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Re: The Future of Sonic Spinball

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:40 pm
by Robert.W
I hope that if they decide to remove Spinball, that they also get ride of the hideous Hospitality Suite as well... I mean, they might as well. I'm sort of prepared for Spinball to go, but I do think there is life left in it, as it is one the most popular rides in the park. At the stage of its life it is in, a retheme is just out of the question, especially as the theming would have to be very little and therefore a waste of money, as it wouldn't actually have any effect on the ride.

Re: The Future of Sonic Spinball

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:44 am
by TheDuke
See I think its so popular because of where it is in the park. I personally don't think its a bad ride but its not good. I more dislike how it sticks out as you enter the park. I wouldnt mind then either moving it or getting rid of it completely.

Re: The Future of Sonic Spinball

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:23 am
by Tom170499
I really don’t think the best thing to do would be to remove another ride. AT is already poor value for money as it is.

Re: The Future of Sonic Spinball

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:13 pm
by Justin
It is likely that Spinball will be removed for a Cbeebies expansion, however, this rumour has been circulating for a few years now. Just this year, it has been rumoured that it will be relocated to Thorpe Park on the Slammer / Old Town site.

In reality, it is a popular family ride for Alton which always has a queue! Any relocation or removal wouldn't be done lightly or without good reason.

Re: The Future of Sonic Spinball

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:19 am
by TheDuke
Justin wrote:
It is likely that Spinball will be removed for a Cbeebies expansion, however, this rumour has been circulating for a few years now. Just this year, it has been rumoured that it will be relocated to Thorpe Park on the Slammer / Old Town site.

In reality, it is a popular family ride for Alton which always has a queue! Any relocation or removal wouldn't be done lightly or without good reason.


Agreed, I'm just not a fan of the ride and in particular where its placed in the park and I think it looks like a temporary ride.

Re: The Future of Sonic Spinball

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:09 pm
by theparklifekid
Would Spinball even fit in the Slammer site? I personally would rather see a new flat in Slammers spot. I also would be rather surprised if they decided to remove it, considering its often got a big queue and is one of the rides kids get excited for. 

I think they should calm down on Cbeebies for a bit, let the rest of the park sort itself out.

Re: The Future of Sonic Spinball

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:20 pm
by Adz
The ride is a heap of turd operationally, it's throughput is small and it's a maintenance nightmare. It also annoys the locals with noise, is obnoxious in theme and placement and infringes upon a 'protected view' of the towers. 

Every major planning app that references that area has stated the ride will be removed in the short term and the area rezoned to allow for attractions of a lower overall height (5m) so it really isn't expected to last much longer. 

I wouldn't be overly shocked if it vanished this closed season or next. As for what replaces it, I think a CBeebies dark ride is a sensible and needed expansion for that area, it doesn't need to be overly complicated or expensive but nicely done and with a fairly high capacity to keep the queues at bay. 

Re: The Future of Sonic Spinball

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:00 pm
by Bert2theSpark
I'd like to see Spinball removed and replaced with a Cbeebies Land expansion, And with that sized land they could fit a Cbeebies dark ride and/or a Cbeebies water ride or even another show venue. 

Cbeebies Land is a very nice area of Alton Towers and I could see a big expansion either 2019 or 2020 as it feels nice but in terms of rides, It could do with a couple more(Not to say there isn't a lot to do). Obviously with a dark ride, they would have to have it lit up well to prevent children from getting upset of the dark and if a water ride was to be built it shouldn't get children too wet as they may also get upset. But Towers prroved to us they can build a woodie, so anything is possible! 

Re: The Future of Sonic Spinball

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:52 pm
by Robert.W
I'd really like to see a Cbeebies Land dark ride. That would be cool... but there is room behind the Octonauts Rollerocaster for a ride like that and would also avoid having a large showbuilding inside of the park.

Re: The Future of Sonic Spinball

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:36 pm
by Adam.W
I'd rather see it turned into it's own mini area. Maybe only consisting of a flatride or two since space is tight. It would replace the hospitality suite, spinball and the space between Octonauts and spinball. 

Something else which is kind of on topic, but after it's removal I think we'll need to see another moderate ride to fill the age gap between Cbeebies land and the thrill rides. I'd argue that one of the reasons for SW8 being a mostly family ride was to allow for Spinball to be removed without creating a major lack of any rides for this age group. 

Re: The Future of Sonic Spinball

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:33 pm
by bensaund
TBH moving it to Thorpe seems the logical thing, but we need a good sized family ride to replace it, the ride may be pants, but it is very popular.

Re: The Future of Sonic Spinball

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:51 pm
by jackf1tz
Dragons furry is already at Chessington, so moving it to Thorpe doesn't seem logical at all. One of the Lego parks maybe?

Re: The Future of Sonic Spinball

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:08 pm
by Robert.W
jackf1tz wrote:
Dragons furry is already at Chessington, so moving it to Thorpe doesn't seem logical at all. One of the Lego parks maybe?

Good idea! Legoland need some better rides for older children.

Re: The Future of Sonic Spinball

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:11 pm
by Azi889
I personally always really enjoy a ride on the spinball, I agree it gets so busy maybe because of its location and the fact it can be seen both entering and leaving the park so people always run to it, however I don’t think it should go.

I always liked the concepts of the flat rides for dark forest when thirteen was announced however these never came to fruition. I would like to see it kept but maybe changed again in theming and moved elsewhere in the park.

I agree that this could be used for a future expansion of cebeebies and seeing as we now have the hotel this is going nowhere soon so this would be a very possible future development.

I would be sad it if went though as I always find it a highly amusing ride for some reason!