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by streetmagix
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2567
Views: 287956

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

It's sad when we're coming to expect rubbish like this from the nations biggest (and best) theme park. They are so far away from meeting even an acceptable standard anymore. Just goes to show really. I fear we're past the point of no return, can we really expect anything to improve... ever? I have ...
by streetmagix
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2567
Views: 287956

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Expected but still disappointing. Are staggered openings still expected to return after the summer holidays?
by streetmagix
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetups
Topic: TT Summer Festival 2018 - Reviews and Feedback
Replies: 20
Views: 786

Re: TT Summer Festival 2018 - Reviews and Feedback

I'm still feeling 'delicate' from the weekend (I went back to Towers on the Sunday and I'm so regretting it right now) but it was such an amazing event! Thank you to everyone involved. The ERTs were amazing, especially the unexpected Wicker Man one. The talk was very open and frank. The ride takeov...
by streetmagix
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetups
Topic: TT Summer Festival 2018 - Reviews and Feedback
Replies: 20
Views: 786

Re: TT Summer Festival 2018 - Reviews and Feedback

I'm still feeling 'delicate' from the weekend (I went back to Towers on the Sunday and I'm so regretting it right now) but it was such an amazing event! Thank you to everyone involved. The ERTs were amazing, especially the unexpected Wicker Man one. The talk was very open and frank. The ride takeove...
by streetmagix
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetups
Topic: TowersTimes' Summer Festival - 4th August 2018 - Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 2194

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

Bad news peeps: my post room and/or Amazon have seemingly lost my Hawaiian shirt :( I'll try and fit a suitably loud t-shirt instead unless they find it before tomorrow.

I'm planning to get a taxi there on Saturday morning from Stoke, PM me if you want to split it.
by streetmagix
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Th13teen - General Discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 8634

Re: Th13teen - General Discussion

I'm assuming they haven't reopened bag drop for Th13teen during the peak period. It currently has a 150 minute queue, double what Wicker Man is currently stating at 75 minutes. Almost certainly not.  At Thorpe (which could be different from Towers) the people in the bag drop are also fully trained ...
by streetmagix
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6122
Views: 289610

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Everything (apart from Inferno which was down to 1 train) was basically walk on from 9pm. I did 3 rides on Saw, Inferno back row, and 6 or 7 cycles on Rush in just over an hour. I'm certainly not complaining!
by streetmagix
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2567
Views: 287956

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I was thinking that too, they could have signs thats say 'Maximum, minimum, average' for any eventuality. 
by streetmagix
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6619
Views: 829155

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

I just saw that too. This sounds more than just teething issues. Does anyone have any more information? I know Merlin aren't the best for communicating why rides are down but I really think they need to issue a statement with some reasons. Having their new major ride down as the summer holidays star...
by streetmagix
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6122
Views: 289610

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

The Thorpe one was pretty good last year and early this year. I have no idea what happened around May/June.
by streetmagix
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetups
Topic: TowersTimes' Summer Festival - 4th August 2018 - Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 2194

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

Hawaiian shirts? Hawaiian shirts! Add another voice to the crowd: I went solo to the Thorpe one a few weeks ago and probably had the best day at a theme park I've had in a very VERY long time.  I imagine most people are diving to Alton, I'll be staying in a hotel near the bus station (Hanley). Does ...
by streetmagix
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Galactica - General Discussion
Replies: 1465
Views: 192525

Re: Galactica - General Discussion

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?
by streetmagix
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2567
Views: 287956

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

That probably means more people with ERT than without. I mean, I admire them for putting Wicker Man on ERT but it seems like they've rarely been able to open it for 0930.

I'll be there next Friday, will be interesting to see if they've changed the entrance plaza since earlier in the year.
by streetmagix
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2567
Views: 287956

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

And I thought DBGT had 'The longest warning and restriction board' in Merlin history....
by streetmagix
Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Drayton Manor
Replies: 3206
Views: 111582

Re: Drayton Manor

As far as I can tell, yes, it's been closed all season. Apart from a vague 'Ride is currently closed for maintenance' message on their website I don't think there's any more information. It's different from Storm Force 10 last year as I understand the plan from the start was to have it down for most...
by streetmagix
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Colossus
Replies: 196
Views: 29751

Re: Colossus

I noted earlier in the year (see my post above) that they'd added basically a brick dam around some of the submerged supports. I think these might have even been added after the start of the season too. I don't think I've ever seen them close off that walkway/plaza before even when Colossus has been...
by streetmagix
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future
Replies: 1875
Views: 125046

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - The Future

As much as I think a Dive Coaster would work pretty well at Thorpe is does present issues with branding. They already have one coaster with a steep/vertical lift hill and a (beyond) vertical drop in SAW. There's a good reason why parks don't build rides which are too similar (unless you're Grunalund...
by streetmagix
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2567
Views: 287956

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Having just gotten back from Walibi Holland, looking at the staggered opening times at Alton just make me sad. Walibi Holland had all the coasters open from 10am on the dot, some of the kids and water rides opened a bit later. There were probably less than 500 people on park all day, it was dead. Su...
by streetmagix
Tue May 29, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2567
Views: 287956

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

So the towers will only be open, what, just under 3 months this year? I can understand them wanting to prepare stuff early (maybe they are planning to open some mazes for Summer this year) but it's still a shame. The towers are beautiful and I love exploring them whenever I can. Looks like I've miss...
by streetmagix
Tue May 29, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6122
Views: 289610

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

A better solution would be to pay on entry rather than exit. People tend to arrive in dribs and drabs but, generally, they all leave around the same time. Not ideal but neither is the current solution.

At least at Thorpe the bus doesn't get caught in the traffic unlike at Alton Towers!
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