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Enchanted Village Expansion 2018 - 2021

Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:31 pm

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The enchanted village is planned to be expanded with 35 new lodges (squalling 70 new rooms) a new check in area and restaurants (assumed) in 3 phases between 2018 and 2021.

Phase 2.1

26 lodges additional installed presumably for 2019. (As seen in the below post).

Phase 2.2

A large open sided Tipi entertainment area is to be added along with a "services" building which I assume will feature a second restaurant. Construction starting in 2020 (as seen in the below post).

Phase 2.3

Last 9 lodges added and a new reception. Planned to begin construction for 2021 (as seen in the below post).


Here are the plans both with and without the phases outlined.

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The expansion appears to be on the field opposite the existing site. Thanks to Lewis for accurate time scaling.

Is this a good idea?

Discuss!
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Re: Enchanted Village Expansion 2018 - 2021

Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:35 pm

Phase 2.1 opens in March 2019, with Phase 2.2 construction starting in 2020 and construction on Phase 2.3 in 2021.

TowersTimes News will have a full round-up of details and plans later today :)
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Re: Enchanted Village Expansion 2018 - 2021

Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:03 pm

I really liked the enchanted village so I am glad to see it expanding. Good job they are putting in another restaurant too because the crooked spoon can get rather busy in the evening.

Is it weird that I was more excited at the fact I could see the lodge that I stayed in on the plans? :lol
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Re: Enchanted Village Expansion 2018 - 2021

Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:07 pm

I think the expansion can only be a positive at this time, it shows Merlin have confidence that the Resort will recover and expand.


Does this replace the hotel plans submitted in the summer, or is it in addition?
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Re: Enchanted Village Expansion 2018 - 2021

Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:29 pm

Liam.W wrote:
I really liked the enchanted village so I am glad to see it expanding. Good job they are putting in another restaurant too because the crooked spoon can get rather busy in the evening.

There isn't another restaurant, it just appears to be a bar facing a new courtyard area which will likely serve drinks and snacks. However, the Crooked Spoon is due to receive an extension, and expand into the current reception area once the new reception building is constructed as part of Phase 2.3.

MakoMania wrote:
Does this replace the hotel plans submitted in the summer, or is it in addittion?

This is in addition. Construction on the ATH Extension is due to start this May. Construction of Phase 2.1 of this expansion won't get underway until June 2018.
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Re: Enchanted Village Expansion 2018 - 2021

Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:40 pm

lewis97 wrote:
Liam.W wrote:
I really liked the enchanted village so I am glad to see it expanding. Good job they are putting in another restaurant too because the crooked spoon can get rather busy in the evening.

There isn't another restaurant, it just appears to be a bar facing a new courtyard area which will likely serve drinks and snacks. However, the Crooked Spoon is due to receive an extension, and expand into the current reception area once the new reception building is constructed as part of Phase 2.3.


Oh right thanks for clearing that up. I thought there was going to be another restaurant!
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Re: Enchanted Village Expansion 2018 - 2021

Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:22 pm

Here is the article Lewis was referring to earlier. :)
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Re: Enchanted Village Expansion 2018 - 2021

Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:39 am

I think this is a great idea and really shows a growing future for the resort and over night stays. The demand must be there which is positive and can only mean more brightness. \:D/

My only concern is with this expansion of accomadation the resort really are going to have to expand/improve on the current offerings of the evening entertainments and activities, as for adults post 8pm the amount of entertianment is largely lacking at the current moment. Whilst I know the resort is family based we all know adult groups do go for weekends. So perhaps something like an adults entertainment bar would be a good idea, with comedy acts, karaoke, pool tables and a bar with a relaxed chilled vibe to it. What do people think ? :drunk: :-k
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Re: Enchanted Village Expansion 2018 - 2021

Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:12 am

TheSmilerMan wrote:
I think this is a great idea and really shows a growing future for the resort and over night stays. The demand must be there which is positive and can only mean more brightness. \:D/

My only concern is with this expansion of accomadation the resort really are going to have to expand/improve on the current offerings of the evening entertainments and activities, as for adults post 8pm the amount of entertianment is largely lacking at the current moment. Whilst I know the resort is family based we all know adult groups do go for weekends. So perhaps something like an adults entertainment bar would be a good idea, with comedy acts, karaoke, pool tables and a bar with a relaxed chilled vibe to it. What do people think ? :drunk: :-k


Whilst I see the appeal, I fail to see the point. The resort is supposed to be a special escape, you can have a go on pool tables etc anywhere really. I don't think that the number of adults visiting without younger individuals in the party warrants something like this. It is clear from watching Merlin's investor calls that they want to position and develop their theme park resorts in this way:

Day activity: theme park/waterpark

Evening activity: second gate attractions e.g-Tree Top Quest, Extraordinary Golf as well as a restaurant meal.

Heading in Merlin's strategic direction, I can't see a huge increase in "on stage" entertainment at the hotels. Having said that, the Enchanted Village is getting a new ents area so who knows :)
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Re: Enchanted Village Expansion 2018 - 2021

Sat Apr 16, 2016 4:00 pm

The plans for the Enchanted Village expansion has been approved, with phase 1 construction starting June 2018!

Article over on TowersStreet can be found here
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Re: Enchanted Village Expansion 2018 - 2021

Sat Apr 16, 2016 5:43 pm

Liam.W wrote:
The plans for the Enchanted Village expansion has been approved, with phase 1 construction starting June 2018!

Article over on TowersStreet can be found here


TTSP are also covering this, here is a Facebook post that links to their article which was posted earlier today.
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Sun Apr 17, 2016 12:30 pm

A welcomed expansion to the park!
The Enchanted Village is my favourite place to stay within the resort and would recommend anyone giving it a go on their next visit!
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Re: Enchanted Village Expansion 2018 - 2021

Sun Apr 17, 2016 12:41 pm

Never stayed in Enchanted Village. Are the lodges warm enough Scarefest time of year?
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Re: Enchanted Village Expansion 2018 - 2021

Sun Apr 17, 2016 12:56 pm

The lodges are warm enough over Scarefest. I've stayed with 4 other adults in one and they have been warm, however I have also stayed on my own for an extra night and it was still warm enough!

We stayed in one last weekend and it was fine. Give them a go!
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Re: Enchanted Village Expansion 2018 - 2021

Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:21 pm

The presentation from Merlin's Trading & Strategy Update held earlier today makes reference to "Alton Towers Barrels", so this could suggest some changes to the approved Enchanted Village expansion plans as they only detailed additional lodges.
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Re: Enchanted Village Expansion 2018 - 2021

Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:29 pm

I wonder if this indicates that some of the new lodges in the expansion might follow the designs of some of the original concept art? The lodges in these styles could be referred to as "Barrels" rather than "Lodges" perhaps?
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Re: Enchanted Village Expansion 2018 - 2021

Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:35 pm

The Resort have submitted an application for "the installation of lighting at the perimeters of the Car Park J" (the car park directly north of the Enchanted Village). The documents do refer to the Enchanted Village phase 2 expansion as one of the reasons for the lighting's installation, which again suggests that the Resort still intend to pursue that development. There is no indication of whether this will follow the original schedule though, which had construction starting this June.

Additionally, the ecology letter refers to a 2017 ecological appraisal carried out for "Alton Towers Barrels: Development Phase 2", suggesting that (in line with what was on the Merlin presentation referred to in an above post) there may be some material changes to what the expansion will consist of.
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