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by xylyx
Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 249150

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Further to Cap'n Barnacle's post above, I was on park yesterday and got similar photos, however there is also this:

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Which clearly shows the themeing object is going to be a horned wicker duck. 
by xylyx
Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 249150

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Yeah I noticed that last time I was there, I'm intrigued by how it flips that banking in the sound tunnel, you're going to be wobbling and accelerating, if they make the tunnel dark it would be very disorienting before being shot out into the light and face to face with whatever the themeing element...
by xylyx
Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 249150

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

The text on the teaser looks like a bonfire at night so i would say it definitely feels like fire's involved.
by xylyx
Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 249150

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

I waa on park today and grabbed some pics though all prettu similar to what's been posted already. I did manage to grab a close up of the wire mesh thats on the theming structure http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y173/xylyx/20170804_140453.jpg And marvelled (without pics) at the banking thats going o...
by xylyx
Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6767
Views: 1031732

Re: SW8 Speculation and Discussion

They may be thinking in terms of keeping the noise down to a minimum. A partial launch just to get you over the gradient change would be easier to contain,noise wise, than a full launch. That change in gradient really intrigues me has there been another coaster that changes like this on the lift hill?
by xylyx
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6767
Views: 1031732

Re: SW8 Speculation and Discussion

The wording of ground breaking does seem very carefully chosen to me too, but I've speculated on this myself earlier in the thread. I'm most intrigued by the loft hill, watching it to get assembled, even just as bents, is intriguing and does make me ponder about the potential of the magnetic lift sy...
by xylyx
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 249150

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

I love that the excitement is starting to filter through as the construction gathers pace. These updates are great to see
by xylyx
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 249150

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

This is getting so intriguing, giving the public viewing windows, and obviously being in the path of the skyrid, was such good idea. I love how speedily things are moving.
by xylyx
Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2812
Views: 390354

Re: Alton Towers - General Discussion

Sawboss wrote:
Sometimes I think EVERY single comment on the internet is a troll post...


I always start with that assumption and it's up to the poster to show me otherwise.
by xylyx
Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 249150

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

That looks about right and it's oriented correctly hmmmm that trench was massive so it's something hefty. I wonder if we'll pass through the legs of it on the way around......
by xylyx
Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 249150

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

This was my view over the site yesterday I was intrigued to see they'd filled the hole that was shown on TPWW's construction update as that's a hefty foundation, but for what?

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by xylyx
Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: CBeebies Land Hotel
Replies: 125
Views: 31501

Re: CBeebies Land Hotel - 2017

That is a lot of Bing, I can tolerate the show, but only because it's Mark Rylance doing the voice of Flop and that man could make reciting the phone book interesting.....cant imagine he'll be making an appearance.
by xylyx
Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Theme Park Seat Restrictions
Replies: 7
Views: 2937

Re: Theme Park Seat Restrictions

I know this thread is a couple of weeks old but I thought I'd throw my 2 pence worth in. My Chest size is 51 inches stomach is 53" stood up, I've never had any problem with any of the rides at AT due to my chest size and I was bigger the last time I went. The only ride that I've ever had to be ...
by xylyx
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6767
Views: 1031732

Re: SW8 Speculation and Discussion

Tis strange I got that little kick of excitement when the new image popped up. However I do suspect that it's just showing that the ride will be a Woodie. They have reused ground breaking which could just be being cost effective so they didn't have to rethink the sign. However it could be significan...
by xylyx
Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6767
Views: 1031732

Re: SW8 Speculation and Discussion

Due to the size of that excavation and all the work that is needed to uproot the flume in the more sensitive woodland areas I suspect a bulk of that will indeed be due to the groundwork rather than the ride exclusively. However that is a nice big chunk of money, hopefully enough will go to the ride ...
by xylyx
Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 1019
Views: 180206

Re: Towers Loving Care

A sheep in a bikini , Hehe compared to some of the things our European brothers and sisters have in their parks that's nothing. Kids won't care, if they even notice they'll just find it funny.
by xylyx
Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6767
Views: 1031732

Re: SW8

I'm still excited for SW8, I'm hoping for a nippy little devil that interacts with the lay of the land and that will scratch an itch that rarely gets dealt with. I don't even need a secret element just a solid ride with some nifty themeing. The excitement is definitely less palpable this time around...
by xylyx
Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6767
Views: 1031732

Re: SW8

I figured it would require some depth but I guess they had to work with the ground, as it was a man made 'lake' it could have been ropey for the foundations. Then again there could be a heap of stuff under the station buildings etc.....
by xylyx
Sun Jan 29, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6767
Views: 1031732

Re: SW8

It could just be the angle that the photo was taken at but that's quite an excavation, they're busy bees down at Alton. Though I suppose the milder weather helps.
by xylyx
Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 509848

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Gotta agree with Owen here, I would prefer they sort the misalignment and vibration issue than replace them with screens. The indoor queue was bizarre and unusual when it was working properly. If they can find a way to get that back they'll be on to a winner with this monkey. :)
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