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by Mikw
Thu May 17, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3010
Views: 400474

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Had four rides today, on the front two rows, didn't even feel the jolts on the second half of the ride. Seems to running well at the moment.
by Mikw
Thu May 17, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6503
Views: 775070

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Was on site today, Wicker Man was running extremely well today, even for a mid week day the queues were extremely low.  Entered the queue today at 3:50 to get a last ride in, unfortunately the ride ceased operation around 4:10 due to technical difficulties. When the ride was stopped, the chain lift...
by Mikw
Thu May 17, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Nemesis - General Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 10427

Re: Nemesis - General Discussion

Robert.W wrote:
That's odd.. perhaps they're going to be refurbishing that one now before the summer starts?

I was thinking that too, was surprised to see the shed empty when I peered inside.

Not a problem today being quiet on the park, but the queue peaked at fifty minutes at one time.
by Mikw
Thu May 17, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Nemesis - General Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 10427

Re: Nemesis - General Discussion

Nemesis back to one train today. The old one with the wheel covers is nowhere to be seen, not even in the shed.
by Mikw
Wed May 16, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6503
Views: 775070

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

They've been replying on Twitter that the "Beornen are preparing for the summer solstice and the fire will be lit soon"... that could be interpreted in any number of ways, but if it was broken, wouldn't they say something along the lines of "our teams are doing everything they can to...
by Mikw
Wed May 16, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort History
Topic: On-Ride Breakdown Experiences
Replies: 227
Views: 42701

Re: On-Ride Breakdown Experiences

The Smiler. Broke down on the brake run a couple of weeks ago, The ride staff had to come out and release the restraints manually with a plug in contraption for the car in front. We were there for about ten minutes, and the ride started up again and we proceeded to the station
by Mikw
Tue May 15, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort History
Topic: What did you ride on your first visit?
Replies: 133
Views: 26966

Re: What did you ride on your first visit?

I remember going when i was a kid and riding the Alpine Bob sleigh thing and the pirate ship a lot.
by Mikw
Wed May 02, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 929
Views: 99920

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

vikkimoo wrote:
Good news - both myself and the backpack survived unscathed! It's mainly Rita's baggage hold that worried me cos it is SO unsecure!

Good news indeed. The mine train doesn't even have one.
by Mikw
Tue May 01, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime
Replies: 223
Views: 32137

Re: Ride Downtime

I guess it could be a two day job. So closed today, and more work done tomorrow when the park is closed maybe
by Mikw
Tue May 01, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime
Replies: 223
Views: 32137

Re: Ride Downtime

Robert.W wrote:
Makes sense to do any maintenance work on a quiet day like today though. Hopefully back open tomorrow!

Well, it won't be open tomorrow, they'll be nobody to ride it.
by Mikw
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6503
Views: 775070

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

One thing worth mentioning that hasn't been noted yet, is that when you stack in maintenance with three trains on the system, the final tunnel effects no longer activate until you're in it. The audio still plays in there though. So no more sitting halfway down maintenance watching some stuff happen...
by Mikw
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6503
Views: 775070

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Apart from the erratic fire effects today, and early breakdowns, it's a lot better than it was at the start of the season. Hopefully it's in it's groove now
by Mikw
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3010
Views: 400474

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Yep, effects working today, same as the other coasters. 
by Mikw
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2380
Views: 258822

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

A lot better today, all rides seemed to open all day, no massive queue at the plaza. Ride effects working again. Much better.
by Mikw
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Going to Towers alone...
Replies: 94
Views: 13693

Re: Going to Towers alone...

Almost always go on my own. I've been with a friend on a couple of occassions but they don't like rides very much.

It's ok, sometimes feel awkward in a queue, and I've never done the rapids on my own. That would feel really awkward for me!
by Mikw
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime
Replies: 223
Views: 32137

Re: Ride Downtime

streetmagix wrote:
Back at Alton today and have been told that Rita 'is unlikely to open today' by the guy at the entrance.


He was right....

Other rides were, sporadically, open.  So a better day than yesterday!
by Mikw
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man General Discussion
Replies: 6503
Views: 775070

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Didn't stay all day but WM was running very well in the morning. Good dispatch and a fast moving queue. Think they're getting on top of the issues now. Expect less breakdowns, I hope soon.
by Mikw
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 929
Views: 99920

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

mark156 wrote:
Has anyone been this week yet? Just wondering what queue times are like now its not the school holidays.

I went today. Pretty much walk on for all rides. Not much downtime either, much better!
by Mikw
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 929
Views: 99920

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Jcoaster wrote:
Mikw wrote:
Thank you. Hopefully the other coasters will be able to open.

I'm sure they will, enjoy your trip :)

Thanks
by Mikw
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 929
Views: 99920

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Jcoaster wrote:
I believe Oblivion would also shut if there were very high winds, X-sector was shut completely during Scarefest for a day due to high winds, mainly because of it's location, the whole area is very exposed.

Thank you. Hopefully the other coasters will be able to open.
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