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by MakoMania
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Busch Gardens Tampa
Replies: 587
Views: 37865

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens has announced Tigirs, a brand new Premier Rides Sky Rocket II triple launch coaster for 2019. https://seaworld.scdn3.secure.raxcdn.com/tampa/-/media/busch-gardens-tampa/page-banners/1024x530/rides-and-kid-friendly-attractions/2018_buschgardenstampabay_squirrelsanctuary_1024x530.ashx?ve...
by MakoMania
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2605
Views: 301560

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

There is a new vacancy for an area manager at Alton Towers: "We'll expect you to put forward ideas that increase profits, reduce costs and be able to demonstrate evidence of doing this before." Nice to see Merlin are comitted to inproving the guest experience! Assuming this is the role yo...
by MakoMania
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2605
Views: 301560

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

There is a new vacancy for an area manager at Alton Towers:

"We'll expect you to put forward ideas that increase profits, reduce costs and be able to demonstrate evidence of doing this before."

Nice to see Merlin are comitted to improving the guest experience!
by MakoMania
Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Music and Videos
Replies: 1432
Views: 234723

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Music and Videos

^There is quite a lot of IMAscore on the Resort: -Towers Street -Towers Street Scarefest -Spinball Whizzer -The Smiler queue line -The Smiler projection room -The Smiler station -The Smiler exit -Heritage track -Wicker Man plaza -Wicker Man queue line pt 1 -Wicker Man queue line pt 2 -Wicker Man sta...
by MakoMania
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: B&M Discussion
Replies: 277
Views: 14850

Re: B&M Discussion

B&M have definitely been perfecting their craft, and seemingly waiting for each of their newer types of coaster to become popular. What kind of B&M could Alton install though? I really can't see a wing coaster fitting in anywhere, unless they dug a big hole into one of their car parks. Of t...
by MakoMania
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: B&M Discussion
Replies: 277
Views: 14850

Re: B&M Discussion

I've found B&M to be quite stagnant over the past few years. They really haven't done much in a while and the limelight has been going towards manufacturers like RMC. I haven't been keeping up on Asian additions which may be quite prolific at the moment. B&M have been building a lot in Chin...
by MakoMania
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2605
Views: 301560

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I think it can be all too easy at times to pull out the issues with Alton and the rest of the Merlin parks. For sure they do have their issues, but when you compare them with other parks you start to see pretty much everywhere has their quirks. The majority of Cedar Fair parks run an extremely limi...
by MakoMania
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2605
Views: 301560

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I have to say, other than Wicker Man which is fabulous, there hasn't been much to smile about this season. My main gripes are: -Removal of all SRQs and baggage holds on Smiler & Th13teen. These two rides have been badly hit capacity wise. -4pm closures on days with 120 minute queues in June -Con...
by MakoMania
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 1000
Views: 151415

Re: Towers Loving Care

Didn't the park say on twitter a few weeks/moths ago that they intend to reopen Twirling Toadstool in 2019?
by MakoMania
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?
Replies: 91
Views: 8472

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?

It will do well in it's first season, perhaps its second as well. Merlin's obsession with adding high staff requirement attractions confuses me. I cannot see many guests wanting to pay extra on top of already expensive theme park admission for an experience that many will have already done in London...
by MakoMania
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest - General Discussion
Replies: 2380
Views: 228949

Re: Scarefest - General Discussion

Mini update from Wednesday:

https://youtu.be/5m9NcS5Iozc
by MakoMania
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest - General Discussion
Replies: 2380
Views: 228949

Re: Scarefest - General Discussion

This FAQ contains a lot of information in relation to the timings of the majority of non-maze attractions at this year's Scarefest - handily the TowersTimes Scarefest site has also been updated to reflect this ;) There are also a couple of new things mentioned, as detailed below: Dr Vic’s Karaoke L...
by MakoMania
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Busch Gardens Tampa
Replies: 587
Views: 37865

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Falcon's Fury has returned to service this afternoon!
by MakoMania
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Canada's Wonderland
Replies: 8
Views: 2240

Re: Canada's Wonderland

Here's a full POV video:

https://youtu.be/EObk5avwT3w
by MakoMania
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Busch Gardens Tampa
Replies: 587
Views: 37865

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Just an update on Falcon's Fury: the ride has been shut for months after sustaining severe damage from a much stronger than normal lightning strike. Replacement parts from Intamin have now been installed, but I'm told that the ride has to be tested and commissioned again as if it were brand new. The...
by MakoMania
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3056
Views: 136848

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Had a fab day yesterday, just posted a trip report.

I have to say, the new additional lighting around Icon looks amazing at night and it rides so well at the end of the day in the dark.
by MakoMania
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: My Visit
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach 11th August 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 777

Blackpool Pleasure Beach 11th August 2018

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Trip Report Saturday 11th August 2018: We had a fantastic day at Pleasure Beach yesterday, one of the best days that I've had at a UK park in a long time. We began the day early by arriving at the ticket centre at about 9:40am. The wristband collection process was efficient ...
by MakoMania
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary
Replies: 2
Views: 575

Re: SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary

Whilst this article is not written by a native English speaker and thus contains minor errors, I would encourage anyone interested to have a look:

http://zoos.media/media-echo/worlds-fir ... h/?lang=en
by MakoMania
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetups
Topic: TowersTimes' Summer Festival - 4th August 2018 - Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 3233

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

Thinking of attending my first event since April 2016! It's been too long! Just one question, I think I know the answer but it's worth a shot.... Is there any way at all that season pass holders can take advantage of the bring a friend for £15 offer when attending the event. These tickets need to b...
by MakoMania
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetups
Topic: TowersTimes' Summer Festival - 4th August 2018 - Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 3233

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

Thinking of attending my first event since April 2016! It's been too long! Just one question, I think I know the answer but it's worth a shot.... Is there any way at all that season pass holders can take advantage of the bring a friend for £15 offer when attending the event. These tickets need to be...
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