UK theme parks from another point of view!

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by Liam
Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:09 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: X Sector Refurbishment
Replies: 588
Views: 113364

Re: X Sector Refurbishment

Heh, I haven't been keeping that up to date with this attraction but I've gone through all the plans and construction updates this morning and it suddenly reminded me of a drawing for a floorless roller coaster I did for this very site back 8 years ago when I was only a wee lad in 2005. Looks like I...
by Liam
Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:02 am
Forum: TTSP News & Your Views
Topic: Goodbye
Replies: 5
Views: 1943

Goodbye

I just remembered, I never got to do a classic 'I'm leaving' post; I just faded away. So here it is now; 4 years late.  :P Some of you younglings won't remember me, so this post will go right over your head. I'll leave others to explain. I actually haven't visited a theme park since 2008 (I van...
by Liam
Sun Jan 01, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: NO SPOILERS - 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra... Part 2
Replies: 2695
Views: 344824

Re: 2012: Nemesis Sub-Terra... Part 2

You would think that AT learnt their lesson after Th13teen, but they still seem to be taking themselves far too seriously. They can't afford to make another marketing mistake, can they? Th13teen and its marketing led to a 200,000 plus increase in visitor numbers, plus a 26% increase in profit for 2...
by Liam
Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:38 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1072
Views: 104128

Re: Universal Orlando: Wizarding World Expansion

This is what can happen when you don't have a theme park monopoly running everything. It'll be stunning and it's excellent for Britain that the ride will be set in London - I suspect the facade to the rest of the park will be a version of Charing Cross Road with a mocked up Big Ben poking up over th...
by Liam
Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:48 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6406
Views: 439058

Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm

Interesting. Looks promising. I like the name, and agree with the poster above; unusually a definite article works here because it turns the noun into an event. Perfect start in creating a communicable - yet detailed - back story. I've hardly followed any park project for a few years now. I presume ...
by Liam
Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:42 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Alton Towers - Still No. 1?
Replies: 20
Views: 3566

Re: Alton Towers - Still No. 1?

This poll has missed the more relevant and interesting question by limiting it to the UK. Except for those parks that AstroDan mentioned, Merlin has a monopoly on UK theme parks which means they'll all stay roughly static. Indeed it's almost in Merlin's interest now to bring all their parks to the s...
by Liam
Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:32 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Business of Running Theme Parks: Product vs Experience
Replies: 3
Views: 1389

The Business of Running Theme Parks: Product vs Experience

Almost all of the major theme park attractions in this country have been hoovered up by the private equity firm The Blackstone Group. I remember saying back in 2007 that this was not good for the park despite others getting sucked into the PR spin that this would enable Alton Towers (as Merlin's &qu...
by Liam
Sun May 01, 2011 4:10 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Oblivion - Now sponsored by Fanta
Replies: 740
Views: 86050

Re: Oblivion - Now sponsored by Fanta

^ That was a bizarre choice when they took over/merged with Tussauds. Madame Tussauds is a real historic figure and a name that is recognised throughout the world. It has great gravitas, and is totally strange that they didn't take that as the name of the group at the time. Whilst we're on about bra...
by Liam
Sun May 01, 2011 1:25 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Should alton get a Tower of Terror style Ride
Replies: 25
Views: 4094

Re: Should alton get a Tower of Terror style Ride

It is very possible. All you need is a few lift shafts drilled down into the ground along with an emergency staircase. The rest of the ride can be at ground level. Would be expensive though; takes some proper civil engineering. But they did that same engineering with Oblvion! Could be a great experi...
by Liam
Sun May 01, 2011 12:03 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Oblivion - Now sponsored by Fanta
Replies: 740
Views: 86050

Re: Oblivion - Now sponsored by Fanta

The post-2005 management team were always going to be bad for this park and this is another example of that. They are POOR theme park managers; there's no way of getting around this. Years ago I used to regularly post long intricate posts on here about how this park should be run. I'm not even going...
by Liam
Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:38 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: New Steak House coming to ATH!
Replies: 105
Views: 13276

Re: New Steak House coming to ATH!

To be fair to them, those pictures look quite good. Well done!
by Liam
Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:13 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: 2011: Discussion
Replies: 1012
Views: 109282

Re: 2011: Discussion

Oh, and only found out today that a Shrek attraction was even planned. Who's bright idea was that? Tragic that it was even mentioned at all in blue sky thinking. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was on the edge as it was, but just about acceptable as a theme as it was so quirky and British. Somethi...
by Liam
Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:49 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: 2011: Discussion
Replies: 1012
Views: 109282

Re: 2011: Discussion

2002 remains the last time something truly ambitious was attempted. I'm not sure they'll ever be something akin to that, '98 or '94 again though. It's the nature of companies that are bought out by private equity groups that they become machines that are kept to pay off the debts that bought them in...
by Liam
Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:41 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: 2011: Discussion
Replies: 1012
Views: 109282

Re: 2011: Discussion

Well done Alton Towers... :roll:
by Liam
Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: The Paper Rack - Current news articles
Replies: 76
Views: 10836

Re: The Paper Rack - Current news articles

Get over it. Every single year the country is spending £150billion more than it earns. Within a few years our debt will be £1trillion . And guess what? We have to pay every single penny of that back. That's around £30,000 each... And... not only that, but the interest payments on that debt alone wil...
by Liam
Mon Jul 05, 2010 1:33 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Marketing/PR Stunts Topic
Replies: 417
Views: 45789

Re: New PR stunt: people swallowing insects on coasters.

The PR stunts are great for Alton Towers, it's free advertising and gets people talking. The park can't afford to run multi-million pound advertising campaigns all season and things like this really keep the park in the media. I think Alton Towers marketing has become quite clever in recent years, ...
by Liam
Mon Jul 05, 2010 1:25 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The 'Duel in the Crown' Project
Replies: 51
Views: 5365

Re: The 'Duel in the Crown' Project

Bravo to the original poster! It's one of the key things the park doesn't seem to get (one of many). Theming has been improved yet only to a generic Roller Coaster Tycoon level. Create a proper (and original!) story instead of a vague reference. Add in a tonne of detail. Treat it like you would a mo...
by Liam
Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:01 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Th13teen - Ride discussion
Replies: 2881
Views: 305054

Re: Th13teen - Ride discussion [SPOILERS TOPIC]

:lol: :lol: :lol: 8 years of waiting, and this is the result! The Barnes legacy is truly a disaster. This park holds opportunities that theme parks across the globe would die for and they all get wasted. This was no Secret Weapon; "SW6" should be put back on the shelf for something more wo...
by Liam
Wed Aug 12, 2009 1:40 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: The London Eye
Replies: 158
Views: 13166

The Merlin Entertainments London Eye

Merlin has opened today a brand new 4D cinema attraction to the London Eye, buried beneath the Grade II listed County Hall. Visitors will proceed into the Europe's best 4D cinema after purchasing tickets, as a prelude to their flight on the Eye. The film features an emotional journey of a little gir...
by Liam
Wed Jul 22, 2009 3:02 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Cloud Cuckoo Land Skyride Station Fire
Replies: 483
Views: 59579

Re: Cloud Cuckoo Land Skyride station fire (Live Updates)

This could have been hugely worse if it hadn't been a wet week. I suspect those very close trees could have gone up too if it has been a very hot dry summer, and it could have spread across the woodland. I hope they rebuild it to a Jules Vernian style, instead of magnolia MDF. Post made via Mobile D...
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