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by Capt.Barnacles
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6765
Views: 1030067

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

I’ve just recently seen a post on Twitter from Coastertouring, that John wardley has ridden Wicker man and has given a short review on his experience. Let’s just say he really enjoyed it, and by what he’s experienced it sounds very promising! Wardley was on site Monday to ride Wicker Man and provid...
by Capt.Barnacles
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3080
Views: 191491

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Amanda has been stated to say that Icon will be themed around a Zen garden, which I'll remind you, is a feature very common to Japan.

And Bert, pagodas aren't just in China. The architecture is seen across the majority of Eastern Asia so I wouldn't be so quick to put them down on that one.
by Capt.Barnacles
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 509257

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Smiler313 wrote:
Also, I have no idea how the Tickler car washing brushes have developed a big chunk of black to one side of both brushes.

This will most likely be oil that's run from the motors that drive the brushes.
by Capt.Barnacles
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6765
Views: 1030067

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

I’ve just recently seen a post on Twitter from Coastertouring, that John wardley has ridden Wicker man and has given a short review on his experience. Let’s just say he really enjoyed it, and by what he’s experienced it sounds very promising! Wardley was on site Monday to ride Wicker Man and provid...
by Capt.Barnacles
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6765
Views: 1030067

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

I suspect that footage may be from the taller 'tower' like end of the preshow building. A sneak peek at the preshow itself perhaps? Time will tell and until then no one can say for sure.
by Capt.Barnacles
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 248884

Re: Wicker Man Construction Discussion

The trees are obscuring several parts of the queue in this photo. Believe me, the queue is very very long in terms of distance walked. Considering it loops around almost the entire site towards the latter half, with a part in the middle of the big turnaround, as well as all those areas by the entran...
by Capt.Barnacles
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6765
Views: 1030067

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

It's neither of those in the case of Th13teen and Spinball Whizzer, but in fact to do with the low seats of the rides providing insufficient back support for riders over a certain height. One friend of mine operates Spinball and he can't even ride it because of his height. Wicker Man will have a sim...
by Capt.Barnacles
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6765
Views: 1030067

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

On modern GCIs there are storage tracks for all bar one train, as well as the track for the train to pass through the building during regular operation. The two storage tracks are separated from the circuit track by either a wall or screen, which is what that black cloth will be.
by Capt.Barnacles
Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6765
Views: 1030067

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Where The Smiler's concerned it's partially a safety issue. Regarding the harnesses required to be worn by some of the ride positions. If memory serves right, I believe hosts also remove their lanyards for Oblivion's harnessed positions. But yes, Katie's also right in that it is also very much to do...
by Capt.Barnacles
Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6765
Views: 1030067

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

As far as uniforms are concerned, it's kinda geeky and something that people who've worked there in recent years will understand, but I wonder if the uniform will require them to wear the ID lanyard or not. Because whilst most rides uniforms do, The Smiler's, and I believe Nemesis Sub-Terra's unifor...
by Capt.Barnacles
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 248884

Re: Wicker Man Construction Discussion

Not necessarily. If I remember correctly, the section of queue line you're referring to was actually being put together directly behind the construction fence at the bottom of one tree path. It may still be open, we shall have to see in March. EDIT: Found a photo of what I mean: https://i.imgur.com/...
by Capt.Barnacles
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6765
Views: 1030067

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

All of the clips showing the track were actually of Wicker Man. No doubt about it. As for the 1 second on ride clip, there's no way that it could have been a camera fly through with the speed as well as the subtle visible shake from left to right that GCIs have. The clip wasn't long, but long enough...
by Capt.Barnacles
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6765
Views: 1030067

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

I imagine the photo may be situated pointing at the twist after the snappy curve out of the tunnel like you say Owen, I think it'll be a great moment of the ride :)
by Capt.Barnacles
Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: TTSP Advent Calendar 2017
Replies: 20
Views: 4546

Re: TTSP Advent Calendar 2017

Ahhhh yes, one of the best runs of Sub Species I've ever had :D 
by Capt.Barnacles
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Theme Park Gaming
Topic: Dan C's NL2 creations
Replies: 15
Views: 5260

Re: Dan C's NL2 creations

Helix Unleashed

Finally released a coaster I've been working on for a long time. Helix Unleashed is inspired by its namesake at Liseberg, and features an environment rife with foliage and an 80m drop tower, named Drop Zone. Enjoy!
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by Capt.Barnacles
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 248884

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Well it's been leaked now, so I may as well say, some of my former coworkers at Towers had their returners inductions yesterday and a few said it could be heard running from Magic HQ (the big green building behind Sharkbait Reef).
by Capt.Barnacles
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Rollercoaster Restaurant
Replies: 232
Views: 55388

Re: Rollercoaster Restaurant

On another subject, how did people about the food in the restaurant towards the back end of the season? I over heard plenty of customers commenting the food was poor quality or not cooked correctly or often didn’t live up to expectations. Perhaps a upgrade in food quality for next season? Change in...
by Capt.Barnacles
Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 248884

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

No but I do now own a drone capable of 4k video recording, which I'm hoping to take for a flight soon, see what I can see without necessarily going over the park :P
by Capt.Barnacles
Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 248884

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

"Opening Spring 2018" hmm There's a reason they're not giving an exact month, ever since the fiasco that was getting The Smiler open, promising a March opening and missing it, then saying May and ONLY JUST getting it open on the last day of the month. They don't want to make any promises ...
by Capt.Barnacles
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 248884

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

I've got my theory, and I'm well aware I could be horribly wrong. But perhaps a theming centrepiece for the shop? Since none of the structure for that had even started to go up or been brought on site at the end of the season. Of course that could have changed by now but then who knows how much the ...
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