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Re: Alton Towers 40th Anniversary in 2020

Posted: Mon May 07, 2018 9:41 pm
by saw-x-smile
I might be alone on this but I think Alton Towers has a large collection of recognisable characters to use. There’s the ministry of joy and all it’s ‘colourful’ characters, the phalanx and the nemesis creature, galactica and the astronauts, Thirteen and it’s wraiths, wicker man and the beoren and the earl and beggar from Hex. This alone is a worthy line up of characters, who each could have an incredibly well themed and beautiful parade float. They already have well designed costumes for most of these characters since they were used in promotional material or in scaremazes, so that part would be easy to do. Even if they’re not instantly recognisable to all, from colours and theming it wouldn’t take the GP long to figure out what/who they are. Then, that could give Alton towers a standing to do more things with them, making the characters of the rides also become the characters assossiated with the park.

The only problem I could see with this is it being too scary for little kids and adults not caring, but then look at wicker man. Its preshow sits beautifully with everyone. Sure, it’s a little spooky but with the right amount of effects and character design, I think you’d be able to entertain the younger ones. I think a parade about the rides would intrigue people’s interests, especially if you advertise heavily the wicker man parade float, since people will become attached to the wicker man story and probably wish to see more. That’s how I’d assume you’d be able to get adult audiences.

Honestly though, as long as they make outstanding floats that get people talking, it doesn’t matter what’s on them or what’s the age group. If a show is branded by reviewers and people in the know as ‘wow’ then people would see it. If they made an actually worth while show to see, and actually advertised it, I think people would go and see it.

Re: Alton Towers 40th Anniversary in 2020

Posted: Mon May 07, 2018 10:35 pm
by Robert.W
saw-x-smile wrote:
I might be alone on this but I think Alton Towers has a large collection of recognisable characters to use. There’s the ministry of joy and all it’s ‘colourful’ characters, the phalanx and the nemesis creature, galactica and the astronauts, Thirteen and it’s wraiths, wicker man and the beoren and the earl and beggar from Hex. This alone is a worthy line up of characters, who each could have an incredibly well themed and beautiful parade float. They already have well designed costumes for most of these characters since they were used in promotional material or in scaremazes, so that part would be easy to do. Even if they’re not instantly recognisable to all, from colours and theming it wouldn’t take the GP long to figure out what/who they are. Then, that could give Alton towers a standing to do more things with them, making the characters of the rides also become the characters assossiated with the park.

You're quite right there! When you really think about it, they've actually got so much to work with already! Doing a parade based on the park's rides is probably the best way to do it to be honest. 

Me thinking aloud...

Nemesis – float could be based off the Nemesis monster, and Phalanx operatives could walk by the float to guard the monster.
TH13TEEN – float based off of a ruined part of the Towers, surrounded by Wraiths, some walking alongside the float, interacting with guests, some actually on the float itself. 
Hex – float based off of the Chained Oak. Characters from the legend such as the Earl and the Beggar walk along, interacting with guests. 
The Smiler – float based off the Marmalizer. Dr. Kelman would stand at the front of the float. "Smiler Men" and "Smiler Women" would dance alongside the float.
Runaway Mine Train – float themed to mine, with train (bit like the original float). Miner characters could dance alongside the float.
Wicker Man – float based off the wicker man effigy. Beornen characters walk alongside the float interacting with guests and "worshipping" the large wicker man on the float. Fire dancers could also be on the float.

Re: Alton Towers 40th Anniversary in 2020

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 10:46 am
by TheDuke
I think a parade is really unlikely and wouldn't suit the park at all, also as said above theres not really space for it. I see them playing old music on the park and selling merchandise with old designs on them for existing and closed attractions.

Re: Alton Towers 40th Anniversary in 2020

Posted: Mon May 14, 2018 8:15 pm
by ATI
Is it too early for SW9?

Re: Alton Towers 40th Anniversary in 2020

Posted: Mon May 14, 2018 8:18 pm
by Robert.W
I mean, it's only 2 years away, but if they were absolutely desperate to open a major ride for their anniversary, there isn't really anything stopping them I suppose. 

Re: Alton Towers 40th Anniversary in 2020

Posted: Tue May 15, 2018 8:17 am
by DeadJack5
If that was the case, SW9 would have some plans submitted by now. As much I would like another new coaster, I can't really see anywhere big enough to have one. And besides, we have some new ride called "Wicker Man" ;)

Personally I think if they were to celebrate their 40th birthday, it would involve some birthday theming on Towers Street, maybe some event style to celebrate it but I don't really know how likely we are to see anything.

Re: Alton Towers 40th Anniversary in 2020

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 10:00 am
by saw-x-smile
I think the thing we are most likely to see are the decorations Jack was talking about and some new merchandise celebrating every ride that has been at Alton - probably mainly pins.

Re: Alton Towers 40th Anniversary in 2020

Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 12:58 pm
by Zach
So just doing some research, and to give this topic some foundations to build realistic expectations on, I have found details of what Alton Towers did for there 30th Anniversary. 

“Alton Towers is celebrating its 30th anniversary on May 23, 2010 with a 1980s-themed concert - and will let guests in for free in exchange for cassette tapes from the era“

Artists included: 
  • Kim Wilde 
  • Rick Astley
  • Bananarama 
  • Midge ure 
  • Curiosity killed the cat 

Now don’t worry if you don’t recognise the bands or too young to know who they are but all I can say is that this suggests Alton Towers could do something similar or at least same scale after all life begins at 40 right ;) 

Re: Alton Towers 40th Anniversary in 2020

Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 2:07 pm
by Robert.W
So.... we could get another 80s themed concert... fingers crossed they at least want to do something a bit more imaginative than that. They could invest in something more long term.... like some new rides :P

Re: Alton Towers 40th Anniversary in 2020

Posted: Sat May 26, 2018 9:48 pm
by saw-x-smile
Alton towers is never gonna give up the 80s. 

That said, an 80s concert is actually really smart. I rather like it but I can't see them doing it again. They can't do the same thing twice, but it was smart the first time. A concert does make the most sense, but I can't imagine any kids these days having cassettes haha. I do agree though that there's no way that they can do a parade. Shows seem to not go the best. I honestly can't think of anything they would be able to do. Except...
Maybe they might hire the IPs of classic 80s films for the scaremazes? They seem to want to honour the 80s, and scaremazes are one of the core elements of Alton Towers. 

Re: Alton Towers 40th Anniversary in 2020

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:59 pm
by Coaster Clan
Possibly N-ST reopening, Seeing as there has been a tent seen there this year maybe work has gone in refurbishing it, or it might be having some TLC. But that's just my thoughts.

Re: Alton Towers 40th Anniversary in 2020

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:52 pm
by Dan
Coaster Clan wrote:
Possibly N-ST reopening, Seeing as there has been a tent seen there this year maybe work has gone in refurbishing it, or it might be having some TLC. But that's just my thoughts.


The activity around Nemesis: Sub-Terra is related to Project 42, the new maze for this years Scarefest that is utilising the Sub-Terra building and queue line.