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Re: 2015-2019: Possible Developments?

Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:23 pm

As I've said before, I dislike IPs. When I visit Alton Towers I want to see Alton Towers, not some random things from the media. If they were to come up with an original theme, I would love it whatever it was, but IPs (although they're a crowd puller and are great for business) take away a bit of the uniqueness and magic from the park for me. It does appear the Gangsta Granny ride is happening, but I certainly hope it's just that one ride, not a second area covered by an IP.

However the great thing about CBeebies and Walliams as IPs is that they are the biggest you can get. CBeebies just is British children's television, nothing comes before it. And David Walliams (discounting Roald Dahl who's not so current anymore) is number 1 in British children's literature. So as much as I would prefer an original theme by a long long way, I understand why IPs are a thing and to be fair these are the best out there.
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Re: 2015-2019: Possible Developments?

Tue May 01, 2018 2:53 pm

Was at the Towers last Monday and the operator for the Ray tank talk in Mutiny Bay was saying they are planning to expand Sealife next year with either Penguins, Otters or Jellyfish and was asking for feedback on which people would find most interesting.
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Re: 2015-2019: Possible Developments?

Tue May 01, 2018 2:58 pm

Oh, interesting! Pretty good idea as long as it's in addition to a CCL retheme though. Out of those three choices though... that's tough! Jellyfish would fit in the most with the theme, but penguins and otters sound much more interesting!  
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Re: 2015-2019: Possible Developments?

Tue May 01, 2018 4:01 pm

I agree it would be a great expansion as at the moment the Towers has a real lack of indoor attractions for poor weather conditions and would also be good for a year round attraction as I know they opened it for their closed season events this year.

Though I agree the jellyfish would be the most true to Sharkbait's theme, I really enjoyed the penguin enclosure at SeaLife London as the critters brought a lot of energy and excitement to the aquarium.
 
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Re: 2015-2019: Possible Developments?

Tue May 01, 2018 4:12 pm

Personally I'd like to see Otters or Penguins somewhere but I'd also agree with Robert that it should be an addition as well as the supposed Gangsta Granny ride.

But it sounds like it's not gonna be the only 2019 project if they're still deciding what to add now whereas we already know that a 2019 project has been in the pipeline for a few years now.
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Re: 2015-2019: Possible Developments?

Tue May 01, 2018 5:33 pm

Bert2theSpark wrote:
Personally I'd like to see Otters or Penguins somewhere but I'd also agree with Robert that it should be an addition as well as the supposed Gangsta Granny ride.

But it sounds like it's not gonna be the only 2019 project if they're still deciding what to add now whereas we already know that a 2019 project has been in the pipeline for a few years now.

I agree both for a 2019 year would be ideal. If GG ride is also a retheme or re-use of the CatCF building then I think we could well see both next year.

More indoor attractions are sorely needed at the Towers.
 
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Wed May 02, 2018 8:42 am

Penguins would be AMAZING (charismatic megafauna ftw!) but would they have enough space for a decently sized enclosure for them or Otters? I'll be honest, I've not been in Sharkbait (it's usually too full of children for me) so don't know what it's like in there.
 
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Re: 2015-2019: Possible Developments?

Wed May 02, 2018 11:25 pm

vikkimoo wrote:
Penguins would be AMAZING (charismatic megafauna ftw!) but would they have enough space for a decently sized enclosure for them or Otters? I'll be honest, I've not been in Sharkbait (it's usually too full of children for me) so don't know what it's like in there.


They could easily have enough room if they expanded into some of the adjoining units... with the way the F&B outlets are going I’m sure they’d shut down Eastern Express to put some larger enclosure in
 
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Re: 2015-2019: Possible Developments?

Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:25 pm

So.. we know that The Dungeons are coming to the Towers.. but what would people realistically like to see happen in the park?

Personally, like many other people, I would like to see something happen with the previous Ripsaw site. With all the new concepts Merlin could choose from, it would be nice to finally have a ride back there.

If not there, then as some people on other forums have been saying, that the Submission area could be used for another small addition..

However with saying this, I do think that the Dungeons will be the only addition for a specific group of people.. what are people’s thoughts?
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Re: 2015-2019: Possible Developments?

Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:58 pm

PhNx Survivor wrote:
Personally, like many other people, I would like to see something happen with the previous Ripsaw site. With all the new concepts Merlin could choose from, it would be nice to finally have a ride back there.


Ripsaw was a fantastic compact ride that had a great impact on that area (and my shoulders/spine).
What made it so wonderful was the audience that it drew, and that those not on it, could enjoy it.
I always remember a buzz around there when eating my fish and chips #prayforchips

I hope they can install some more flats, but I do hope they can have the same ability to stop guests walking straight past and watch a cycle, to be entertained by it.
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Re: 2015-2019: Possible Developments?

Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:15 am

hursty wrote:
PhNx Survivor wrote:
Personally, like many other people, I would like to see something happen with the previous Ripsaw site. With all the new concepts Merlin could choose from, it would be nice to finally have a ride back there.


Ripsaw was a fantastic compact ride that had a great impact on that area (and my shoulders/spine).
What made it so wonderful was the audience that it drew, and that those not on it, could enjoy it.
I always remember a buzz around there when eating my fish and chips #prayforchips

I hope they can install some more flats, but I do hope they can have the same ability to stop guests walking straight past and watch a cycle, to be entertained by it.


The amount of places I hear than Alton needs flats, whether it be on here, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.. Merlin has surely got to have noticed what people are saying?

I agree completely, the excitement of looking up at people’s reactions as the water came closer and closer was not only entertaining to the riders but also for the spectators.

I’ve noticed with some of the newer rides Merlin install that the ride has to be a big flat ride, with a ton of theming.. I don’t know if this is true in every theme park but it just seems that way. I’d much rather go back onto a submission type ride than DBGT for example.
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