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by James
Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:43 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: What's The Smiler like?
Replies: 45
Views: 9072

Re: What's The Smiler like?

I must say Saw put me off vertical lifts too. Having not experienced them previously to The Smiler they did not look comfortable at all. But The Smiler's vertical lift didn't bother me at all. Far comfier than I thought!
by James
Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:26 pm
Forum: TTSP News & Your Views
Topic: TowersTimes V3
Replies: 198
Views: 43126

Re: TowersTimes V3

Calling it a 'mess', a site that a 'thirteen year old would create' and 'dire' is offensive and unnecessary. We are very much open to feedback, appreciate you taking the time to give your input, but comments like that are not constructive and motivational to anyone involved. I wouldn't say my comme...
by James
Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: What will happen to the Squirrel Nutty Golf Hole?
Replies: 16
Views: 3244

Re: What will happen to the Squirrel Nutty Golf Hole?

It's a shame they do not re-theme the old holes. I haven't visited the golf course for years as they do nothing to it to keep it fresh. It really needs a good shake up and fixing all the way through. The last time I went speakers were broken, theming damaged, ponds looking filthy, water fountains no...
by James
Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:09 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers - Quick Questions
Replies: 1214
Views: 125253

Re: Quick Questions

Last year on the John Lewis day all rides were open and there were entertainments staff exclusive to the John Lewis day on park. I would assume it will be the same this year!
by James
Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:30 pm
Forum: TTSP News & Your Views
Topic: TowersTimes V3
Replies: 198
Views: 43126

Re: TowersTimes V3

To be brutally honest. The new site design, particularly the homepage, looks a bit of a mess. While the design is simple (simplicity is the way to go these days) there seems to be far too much text all over the place which makes pages feel far too busy. For me this new design seems a bit of a step b...
by James
Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:15 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Future of Ice Age 4D
Replies: 13
Views: 2111

Re: The Future of Ice Age 4D

Yeah that's what I meant. The film you see at Alton Towers is not original. It is just a selection of clips from the actual films anyone can see. The money for Ice Age was nothing to do with The Smiler. They are treated completely separately. Obviously though Alton Towers were not given enough money...
by James
Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:40 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Future of Ice Age 4D
Replies: 13
Views: 2111

Re: The Future of Ice Age 4D

I was personally hoping for a custom film when I went. You know, just a little short film that's unique to Towers and cannot be seen anywhere else.
by James
Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:39 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: CBeebies Land
Replies: 572
Views: 79334

Re: CBeebies Land 2014 - General Discussion

ThrillJunkie wrote:
I thought Longleat Safari Park still had the rights for Postman Pat?

https://www.longleat.co.uk/postman-pat-village


As far as I'm aware their contract doesn't state it can only be exclusive to them. So elsewhere, Towers for example, can use the IP. :)
by James
Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:07 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers - Quick Questions
Replies: 1214
Views: 125253

Re: Quick Questions

The Woodland Walk takes roughly 10-15 minutes to walk through. You can go from the theme park to the hotels anytime via the woodland walk. All you need to do is press the buzzer at the gates (there's football ground type barriers at the theme park side of the woodland walk) and you will be let throu...
by James
Thu Jan 09, 2014 6:24 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Music and Videos
Replies: 1464
Views: 268207

Re: Park Music and Videos

I've been on the huntout for The Smiler music too although no luck sadly.

Alton Towers have cut down on music getting 'out there' so it's unlikely we'll ever get hold of the music.
by James
Sun Nov 10, 2013 3:29 pm
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 Editor for Mac
Replies: 6
Views: 768

Re: Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 Editor for Mac

Have a search on YouTube. There are many tutorials on YouTube (and written ones on other sites if you do a Google search) - tutorials are your friend. They have saved me a lot of stress and hair pulling in the past. :P
by James
Sun Nov 10, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: The Smiler
Replies: 156
Views: 55095

Re: The Smiler

After riding The Smiler for the first time at the end of October, here's my review (copy and pasted from TowersStreet). The Negatives... Support Shaking We all know that supports on roller coasters move. Although seeing The Smiler in person I was rather concerned about just how violently some suppor...
by James
Sun Nov 10, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 512288

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

It's sounded quite fine for a while now. Although there seems to be one 'uncomfortable' train that people suffer some bashing on.

The wheel nose I would assume is just new wheels on the track, since it's been running for months now the wheels have worn in  the track and it's pretty settled. :)
by James
Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:18 pm
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 Editor for Mac
Replies: 6
Views: 768

Re: Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 Editor for Mac

I use Elements 11 for editing and it's a really good program. Having been a Photoshop user for years the program on a whole is quite tired now and isn't quite as good as the older versions. But that's just something people who have been using Photoshop for years will notice (and it's nitpicking if a...
by James
Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:12 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Fastrack 2013
Replies: 64
Views: 10528

Re: Fastrack 2013

Fastrack isn't quite queue jumping though is it. You have these tier systems in all walks of life now. Take air travel for example, priority seating, fast check-in, luxury service... Tier systems have existed since the dawn of time, society in Britain has always been like this. It's not really a new...
by James
Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:43 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Alton Towers Resort Future - General Discussion
Replies: 921
Views: 169936

Re: 2014-2019: Possible Developments?

Eh? I've done no 'shooting down'. Merely sharing my views/things I've heard.  :roll:
by James
Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:07 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Alton Towers Resort Future - General Discussion
Replies: 921
Views: 169936

Re: 2014-2019: Possible Developments?

I did say "I would assume". ;) I have seen no concepts. I would guess they are currently locked up inside a set of office draws at Alton Towers!
by James
Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:05 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Attractions Questions Topic
Replies: 24
Views: 3070

Re: The Attractions Questions Topic

Here's the general chest size restrictions for the major rides: Nemesis: 52in Air: 50in Oblivion: 52in Th13teen: 50in Rita: 50in Sonic Spinball: 50in (I'd personally say it's more 48" though due to how tight the restraint is pushed down) Those are rough guidelines though and it can vary a lot w...
by James
Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:31 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Alton Towers Resort Future - General Discussion
Replies: 921
Views: 169936

Re: 2014-2019: Possible Developments?

I've heard the same rumours too (on the 'grape vine', if you like). In terms of 'the good old days' I think 2014 is anticipated to be on the level of the original Storybook Land, the way the Farmyard used to be and even the way Toyland Tours was once upon a time. Although saying that I would still r...
by James
Fri May 24, 2013 9:28 am
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1739613

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

The station is looking very dirty already, was a big misstate using concrete That could well be how they want it to look... And anyway, I don't think the main focus of the ride is the station hence why it's so bland, they want attention to be drawn to The Marmaliser and track. Yeah, the original pl...