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by Mikw
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: SW9
Replies: 248
Views: 48348

Re: SW9

Bound to be a coaster of some kind, if it's an "SW"
by Mikw
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: People Smoking Outside Of Designated Areas
Replies: 161
Views: 24897

Re: People Smoking Outside Of Designated Areas

Those ‘cloud chasers’ have a lot to answer for. Before sub ohming, and cloud chasers, most indoor places allowed vaping, it was inoffensive and didn’t cause anybody any bother. Then some folk started going too far, blowing out giant plumes of thick, sweet smelling, vapour and all hell broke loose. ...
by Mikw
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort History
Topic: On-Ride Breakdown Experiences
Replies: 245
Views: 52200

Re: On-Ride Breakdown Experiences

Got stuck on the Skyride for ten minutes a few weeks ago, Was hugely relieved it started again.  Bearing in mind how long a full evacuation takes....
by Mikw
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Future of Sonic Spinball
Replies: 98
Views: 23604

Re: The Future of Sonic Spinball

No. no, no, it should stay! It's a good fun ride - and we need more rides and not less
by Mikw
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3067
Views: 452910

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

I've been to Towers loads of times this year, for me The Smiler has been the most reliable coaster on the park, in stark contrast to the first few years. I don't find it rough either, apart from a couple of jolts. I hope it stays in it's sweet spot. only negative for me is the indoor queue section. ...
by Mikw
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3067
Views: 452910

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

I've been to Towers loads of times this year, for me The Smiler has been the most reliable coaster on the park, in stark contrast to the first few years. I don't find it rough either, apart from a couple of jolts. I hope it stays in it's sweet spot. only negative for me is the indoor queue section. ...
by Mikw
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 1102
Views: 140647

Re: Gate opening ride order during Scarefest?

Hi, Not been in the 2018 season so far but thinking of going for Oct half term.  My usual plan in previous seasons with ERT was Spinball, Oblivion, Ent in ERT, then Smiler at 10, then on to Rita, 13, Nemesis, Air. However WM now changes that and it's scarefest so no ERT (grrrrr). Plan to be at the ...
by Mikw
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Congo River Rapids - General Discussion
Replies: 159
Views: 27217

Re: Congo River Rapids - General Discussion

Interesting. I was on the Rapids today and there was some mist in the tunnel.
by Mikw
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 1102
Views: 140647

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Hi all, I will be visiting Alton on the 24th of August last went four years ago! Very excited but this year is the first time I'm driving there beforehand, what time is best to get to the car parks? I have been reading reviews and seen some people have parked up about 9:50 and not got into the park...
by Mikw
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Congo River Rapids - General Discussion
Replies: 159
Views: 27217

Re: Congo River Rapids - General Discussion

Jakethepeg wrote:
Yeah, everytime I go on this I remain completely dry which annoys me as thats not the point of going on it.

I'm inclined to agree with you. We do have Valhalla and Stormforce 10 (when they're working) so there is an appetite in this country for getting drenched. 
by Mikw
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Rita - General Discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 9419

Re: Rita - General Discussion

I must admit i find Rita the roughest of Alton's coasters. It seems to shake from side to side a bit
by Mikw
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Th13teen - General Discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 13330

Re: Th13teen - General Discussion

That is an element of the ride which usually goes unnoticed by many. I wonder how many other guests feel uncomfortable walking under? I suppose the whole ride is geared up to superstitions, so just believe they cancel themselves out :) Funnily enough I'd already ridden it a few times and not notice...
by Mikw
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Th13teen - General Discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 13330

Re: Th13teen - General Discussion

I love the coaster, but I'm always uncomfortable with the thought of walking under the ladder as you enter the station building.
by Mikw
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2638
Views: 326912

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

jackf1tz wrote:
It's been pretty reliable ever since they've put it back on 2 train operation, at least moreso than Rita, Th13teen etc.

I hope it's sorted now. had a lot of downtime compared to it's usual self. Was running good yesterday though.
by Mikw
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2638
Views: 326912

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Well it does mean they'll have twelve whole attractions open from 9:30! Just think, there's no way the guests can complain now of not being able to do anything in the unlikely event that Wicker Man isn't ready to start operations, or Oblivion is running with a single station...  :roll: Surely a mor...
by Mikw
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2638
Views: 326912

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Speaking of the staggered openings, Towers have confirmed in responses to a post on their Facebook page that, as of this coming Monday July 2nd, all of the major rides & attractions will be open from 10am. There is no confirmation how long this will be the case for, however I expect it to be un...
by Mikw
Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Wicker Man - New for 2018
Topic: Wicker Man Reviews & Discussion [SPOILERS]
Replies: 75
Views: 14148

Re: Wicker Man Reviews & Discussion [SPOILERS]

Justin wrote:
It is a thing of beauty, but I must agree with you about the tunnel :)  While it is suppose to represent death and darkness, I would like to see some lighting effects under the track, giving the appearance that the track is burning underneath. :)

Now that's a great idea
by Mikw
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2638
Views: 326912

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 Mikw
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2638
Views: 326912

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I should have been clearer. MERLIN don't care for guest experience. I'm not denying that there are lots of passionate and caring people who work at Alton Towers who do care for their guests. Sadly Merlin don't care, clearly, and that does impact guests experience negatively, wether staff at Alton c...
by Mikw
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 1102
Views: 140647

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

I jump on the skyride as soon as it opens and go to Thirteen and Rita bang on ride opening. Then Hex, then X sector, Oblivion and Smiler are much quieter early afternoon. Then Spinball, Wicker Man, RMT and the Rapids and Duel, Try to get to Forbidden valley with about twenty minutes to go until ride...