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by Vik
Thu May 19, 2011 4:21 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Lightwater Valley
Replies: 1381
Views: 69542

Lightwater Valley: 2011 Discussion

I just see it as a bit of lighthearted fun, not to be taken seriously. :)). If LWV or any other of the smaller parks wish to capitalise on a competitors current issues by bigging up their own credentials Then good luck to them. I don't see it is a problem, they are simply using social networking to ...
by Vik
Thu May 19, 2011 10:59 am
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: The Merlin Annual Pass
Replies: 2743
Views: 334738

Merlin Annual Pass - Price Increase

I don't really see the complaint behind Merlin not mentioning the price increases earlier than they have done. There is no legal obligation too, they are more than entitled to simply publish the new prices on the day of the increase. No different to any other company selling a product in that respec...
by Vik
Sun May 15, 2011 10:46 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The new "YourDay" - gone and replaced by "Resort Box Office"
Replies: 97
Views: 11313

Re: The new "YourDay"

Indeed, I have seen the place closed a couple of times this season, so it is probably a bit to early to speak of it's demise (again :P !), just yet. :D
by Vik
Mon May 09, 2011 11:12 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!
Replies: 43
Views: 5202

Re: Rita - Shorter Straps HELP!

Hasn't the same thing happened once before on RITA, with the straps being too short? IT seemingly rings a bell anyway.
by Vik
Sat May 07, 2011 9:01 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Crocky Trail, 7th May
Replies: 29
Views: 5972

Re: Crocky Trail, 7th May

Well, good news (or maybe bad? :P ), we all made it out alive from The Crocky Trail. Things didn't get off to the best of starts with Alex managing a rather large graze on his leg that drew some blood within about 5 minutes of arriving. This was following Jude, who failed to stop at the bottom of a ...
by Vik
Fri May 06, 2011 3:07 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Crocky Trail, 7th May
Replies: 29
Views: 5972

Re: Crocky Trail, 7th May

Shame you can't make it John. Anyway, final update for tomorrow :- Attendees :- Vik, Mattmash, Alex, Stu, Jordan, DanB, Jude, Badger, Russell, Russell's Sister, Rob, Dave, Dagan. Total 13 people. There is also the possibility, yet to be confirmed of a special guest appearance. :shock: Everyone, barr...
by Vik
Thu May 05, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: 2011: The Honest Truth
Replies: 340
Views: 29218

Re: 2011: The Honest Truth

Speaking to friend today who took his wife and two children there over the Easter Holidays. I will run through a few of the comments he made, which pretty much sums up everything that has already been said, but comes from somebody who is certainly not an enthusiast. He visits twice a year, and has d...
by Vik
Wed May 04, 2011 10:01 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: 2011: The Honest Truth
Replies: 340
Views: 29218

Re: 2011: The Honest Truth

There seemed to be so much promise when Merlin took over the reigns. Early signs were promising, and we could reflect on the dark days of the latter Tussauds era which included unthemed installations, 4.30pm closing, Monorail being closed on non peak days (Though that was a very brief affair :P ), a...
by Vik
Tue May 03, 2011 7:48 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Crocky Trail, 7th May
Replies: 29
Views: 5972

Re: Crocky Trail, 7th May

Update :- Crocky Trail inform me we will be able to get the group discount of £8 even though we will be in separate cars. However, to ensure we arrive at about the same time, there will be a rendezvous point at the car park for the One Stop store in Waverton, (Thanks to Matt.C for the suggestion) wh...
by Vik
Mon May 02, 2011 2:03 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Europa Park in summer?
Replies: 2
Views: 1346

Re: Europa Park in summer?

