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by Altontowersbarlow
Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man Area Speculation and Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 25605

Re: Area Speculation and Discussion

I can see it being more katanga themed but its far to close to mutiny bay to be katanga or gloomy wood IMO so I think we'll see minor themeing changes to mutiny bay to accommodate it. It could be a pirates voyage to an island with paganism. The idea of an "Island" is actually probably the...
by Altontowersbarlow
Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6394
Views: 753194

Re: SW8

This is likely completely unconnected to the SW8 development but I stumbled across a film trailer faintly similar to the details we have so far about the theme of the project. In the trailer we see a "Wickerman" type monster physically breaking through the ground which obviously shares a l...
by Altontowersbarlow
Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6394
Views: 753194

Re: SW8

With plans seemingly changing so early in the development with the flumes station being demolished, I'm still holding out for a more advanced layout or something more to the ride than originally shown on the plans. They've hidden elements of rides before and this was more than evident during the Smi...
by Altontowersbarlow
Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon
Replies: 4840
Views: 591356

Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train

I've said this too. Baggage will go, photos will be moved, therefore making a large enough space for a new scene. Personally, I still stand by the idea that it will be used as a maze style exit, similar to Sub Terra at Alton to give it a final kick as you leave! I would agree with you there and I p...
by Altontowersbarlow
Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Fright Nights
Replies: 1081
Views: 99339

Re: Fright Nights

Thorpe Park uploaded some pictures of the interior of The Big Top today on snap chat.I can't upload the images but it seemed to take a funhouse approach with lots of masks, hanging bags and game stands etc. It almost looked like an abandoned jungle gym. I could be wrong but one of the pictures also ...
by Altontowersbarlow
Sat Sep 10, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Fright Nights
Replies: 1081
Views: 99339

Re: Fright Nights

Thorpe Park have posted this trailer for Fright Nights to their YouTube channel. It seems to focus on Platform 15 with some nice visuals, along with the usual small clips of jump scares within the attractions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcwkgWm8ES4
by Altontowersbarlow
Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:17 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 2984
Views: 391862

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

I'm completely against the media and I do agree that this event has been over-sensationalised, but should anything be falling off a ride if it's claimed to be checked everyday? I'm well aware it proves no risk to anybody and the ride is 100% safe, but the park should still be excruciatingly checking...
by Altontowersbarlow
Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:34 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon
Replies: 4840
Views: 591356

Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

An attendant at guest services (a DBGT actor left idle for the day) was trying to keep the line calm and said they don't expect the ride to open until at least Thursday. It's a recurring fault and they're keeping it closed to fix it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Well at least they are looking...
by Altontowersbarlow
Mon Aug 08, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon
Replies: 4840
Views: 591356

Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

I think people need to use a bit of common sense and calm down a bit. People are always asking for ground-breaking attractions and begging for bigger and more advanced attractions in the UK but are then complaining and slating the park it opens at for not being "reliable" enough. People al...
by Altontowersbarlow
Thu Aug 04, 2016 2:48 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6394
Views: 753194

Re: SW8

Honestly people just need to stop being so serious about this at this point. Firstly the attraction hasn't even been officially confirmed (although it will be). Secondly the attraction isn't opening for over a year and a half and thirdly, it's just a ride! There really no need to start assuming if ...
by Altontowersbarlow
Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 988
Views: 132805

Re: Towers Loving Care

Good find! I'm not going to pretend they are perfect looking, however that is really going to fit in nicely with the idea of the dark forest taking over. I always envisioned that fence as a partition between the dark forest (Th13teen) and the rest of the area,so the vines coming over does make it ap...
by Altontowersbarlow
Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Oakwood
Replies: 873
Views: 64590

Re: Oakwood

I realise that smaller theme parks are tight for money but this seems like an incredibly poor investment and almost seems quite lazy. When you see what parks like Paultons Park are doing with investments like The Lost Kingdom it doesn't reflect very well on parks like Oakwood that are investing in p...
by Altontowersbarlow
Sat Jul 30, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2281
Views: 246540

Re: Alton Towers - General Discussion

I actually like the new audio. It is hard to explain, but it is very retro. I do like the announcements which say that you have been selected for Oblivion, so it fits in with the Government secret testing facility theme. Thanks for that description, I've only recently said that the attractions in x...
by Altontowersbarlow
Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6394
Views: 753194

Re: SW8

I am going to avoid talking about the actual ride layout because I'm still unsure whether I'm disappointed or that it will be short but sweet, so I'm going to talk about the ride experience and reasoning instead.I am pleased that SW8 will be located in Katanga Canyon, as it is a fairly low-key area ...
by Altontowersbarlow
Sun Jul 17, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime
Replies: 201
Views: 28699

Re: Ride Downtime 2016

Liam.W wrote:
The trims were definitely off yesterday!

If they are permanently de-activated now, then we can assume the park are listening and that this will be a very popular decision indeed if it proves to be a long-term one.
by Altontowersbarlow
Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Parc Asterix
Replies: 323
Views: 38771

Re: Parc Asterix

That looks like a nice layout for a family coaster and the theming looks very detailed, it appears to definitely exceed the theming aspects of many of the older attractions at the park. Its a good addition too, because many of Parc Asterix's coasters are aimed at the thrill market and this will fill...
by Altontowersbarlow
Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2281
Views: 246540

Re: Alton Towers - General Discussion

Andy Mc wrote:
I did warn someone NOT to go today.. can't wait to say I told you so.

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So nice to see Alto Towers this busy again though, must be good news for Merlin.
by Altontowersbarlow
Mon Jul 11, 2016 4:36 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: If you owned ATR, what would you do with it?
Replies: 139
Views: 30263

Re: If you owned the Alton Towers Resort, what would you do

Above anything else, I would create a new authentic themed flagship area to the park. This post is gong to be quite long and detailed to try and support my point with reasoning. So if you want to hear the basis of the idea and not the reasoning behind the proposition, skip the first paragraph. As mu...
by Altontowersbarlow
Fri Jul 08, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest
Replies: 2207
Views: 185230

Re: Scarefest

So TS on facebook are saying Alton were quizzed about a new maze for this year at Scarecon and they gave the clue, "beauty is only skin deep" Whilst it's a commonly used phrase, it turns out it originates from this fellow: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Overbury" onclick="window.o...
by Altontowersbarlow
Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:15 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Dollywood
Replies: 205
Views: 14398

Re: Dollywood

The ride has set on fire, expected to be down to the launch/rollback system becoming too hot. http://i.imgur.com/LFIekX4.jpg Credit to Parks and Coasters Workdwide Facebook. Anyone would think RMC like having their coasters on fire... That's actually a real shame. Dollywood clearly invested a lot o...
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