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by lewis97
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Galactica - General Discussion
Replies: 1554
Views: 227402

Re: Galactica - General Discussion

The removal of the VR has now been confirmed on Twitter:

Alton Towers Resort wrote:
Based on our guest feedback, we decided to remove this aspect of the ride to make the experience more enjoyable.
by lewis97
Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Galactica - General Discussion
Replies: 1554
Views: 227402

Re: Galactica - General Discussion

Spot the difference: https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/54279058_10157193268263185_9088279999542198272_n.png?_nc_cat=111&_nc_ht=scontent-lhr3-1.xx&oh=93f09bc75e7211d1c5aa9f567a8a090c&oe=5D210057 As just posted on  TowersTimes social media , it appears that the 2019 theme park ...
by lewis97
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 277
Views: 30356

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

Would love to know how this thing came to be, if it only got executive sign off 6 months ago! A fairly huge task to ask of the development team, even if they can draw on a lot of experience from within Merlin. Would fit with the rumoured David Walliams attraction/area not working out, by which poin...
by lewis97
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6313
Views: 369324

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

We seem to have the answer to what the teaser was for: As posted on SouthParks social media , it’s been confirmed that The Luna Cinema will be coming to Thorpe Park during the May Bank Holiday weekend (25th and 26th), with showings of Back to the Future and Bohemian Rhapsody. With doors opening at 7...
by lewis97
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 277
Views: 30356

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

We've now also got a video up on the TTSP YouTube channel featuring some short snippets of a few of the Dungeon's scenes, and some insights from Eddie Saul, Head of Creative Partners at Merlin Entertainments, and Chris Carter, Head of Entertainment and Tech at the Resort.

by lewis97
Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Alton Towers Stargazing Pods - Opening April 12th 2019
Replies: 137
Views: 21624

Re: Alton Towers Stargazing Pods - Opening April 12th 2019

This Tuesday’s special ‘Meet the Maker’ event, to which TowersTimes was invited, also saw a preview of the Resort’s latest accommodation offering – Alton Towers Stargazing Pods. TowersTimes News explores the latest details to be revealed, with photos from within the site itself and inside the Pods. ...
by lewis97
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 277
Views: 30356

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

On Tuesday, TowersTimes was invited to a special ‘Meet the Maker’ event at Alton Towers Resort, to discover some of what lurks within the chambers of The Alton Towers Dungeon ahead of its grand opening on 23rd March. TowersTimes News has a full round-up of what we learned, but traitors be wary, for ...
by lewis97
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Room on the Broom - A Magical Journey
Replies: 10
Views: 299

Re: Room on the Broom - A Magical Journey

Just kinda wish they'd either make some of the tasks work without the staff or have proper performers. Kills the atmosphere a bit having an immersive attraction narrated in rhyme and then just having the staff going 'come on guys' It was being operated in manual mode yesterday, which is why a staff...
by lewis97
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios
Replies: 88
Views: 15342

Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney have today announced the opening dates for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at both Walt Disney World (August 29th) and Disneyland (May 31st). However, the Rise of the Resistance attractions are not due to open with the areas, and are instead being classified as a 'phase two' that will open later in ...
by lewis97
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: The Swarm
Replies: 343
Views: 43570

Re: The Swarm

The Swarm was probably the first theme park development I took some interest in following. It’s an all round solid attraction in terms of both ride experience and theming. While usually not the most intense, I did have something of a grey-out when riding it backwards, which I think is the only time ...
by lewis97
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Merlin General Discussion
Replies: 1384
Views: 66407

Re: Merlin General Discussion

Given that Merlin are reporting notably high growth in the RTP division, which appears to be driven by accommodation, I don’t think the trend of adding new hotels will be changing anytime soon, as it’s delivering desirable results as far as Merlin are concerned. There is a distinction to be made bet...
by lewis97
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Alton Towers Stargazing Pods - Opening April 12th 2019
Replies: 137
Views: 21624

Re: Alton Towers Stargazing Pods - Opening April 12th 2019

I guess this is about as exciting as developments get with these, but a discharge of conditions application  for the Stargazing Pods has given a bit more insight into the entrance feature. It looks to be an archway which takes inspiration from the roofs of the Enchanted Village's Woodland Lodge's, t...
by lewis97
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Heide Park
Replies: 780
Views: 68828

Re: Heide Park

I did think the photos had been enhanced in some way when first seeing them, although rather than CGI I suspect they may be long-exposure photos which has enabled them to capture the entire fireballs and has been what’s made the smoke/mist coming from the mouth and around the eyes look a bit weird.
by lewis97
Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Heide Park
Replies: 780
Views: 68828

Re: Heide Park

As I'm sure many will have seen today, Heide Park have released three photos of the 'giant' theming structure. Obviously they've been framed to show off the broken-track illusion, but it does look as though they've been able to achieve a good effect! https://www.heide-park.de/fileadmin/content/press...
by lewis97
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 277
Views: 30356

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

I would say that the majority of more reasonable-minded people understand the need/reasoning for The Dungeon to be upcharge. However, I think there are frustrations with the fact that this isn’t the sort of attraction the theme park is most in need of at this time, following the removal of several f...
by lewis97
Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Colossus
Replies: 221
Views: 37558

Re: Colossus

Colossus was actually my first inverting coaster. I guess I figured that if I could survive the ride which held the world record at the time, I’d be alright on anything... Nowadays, it’s the coaster at Thorpe which I don’t mind missing out on if the queue is particularly long, given the relatively u...
by lewis97
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Loggers Leap [Retired]
Replies: 54
Views: 7487

Re: Loggers Leap - Officially Retired

I don’t know if anybody has seen, but on the FAQ on Thorpe website with regards to Loggers it states that this area is now part of their long term development plan. Technically any area of the Resort could be considered possible for development in the long term. The fact they can't hint at anything...
by lewis97
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Project 2020
Replies: 257
Views: 42883

Re: Project 2020

Well I mean reportedly DBGT cost up to £31,000,000 overall and the time difference between The Swarm and DBGT is 4 years so if they can make that money in that time then 2016-2020 is just the right time frame to be able to afford something big like a B&M hyper/ giga coaster! Maybe a B&M gig...
by lewis97
Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6313
Views: 369324

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

I did notice today that the page teasing 2019 has been removed from their website, which you would only expect them to do after announcing any additions, if they had anything of note to reveal...
by lewis97
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Legoland Windsor Resort
Topic: The Haunted House Monster Party! - New for 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 5475

Re: The Haunted House Monster Party! - New for 2019

It’s today been confirmed that the attraction will open on Saturday 13th April.