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by streetmagix
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2552
Views: 278851

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: 6574
Views: 809828

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: 6093
Views: 277617

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: 41
Views: 1117

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: 1464
Views: 188411

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: 2552
Views: 278851

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: 2552
Views: 278851

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: 106720

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: 28764

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: 1872
Views: 120889

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: 2552
Views: 278851

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: 2552
Views: 278851

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: 6093
Views: 277617

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!
by streetmagix
Sat May 26, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2552
Views: 278851

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

This entire saga is so petty
by streetmagix
Sat May 26, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Europa Park
Replies: 2756
Views: 69781

Re: Europa Park

Am I right in thinking that Pirates in Batavia didn't have any lapbars? Hopefully that helped evacuation (assuming the ride was operating at the time). It's still very shocking, I know that area was old but I'm amazed the show building burnt in such a way. I really hope that no one was injured and e...
by streetmagix
Sat May 26, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3031
Views: 125478

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Also, Nick Thompson said at the press event today that the park will be adding "about" 3 significant new rides in the next 7 years. I'm sure it was mentioned somewhere that the plan was for Mack to deliver at least 2 more rides for Pleasure Beach (so 3 rides in total including ICON). I gu...
by streetmagix
Sat May 26, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetup Archive
Topic: SP Southern Screamer - 9th June 2018 - Discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 874

Re: SP Southern Screamer - 9th June 2018 - Discussion

First time for me too, can't wait to meet some of you lovely people!

What time does it all kick off? 
by streetmagix
Sun May 20, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Rush
Replies: 40
Views: 6243

Re: Rush

So I am *very* late to the party but I've finally experienced Rush (concerns about fitting into the restraint caused me to put it off, turns out they are pretty forgiving!). Apart from the short cycle it's a great ride, you feel so free with the tiny lapbar. The compressed air sound makes it feel re...
by streetmagix
Thu May 17, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2552
Views: 278851

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Honestly, those numbers seem pretty low to me. Phantasialand is quite a bit smaller than Thorpe and Alton and is getting similar numbers through the door. The average ticket prices are higher too. Sure puts the lower spend by Merlin into some context.
by streetmagix
Tue May 15, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2552
Views: 278851

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

What a complete mess they've made of this, as TPC said I really hope they take this as an excuse to review some of the rules and signage around the park.
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