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by 8byfire
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5649
Views: 626292

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: 5649
Views: 626292

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: 341
Views: 59979

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: 5649
Views: 626292

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: 1180
Views: 168326

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: 2684

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: 95
Views: 16217

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: 1346
Views: 33089

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: 341
Views: 59979

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: 5649
Views: 626292

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: 59
Views: 6174

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: 5649
Views: 626292

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: 133
Views: 24771

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...
by 8byfire
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5649
Views: 626292

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

This video hints subtly at there being 'some' real fire too- "do not come into contact with the fire at any time, most of what will appear to be real fire..." - most not all - and theme parks have found ways of having safe 'real' fire using gas even at very high temperatures such as Univer...
by 8byfire
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5649
Views: 626292

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

It gets more impressive- look at the crowds on the last flyer Justin shared, then at the queue line in the eye-like banked circular bit before the Wicker Man (look closely at the shape of the queue line too), I think the queue interaction with the ride is going to be quite something too. Flyer exagg...
by 8byfire
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5649
Views: 626292

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Multisensory has Got me intrigued to think there's more than fire? There have been lots of hints at this such as 'ignite your senses', the wind/sound effects/ blindfold section of the scare maze they were in, tunnel effects have been confirmed according to various sources including Towers Times- ha...
by 8byfire
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5649
Views: 626292

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Hang on- look at the train picture on the website.....

I have corrected myself, thought it had a seat facing the other way but it's just someone turning their head, another awesome possibility vanishes into imagination!

Maybe the 'experience' makes the fire a world first!
by 8byfire
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5649
Views: 626292

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

Facebook at 00:08 maybe (same video?)

Website: "the world's first rollercoaster experience fusing wood and fire" (incorrect?)
by 8byfire
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5649
Views: 626292

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

When have the videos been uploaded recently on YouTube? Roughly what time, because I don't think it will be 8am, as people will be working or at college/school so they won't see the announcement straight away, I think a 9:30/10am or 12/12:30pm announcement will be due as this is usually breaktime f...
by 8byfire
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 5649
Views: 626292

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

I still want to know what made Merlin have a sudden change of heart when it comes to wooden coasters. Perhaps it will become more obvious tomorrow. The market research was a big factor - this time the feedback said yes, and if you compare Nemesis' construction to SW8's construction and the scale of...