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by Mikw
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2444
Views: 268202

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Someone might call their son or daughter Icon.....

There may just be a large family who ran out of names and called one Thirteen. I'm sure there's nobody called Oblivion though.
by Mikw
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3032
Views: 408234

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Did it four times on Wednesday, not at all rough for me, really enjoyed it.
by Mikw
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2444
Views: 268202

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

For me, staggered openings aren't a problem on quiet days. I arrive at 11am, go straight to Thirteen and Rita, then go to Forbidden valley and do Nemesis. Then walk to Wickerman, and by the afternoon X sector has gone quiet, so The Smiler and Nemesis get plenty of rides.  Then to Galactica for the l...
by Mikw
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 962
Views: 104751

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

I was given a pink priority pass after a Nemesis breakdown. I used it on Wicker Man during my next visit. I wasn't asked to surrender it, can i use it again next time i go? If the ride host didn’t take it off you and you still have it in your possession, yes you can use it again. Priority Passes ar...
by Mikw
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort History
Topic: Alton Towers Magic Making Museum
Replies: 11
Views: 609

Re: Alton Towers Magic Making Museum

Great idea, would spend some time there reading all about the history.
by Mikw
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 962
Views: 104751

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

I was given a pink priority pass after a Nemesis breakdown. I used it on Wicker Man during my next visit. I wasn't asked to surrender it, can i use it again next time i go?
by Mikw
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Future of Oblivion (20th and Beyond)
Replies: 32
Views: 4974

Re: The Future of Oblivion (20th and Beyond)

I still scream at the moment of the drop lol sure others must as well how much noisier can it be with the sound? But again I’m not a local resident so can’t really say I know what it’s like living with these things(don’t think I’d mind though lol) I''d love it if i lived nearby and could hear the n...
by Mikw
Thu May 31, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3032
Views: 408234

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

I love The Smiler, done it loads. With some careful bracing I've never experienced a rough ride, just a few jolts, always get off with a smile on my face.
by Mikw
Sun May 27, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Nemesis - General Discussion
Replies: 94
Views: 12160

Re: Nemesis - General Discussion

JC13 wrote:
The second train is in operation again today, not sure when it came back on. Guessing yesterday

In the nick of time for half term week
by Mikw
Wed May 23, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Dark ride ideas
Replies: 82
Views: 10573

Re: Dark ride ideas

Interesting idea. A lot of people like watching the Smiler though, and it's an impressive looking thing, be a shame if you couldn't see it anymore
by Mikw
Thu May 17, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3032
Views: 408234

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: 6556
Views: 794667

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: 94
Views: 12160

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: 94
Views: 12160

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: 6556
Views: 794667

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: 228
Views: 43642

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: 27570

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: 962
Views: 104751

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: 33120

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: 33120

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.
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