying a while back that they were cutting investment into the Resort Theme Parks, it makes me doubt wether we’ll even...
by Tom170499
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6650
Views: 849892

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

What is good to see is how true the finished product stayed to the concept. When you look at the likes of The Smiler and Air and see what could have been, this really is great.
by Tom170499
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Inside Alton Towers - General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 3126

Re: Inside Alton Towers - General Discussion

If I’m honest, I was really disappointed with this documentary. I was expecting something similar to The Magic Factory but it felt nothing like it. It could have been so much more, it could have shown the day to day operation of the rides, especially The Smiler, to show the GP what goes into operati...
by Tom170499
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: ‘Stargazing Pods’ Accommodation Discussion
Replies: 101
Views: 12700

Re: ‘Stargazing Pods’ Accommodation Discussion

They look like something from B&Q. This really is a terrible idea, and completely unnecessary. There are so many issues that need sorting with the theme park and existing hotels before building more accommodation.
by Tom170499
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Rate the Rollercoasters (2018 Edition)
Replies: 35
Views: 3269

Re: Rate the Rollercoasters (2018 Edition)

1. Wicker Man  2. The Smiler  3. Rita 4. Oblivion  5. Nemesis  6. Air  7. Spinball  8. RMT  9. Th13teen  My prediction of Wicker Man being either 1 or 2 was correct. I’ve also had a bit of a reshuffle since my previous post so a few have changed position. I appreciate the theming and technological i...
by Tom170499
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 1049
Views: 123961

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

The same thing happened with me in 2012. The teachers gave us an emergency phone number and told us to meet back on Towers Street at 4:30 :lol
by Tom170499
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Galactica - General Discussion
Replies: 1478
Views: 199346

Re: Galactica - General Discussion

streetmagix wrote:
Yeah I saw that. Figment are the company who supplied the VR movies, hardware and integration for Galactica. I guess VR isn't going away any time soon if they're still involved?


That’s a shame. I was hoping to see it fully removed next season :(
by Tom170499
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2605
Views: 301208

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I can't see the rapids going anytime soon, but simply this is because they won't be building a new rollercoaster anytime soon. But if they can't get it back up and running fully for whatever reason, it feels like it starts to lose its purpose and may well go. The Flume was left SBNO for a full seas...
by Tom170499
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2605
Views: 301208

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Smiler313 wrote:
I believe they did ID checks last year however I am not certain.


They ID’d me last year and I had to produce my driving license, so I assume the same will be done this year.
by Tom170499
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?
Replies: 91
Views: 8420

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?

It clearly says it won’t be a resort attraction and that it will be on the theme park but never mind. Either way, my original point still stands. If Merlin go down the up charge resort attraction, then it will be a couple of years max before it either becomes seasonal, has staff cut, or is closed.
by Tom170499
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?
Replies: 91
Views: 8420

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?

It won’t be a resort attraction. It’ll be on the theme park, likely following a similar operational method as the Dungeons at Warwick Castle. VIP and Premium Pass holders will go through it for free but will have to reserve a time slot, whereas Standard Pass holders and day ticket guests will have ...
by Tom170499
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?
Replies: 91
Views: 8420

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?

There won't be an upcharge, because as a permanent theme park attraction where queueing is normal and expected of guests, they don't have any reason other than greed to implement an upcharge, even if they do want to trial a free  virtual queuing or time slot system. To be honest, I feel as though I...
by Tom170499
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?
Replies: 91
Views: 8420

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?

The Resort currently can’t afford to run all its non-theme park attractions (I.e. Tree Top Quest) so making this a non-theme Park attraction would be the wrong thing to do in my opinion. It would be like the whole ‘building new hotels despite not having enough demand to fill the current ones’ situat...
by Tom170499
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Colossus
Replies: 199
Views: 30978

Re: Colossus

I’d love to see a Hulk style refurb with a complete retrack and new trains. The layout for Colossus is fun and it’s one I really like but I doubt it would happen, this is Merlin and maintenance isn’t their strong point. 
by Tom170499
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?
Replies: 91
Views: 8420

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?

jackf1tz wrote:
Or you could just, you know, not go in the upcharge attractions.

So there’d be no point going because there’d be nothing new for me to experience. 
by Tom170499
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?
Replies: 91
Views: 8420

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?

It’s safe to say that if this is an up charge attraction, I won’t be visiting next year. It’s already terrible value for money without adding another up charge attraction. 
by Tom170499
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6650
Views: 849892

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Another fine example of Merlin’s poor design...
by Tom170499
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 1049
Views: 123961

Re: Sending an feedback email

I wouldn’t waste your time. Merlin will not listen to anything you say. Guest experience does not matter to them.
by Tom170499
Mon May 28, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Nemesis - General Discussion
Replies: 119
Views: 17345

Re: Nemesis - General Discussion

Isn’t it a coincidence that the second train is “in maintenance” during the “off peak” period (which wasn’t off peak at all last week). And now it’s all of a sudden back...
by Tom170499
Mon May 14, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6650
Views: 849892

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

I don’t get it, the main feature of the ride is the fire. It’s like removing an inversion from The Smiler and still saying it’s a 14 looping rollercoaster.

I said this would happen, it would only be so long before the cost cuts start. Typical Merlin. I just didn’t expect it to be only two months in.
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