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by lewis97
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Room on the Broom - A Magical Journey
Replies: 12
Views: 2277

Re: Room on the Broom - A Magical Journey

Just kinda wish they'd either make some of the tasks work without the staff or have proper performers. Kills the atmosphere a bit having an immersive attraction narrated in rhyme and then just having the staff going 'come on guys' It was being operated in manual mode yesterday, which is why a staff...
by lewis97
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios
Replies: 100
Views: 17747

Re: Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney have today announced the opening dates for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at both Walt Disney World (August 29th) and Disneyland (May 31st). However, the Rise of the Resistance attractions are not due to open with the areas, and are instead being classified as a 'phase two' that will open later in ...
by lewis97
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: The Swarm
Replies: 352
Views: 49170

Re: The Swarm

The Swarm was probably the first theme park development I took some interest in following. It’s an all round solid attraction in terms of both ride experience and theming. While usually not the most intense, I did have something of a grey-out when riding it backwards, which I think is the only time ...
by lewis97
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Merlin General Discussion - New Owners agreed in £4.8bn deal
Replies: 1437
Views: 82694

Re: Merlin General Discussion

Given that Merlin are reporting notably high growth in the RTP division, which appears to be driven by accommodation, I don’t think the trend of adding new hotels will be changing anytime soon, as it’s delivering desirable results as far as Merlin are concerned. There is a distinction to be made bet...
by lewis97
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Stargazing Pods - New for 2019
Replies: 151
Views: 27439

Re: Alton Towers Stargazing Pods - Opening April 12th 2019

I guess this is about as exciting as developments get with these, but a discharge of conditions application  for the Stargazing Pods has given a bit more insight into the entrance feature. It looks to be an archway which takes inspiration from the roofs of the Enchanted Village's Woodland Lodge's, t...
by lewis97
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Heide Park
Replies: 788
Views: 76127

Re: Heide Park

I did think the photos had been enhanced in some way when first seeing them, although rather than CGI I suspect they may be long-exposure photos which has enabled them to capture the entire fireballs and has been what’s made the smoke/mist coming from the mouth and around the eyes look a bit weird.
by lewis97
Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Heide Park
Replies: 788
Views: 76127

Re: Heide Park

As I'm sure many will have seen today, Heide Park have released three photos of the 'giant' theming structure. Obviously they've been framed to show off the broken-track illusion, but it does look as though they've been able to achieve a good effect! https://www.heide-park.de/fileadmin/content/press...
by lewis97
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 308
Views: 39954

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

I would say that the majority of more reasonable-minded people understand the need/reasoning for The Dungeon to be upcharge. However, I think there are frustrations with the fact that this isn’t the sort of attraction the theme park is most in need of at this time, following the removal of several f...
by lewis97
Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Colossus
Replies: 239
Views: 43432

Re: Colossus

Colossus was actually my first inverting coaster. I guess I figured that if I could survive the ride which held the world record at the time, I’d be alright on anything... Nowadays, it’s the coaster at Thorpe which I don’t mind missing out on if the queue is particularly long, given the relatively u...
by lewis97
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Loggers Leap [Retired]
Replies: 63
Views: 9974

Re: Loggers Leap - Officially Retired

I don’t know if anybody has seen, but on the FAQ on Thorpe website with regards to Loggers it states that this area is now part of their long term development plan. Technically any area of the Resort could be considered possible for development in the long term. The fact they can't hint at anything...
by lewis97
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Project 2020
Replies: 275
Views: 56987

Re: Project 2020

Well I mean reportedly DBGT cost up to £31,000,000 overall and the time difference between The Swarm and DBGT is 4 years so if they can make that money in that time then 2016-2020 is just the right time frame to be able to afford something big like a B&M hyper/ giga coaster! Maybe a B&M gig...
by lewis97
Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6406
Views: 429058

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

I did notice today that the page teasing 2019 has been removed from their website, which you would only expect them to do after announcing any additions, if they had anything of note to reveal...
by lewis97
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Legoland Windsor Resort
Topic: The Haunted House Monster Party! - New for 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 7239

Re: The Haunted House Monster Party! - New for 2019

It’s today been confirmed that the attraction will open on Saturday 13th April.
by lewis97
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2814
Views: 393955

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

If the primary reason to close Twirling Toadstool was to refurbish it (as the TLC justification suggested), then you would have expected things to have been agreed and in place ahead of its closure, so the ‘turned out it was too expensive’ excuse for not reopening it wouldn’t be valid. What seems mo...
by lewis97
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2814
Views: 393955

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

As just posted on TowersTimes social media, it looks as though the fates of Nemesis Sub-Terra and Twirling Toadstool are finally sealed, with the removal of their pages from the Resort's website.
by lewis97
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Heide Park
Replies: 788
Views: 76127

Re: Heide Park

Heide Park have also updated their website, which has an additional visual. While it's good to see that Merlin know when they've hit upon a good concept, I feel as though practically replicating it cheapens it in some way. https://www.heide-park.de/fileadmin/_processed_/e/0/csm_Landing_concept_Head...
by lewis97
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 308
Views: 39954

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

As posted on TowersTimes social media , a page has been added to the Resort's website advertising an interesting vacancy for a Guest Experience Host in The Alton Towers Dungeon: Ask yourself these questions: ⋅ Are you a scoundrel at heart? ⋅ When you walk into a room, can the ten...
by lewis97
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 1199
Views: 176893

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

WickerBoy wrote:
Have Alton released the date for the annual pass preview event yet?

There isn't a pre-season Annual Pass Preview event at Alton Towers.
by lewis97
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Forbidden Valley Future
Replies: 56
Views: 11165

Re: Forbidden Valley Future

Something else to suggest more extensive work than usual being done to The Blade? One batch of steel work ready for work on the Alton Towers pirate ship. https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/51513533_2199553176777201_1898797040037527552_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_ht=scontent-lhr3-1.xx&o...
by lewis97
Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Forbidden Valley Future
Replies: 56
Views: 11165

Re: Forbidden Valley Future

Someone has posted a photo on Instagram of what they claim is a new pivot for The Blade: https://scontent-lhr3-1.cdninstagram.com/vp/c047bedc1f4b32ede230985414c5c7ea/5CC53DC9/t51.2885-15/e35/49660308_660948310968865_614959775008288825_n.jpg?_nc_ht=scontent-lhr3-1.cdninstagram.com