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by 8byfire
Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6619
Views: 828201

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

See we're so excited we can't sleep (and I'm not even going to Alton yet, my sixth sense must have known about the weather as I changed my plans!) Interweb says it's 1 degree there at the mo and an expected -2 tomorrow, snow still possible, so the weather may not please the wicker- our wooden friend...
by 8byfire
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6619
Views: 828201

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

No spoilers but having seen some pics and videos from the press launch prepare to have your minds blown- especially in the evening (and even in the shop as there is some very tasty, or should that be toasty, merchandise- I suspect there will be a few more awesome surprises not in the pics, and there...
by 8byfire
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 211649

Re: Wicker Man Construction Discussion

No expert on testing but I know with my game creations I try everything sometimes til I get it at fast as I can. Yeah, my RCT is hardly the way to work out how it would be IRL, but lack of real knowledge aside surely you do test it for all kinds of variables from slow to fast to establish the best r...
by 8byfire
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6619
Views: 828201

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

By and large the video is the same, however there have been some small alterations, including the small POV clip being cut out. I didn’t notice the bit at the end on first viewing but I see what you mean. It does look good! I wonder if the audio is a small snippet of the ride soundtrack? I could be...
by 8byfire
Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 997
Views: 145782

Re: Towers Loving Care

The latest update from the Towers Loving Care Facebook page shows the work currently taking place on the admissions plaza. Tickets please, tickets please! Our Admissions plaza which was built in the 1980s is having a wonderful TLC makeover. Phase one involves the removal of the old ticket kiosks! h...
by 8byfire
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Gardaland
Replies: 793
Views: 36654

Re: Gardaland

Has anybody else noticed this with the Wicker Man TM registration:

Filing language: English; Second language: Italian

Hmm, could a certain SW also be heading to Gardaland? They've already got an Oblivion The Black Hole and a Sea Life so the parks do often share staples attraction-wise.
by 8byfire
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6619
Views: 828201

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Maybe like the Adventure Drive coaster in Japan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuCQ8dnbVzA&t=143s), feed the flames means the louder you scream the larger the flame effect? Not with the neighbours Alton have, maybe the quieter you are... :-$ "Apparently Alton Towers have been forced to r...
by 8byfire
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6619
Views: 828201

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Chris wrote:
Unfortunately ATR released the video prematurely and have since asked us to take it down from our channels.

What video. I have not seen a video. Or have I?
You will forget what you saw in the woods :)
by 8byfire
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6619
Views: 828201

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Wow, the sound and visual impact on that is amazing, and it visually follows on well from the likes of Hex and Thirteen promotion wise (those pesky trees!) Wonder why it was so short lived (they could just be putting it there ready for the future- it shows as private in the updated sw8 videos playli...
by 8byfire
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 382
Views: 72010

Re: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion

I think another factor is probably isolation from neighbour countries/areas, yes you can get to the UK quite easily but we don't have the continuous land mass benefit of Europe/ America etc- think they benefit from therefore having a much bigger / more flexible 'travelling' catchment area, it is per...
by 8byfire
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6619
Views: 828201

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

There is still a major issue, having to look behind you to see the wicker man on fire. Does anyone have any thoughts? You enter the structure three times I believe, twice from one side and once from the other, the fact it has the ram's head and wicker man means it will I assume be set up for all of...
by 8byfire
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 211649

Re: Wicker Man Construction Discussion

The below photo has been posted on Instagram by @therollercoasterproject and shows us a view of the Wicker Man from ground level. It looks mighty impressive! https://i.imgur.com/ofE6klz.jpg Wow, that really is going to be some headchopper (you have to remove the scaffold in your mind but it's still...
by 8byfire
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: What will Alton Towers be like in 50 years?
Replies: 14
Views: 3814

Re: What will Alton Towers be like in 50 years?

Alton Towers VR Resort "The Words First Resort Fully Dedicated to VR"  :lol On a tragic modern tech note, nobody can be bothered to get up and go out for the day any more so Alton and other parks have been mothballed or closed completely and are just a simulation people watch at home or o...
by 8byfire
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Future of Sonic Spinball
Replies: 96
Views: 20671

Re: The Future of Sonic Spinball

I still love Spinball- it should only go if it has to and it gets rebuilt somewhere else in England!, would be nice to see it themed closer to the original plans but as we know 'on budget on time' often = 'ditch some of the theming' Ideally Alton keep it, after all replacing a ride is a bit of a two...
by 8byfire
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: Merlin General Discussion
Replies: 1362
Views: 49309

Re: Merlin General Discussion

You may be interested to know that you can now put your wildest ideas to MMM as they have a 'bonkers box' on their website (a slightly bonkers name too but hey) This is where you can let your imagination run wild! Got a crazy idea for a new ride? Or a concept for a new theme park, or maybe it’s just...
by 8byfire
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 382
Views: 72010

Re: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion

New park projects often seem to get announced then never happen in the UK- there have been a few such cases including movie maker tie ins and big new projects that never got built- what's tripping so many of them up? Is it lack of space and planning permission issues, lack of investors or something ...
by 8byfire
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6619
Views: 828201

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

An interesting blog post from Wicker Man’s Creative Lead, Bradley Wynne. Among other things, it offers some insight into the actual Wicker Man structure: ...... Reading through the blog post, it mentions "Burning Embers will light the path as the train hurtles towards the structure", coul...
by 8byfire
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Dark ride ideas
Replies: 82
Views: 11811

Re: Dark ride ideas

Enclosed top spin with light effects maybe? Or some form of gyroscope ride - either a 360 degree spherical option or an ABC rides Tourbillon - three in the space at different levels strategically placed for line of sight so you get a brief disorientating glimpse of the other two as you spin would b...
by 8byfire
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6619
Views: 828201

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

In other news we have a sponsor in the shape of Seabrook Crisps! The below post was also shared by Towers on Facebook. What do you make of this? I hope we get something similar to The Smiler pizza with some kind of smokey/spicy flavour named after Wicker Man being announced! Hope it doesn't destroy...
by 8byfire
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: SW9
Replies: 206
Views: 38214

Re: SW9

I have to say (albeit possibly not something everyone would agree with) I really like Spinball- it's a lot more intense than it looks (perhaps more fun to ride than Th13teen which is good but not the best ride in the park) and I enjoy it as much as the SW coasters so I'd like it to stay. I agree wit...