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Re: SW9

by MikeMacMcCusker » Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:13 am

I'd say that there will be a new coaster at some point for sure in the Forbidden Valley, more specifically around where Ripsaw was (or the Thunder Looper site).

I'd agree with the Mack Coaster prediction, they've proven to be a cheap and compact choice for many parks, and it would make sense for one to go in that area. Especially if you're looking for a coaster with discrete effects on the actual woodland. The council always kicks up a fuss when AT want to do drastic expansions of the resort...
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by Horras64 » Fri May 27, 2016 8:50 pm

If they got rid of blade, I think SW9 could be an S&S El Loco, they're compact and the ditch that blade gives would allow for a decent layout. If not, then I think they would go with a Mack Mega in forbidden valley. I would much prefer that, and maybe there's one planned, and why SW8 isn't in Forbidden Valley, due to rockwork. It makes sense as it would probably need a launch to get from blade up to that area round Nemesis. The only thing that makes me think it won't be, is the fact that they already have a launched coaster, and then they could be like. "We didn't do this as we already have Rita, and we wanted to be Unique" But this is all speculation for a long time away. Still have SW8 yet to come.
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Re: SW9

by tcw1993 » Mon May 30, 2016 9:38 pm

I'm all up for discussion, but early doesn't cover it! Absolutely nothing to go off! Sorry to bring negativity to the discussion.


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by Burniel » Mon May 30, 2016 9:51 pm

tcw1993 wrote:I'm all up for discussion, but early doesn't cover it! Absolutely nothing to go off! Sorry to bring negativity to the discussion.

There is stuff to discuss. What would you like to see? What will happen to the plans for the Forbidden Valley coaster which we were told was going to be SW8? What will happen to the cross-valley coaster now that SW8 is looking very likely to be wooden? Could be see a revival of a shelved plan? When will we see SW9? Which areas of the park are in need of a new coaster? Are there any coasters which will be getting a bit old by the time SW9 comes about and hence could SW9 replace something? Would you like to see a family coaster such as Th13teen or a big thrill such as Nemesis or The Smiler?
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Re: SW9

by 118hazaman » Sat Jun 04, 2016 2:18 pm

With SW8 looking likely to be a family coaster, similar to that of Th13teen, I'd imagine that SW9 will be aimed towards thrill seekers. I expect a larger investment, with a large scale ride, along the lines of the Smiler.
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by Master_feedback » Wed Jun 08, 2016 7:24 pm

tcw1993 wrote:I'm all up for discussion, but early doesn't cover it! Absolutely nothing to go off! Sorry to bring negativity to the discussion.

have to say for a ride that's not going to be open till 2022 it dose seam a tad early
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by MakoMania » Wed Jun 08, 2016 7:28 pm

Master_feedback wrote:
tcw1993 wrote:I'm all up for discussion, but early doesn't cover it! Absolutely nothing to go off! Sorry to bring negativity to the discussion.

have to say for a ride that's not going to be open till 2022 it dose seam a tad early


It may open before 2022.
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by Owen » Wed Jun 08, 2016 7:34 pm

Even so, you have a minimum of a five an a half year gap between now and when that ride opens - I can certainly see why people are thinking it's possibly a bit early to discuss in its own dedicated topic. Personally I would discuss any future installations in a general future topic, as thid wiukf also make the moderators life a bit easier with one less topic to worry about. :lol

On the other hand, it's a way for some to kill some time, and if the moderators have no issue with the topic then I suppose it doesn't hurt anyone at the end of the day. :)
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Re: SW9

by Burniel » Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:03 pm

It's not like anyone's forcing anyone to take part in this discussion. Anyone who doesn't wish to discuss this yet can simply not visit this topic.

