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by Tom170499
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3171
Views: 558857

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

LbranchieAnya wrote:
At the park today, has anyone noticed a loud banging sound as the smiler climbs it’s vertical lift before? Wondering if it’s a new problem or just something I haven’t noticed before.


I noticed this over the weekend. It wasn’t doing it for every train but it was for most. It was a very loud bang too
by Tom170499
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2893
Views: 452703

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

There’s also been signage hinting that the closure of N:ST was a temporary measure but look what happened there 8-[
by Tom170499
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The World of David Walliams - *Delayed until 2021*
Replies: 251
Views: 61064

Re: Cloud Cuckoo Land Replacement

I may be looking too far into it but could the upside down arrows on the Towers box be a reference to Hex? 
by Tom170499
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Future of Spinball Whizzer and Adventure Land
Replies: 134
Views: 35658

Re: The Future of Spinball Whizzer and Adventure Land

Going off the sub area idea, Spinball could be easily placed down near Galactica on the car park and themed to something like asteroids. could even be dug down with a few tunnels. I’ve always thought the few bits of track leading to and from the vertical hairpin turn would be great as a tunnel with ...
by Tom170499
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3171
Views: 558857

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Staff handled it perfectly too. They kept us updated, handed out water, and when they started evacing the ride, they told us over the PA that we could all go to Oblivion (at about 18:35) for our last ride as they had kept it open for us. These things happen, nobody was injured and staff did exactly ...
by Tom170499
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3171
Views: 558857

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Very disappointing to read about the smilers issues today. Can anybody shed any light as to why 2 carriages were on the lift hill at the same time? They weren’t. I joined the queue as Lift 2 stopped. There was another train on section 1 that stopped as normal at the block breaks before lift 2 due t...
by Tom170499
Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2893
Views: 452703

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I thought of STRONG straight away. They seem to be becoming a little bit predictable if that is the case...
by Tom170499
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 96
Views: 19618

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - Quick Questions

Swarm Chris wrote:
Tom170499 wrote:
I’m not sure if this has already been asked, but is there MAP discount on the Coke Freestyle cups? 

There sure is. I can't remember exactly the price of the cup (although off the top of my head it's about £2 cheaper than standard), then refills are £4 (£6 without MAP) per visit.


Thanks Chris! :)
by Tom170499
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 96
Views: 19618

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - Quick Questions

I’m not sure if this has already been asked, but is there MAP discount on the Coke Freestyle cups? 
by Tom170499
Tue May 21, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Rate the Rollercoasters [2019]
Replies: 11
Views: 1806

Re: Rate the Rollercoasters [2019]

1 The Smiler 
2 Wicker Man 
3 Air 
4 Oblivion
5 Nemesis 
6 Rita 
7 Spinball
8 Th13teen 
9 RMT
by Tom170499
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Nemesis - General Discussion
Replies: 162
Views: 36848

Re: Nemesis - General Discussion

I find quite the opposite really. I had the smoothest ride I’ve ever had on nemesis yesterday, even in the cold wind and rain. Don’t forget, roughness also has a lot to do with how you sit on a coaster, not just where you sit. I find that if you relax and aren’t tense, the ride will be more enjoyable.
by Tom170499
Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2893
Views: 452703

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Wayne Burton confirmed on Facebook that it’s awaiting a part from HUSS and the park themselves confirmed that they hope to have it sorted and reopened by June.
by Tom170499
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2893
Views: 452703

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Here in Leeds, the Easter holidays finished today and kids were back. They’re having a long weekend over Easter instead.
by Tom170499
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3171
Views: 558857

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

I love The Smiler’s soundtrack and I also noticed the quieter Lift 1 SFX earlier this week. I would love the whole ride area to return to 2013 levels of volume and to have the reference to correction return but I feel it’s unlikely. However, it’s nice to see all the effects working again, the mist s...
by Tom170499
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort Merchandise
Replies: 329
Views: 67629

Re: Alton Towers Resort Merchandise

It’s my first season as a MAP holder and I was never one for pin badges, but I found myself purchasing the generic Alton Towers 2019 badge and The Smiler (with it being my favourite ride) and I feel that’s enough for my lanyard. I couldn’t be one of those people who have a full lanyard of them as th...
by Tom170499
Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2893
Views: 452703

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Yet more disappointment. There’s nothing else really to say, just more and more reasons for me to doubt buying a MAP this year.
by Tom170499
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon
Replies: 315
Views: 50553

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

I get the feeling management now consider people as walking wallets, rather than guests. I’ve felt like this for many years now. It’s very obvious that guest satisfaction is a very low priority. How can it be justified that the Alton Towers Premium Season Pass include free entry to the Dungeon yet ...
by Tom170499
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Oblivion - General Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 30666

Re: Oblivion - General Discussion

One thing I’ve never understood is the re-Ride policy at AT. TP allow it so it would be good to see consistency across the Merlin parks with a definitive yes or no. Re-rides on a quiet day for Oblivion would improve the ride experince drastically, not that it’s a bad ride, just as others have said, ...
by Tom170499
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6772
Views: 1152898

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

I’ve noticed that the member of staff on batching always seems to be rude. Whether in character or not, there’s no need for it. To be honest, I don’t see the point if batching anyway, many parks around the world manage without it just fine. It’s just a waste of money to have a staff member there. 
by Tom170499
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest - General Discussion
Replies: 2561
Views: 361318

Re: Scarefest - General Discussion

Stan.H wrote:
I had at least 2 actors single me out in The Welcoming for wearing glasses haha :lol

That happened to me too! Then I turned the corner to find an actor with braces and ear piercings... 
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