Having done Duel at the weekend have to say I have mixed feelings about what they've done to it. As good as it is that it has got some much needed attention, I really don't like how some of the neon and UV paint has been done - in places it's just too much, almost garish. There are a fair few elements which are working again, which is good to see, and hopefully the trommel will be working again soon as mentioned in a previous post. However, there still seems to be a significant number of targets not working - I would have hoped something as fundamental to the ride as the targets would have been something that would have been 100% working. I also can't get used to the new soundtrack. For some reason, for me, it just doesn't fit with Duel, but it may be that I'm so used to the old soundtrack that hearing something different is just a shock to the system, maybe it'll grow on me through the season.
The start of season round-up article, published on TowersTimes News this evening, contains lots of photos covering some of the TLC work that has taken place as part of the programme's latest cycle.
Nemesis I'm aware Justin has already posted a few of these shots in the Nemesis - General Discussion topic, however these copies are of better quality and hursty has now had the chance to work his magic on them to show the Nemesis Monster off in all its freshly-painted glory.
Duel Here's a look at the works to the attraction's exterior and its interior queue area.
Entrance Plaza & Towers Street The enhancements to these areas has obviously been well-documented now, but here's a few photos anyway.
Grand Conservatory I think these photos really speak for themselves in terms of showing off how stunning the Conservatory now looks. You can check out the full collection of images, along with a couple of other updates from the restoration process on the respective page in the Restoration Archive.
I don't know if I remember correctly, but wasn't the Monorail supposed to get TLC last closed season? I know they added the safety railings, but was that all they did? I didn't notice any changes to the trains or the stations (apart from the updated Resort map and Wicker Man video on the TVs), which is a shame really. I would have loved them to give the actual trains some proper TLC.
Shocking... I do hope toadstool somehow makes a return, but the way it’s been left like that… I have so many childhood memories from that ride and can only hope I’ve not seen the last of the toadstool.
That's another flat ride gone. Honestly I don't see why Merlin hate flat rides, the general public love them. How many flats are left in the park now? 3? That's the same amount as Chessington.
Drayton and Thorpe each have 6 flats in each park, and they are a fraction the size of Towers. I honestly want to know why Merlin are getting rid of all these rides, Surely flats can't be expensive if chains like Cedar Fair and Six Flags are buying them in bulks.