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by streetmagix
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2792
Views: 379207

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Somehow Phantasialand claim to be able to run Black Mamba (a newer B&M Invert) at -10c! When I was there it was around 2-3c and it ran very well.  I guess they have special cold weather wheels and grease, not really worth it for a few days (see opening weekend) but for an entire winter season it...
by streetmagix
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2792
Views: 379207

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I think it'll be a while off before Alton Towers are ready for year round operation but it would be nice of them to open say the Gardens/Towers and maybe Cbeebies Land year round. They could maybe have a rotating set of thrill rides open on certain days to judge the demand. Monday X-sector and Dark ...
by streetmagix
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Replies: 32
Views: 4069

Re: Six Flags Fiesta Texas

The thing is: this type of ride was never designed as a headline ride for a big park. It was designed for smaller parks (places like Drayton Manor or Flamingo Land) with the larger (2 seat wide) design for larger parks/chains like Cedar Fair and Six Flags.
by streetmagix
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6759
Views: 1008414

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Yep, I heard it a lot last week....
by streetmagix
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3080
Views: 185149

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

I wrote this as a reply on a different forum about the Financial Health of The Pleasure beach and thought I might as well share it here. I've dived into their Annual Filings to Companies House to see what their financials have looked like since 1987. https://medium.com/@simon.stirrat/blackpool-pleas...
by streetmagix
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2792
Views: 379207

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

When I was there last week quite a few people were complaining about the operations and opening times ('Most of the rides open at 11am, what a con!' is a direct quote from someone on the monorail at 9:15. I heard things similar to that throughout the day too). TripAdvisor is taking a hammering too, ...
by streetmagix
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Reviews & Discussion [SPOILERS]
Replies: 75
Views: 16550

Re: Wicker Man Reviews & Discussion [SPOILERS]

I've finally ridden Wicker Man and I'm so impressed by everything. It's better than the sum of it's parts. The first time I went in the preshow it was spoiled by an automated announcement that 'the ride is currently running empty due to testing' which drowned out the last few sentences on the voiceo...
by streetmagix
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Galactica - General Discussion
Replies: 1559
Views: 240056

Re: Galactica - General Discussion

I rode Galactica today and, wow, so I was so disappointed. Well, the coaster is still fab but the VR is terrible. I didn't ride it last year as both my visits it was either down or had a 120 minute queue. I understand the headsets are different (they were Samsung Galaxy phones in 2016) but they are ...
by streetmagix
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime
Replies: 223
Views: 40282

Re: Ride Downtime

Back at Alton today and have been told that Rita 'is unlikely to open today' by the guy at the entrance.
by streetmagix
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2792
Views: 379207

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I was there today and yeah, it was terrible. Huge sections of the park closed, continual breakdowns on Wickerman. I don't think Rita even opened. It's sad to see the park in such a state. There are some positives though, I've fallen head over heels in love with Wicker Man (even if it did force me to...
by streetmagix
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime
Replies: 223
Views: 40282

Re: Ride Downtime

Wickerman down again (along with Rita). Where are you seeing the extended opening times? I've checked Twitter and can't see anything about it
by streetmagix
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime
Replies: 223
Views: 40282

Re: Ride Downtime

They've said on Twitter that they are revalidating tickets, nice of them to be proactive during times like this. Hopefully as an annual pass holder I'll get something but I'm back tomorrow so hopefully everything will be back to normal.
by streetmagix
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Hotel & Splash Landings
Replies: 58
Views: 12197

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Wasn't it closed around this time last year too? I don't really see how closing it is saving them that much money (most of the staff are all full time, cleaning staff might be contract) so things seem rather dire.  When I travel I sometimes stay in hotels near expo centers when there aren't trade sh...
by streetmagix
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime
Replies: 223
Views: 40282

Re: Ride Downtime

According to queue-times Enterprise has been down since Sunday, can anyone confirm?

https://queue-times.com/parks/1/rides/4627
by streetmagix
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: If you owned Thorpe Park, what would you do with it?
Replies: 10
Views: 4122

Re: If you owned Thorpe Park, what would you do with it?

Time to bump this thread. I'm going to do anything per year but here's what I'd do: ⋅ Adjust opening times so the park was open later in the day. Normal opening time would be 12pm, early close would be 7pm extending to midnight during the summer. ⋅ Push ahead with the permanent h...
by streetmagix
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon
Replies: 4871
Views: 739041

Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon

Aaaaaand the video has disappeared. Guessing someone from Merlin didn't like it. Any other copies floating around?
by streetmagix
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Dubai Parks & Resorts
Replies: 183
Views: 26579

Re: Dubai Parks & Resorts

Sorry, I was referring to the Disneyland Park, not the resort as a whole ( TEA report 2016 , can't see anything more recent). But still, aiming to get similar numbers to what is considered the best Magic Kingdom park in the heart of Europe was widely optimistic. Especially in year 1. Sounds like som...
by streetmagix
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Dubai Parks & Resorts
Replies: 183
Views: 26579

Re: Dubai Parks & Resorts

6.7 Million guests? That seems wildly optimistic, that's around the same number as HK Disneyland and significantly more than Disneyland Paris, Eteling or Europe Park. 

Still, I wish them luck. From what I've seen there looks to be some awesome rides and experiences there. 
by streetmagix
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Europa Park
Replies: 2763
Views: 102052

Re: Europa Park

Do you speak any French? Most employees speak German and French as Europa Park is right next to the border.

I recommend learning hello, thanks, goodbye and numbers 0-10. That should be enough but really, you'll be fine. 
by streetmagix
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime
Replies: 223
Views: 40282

Re: Ride Downtime

I respectfully disagree that it's 'out of their hands', other parks seem to have much less downtime. The only time I've ever seen a ride down for more than 15 minutes at Europa Park was due to weather conditions. Portaventura (despite their reputation) also seem to get their rides up and running aga...
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