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by lewis97
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Howl-o-ween
Replies: 63
Views: 13711

Re: Howl-o-ween

As posted on SouthParks social media , Chessington have begun advertising audition dates for Howl’o’Ween 2019 . The role description seemingly reveals that a new scare attraction, Spyders, will join this year’s line-up. It also suggests that Creepy Caves: Unearthed will be back for a third year, whi...
by lewis97
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Gardaland
Replies: 794
Views: 47696

Re: Gardaland

Gardaland have today announced that they will open a LEGOLAND Waterpark in 2020. Could this be the start of the integration of LEGO into attractions outside of the LEGOLAND theme parks and Discovery Centres following the recent takeover of Merlin? https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D-77QNmXYAA3CgX.jpg:lar...
by lewis97
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Linnanmäki
Replies: 2
Views: 1780

Re: Linnanmäki

On-ride POVs for Taiga have begun to emerge - it certainly seems to step things up after the second launch!

by lewis97
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1065
Views: 92347

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Full daytime on-ride POV for anyone who's interested...

by lewis97
Tue May 14, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Project 2020
Replies: 271
Views: 50497

Re: Project 2020

I do believe at least part of the reason why we haven't seen any hints of a major new development from Thorpe yet, is due to the fact that a decision is still yet to be made on their permitted development rights application. My understanding is that this is due to an ongoing dispute with the develop...
by lewis97
Fri May 10, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 308
Views: 36633

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

Leek Signs have posted some photos of new posters which have been added to the exterior black walls. Also, if you look closely, it appears that the permanent fire torches have now been installed on the entrance facade - I'm not sure how recent a development that is. https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn...
by lewis97
Sun May 05, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom
Replies: 142
Views: 16251

Re: Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom

It appears supports have started to be installed for WDW's TRON coaster, as shown in these photos from bioreconstruct.

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by lewis97
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Merlin General Discussion - New Owners agreed in £4.8bn deal
Replies: 1433
Views: 75385

Re: Merlin General Discussion

Interesting that they've created new positions of Development Director at both Resort and Midway divisions. Although given the last company update saying they were considering Midway themed hotels, could Development Director really mean Hotel Creation Director? Wait... did it? I thought that was ju...
by lewis97
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Canada's Wonderland
Replies: 9
Views: 2922

Re: Canada's Wonderland

Canada's Wonderland recently released an official POV for Yukon Striker - seems to be about what you'd expect from a modern B&M dive coaster: J1_4GKVlIfA The ride's somewhat 'extra' baggage system did catch my eye though, with loose articles getting to go on their own ride whilst guests are on t...
by lewis97
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Future Plans for the Towers themselves
Replies: 35
Views: 6895

Re: Future Plans for the Towers themselves

As posted on TowersTimes News this evening, Alton Towers have submitted a planning application to complete the restoration of the window in the Banqueting Hall. The project was originally approved back in 2010, but unfortunately the company Towers employed to complete the work appeared to encounter ...
by lewis97
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Disneyland Resort
Replies: 79
Views: 14287

Re: Disneyland Resort

It's today been announced that Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway will also be added in the Mickey's Toontown area of Disneyland in 2022 , with the first installation of this attraction due to open at WDW's Hollywood Studios next year. https://cdn1.parksmedia.wdprapps.disney.com/media/blog/wp-con...
by lewis97
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1065
Views: 92347

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Universal have now completed their week of creature reveals : Tuesday provided a look at the Cornish Pixies , which have been teased from the initial stages of marketing, a lot of which are due to be seen around the Ford Anglia (which from aerial photos looks to be positioned on a rocky outcrop near...
by lewis97
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Heide Park
Replies: 785
Views: 72559

Re: Heide Park

Ahead of tomorrow's opening, Heide Park have also released a video on Facebook which summarises the backstory of Colossos. The silhouette style is somewhat similar to Wicker Man's pre-show video, so I do wonder if this is Colossos' equivalent.
by lewis97
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Merlin General Discussion - New Owners agreed in £4.8bn deal
Replies: 1433
Views: 75385

Re: Merlin General Discussion

Merlin Entertainments have today launched a shiny new website.
by lewis97
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Heide Park
Replies: 785
Views: 72559

Re: Heide Park

Heide Park have today released the TV commercial for Colossos, and confirmed that the ride will open this Friday (19th April).

by lewis97
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1065
Views: 92347

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Universal revealed a first look at the Fluffy animatronic yesterday, with more of the creatures that will be encountered in Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure to be revealed this week. As well as the photos below, Inside Universal posted a short video of it in action. https://blog.univer...
by lewis97
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Galactica - General Discussion
Replies: 1559
Views: 237619

Re: Galactica - General Discussion

As posted on TowersTimes social media , Alton Towers have updated Galactica's page on their website with a new visual (although it looks to be made from components of the original one) and an updated 'backstory: Blast through an advanced launch portal to a dimension beyond your imagination. Soar, sp...
by lewis97
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2789
Views: 373800

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Alton Towers have revealed their 2019 TV advert this evening, with the focus being the 'power of the towers':



It does appear that they've adopted a new style when compared to the adverts of recent years, but I quite like the new look.
by lewis97
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Staff and Recruitment
Replies: 156
Views: 43992

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Staff and Recruitment

Merlin are now looking to recruit a new Divisional Director for Alton Towers, with Ian Crabbe moving on to elsewhere within the group.
by lewis97
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: CBeebies Land
Replies: 572
Views: 75271

Re: CBeebies Land

A selection of photos of Peter Rabbit Hippity Hop have been posted on TowersTimes Facebook : https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/54514488_10157208969328185_7880083850678763520_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_ht=scontent-lhr3-1.xx&oh=bd160b24b45e74c1335e17c93ab6a403&oe=5D07D539 https://sc...