Will be visiting Europa Park in August as well. I would recommend 3 days on park. 3 day tickets can be purchased from Attractiontix for £87. Unfortunately there are very very few discounts available for Europa Park tickets, and tickets similar to Alton Towers bounceback tickets do not exist. One day...
by Vik
Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:37 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Crocky Trail, 7th May
Replies: 29
Views: 5972

Re: Crocky Trail, 7th May

Apologies for lack of updates regarding this, unfortunately other things have got in the way of late. Anyway, it is still going ahead as planned. I believe the list of confirmed people below is correct :- Vik Jordan DanB Antneee Alex Stu MattMash Dagan Nora Jude Badger Russell Rob Possibly John So w...
by Vik
Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:30 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Cross Valley Path
Replies: 8
Views: 1353

Cross Valley Path

The Cross Valley path is a pussy cat compared to a treck around Hawkstone Park, and you are charged £8 for that. Not that I want to give Alton any ideas of course. :0. Had some nice walks through the Gardens and the Valley. Certainly better to take an hour out and having a gentle amble round rather ...
by Vik
Fri Apr 22, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Oblivion - Now sponsored by Fanta
Replies: 740
Views: 87255

Re: Oblivion - Now sponsored by Fanta

Oblivion remains one of the most incredibly designed rollercoasters ever created. For such a simple, yet ingenious concept, the way that the ride was put together, marketed and delivered was a revolution at that time. The TV screens and messages played out to guests, the way the drop has excellent ...
by Vik
Fri Apr 22, 2011 1:00 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The annual car park price hike. 2011 edition.
Replies: 113
Views: 8807

Re: The annual car park price hike. 2011 edition.

I don't think many people can say that public transport works better for them than car in this case. Public transport may not be ideal for most, but it is an option. Yes, it probably will take longer and most likely more planning, but it's not impossible. You have to consider how much longer the jo...
by Vik
Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:00 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The annual car park price hike. 2011 edition.
Replies: 113
Views: 8807

Re: The annual car park price hike. 2011 edition.

For me, using public transport to get to Alton Towers is not really an option. It involves 3 changes of train and a change in to a bus. Total cost is £20.00, an journey time would be in excess of 4 hours. 4 hours to travel 60 miles? Even getting the first train of the day at 6am, I would not get to ...
by Vik
Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:26 am
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: how to get there from Sheffield, nottingham etc.
Replies: 4
Views: 2656

how to get there from Sheffield, nottingham etc.

You can get advanced fares by using the split ticket method of Sheffield to Derby then Derby to Uttoxeter. Though no advanced fares between Derby and Uttox (though you can still pre-book tickets) there are plenty available between Sheffield and Derby, for as little as £3.95 one way.
by Vik
Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:55 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Oblivion - Now sponsored by Fanta
Replies: 740
Views: 87255

Re: Oblivion - Now sponsored by Fanta

The Entrance to Oblivion looks a bit garish, but the rest doesn't seem all that bad. Whilst it may not be a full refurbishment, at least it is an attempt to liven up an area, which most would agree, looks and feels very run down, and has little to no atmosphere what so ever. If only it had been spon...
by Vik
Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:37 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Crocky Trail, 7th May
Replies: 29
Views: 5972

Re: Crocky Trail, 7th May

"Jordan" wrote:
I'll be there - this sounds a really fun place without the H&S :P

Vik, please could I have the extra space in your car from Chester Station? [-o<


Indeed you can :D
by Vik
Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:39 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Black Hole finds a new home
Replies: 14
Views: 3780

Re: Black Hole finds a new home

Great to see it looking so good. In the final years of life inside the Black Hole, it really was looking a sorry state, with all the spot weldings covering the track. The only saving grace being all this was normally hidden from view. Looked almost certain to be destined for the scrap heap, having a...
by Vik
Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:12 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: Crocky Trail, 7th May
Replies: 29
Views: 5972

Crocky Trail, 7th May

Myself and Hark are planning on taking a jolly to a lovely little place called The Crocky Trail. Based in the village of Waverton, just off the A41 outside Chester, The Crocky Trail is an outdoor adventure trail one mile in length with loads of activities along the way, such as mazes, swings, slides...