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by smeg_head
Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:12 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers: Two free tickets Sun promotion
Replies: 85
Views: 13933

Re: Alton Towers: Two free tickets Sun promotion

^Sorry but it isn't Sheikra on The Sun I have got. It is definitely Oblivion because it has two rows, orange restraints, the orange stripes on the front of the car and most importantly - a floor!1 The track is also black but has been changed to a red clour as it gets lower as if insinuating it is a...
by smeg_head
Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:58 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers: Two free tickets Sun promotion
Replies: 85
Views: 13933

Re: Alton Towers: Two free tickets Sun promotion

Good to see today's voucher being promoted on the cover of The Sun with a photo of... SheiKra :roll:
by smeg_head
Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:16 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Rita - What will you miss?
Replies: 58
Views: 7265

Re: Rita - What will you miss?

has it been confirmed anywhere that rita is having a revamp? or a retheme? Well all Rita merchandise was being sold off at the weekend at around £1-£2 all other merchandise remained full price. It's safe to say it will be re-themed next year. :)[/quote] You might be right - but I bought a Rita T-Sh...
by smeg_head
Fri Nov 06, 2009 9:57 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: 2010: Sonic Spinball
Replies: 656
Views: 113464

Re: 2010: Spinball retheme/rename?

Seems very strange to rename it now - especially with a move in the pipeline.
by smeg_head
Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:40 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Park Toilets
Replies: 50
Views: 6297

Re: Park Toilets

They may be 'just toilets' and hardly an important factor about your day out but I do think the condition of the toilet facilities says a lot about the standards of a place. Altons are always clean but in places do need a bit of TLC. I felt the revamped park enterance loos were a trial for a park ri...
by smeg_head
Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:03 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Park Toilets
Replies: 50
Views: 6297

Park Toilets

Does anyone know why the fantastic themed loos like those right next the main entrance haven't be rolled out park-wide?

I love the super fast hand driers, sound effects and themed doors and the other toilets just look bland.
by smeg_head
Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:53 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Worlds 1st 'stay down' guarantee breakfast?
Replies: 20
Views: 2412

Re: Worlds 1st 'stay down' guarantee breakfast?

I think I'll stick to my greasy fry up at the M6 services!
by smeg_head
Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:49 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Rita - What will you miss?
Replies: 58
Views: 7265

Re: Rita - What will you miss?

I don't think the Rita revamp will be as drastic as people think. Alton have created a brand with Rita and I doubt they'll want to completely change the name to avoid confusion. I think the 'Rita' element will be kept but the subtitle will change thus 'Queen Of Speed' will become 'Queen Of The Fores...
by smeg_head
Sun Oct 25, 2009 2:18 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Future of The Flume
Replies: 636
Views: 118821

Re: The Future of The Flume

I think the Flume's time has come. The middle section is long and boring - even just hacking that out would actually be an improvement (and free up space for a new Gloomy Wood ride?).

Some great ideas above and a pirate themed water coaster is surely the way to go?
by smeg_head
Sun Oct 25, 2009 2:08 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Quantum Leap???
Replies: 14
Views: 3025

Re: Quantum Leap???

I think Alton management were totally right to shelve Dolphin. The mid 00s were a time where enthusuasts were genuinely growing concerned about the direction the park was taking with a plethora of posts on this board worrying that the magic had gone. A tropical encounters waterpark just doesn't have...
by smeg_head
Sun Oct 25, 2009 1:40 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Alton Towers To Have Rail Connection In 4 Years
Replies: 52
Views: 9334

Re: Alton Towers To Have Rail Connection In 4 Years

Just a heads up but as I drove past on Thursday it looked like work was being carried out at Alton Station. A guy was up a ladder and on the station roof, another guy carrying stuff from a van. Perhaps a preliminary survey or essential repairs to prevent damage over winter?
by smeg_head
Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:42 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: SW6 Construction Part Two
Replies: 766
Views: 157448

Re: SW6 Construction Part Two

Was also on park yesterday; I think I saw you Rob wearing a TT fleece? Anyway: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v157/smeg_head/SW6attf.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v157/smeg_head/SW6bttf.jpg It's bigger than I thought it would be. Looking at it for Rita goes wayyyy into the woods.
by smeg_head
Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:16 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Xcelerator cable snapped caught on camera!
Replies: 17
Views: 3152

Re: Xcelerator cable snapped caught on camera!

Seems Knotts Berry are trying to remove this from t'interweb. Video is available here: [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPP1OLd6-Cg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPP1OLd6-Cg[/url] As much as we all love coasters it demonstrates how critical preventa...
by smeg_head
Wed May 13, 2009 9:43 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Future of the Blackhole Tent
Replies: 799
Views: 145008

Re: The Future of the Blackhole Tent

If AT were going to whack any old ride or coaster in the Black Hole tent they'd have done it by now, simple as. My guess is that they're researching, planning and designing something special. It may just be a 'spinning coaster' but I guess it'll be a juicy one.
by smeg_head
Wed May 13, 2009 9:14 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Carbon Footprint
Replies: 25
Views: 4229

Re: Alton Towers Carbon Footprint

I say make the carbon footprint bigger - leave all the rides running all night and the all the lights and games on - gradually it'll get warmer which means...better summer and longer ride time - also more fun on the water rides! You know it makes sense. ;)
by smeg_head
Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:35 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers the name
Replies: 21
Views: 2893

Re: Alton Towers the name

Look at the current trend for renaming;

UK Gold 2 = Dave
History Channel = Yesterday

Names are now one word buzz phrases thus Alton Towers would simply become something like

'Fun'
by smeg_head
Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:31 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Nemesis Noise!
Replies: 102
Views: 11789

Re: Nemesis Noise!

"towersmagic" wrote:
I did notice a member of staff in the queue with ear plugs in, she was in the area near the loop.



This isn't a new thing; various staff on various rides were wearing earplugs last season.
by smeg_head
Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:55 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Marketing 2009
Replies: 201
Views: 23399

Re: Marketing 2009

Just been onto Windows messenger and Disney Land Paris is all over it. Why doesnt Alton Towers splatter their images over these programs? Yes it costs a bomb, but think how many people are going to see it! But also think who is going to see it & who this year's campaign is targeted at. By adver...
by smeg_head
Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:00 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: 2010: Secret Weapon 6 Part One
Replies: 2288
Views: 275370

Re: 2010: Secret Weapon 6

One thing that has occurred to me is that with Corky gone Alton no longer has a 'rollercoaster' in the purest sense of the word i.e. a car you sit down in, get winched a top a hill and let gravity do the rest. Alton's portfolio all contain a gimmicky aspect that detract from being a simple coaster. ...
by smeg_head
Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:53 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: 2010: Secret Weapon 6 Part One
Replies: 2288
Views: 275370

Re: 2010: Secret Weapon 6

Being the geek that I am I often visit a Doctor Who forum - Outpost Gallifrey - in order to stop meaningless rambling and repetition they do a recap post every few pages to sum up the information known on a new series etc. Perhaps this should be applied here? The post tends to bullet point the follo...
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