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by streetmagix
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Duel - General Discussion
Replies: 17
Views: 4093

Re: Duel - General Discussion

The ride system is fine, it's been super reliable since forever and the company who made it are still in business so no issues with support or spare parts. I do agree the scenery needs updating, a Version 2 as such. Same idea, just using modern technology. Similar to Gruffalo at Chessington but with...
by streetmagix
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 505763

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Definitely a smart move reintroducing Single Rider. Made no sense to remove it in the first place. Makes me wonder what else (if anything) they might reintroduce it to. At a guess: Thirteen. The B&Ms don't really need it, RITA would be nice but if I remember correctly that was removed before th...
by streetmagix
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: The Merlin Annual Pass
Replies: 2740
Views: 316460

Re: The Merlin Annual Pass

It's flown slightly under the radar but the renewal sale has now started:  https://www.merlinannualpass.co.uk/compare-passes/renewal-passes?utm_source=google&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=jan_renewals_2019 Seems weird to run 2 different sales at 2 different times, one for new and one for re...
by streetmagix
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6761
Views: 1019433

Re: Wicker Man - General Discussion

They used the template from the Thorpe videos but they didn't pull it off as well. Still, it's good to see a little bit behind the scenes and also to reassure people that they take ride safety seriously. They were pretty vague about the work going on with Big Bob though, I hope that's covered in a f...
by streetmagix
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetups
Topic: Events Calendar 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 3374

Re: Events Calendar 2019

Did you find a copy of my shift pattern or something? All of them fall on my free weekends so I should be able to attend all of them!
by streetmagix
Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Liseberg
Replies: 197
Views: 27880

Re: Liseberg

According to their website Balder is open but Helix isn't (https://www.liseberg.com/rides-attractions/). I'm not surprised really, I've ridden Blue Fire during the Europa winter season (~5c-7c) and it CRAWLED around the track. Honestly it was so close to rolling back or stalling around the layout I'...
by streetmagix
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3080
Views: 188762

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The second launch acts as a block brake, if the computer thinks the next section isn't clear then it'll stop the train there. Despite being short the second launch straight can accelerate the train fast enough to clear the second half of the circuit. All double launch coasters have this feature, it'...
by streetmagix
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Merlin General Discussion - New Owners agreed in £4.8bn deal
Replies: 1434
Views: 79079

Re: Merlin General Discussion

My educated guess is that shareholders have lost (or are losing trust) in Merlin Management. On paper they seem to be doing pretty well but, really, they aren't. Visits to all the theme parks (apart from Legoland I understand) are down when they should have recovered. Midways aren't doing that well ...
by streetmagix
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Drayton Manor
Replies: 3222
Views: 168270

Re: Drayton Manor

It only ever had 1 train, it just had space/blocking for 2. It's a real shame assuming it's true, not the best coaster in the world but pretty fun and unique. Drayton are plainly struggling despite Thomas Land. Hopefully the rapids can be reopened next year although I'm not holding my breath.
by streetmagix
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: The Swarm
Replies: 352
Views: 48068

Re: The Swarm

Swarm Chris wrote:
Bag drop is no more. :(

Was it on one train operation? They generally don't open bag drop on one train operation.
by streetmagix
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Project 2020
Replies: 271
Views: 53654

Re: Project 2020

Spotted this by the shed on the exit of Nemesis Inferno today, like a flash Thorpe responded to it https://twitter.com/SimonStirrat/status/1035973992144953345 (It says '27?' in black spraypaint, '0?' overlapping in yellow spray paint for those unable to read it) I'm 33/33/34 that it's Thorpe teasing...
by streetmagix
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: London Entertainment Resort
Topic: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 435
Views: 96616

Re: London Entertainment Resort - General Discussion

I do. Yes it has taken a long time to plan out, but let’s just think.. this isn’t just a theme park, it’s a resort.. the park, hotels, shops, parking, transportation, etc. This all has to be planned out, because come opening day and it all flops.. then what’s the point in that massive investment? I...
by streetmagix
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2799
Views: 384653

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

It's sad when we're coming to expect rubbish like this from the nations biggest (and best) theme park. They are so far away from meeting even an acceptable standard anymore. Just goes to show really. I fear we're past the point of no return, can we really expect anything to improve... ever? I have ...
by streetmagix
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2799
Views: 384653

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Expected but still disappointing. Are staggered openings still expected to return after the summer holidays?
by streetmagix
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetup Archive
Topic: TT Summer Festival 2018 - Reviews and Feedback
Replies: 22
Views: 3596

Re: TT Summer Festival 2018 - Reviews and Feedback

I'm still feeling 'delicate' from the weekend (I went back to Towers on the Sunday and I'm so regretting it right now) but it was such an amazing event! Thank you to everyone involved. The ERTs were amazing, especially the unexpected Wicker Man one. The talk was very open and frank. The ride takeov...
by streetmagix
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetup Archive
Topic: TT Summer Festival 2018 - Reviews and Feedback
Replies: 22
Views: 3596

Re: TT Summer Festival 2018 - Reviews and Feedback

I'm still feeling 'delicate' from the weekend (I went back to Towers on the Sunday and I'm so regretting it right now) but it was such an amazing event! Thank you to everyone involved. The ERTs were amazing, especially the unexpected Wicker Man one. The talk was very open and frank. The ride takeove...
by streetmagix
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: TTSP Events & Meetup Archive
Topic: TowersTimes' Summer Festival - 4th August 2018 - Discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 6298

Re: TowersTimes' Summer Festival - 4th August 2018 - Discussion

Bad news peeps: my post room and/or Amazon have seemingly lost my Hawaiian shirt :( I'll try and fit a suitably loud t-shirt instead unless they find it before tomorrow.

I'm planning to get a taxi there on Saturday morning from Stoke, PM me if you want to split it.
by streetmagix
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Th13teen - General Discussion
Replies: 86
Views: 17722

Re: Th13teen - General Discussion

I'm assuming they haven't reopened bag drop for Th13teen during the peak period. It currently has a 150 minute queue, double what Wicker Man is currently stating at 75 minutes. Almost certainly not.  At Thorpe (which could be different from Towers) the people in the bag drop are also fully trained ...
by streetmagix
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6393
Views: 416478

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Everything (apart from Inferno which was down to 1 train) was basically walk on from 9pm. I did 3 rides on Saw, Inferno back row, and 6 or 7 cycles on Rush in just over an hour. I'm certainly not complaining!
by streetmagix
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2799
Views: 384653

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I was thinking that too, they could have signs thats say 'Maximum, minimum, average' for any eventuality. 
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