Anyway, I agree with the idea that this'll be a large, thrilling coaster, but I'm unsure as to where it'll go. An opening date of 2022 sounds reasonable, but 2021 is not impossible (based on the fact that Th13teen, a family secret weapon, opened three years before The Smiler, a high-thrill secret weapon.)
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by MakoMania » Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:14 pm

SW8 was originally scheduled for 2017, and has been pushed back one year to 2018. We know that the next "large" investment (SW9 or something else) was scheduled for 2020, which is the Theme Park's 40th anniversary. They may want to keep it on track for that year as a special "40th season new attraction" or it may have been pushed back like SW8 was. Perhaps it has been pushed back on the same scale that SW8 has been, meaning a 2021 opening, just a thought.
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Re: SW9

by towerslover » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:04 pm

I personally think that the blades removal would leave enough room for a 4d coaster with the same layout of those as six flags (pretty sure one if not two use the joker ip) I'm not too sure if there would be space for a queue line? And not seen one of these coaster in real life before so I'm not too sure of the height. Anyone know if that sort of model would be too tall?
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by Burniel » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:09 pm

Joker (Six Flags Great Adventure) stands at 120ft tall.

I don't think they could create a thrilling enough ride which complies with their height restrictions to be honest.
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by Owen » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:38 pm

There are currently two, one uses Batman and one The Joker. These coasters, although cool, have questionable throughput at best and if Alton were to go for a 4D attraction I'd expect something from B&M personally. :)
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by 118hazaman » Thu Jun 09, 2016 12:06 am

Investments across the Merlin parks now follow a 4 year cycle: High, Medium, Low, Low.

2016 for AT is the second Low of the cycle, meaning 2017 should have been the high investment. As it is being pushed back a year I expect for that year to be caught up. This could result in the next large investment in 2021, three years after SW8.
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by Justin » Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:12 pm

That is a possibility as I believe the Medium and High investments have been switched, but until planning permission has been obtained for each new development then anything can change, therefore the pattern can not be confirmed.
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by Adam.W » Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:02 pm

118hazaman wrote:Investments across the Merlin parks now follow a 4 year cycle: High, Medium, Low, Low.

2016 for AT is the second Low of the cycle, meaning 2017 should have been the high investment. As it is being pushed back a year I expect for that year to be caught up. This could result in the next large investment in 2021, three years after SW8.

That being said, was there ever a cycle, but rather where the people working on the budget decide to spend the money? I mean, every year the 'cycle' changes. Just because there has been a major development every two years (for example) for the past 4 years, it doesn't mean that the next investment will be two years after, but just a coincidence that some sort of trend has appeared.
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by 118hazaman » Sat Jun 11, 2016 12:05 am

Adam.W wrote:
118hazaman wrote:Investments across the Merlin parks now follow a 4 year cycle: High, Medium, Low, Low.

2016 for AT is the second Low of the cycle, meaning 2017 should have been the high investment. As it is being pushed back a year I expect for that year to be caught up. This could result in the next large investment in 2021, three years after SW8.

That being said, was there ever a cycle, but rather where the people working on the budget decide to spend the money? I mean, every year the 'cycle' changes. Just because there has been a major development every two years (for example) for the past 4 years, it doesn't mean that the next investment will be two years after, but just a coincidence that some sort of trend has appeared.


Merlin have specifically mentioned this 4-year cycle in their yearly review (Preliminary Results 2015 and Strategy Update). It's now a fact and should be visible across all of the Merlin Theme Parks.

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by chrisgeorgiou46 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:14 pm

I want that cross valley coaster! The chances of that are practically zero though, right?
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by Adam.W » Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:15 pm

We should keep in mind that by the time we (presumably) see SW9, it will have been 9 years since their last major thrill investment for the park.

Personally, after hearing more about SW8, I believe that we will see a large scale dark ride, perhaps something like the Harry Potter rides at universal or something involving 3d elements and moving ride vehicles. It is something the UK is lacking massively, it has been proven to be successful, allows a possible IP implement, and adds to a lineup 'gap' the park currently has.

Even when discussing future developments with people, they've mentioned that the park should get something like this - I reckon it would go down well with the GP. Location wise, I reckon it will be in CCL - the area is due a major overhaul (especially by 2022) and needs a major attraction. I'm also sure the area has been cited as a potential location for future development, so it is still on the cards in my opinion.
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Re: SW9

by ATI » Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:49 pm

I'd love to see a smaller-scale B&M wing coaster (similar to Raptor at Gardaland) come to the park, as Alton Towers is the only major Merlin park to not have one, and it would be a great fit for their line up...
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