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by nicky.borrill
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3080
Views: 197803

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Been to Blackpool just to ride Icon, got 2 more trips planned this year... Wouldn’t be going at all if it weren’t for Icon.
by nicky.borrill
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 518314

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Not sure what you mean by “below average guy” but he’s the gentleman that sits in the op cabin... Every single time I’ve ridden this year it’s been him operating 90% of the time, or a lady, presumably when he’s on his break / day off. 
by nicky.borrill
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 518314

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Have noticed, eagle eyed as I think I am, he checks each seat from the op cabin one by one before he despatchs, then waves each train off... Can’t say I’ve noticed other ops that religiously do this. 
by nicky.borrill
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest - General Discussion
Replies: 2549
Views: 323346

Re: Scarefest - General Discussion

If anybody is interested, I took some pics of The Welcoming: Be Chosen construction today... https://preview.ibb.co/e1cyUz/E3_FE7142_4_E1_B_4_EE1_8_DBA_942_C32_CEF735.jpg https://preview.ibb.co/g9Y59z/59_A51419_FDA3_40_F5_831_D_FB36_FDAF423_C.jpg https://preview.ibb.co/kNGa9z/58871965_7160_4_ED1_88_...
by nicky.borrill
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2815
Views: 399918

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Great visit today, lots of rerides on our favourite rides, despite a busy park, as we had a fast pass. No down time at all, on anything, other than a slightly late opening for Rita.  Wicker Man was brilliant. Got 5 rides. On one of the rides we saw Chris Moyles on the train before ours, he was being...
by nicky.borrill
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 518314

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Who’s the main older male operator? He’s brilliant, my favourite member of staff. Always get some interaction off him. Today he gave me some stick for wearing my Icon hoodie on smiler :cry:  :lol Made my son’s day, he was even looking for a smiler hoodie to buy for our next reride, as he’s definitel...
by nicky.borrill
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Nemesis - General Discussion
Replies: 160
Views: 31506

Re: Nemesis - General Discussion

5 rides on her today, front, back, middle, as beautiful as ever! What a ride...
by nicky.borrill
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3080
Views: 197803

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Well I went today, and before I go off on one let me just say I did get to ride Icon, once, by sheer luck. People complain about Towers downtime and operations!!! Before setting off we checked their ride status page to make sure ICON was running, it was, but the big one is down for 3 days maintenanc...
by nicky.borrill
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3080
Views: 197803

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Icon is currently my No.2 after Wicker Man. The Smiler takes 3rd. Icon is a great ride, but the launches are not as fast as I was expecting. What must be remembered is the interactions with the other iconic rides in the park. The station is really nice, especially with the automatic baggage hold, b...
by nicky.borrill
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3080
Views: 197803

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Have you seen this???

Now I’m all for nostalgia and history... But when it comes to RMC, think that goes out the window  :lol

by nicky.borrill
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Fright Nights
Replies: 1278
Views: 160626

Re: Fright Nights

Swarm Chris wrote:
Just going to leave this here... you may need to zoom in a little bit.

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Credit to All Thorpe Park's Source.

Funny they spotted that and not the same message in clear text in the middle  :lol :lol :lol
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by nicky.borrill
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest - General Discussion
Replies: 2549
Views: 323346

Re: Scarefest - General Discussion

DeadJack5 wrote:
I think the earliest time is best.

I went the first Sunday of the scarefest event and it was extremely quiet

Awesome, Thankyou 
by nicky.borrill
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Th13teen - General Discussion
Replies: 86
Views: 18515

Re: Th13teen - General Discussion

As a thrill ride it’s not great, but it’s not a thrill ride, it’s a family ride. Will always be a bit special to us, my two’s first ever proper rollercoaster. At the time they would have told you it was plenty thrilling / terrifying / exhillerating enough  :lol :lol :lol
by nicky.borrill
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest - General Discussion
Replies: 2549
Views: 323346

Re: Scarefest - General Discussion

Not been to scarefest for a while... What are the quietest days / nights to go? Midweek during half term, or the weekends leading up?
by nicky.borrill
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2815
Views: 399918

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Been to towers 8 times this year, been TP, BPB, DM a few times too... Yesterday at Alton Towers was the best!!! Haven’t seen any park that busy outside Scarefest / Fireworks for well over a decade. The atmosphere was great, queues were long despite all rides having all trains on, and very little do...
by nicky.borrill
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Galactica - General Discussion
Replies: 1559
Views: 250088

Re: Galactica - General Discussion

It makes the station's atmosphere strange, doesn't it? I suppose there is no reason to have then on while VR isn't being offered, but it would be nice to see some kind of footage played. Certainly does, makes you realise how important these things can be. On one visit Galactica was in this mode, Sm...
by nicky.borrill
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Galactica - General Discussion
Replies: 1559
Views: 250088

Re: Galactica - General Discussion

VR has been available on some of our visits, unavailable on others. One thing I have noticed is that when it was unavailable, much of the ride’s theming was also off, screens, station lighting etc. It’s a nice enough ride, I always ride it a couple of times a year, but never multiple times in a day,...
by nicky.borrill
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2815
Views: 399918

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Been to towers 8 times this year, been TP, BPB, DM a few times too... Yesterday at Alton Towers was the best!!! Haven’t seen any park that busy outside Scarefest / Fireworks for well over a decade. The atmosphere was great, queues were long despite all rides having all trains on, and very little dow...
by nicky.borrill
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: New to the forum? Introduce yourself here!
Replies: 2843
Views: 1071838

Re: New to the forum? Introduce yourself here!

Not new to the site, have used towerstimes since working a season at Alton Towers as a youngster... I also seem to have a log in under my other email address as it says it is in use, although I cannot remember any details.  Anyway... Rollercoasters and theme parks were such a huge part of my childho...