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by Swarm Chris
Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6779
Views: 1239755

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
Replies: 79
Views: 19689

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: 2909
Views: 493130

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: 6779
Views: 1239755

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: 6779
Views: 1239755

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: 6451
Views: 568457

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: 24681

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: 2909
Views: 493130

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: 2909
Views: 493130

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...
by Swarm Chris
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2909
Views: 493130

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Can always hope for next year. Thorpe Park had a bad year last year, but this year we get longer opening hours again and even late nights over the summer. It wasn't long ago I was hearing noises that they are looking to move Alton to year round operations, and the increase in hotel rooms can only be...
by Swarm Chris
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Going to Towers alone...
Replies: 96
Views: 24681

Re: Going to Towers alone...

Tip 1 - have fun! Unfortunately single ride benefits have gone this year, but it's unlikely to be busy today anyway. If you feel awkward at any point, then ride Nemesis a few times, that should clear it. Hopefully you won't as, everyone is there to have fun and no one else cares who is with anyone e...
by Swarm Chris
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2909
Views: 493130

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

This doesn't just go for Alton, but Thorpe Park and Chessington too. I know on the days we have visited, so far this year, that there have been reports of some guests only riding 2 or 3 rides all day when we have managed 9, 10 or more. I don't get how Merlin believe they have a 96% customer satisfa...
by Swarm Chris
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Hotel & Splash Landings
Replies: 69
Views: 19984

Re: Alton Towers Hotel & Splash Landings

Sadly the hiccups Alton Towers have been having this year have moved to the hotels as well. They are currently unable to book anyone into any of the hotels with a Merlin pass, as the system for both online and the call centre have gone down. Looks like it's been down for the best part of the week. T...