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by AWTSW90
Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:12 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: 2012 Season - Your Verdict
Replies: 35
Views: 16284

Re: 2012 Season - Your Verdict

2012 is the first year I haven't visited Towers since 2006 and I can honestly say I haven't missed it. The prices for me have become unreasonable, however, that's not to say I won't visit again, just less frequently. I have reached a point in which I would prefer to spend my money on theme parks abr...
by AWTSW90
Fri Aug 03, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Ride accidents 2012
Replies: 62
Views: 26318

Ride accidents 2012

Not really a ride accident but as its a fairly local park, a 42 year old lady passed away today while riding Maelstrom at Drayton Manor Park due to cardiac arrest.
by AWTSW90
Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:41 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Nemesis: Sub-Terra Discussion (**contains spoilers**)
Replies: 2065
Views: 230094

Re: Nemesis: Sub-Terra Discussion (May Contain Spoilers)

The deteriorating quality in recent years aside, Hex is a superb example of a madhouse! A large, well themed model with decent effects, the ride impresses alone, the build up just adds to the experience (and adds a lot). If experience is more important than the ride itself, then they will be as well...
by AWTSW90
Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:28 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: SPOILERS - 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra...
Replies: 420
Views: 51463

Re: SPOILERS - 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra...

I don't think it will be a bad ride...perhaps not amazing, but not bad. I think many of the people the press have interviewed on the ride are not able to appreciate the subtleties of themeing and story as well as others, if it's not hundreds of feet high and pulls ridiculous G's, it isn't scary. Tha...
by AWTSW90
Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:49 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: SPOILERS - 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra...
Replies: 420
Views: 51463

Re: SPOILERS - 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra...

The general opinions I'm hearing after staff preview are pretty negative  :cry: However I find that about a few rides I like so all hope is not lost Have they said why opinions are negative, i.e. not scary, not immersive, cheap? I am still holding onto hope but, well, you know, this doesn't he...
by AWTSW90
Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: SPOILERS - 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra...
Replies: 420
Views: 51463

Re: SPOILERS - 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra...

The general opinions I'm hearing after staff preview are pretty negative  :cry:
However I find that about a few rides I like so all hope is not lost
by AWTSW90
Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:56 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: SPOILERS - 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra...
Replies: 420
Views: 51463

Re: SPOILERS - 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra...

I'd quite like some sort of crashing sound and a loud roar coming from underneath the guests as they are at the top of the tower. Something to give the impression that down is the wrong way to go before they inevitably drop and build up some tension. Would also love the lights to flicker in a strobe...
by AWTSW90
Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:57 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: NO SPOILERS - 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra... Part 2
Replies: 2695
Views: 348691

Re: NO SPOILERS - 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra... Part 2

I do wish Alton would pick a style and stick with it occasionally, it seems like it's a whole new brand every year! However of recent marketing, this years is my favourite. Really don't see how it looks in any way cheap, I think it's really quite inventive and the two adverts tie together really well!
by AWTSW90
Sun Mar 18, 2012 5:37 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: SPOILERS - 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra...
Replies: 420
Views: 51463

Re: SPOILERS - 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra...

I am in two minds about the exterior themeing now. While I love the story and it makes perfect sense to me...I understand where Chris is coming from with face value. Not in the Th13teen sense which completely missed the point and thought any random themeing with a similar feel would do the trick, bu...
by AWTSW90
Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:59 am
Forum: TTSP News & Your Views
Topic: New Feature: Alton Towers Year by Year
Replies: 8
Views: 1404

Re: New Feature: Alton Towers Year by Year

Love this feature, had a good read through and learned a few new things which is always good  :D

Just a slight spelling mistake I spotted. In the updated section in 2010 for Sharkbait Reef it says 'Thiteen tank'

Anyway, this is brilliant, I look forward to any updates!
by AWTSW90
Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:26 am
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Speculation
Replies: 5277
Views: 743906

Re: The Smiler - Speculation

The magic won't fully return until there is a decent show with a healthy budget... Struggling to be majorly excited for this, but I welcome it. I'm perhaps not the biggest of coaster fans though, I enjoy them but there's only a couple I've been on that have left me with messy pants  :D However ...
by AWTSW90
Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:06 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The future Of Hex......
Replies: 10
Views: 1917

Re: The future Of Hex......

The future of Hex was actually quite an interesting topic a couple of years ago, was it not originally granted planning permission on a 10 year basis? However I can only presume this has been renewed so Hex should be safe for a while. I can't see there ever being anything too different in there thou...
by AWTSW90
Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:24 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Nemesis Genesis - John Wardley and Candy Holland in the Guardian
Replies: 10
Views: 2536

Re: Nemesis Genesis - John Wardley and Candy Holland in the Guardian

My personal favourite comment I had a great experience on Oblivion a few years - a "rollercoaster connoisseur" had been caught trying to take a video while on the ride. Despite a warning, she still whipped out her camera and started videoing. She was on the front row of the ride, so if she...
by AWTSW90
Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:33 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Park Opening Hours 2012
Replies: 403
Views: 33969

Re: Park Opening Hours 2012

Ah I see, didn't actuallly check the times. Well it could be better, but not worth getting upset about
by AWTSW90
Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:27 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Park Opening Hours 2012
Replies: 403
Views: 33969

Re: Park Opening Hours 2012

Thankfully, the dates I am going to Alton are over Easter and the park is open until 5 but if it were a 4pm finish then I would have fought for a refund. Even so, a 5pm ride close during the Easter hols isn't really on, especially the infamous Easter weekend! I feel sorry for any decent law abiding...
by AWTSW90
Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:10 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: NO SPOILERS - 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra... Part 2
Replies: 2695
Views: 348691

Re: 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra... Part 2

Okay okay AWTSW90, we get it, you worked at Towers ;) I keep seeing these references! Team South IIRC. These uniforms, AFAIK, are going to be in use all the time. Whether or not there are shirts in similar style, I've no idea. Sent from my HTC Desire using Tapatalk Sent from my HTC Desire using Tap...
by AWTSW90
Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:05 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6422
Views: 453826

Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm

Just a general thing but people have wanted a well themed, reliable rollercoaster with a decent story and visual effects. Why is it, when a park gives you that and more, people just find something else to criticise. Totally defeats the point of three years of hard graft from a park to put their all...
by AWTSW90
Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:01 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: NO SPOILERS - 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra... Part 2
Replies: 2695
Views: 348691

Re: 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra... Part 2

That's much more than I was expecting from the uniform, and much closer to what I had hoped for  :D Can not say a bad word about it! I imagine it won't be long until people start 'losing' the hats though  :P It does look rather warm for those poor staff though! When I worked at Towers, I'd...
by AWTSW90
Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Drayton Manor
Replies: 3226
Views: 182852

Re: Drayton Manor 2012 Season

It wasn't bad at all for the brief period it was in full working order. The themeing was above standard for much of the country however could have done with a bit more to fill the blanks and the story was alright. Some parts were clearly done on the cheap, particularly the bits of the previous jungl...
by AWTSW90
Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6422
Views: 453826

Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm

People who care about purely ride time, should not be enthusiasts. I don't consider myself an enthusiast, I am just a casual park-goer who enjoys visiting parks and keeping up with the goings-on. Nevertheless, what a bizarre statement. I wasn't aware there was a rule book on enthusiasm... I have al...
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