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by streetmagix
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Land of the Tiger - New for 2018
Replies: 54
Views: 5725

Re: Land of the Tiger - New for 2018

I was at Chessington today and noticed that a form of catch/'Y' fencing has been put up around the lifthill and top section. Nothing on the drop although the metal looks quite shiny, much shinier than I remember. I'm glad it's Mack who have come in and commissioned it, there's something reassuring a...
by streetmagix
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Replies: 32
Views: 2114

Re: Six Flags Fiesta Texas

I would expect that the t-rex (or whatever they end up calling it) will be longer than 6 rows. Looking at Wildfire each train is 12 rows long, 24 riders per train. That seems more reasonable. 
by streetmagix
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Project 2020
Replies: 78
Views: 9424

Re: Project 2020

If it is a B&M Hyper (or something of a similar height) I would expect a planning application sooner rather than later. Building that tall I would expect some response/complaints from the local residents and the council. I think it'll be approved though, it might just take longer to approve than...
by streetmagix
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Land of the Tiger - New for 2018
Replies: 54
Views: 5725

Re: Land of the Tiger - New for 2018

Along with the (I think rather nice) theming does anyone know if the ride mechanics are getting a refresh? It felt like it was on its last legs when I rode it before it closed.
by streetmagix
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2296
Views: 248801

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Somehow Phantasialand claim to be able to run Black Mamba (a newer B&M Invert) at -10c! When I was there it was around 2-3c and it ran very well.  I guess they have special cold weather wheels and grease, not really worth it for a few days (see opening weekend) but for an entire winter season it...
by streetmagix
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2296
Views: 248801

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I think it'll be a while off before Alton Towers are ready for year round operation but it would be nice of them to open say the Gardens/Towers and maybe Cbeebies Land year round. They could maybe have a rotating set of thrill rides open on certain days to judge the demand. Monday X-sector and Dark ...
by streetmagix
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Replies: 32
Views: 2114

Re: Six Flags Fiesta Texas

The thing is: this type of ride was never designed as a headline ride for a big park. It was designed for smaller parks (places like Drayton Manor or Flamingo Land) with the larger (2 seat wide) design for larger parks/chains like Cedar Fair and Six Flags.
by streetmagix
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6402
Views: 756955

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Yep, I heard it a lot last week....
by streetmagix
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 2993
Views: 108753

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

I wrote this as a reply on a different forum about the Financial Health of The Pleasure beach and thought I might as well share it here. I've dived into their Annual Filings to Companies House to see what their financials have looked like since 1987. https://medium.com/@simon.stirrat/blackpool-pleas...
by streetmagix
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2296
Views: 248801

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

When I was there last week quite a few people were complaining about the operations and opening times ('Most of the rides open at 11am, what a con!' is a direct quote from someone on the monorail at 9:15. I heard things similar to that throughout the day too). TripAdvisor is taking a hammering too, ...
by streetmagix
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man Reviews & Discussion [SPOILERS]
Replies: 49
Views: 5824

Re: Wicker Man Reviews & Discussion [SPOILERS]

I've finally ridden Wicker Man and I'm so impressed by everything. It's better than the sum of it's parts. The first time I went in the preshow it was spoiled by an automated announcement that 'the ride is currently running empty due to testing' which drowned out the last few sentences on the voiceo...
by streetmagix
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Galactica - General Discussion
Replies: 1440
Views: 176333

Re: Galactica - General Discussion

I rode Galactica today and, wow, so I was so disappointed. Well, the coaster is still fab but the VR is terrible. I didn't ride it last year as both my visits it was either down or had a 120 minute queue. I understand the headsets are different (they were Samsung Galaxy phones in 2016) but they are ...
by streetmagix
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime
Replies: 204
Views: 29126

Re: Ride Downtime

Back at Alton today and have been told that Rita 'is unlikely to open today' by the guy at the entrance.
by streetmagix
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2296
Views: 248801

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I was there today and yeah, it was terrible. Huge sections of the park closed, continual breakdowns on Wickerman. I don't think Rita even opened. It's sad to see the park in such a state. There are some positives though, I've fallen head over heels in love with Wicker Man (even if it did force me to...
by streetmagix
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime
Replies: 204
Views: 29126

Re: Ride Downtime

Wickerman down again (along with Rita). Where are you seeing the extended opening times? I've checked Twitter and can't see anything about it
by streetmagix
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime
Replies: 204
Views: 29126

Re: Ride Downtime

They've said on Twitter that they are revalidating tickets, nice of them to be proactive during times like this. Hopefully as an annual pass holder I'll get something but I'm back tomorrow so hopefully everything will be back to normal.
by streetmagix
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Hotel & Splash Landings
Replies: 42
Views: 6189

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Wasn't it closed around this time last year too? I don't really see how closing it is saving them that much money (most of the staff are all full time, cleaning staff might be contract) so things seem rather dire.  When I travel I sometimes stay in hotels near expo centers when there aren't trade sh...
by streetmagix
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime
Replies: 204
Views: 29126

Re: Ride Downtime

According to queue-times Enterprise has been down since Sunday, can anyone confirm?

https://queue-times.com/parks/1/rides/4627
by streetmagix
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: If you owned Thorpe Park, what would you do with it?
Replies: 8
Views: 2306

Re: If you owned Thorpe Park, what would you do with it?

Time to bump this thread. I'm going to do anything per year but here's what I'd do: ⋅ Adjust opening times so the park was open later in the day. Normal opening time would be 12pm, early close would be 7pm extending to midnight during the summer. ⋅ Push ahead with the permanent h...
by streetmagix
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon
Replies: 4840
Views: 592870

Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon

Aaaaaand the video has disappeared. Guessing someone from Merlin didn't like it. Any other copies floating around?