UK theme parks from another point of view!

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by Robert.W
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6562
Views: 797736

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

From what I've heard, something to do with the heat having adverse effects on the Wicker Man structure... which might also explain why the flames weren't put back on fully when they did return. If the solution to whatever problem they are having is costly, can we trust Merlin to splash out and fix i...
by Robert.W
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6562
Views: 797736

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

To save it burning a hole in Merlin's pockets, I presume...
by Robert.W
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: My Visit
Topic: First visit to Alton Towers in 8 years
Replies: 1
Views: 13

Re: First visit to Alton Towers in 8 years

Towers social media is a bit hit and miss with regards to updating visitors on the opening times – sometimes they will, sometimes they won't bother.  The Smiler can run 4 trains, I don't know how often they do though. Oblivion doesn't seem to use both stations for some reason, which will lessen thro...
by Robert.W
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Nemesis - General Discussion
Replies: 98
Views: 12452

Re: Nemesis - General Discussion

It's a shame, I prefer the old one to be honest. New ones still nice though. 
by Robert.W
Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Efteling
Replies: 630
Views: 34078

Re: Efteling

Efteling to allow On-Ride Filming Efteling have announced that they are going to allow on-ride filming on all of their rides and attractions, using Go-Pro equipment. What I think is actually pretty clever is that in allowing people to film using this method, it will reduce the number of people who ...
by Robert.W
Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Project Zer0 - Specu1ation
Replies: 92
Views: 4086

Re: Project Zer0 - Specu1ation

A couple of things I've managed to find from the latest video. This message... https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1764/42072548055_26671547ab_c.jpg ...which after a little research, I managed to translate using a "pigpen cipher key", something which is also featured in the video. The message s...
by Robert.W
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2457
Views: 269962

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Yes, the on park staff have always been brilliant! I've only ever had two issues with a staff member in all the times I've visited. The social media on the other hand... that's been a joke for a while and it's fast becoming not a very funny one. It's sad because I do understand and appreciate how mu...
by Robert.W
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Disneyland Resort
Replies: 69
Views: 9914

Re: Disneyland Resort

I was expecting it to be crap. It didn't disappoint. Since the theme doesn't fit in with the theme of California Adventure, it would have been reasonable to expect that they'd try and execute the retheme a tiny little bit better than this. Does anyone know how much of Pixar Pier wasn't finished in t...
by Robert.W
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6055
Views: 268307

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

If the issues with Colossus were unexpected, and the leaflets would probably have been printed by the time the park realised that they needed to shut it, so I'd assume it's still on the map, even if it's never going to reopen.  As for the out of date web info... that's The Merlin Way. Most incompete...
by Robert.W
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2457
Views: 269962

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Remember how we were talking bout how Altons employees do care about guest experience? Well, it looks like some of them don't, doesn't it..... https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/398664404809285635/459741989420662794/IMG_1382.PNG?width=736&height=874 Seriously though. Watching YouTube whil...
by Robert.W
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1009
Views: 63171

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

I don't know about a wooden coaster... how much space do they actually have?
by Robert.W
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2457
Views: 269962

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I can assure you there are many people working across the resort that do care for the guest experience, so for you to suggest otherwise is insulting. The park are doing the best they can with the budget that Merlin have given them. I should have been clearer. MERLIN don't care for guest experience....
by Robert.W
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2457
Views: 269962

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

4pm closings this time of the year are absolutely insulting. They absolutely don't care for guests experience whatsoever, do they!? The fact that they extended opening due to poor ride availability isn't redeeming at all when the park should have been open until 5pm anyway, even without any problems...
by Robert.W
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Colossus
Replies: 188
Views: 27082

Re: Colossus

I can't tell if you're joking about the swans, Chris :lol Certainly unusual, a bit worrying even. Whatever is wrong must be pretty significant for them to close one of the walkways under the ride.  Also, interesting what Jack says about some sort of clear out of the ride's merchandise... I had actua...
by Robert.W
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Efteling
Replies: 630
Views: 34078

Re: Efteling

I remember hearing about this when it was announced. Absolutely one of the best uses for this type of technology I've seen at a theme park! This type of technology should always be about making guests experience better and this is one of those rare instances which it is truly making a difference. :)
by Robert.W
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 967
Views: 105651

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Only problem I see with that is neither Rita or TH13TEEN are open until 11am. In terms of thrill rides, i.e. rollercoasters, The Smiler, Oblivion, Spinball Whizzer and Wicker Man will all be open before 11am, so you could fill the gap with one (or more, depending on queue times) of those rides. 
by Robert.W
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: What do you think should replace CCL?
Replies: 96
Views: 14378

Re: What do you think should replace CCL?

Oh nice find! Seems pretty promising that they'll be doing something with the area next year. Certainly needs something doing. The TLC felt very much like a quick fix to make it mildly presentable for the 2018 season.
by Robert.W
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Disneyland Resort Paris
Replies: 899
Views: 42445

Re: Disneyland Resort Paris

Phantom Manor – Phantom Manor, Disneyland Paris’ very own version of the Haunted Mansion will reopen in Autumn this year, and will feature a reworked storyline, fully renovated scenes, fully refurbished animatronics, and loads of new special effects! As well as this, there is work to include a new ...
by Robert.W
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: Theme Parks and IPs
Replies: 4
Views: 526

Re: Theme Parks and IPs

While attractions based off of IP's are an evermore tempting option for many theme parks, it is definitely a tough balancing act to get them right. There are so many things which need to be taken into consideration in order for it to just "work".  Like saw-x-smile has said, one of the vita...
by Robert.W
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios
Replies: 73
Views: 10421

Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios

With a movie style theme park, there really it only two ways it can go. I'm very glad they've taken Hollywood Studios in the IP direction, no doubt inspired by the success of Universal's Wizzarding World of Harry Potter. These types of immersive, story driven experiences are much more marketable, an...
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