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by streetmagix
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2815
Views: 400443

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Still no opening or closing times from the 16th April onwards. Not the biggest issue in the world but still odd.
by streetmagix
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Rush
Replies: 40
Views: 9362

Re: Rush

It wasn't operational today (Monday) but they were actively working on one of the swing. They were investigating/working on the top of the gondola/bottom of the arm. I can't remember which side though, sorry!
by streetmagix
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2815
Views: 400443

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Well that's just depressing. Even if it's false it shows that Alton Towers have been such a reputation for cost cutting that we would believe it.
by streetmagix
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2815
Views: 400443

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I would guess that closing in cold temperatures is more for guest comfort, they also (at Thorpe anyway) have a pre-recorded announcement if it's raining that the ride may be uncomfortable. Phantasialand say they can run Taron (Intamin LSM) and Black Mamba (B&M) at -10c! Although that was during ...
by streetmagix
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 518885

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Until they see a drop off in NPS score (or whatever metric Merlin use) that is DIRECTLY linked to ride operations/staffing/opening times don't expect much to change.  I agree through that Alton Towers needs a higher operational budget especially as they run a pretty unique site compared to the other...
by streetmagix
Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 518885

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

I think there's going to be lots of stacking on the MCBR and Brake Run with this system, no way will they be able to keep up throughputs. Not the best look with  The Smilers history. No slidy doors on the cages either by the seems of it, expect people to pick up the wrong bag on the way out. Not to ...
by streetmagix
Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 95
Views: 16049

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - Quick Questions

The short of it is: Thorpe isn't as 'magical' as Towers. It's a lot more compact, chaotic and noisy.  It doesn't have a central focus point (The Towers themselves), it isn't as relaxing as there are no quiet areas away from the crowds, no gardens or ponds etc. The areas are themed very loosely (wit...
by streetmagix
Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: The Walking Dead: The Ride
Replies: 422
Views: 35514

Re: The Walking Dead: The Ride - New for 2018

Slightly unfair to use a dodgy photo of something that's not complete. 

Looks like they're building it properly though, the building looks like it's built from breeze block and not a metal frame with cladding as I expected. Hopefully they'll put some actors up there to entertain the queueline.
by streetmagix
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2815
Views: 400443

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

A real shame, are they going to self batching maybe? It's not like it takes an extra member of staff to run a SRQ (assuming Fasttrack is operating). Another silly decision by Alton/Merlin. I guess that confirms that Wickerman won't have a SRQ too. EDIT AS TO AVOID DOUBLE POSTING Am I the only one wh...
by streetmagix
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2815
Views: 400443

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Depends if you're there on a weekend or weekday. When I've been on a weekday (out of season) the queue for the monorail has been no more than about 15 minutes. I think the car park opens at 0830 (I think) so maybe aim for then, there's a small cafe by the monorail station if you get there early. The...
by streetmagix
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld Orlando
Replies: 688
Views: 74639

Re: SeaWorld Orlando

The VR headsets on Galactica are attached to the seats using velcro (or similar). I think the only additional wiring was to do with the battery pack and sensors. Seaworld actually replaced the handles on the restraints with a custom designed bit of metal work. No way was it designed by B&M, it l...
by streetmagix
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Europa Park
Replies: 2763
Views: 108580

Re: Europa Park

I rode Woden during the winter season and it was as smooth as any wooden rollercoaster I've ever ridden. It must be preventative retracking rather than reactive. It really is an amazing place. I visited Orlando for the first time earlier this year (Disney, Universal and Seaworld) and Europa Park is ...
by streetmagix
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Disneyland Resort Paris
Replies: 917
Views: 67368

Re: Disneyland Resort Paris

I'm still confused why they picked Tower of Terror to be converted to GotG ride and not Rock 'n' Rollercoaster. I mean, Aerosmith were popular but are they anymore?  Good to see some work taking place on Tower of Terror, it's been a few years since I've been to DLP but I love the way it's so imposin...
by streetmagix
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Project 2020
Replies: 275
Views: 59260

Re: Project 2020

I agree with @lewis97, I find it unlikely it'll have an IP attached to it.  It would create so much extra work for Merlin Making Magic too, placing extra design constraints on an already large and complicated project. When it takes months and dozens of design alterations to tweak the colour and desi...
by streetmagix
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 1199
Views: 180143

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Alton Towers You should be fine with lapbars (IIRC: The Mine Train and Thirteen).  Nemesis and Oblivion both have big seats, use the Oblivion test seat as Nemesis doesn't have one.  RITA is a bit hit and miss, some of the seats seem to have a shorter seatbelt than others. I fit in some and not othe...
by streetmagix
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2815
Views: 400443

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

'Return for free all season' I thought the season passes excluded the Halloween events + Weekends during the summer? Or have I missed something? This is the way forward I guess, very few parks outside of the UK offer bounce back tickets and most offer a 2 day pass with a small discount instead. Also...
by streetmagix
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Gardaland
Replies: 794
Views: 53007

Re: Gardaland

By bringing in lots of money for Merlin :) Gardaland gets around twice the visitors of Thorpe Park whilst being smaller and on cheaper land. 

i Corsari really needed some work doing to it, great to see it finally being done. Lets hope they actually sign post the entrance now!
by streetmagix
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 1019
Views: 183792

Re: Towers Loving Care

I would assume it'll be the same machines as at the London Eye (which worked pretty well when I used them last!)
by streetmagix
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2815
Views: 400443

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

looptheloop wrote:
Also off topic TPW have posted images of the entrance plaza being renovated, including the ticket booths being removed.

A few years overdue but still good to see! I hope they extend this to their other parks (assuming it actually works of course)
by streetmagix
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld Orlando
Replies: 688
Views: 74639

Re: SeaWorld Orlando

I was there on Friday the 19th Jan and operations were DIRE. 2 trains both with VR, average time to dispatch was 4-5 minutes. They had VR on all rows and were preparing and cleaning each VR headset no matter if you wore it or not.  I worked out (because I was bored) that at 5 minute dispatches the t...
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