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by Mikw
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6756
Views: 997513

Re: Wicker Man - General Discussion

I think we have to take everything with a pinch of salt as I've heard so many rumours too. To be honest, I think we will never know for sure, but at least Alton Towers have took the time to rectify the issue that caused the closure by closing the ride instead of opening and closing it constantly. I...
by Mikw
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2789
Views: 373899

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I wonder if Wicker Man's problems are related to the large amounts or rainfall we've had recently? 

I remember all the problems The Smiler has with substinance due to problems in it's pit, Nemesis has had some too.

One of the problems with not being able to build high.
by Mikw
Thu May 30, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3080
Views: 181449

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

I's suggest once on all the coasters, intesperesed with regular goes on Icon to recover!

Make sure you do the Ghost train as well, it's historic and fun. Valhalla is a must as well, you'll probably get soaked but you'll dry off quikcly if it's a nice day
by Mikw
Thu May 30, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6756
Views: 997513

Re: Wicker Man - General Discussion

Mr_Gibson wrote:
It’s nice to see the flames are on today, I’ve been 3 times this year and this is the first time I’ve seen them on.

I've been six times this year, it's 50/50 on the flames count for me.
by Mikw
Mon May 13, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 1019
Views: 175328

Re: Towers Loving Care

Some new signs have gone up in X-Sector mentioning "The Smiler" and "Oblivion" but not Enterprise. Make of that what you will.
by Mikw
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Nemesis - General Discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 27745

Re: Nemesis - General Discussion

Is anyone else finding Nemesis really unpleasant this year (especially on back rows)? I am finding the head banging worse than The Smiler and I don't know if anyone else gets this but I get a strange tingly feeling in my feet, like pins and needles (don't get that on Swarm or other forceful coaster...
by Mikw
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3146
Views: 494590

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

To be honest the lifts probably feel worse on Smiler as both of them are not working as intended. With most gerst's the train stops at the bottom of the lift and the chain speeds up to get the catch car in place before slowing down so it gently connects with the train and then speeding back up to t...
by Mikw
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Alton Towers 9th/10th April!
Replies: 7
Views: 416

Re: Alton Towers 9th/10th April!

I often go on my own in the week. It's ok, there's quite a lot of solo people there then.  Smiler single rider queue is brillant!

I won't do the Rapids on my own as it feels awkward sharing the boats with a family i don't know, but will do everyhing else.
by Mikw
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 1169
Views: 165553

Re: Tips for coasterphobe

Hey all :) this my first post, so first hello! I'm a bit of a coasterphobe I've only recently managed to do my first coasters I'm 31 and have always admired the art of coasters and how much fun they bring to people but have always been terrified! Since November I've managed... Drayton Manor - Buffa...
by Mikw
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Galactica - General Discussion
Replies: 1559
Views: 237660

Re: Galactica - General Discussion

I hope they keep VR. I've never used it though. I want them to keep it because it makes the queue massive. But as soon as you reach the first member of staff they say "Non VR riders move past the queue!". So I never have to wait for more than 15 minutes to ride, even if the queue board say...
by Mikw
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Th13teen - General Discussion
Replies: 86
Views: 17244

Re: Th13teen - General Discussion

I love the ride, but it's not the most reliable one in the park. So i won't queue if it's longer that 45 minutes, it will break down at least once in that time. Also, for some reason, it doesn't always like hot weather
by Mikw
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Rita - General Discussion
Replies: 122
Views: 14465

Re: Rita - General Discussion

I find one train rougher than the other. It's almost unbearable in one, but much better in the other - i can't remember which colour is the smooth one though
by Mikw
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: SW9
Replies: 268
Views: 57128

Re: SW9

Bound to be a coaster of some kind, if it's an "SW"
by Mikw
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: People Smoking Outside Of Designated Areas
Replies: 161
Views: 28805

Re: People Smoking Outside Of Designated Areas

Those ‘cloud chasers’ have a lot to answer for. Before sub ohming, and cloud chasers, most indoor places allowed vaping, it was inoffensive and didn’t cause anybody any bother. Then some folk started going too far, blowing out giant plumes of thick, sweet smelling, vapour and all hell broke loose. ...
by Mikw
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort History
Topic: On-Ride Breakdown Experiences
Replies: 247
Views: 56858

Re: On-Ride Breakdown Experiences

Got stuck on the Skyride for ten minutes a few weeks ago, Was hugely relieved it started again.  Bearing in mind how long a full evacuation takes....
by Mikw
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Future of Spinball Whizzer and Adventure Land
Replies: 127
Views: 28235

Re: The Future of Sonic Spinball

No. no, no, it should stay! It's a good fun ride - and we need more rides and not less
by Mikw
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3146
Views: 494590

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

I've been to Towers loads of times this year, for me The Smiler has been the most reliable coaster on the park, in stark contrast to the first few years. I don't find it rough either, apart from a couple of jolts. I hope it stays in it's sweet spot. only negative for me is the indoor queue section. ...
by Mikw
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3146
Views: 494590

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

I've been to Towers loads of times this year, for me The Smiler has been the most reliable coaster on the park, in stark contrast to the first few years. I don't find it rough either, apart from a couple of jolts. I hope it stays in it's sweet spot. only negative for me is the indoor queue section. ...
by Mikw
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 1169
Views: 165553

Re: Gate opening ride order during Scarefest?

Hi, Not been in the 2018 season so far but thinking of going for Oct half term.  My usual plan in previous seasons with ERT was Spinball, Oblivion, Ent in ERT, then Smiler at 10, then on to Rita, 13, Nemesis, Air. However WM now changes that and it's scarefest so no ERT (grrrrr). Plan to be at the ...
by Mikw
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Congo River Rapids - General Discussion
Replies: 162
Views: 30915

Re: Congo River Rapids - General Discussion

Interesting. I was on the Rapids today and there was some mist in the tunnel.