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by Capt.Barnacles
Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6767
Views: 1032005

Re: SW8 Speculation and Discussion

So GCI wheel sets work similarly to old style Vekoma/Arrow coasters, with the wheels on the INSIDE of the rails as opposed to the outside of course. It still has all three positions, top, side and underneath, but because of the way the rails are made and the positioning, the side and underside wheel...
by Capt.Barnacles
Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 249197

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

I feel bad saying it, the rails have been laid for several weeks now, but the steel plating is new as of Thursday :P
by Capt.Barnacles
Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6767
Views: 1032005

Re: SW8 Speculation and Discussion

They can't mislead the public, if they officialy say that it's from SW8 then it's from SW8 Not necessarily, if they say something and you believe it then it’s on you, and it should be noted that towers have yet to ‘officially’ say anything about this product :P. I’d be personally very surprised if ...
by Capt.Barnacles
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6767
Views: 1032005

Re: SW8 Speculation and Discussion

The SW8 website has updated today featuring the ride's logo (also seen on some drapes in The Welcoming, this isn't much of a spoiler as they are clearly visible from the Skyride), the runes saying 'Feed the flames' and 'Be Chosen in 2018' at the centre and bottom of the page respectively. The signup...
by Capt.Barnacles
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 249197

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

The whole of the scaffold came down yesterday. Leaving the entire theming element in a black wrap same as the upper half. I've got some other photos as well, showing that the prep for the queueline passing through the structure is finally taking place, and the ground leveling for the queue up in the...
by Capt.Barnacles
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest - General Discussion
Replies: 2540
Views: 312478

Re: Scarefest

So tonight was the staff preview evening for Scarefest, and I was lucky enough to go, and after experiencing The Welcoming I only have one word; WOW.

I'm spoiling absolutely NOTHING, but I can't recommend it enough, if you can, definitely go and experience it!
by Capt.Barnacles
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest - General Discussion
Replies: 2540
Views: 312478

Re: Scarefest

Hearing things to suggest at least one of the mazes has had a soft opening. Staff previews are Thursday so might start seeing a bit more information coming out. As far as I know none of the mazes are doing this, Altonville Mine Tours still needed queue fencing putting in yesterday, Sub Species was ...
by Capt.Barnacles
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 249197

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Well, something interesting did catch my eye at the end of the day yesterday, and it's this. https://i.imgur.com/9gUMtAj.jpg https://i.imgur.com/NivIWqh.jpg These wooden slats were being added directly between the rail boards, creating a sort of antirollback shape, but the stretch of it is entirely ...
by Capt.Barnacles
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Epcot
Replies: 125
Views: 17127

Re: Walt Disney World - Epcot

Disney Parks chairman Bob Chapek confirmed today that EPCOT's replacement for the Universe of Energy pavilion will be not only Guardians of the Galaxy themed, but will also be a roller coaster, making EPCOT, the last Disney park without one, finally join the others in the line ups. The roller coaste...
by Capt.Barnacles
Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 249197

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

I'm not seeing anti rollbacks, however I do believe the steel plating for the running rails have now been installed. Hopefully I'll be able to confirm this myself on park tomorrow.
by Capt.Barnacles
Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 249197

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

From my prediction, it's a high-speed-low-radius 90 degree turn to the right, then twisting and descending into the wide turn at the far end of the site passing by the bottom of the lift, then into the theming structure and into the tall turnaround.
by Capt.Barnacles
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest - General Discussion
Replies: 2540
Views: 312478

Re: Scarefest

I have a feeling that this scarefest is going to be one of the best in recent years what with the four mazes, new additions to existing ones and the all round atmosphere seems like it is starting to build. The only problem is that I don't know if we will see four mazes next year what with the court...
by Capt.Barnacles
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest - General Discussion
Replies: 2540
Views: 312478

Re: Scarefest

I worked both the days last year. Neither of them were anywhere near as bad as previous years.
by Capt.Barnacles
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6767
Views: 1032005

Re: SW8 Speculation and Discussion

And we know from the past that Merlin like to troll enthusiasts. So yes I entirely believe that whilst I was wrong about the theming element not being a wicker statue, I still doubt the name of the ride itself will be wicker man given that the statue itself doesn't resemble the human shaped effigy u...
by Capt.Barnacles
Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 249197

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Regarding those posts, the tall ones you can see in the image are presumably for a fence that will just divide the area slightly. They're about 2m tall. Shorter 1.2m fence posts have been put in all the way along the existing path just behind the fence, and further down towards the flume turnaround ...
by Capt.Barnacles
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 249197

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

The majority of the rock taken off that sheer cliff face in the loop pit is actually the stone pillars dotted around upper Forbidden Valley. You can see the drilling marks from where the blasting charges went.
by Capt.Barnacles
Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 249197

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

They'll post it when they're ready. Patience is a virtue.
by Capt.Barnacles
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 249197

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

That's the amazing awesomeness that is TTSPs resident photographers, ALWAYS reliable for good quality photos, hopefully this update will provide better references for me on the SW8 mock up (and eventual part of Virtual Towers phase 2) to work on! :)
by Capt.Barnacles
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 249197

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

One of the VTO team has already had confirmation from Jubilee Fireworks that they're providing this year's show for ATR (their video of last year's show used his recording at their request so they've been in contact)
by Capt.Barnacles
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest - General Discussion
Replies: 2540
Views: 312478

Re: Scarefest

After looking at two photos of the former pirate stage I've noticed the changes made are quite extensive! For one the skull is now entirely black and appears to have FANGS where it didn't before. As well as all the cloths being removed, the 'FEED THE FLAMES' board is what used to be the 'second hand...