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by Swarm Chris
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: New to the forum? Introduce yourself here!
Replies: 2830
Views: 1027118

Re: New to the forum? Introduce yourself here!

Hi I'm Chris. Lurked on and off, and finally made an account after seeing Justin at Thorpe a few weeks back with the TT/SP jacket on and being reminded of you all here, then secondly because Alton goofed pretty badly with their hotel bookings system last week, and wanted to share because it was just...
by Swarm Chris
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Going to Towers alone...
Replies: 96
Views: 21008

Re: Going to Towers alone...

Going to Towers alone is worse than ever this season due to the complete removal of SRQ. Part of the reason why I have not renewed a pass for this season after a decade of having one :( Seeing those disused queues is pretty sad. Especially when you then see quite a few empty seats go around. Not so...
by Swarm Chris
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2792
Views: 379102

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Not one unoccupied seatbelt was fastened when I was at Thorpe on Thursday/Friday. I would have thought that it would have been the other way round, especially with Alton being so safety conscious.  Crazy! Have been there maybe a few too many times this year already and every seat of every ride had ...
by Swarm Chris
Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2792
Views: 379102

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

They did a pretty good job today. Wickerman had it's somewhat normal early morning disagreement with tech services. Nemesis opened late, then stopped again within the first hour of operations. They have now blocked row three on both trains, which I don't remember being the case yesterday. Galactica ...
by Swarm Chris
Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 500287

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Train 4 (I believe) is different in some respects. I'm not sure how exactly, but the restraint sensors weren't happy about someone in row one. They were going to move them to another row, but then said, ah train 4 is next they can just ride that in the same row. So at the very least it runs more acc...
by Swarm Chris
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6759
Views: 1008190

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

For a new ride, it's operations have been quite good. Didn't see it go down once it had opened today. The bigger problem is Alton's reliance on it in the morning when they barely open anything. We were told maybe try something else, but really there wasn't anything else to try. Smiler went to 80 min...
by Swarm Chris
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Rollercoaster Restaurant
Replies: 232
Views: 54336

Re: Rollercoaster Restaurant

I recommend the Nacho's. But you will make a mess!
by Swarm Chris
Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 500287

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

First time riding and having ridden Saw was a little concerned that a ride that long would leave some kind of head injury. Front row and was really amazed at how smooth it was in comparison, only the last 2-3 inversions started to get knocked around. Was happy to not hold on for I think the whole ri...
by Swarm Chris
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6759
Views: 1008190

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Fire is on left side again this morning, but alas the ride is still running test trains and we're not allowed into the main queue system yet. They've just called ride staff to the station, so maybe it'll open by 10. Edit: They just pressed the wrong button and broadcast station announcements to the ...
by Swarm Chris
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Land of the Tiger - New for 2018
Replies: 78
Views: 14295

Re: Land of the Tiger - New for 2018

Well that's more depressing. From the video I'd assumed they'd removed it, possibly to stop it doing a loggers leap tunnel on their refreshed attraction.
by Swarm Chris
Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Rollercoaster Restaurant
Replies: 232
Views: 54336

Re: Rollercoaster Restaurant

First time eating dinner in there, have had lunch several times. Crazy amount of flashing lights, which I don't know if that's an evening thing or 2018 thing. Seemed everything that could light up, did. Nachos tasty but messy. Steak pretty bad, but chips pretty great. Oh and the music. After some ri...
by Swarm Chris
Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6759
Views: 1008190

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

You might have gotten lucky, or I unlucky. Think I queued from about the same pace, took 50 minutes. We were moving fairly steadily at the start, but had slowed greatly by the time we reached the shop.
by Swarm Chris
Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Land of the Tiger - New for 2018
Replies: 78
Views: 14295

Re: Land of the Tiger - New for 2018

Nice new effects in the tunnel and the station looks awesome. The Tiger Rock part seems to have a lot less impact coming through it then it will from seeing it head on.

But why did we have to lose the dragon head swallowing the boats to get the shiny new stuff...
by Swarm Chris
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2792
Views: 379102

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

First time back since last July and it seems there are a lot of positive changes. Very impressed with the increase in theming across many attractions, Duel actually feels like a haunted house again and the smoke effects with the lasers are brilliant. Felt that Hex had also had some touching up in th...
by Swarm Chris
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6759
Views: 1008190

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Didn't see any call outs for full train rechecks, but I did see the control room call out one seat to do some check or adjustment with a metal tool they have on both sides at the back of the station. Trains weren't operating at a regular intervals. Sometimes a noticeable delay between trains, other ...
by Swarm Chris
Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6759
Views: 1008190

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Can confirm they were working again, saw them with my own eyes!

They stopped for a little bit around 2:30, but came back to life, pretty much the train after the one I was on... !
by Swarm Chris
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6391
Views: 409197

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

When I was there a couple of weeks ago it seemed like they were prepping for some work in the small lot next to I'm a Celebrity, where the Fanta VR experience went last year. If I had to guess, this will be where any new temporary thing will be again this year.
by Swarm Chris
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Going to Towers alone...
Replies: 96
Views: 21008

Re: Going to Towers alone...

Will be up there alone this weekend. Enjoy it both alone and in groups. Find the most awkward part being the hotel and restaurant, especially if nearly everyone else are families with young kids. But it's too long a drive to not stay there. But it does mean if I want to re-ride Hex or Duel a few too...
by Swarm Chris
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2792
Views: 379102

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

-10c! I rode the Swarm over Easter in about 5c and light rain, and it felt like I was going to get frostbite in my fingers after a few goes. On the rotating opening idea, it seems something like this could have been done instead of this staggered opening silliness. Have a morning crew trained to ope...
by Swarm Chris
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2792
Views: 379102

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Definitely seems most likely that any increase in operating days will centre around CBeebies Land. Looking at last year's Christmas pictures, looks like they did a really nice job and were open each weekend and Christmas week. Of course, what they should do is fill the B&M coasters with water, a...