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Re: 2011: New Attractions Discussion

Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:50 pm

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From TT News, this evening:

No New Ride for 2011

After the Shrek 4D project was cancelled before Christmas, it was understood that Alton Towers were busy putting together a new attraction proposal for the 2011 season. However, Towers Times has received information that this has come to nothing and that there will be no new attraction for the new season. This means that it will be the first year in the theme parks history when no new attraction is added.

In addition, Towers Times also believes that The Beastie, which we originally understood was given a reprieve following speculation of its removal at the end of the 2010 season, will in fact be 'Standing But Not Operating (SBNO)" for the 2011 season - much like the Black Hole was for several years following its closure in 2005.


Apart from the disappointment of finding out there will be nothing for 2011. I finally know what SBNO stands for, yay! :P
 
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Re: 2011: Discussion

Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:55 pm

Could they not get some new fish and advertise it in SEALIFE? :)
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Re: 2011: Discussion

Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:06 pm

To be fair - there are NO coasters which kids can go on if they're under 0.9m at legoland, the only nearish thing to that would be duplo train.. which is.. a train. So it's.. the norm really.
 
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Re: 2011: Discussion

Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:11 pm

Could it be that we see a rapid investment in a small kiddie coaster, on loan just for the season? Before the situation being Alton Towers rectified in 2012?
 
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Re: 2011: Discussion

Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:13 pm

Oh, and only found out today that a Shrek attraction was even planned. Who's bright idea was that? Tragic that it was even mentioned at all in blue sky thinking.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was on the edge as it was, but just about acceptable as a theme as it was so quirky and British. Something like Doctor Who may just have scraped through too due to it's longevity and British quirkiness again.

THIS IS A THEME PARK, set in one of the most beautiful settings in the world with a castle that others would kill for, in a country with some of the most magical stories built into its culture and history. Take a leaf from that vast history, or heaven forbid create an original story or theme.
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Re: 2011: Discussion

Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:15 pm

"Johno" wrote:
Could it be that we see a rapid investment in a small kiddie coaster, on loan just for the season? Before the situation being Alton Towers rectified in 2012?

We've never seen a major theme park that I'm aware of rent a ride for just a season. It's possible, but unprecedented, not to mention embarrassing. :)
 
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Re: 2011: Discussion

Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:18 pm

Alton are truely brilliant at EPIC FAIL's these days. Nothing new for 2011, first time in park history, but prices still on the rise.

I honestly hope another company comes along and buys towers because I have finally lost all faith in Merlin. They are no good for this park.
 
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Re: 2011: Discussion

Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:25 pm

"Liam" wrote:
with a castle that others would kill for


Alton Towers doesn't have a castle. ;)

Lets just hope the money that would have been spent on a well themed quality attraction goes towards the Black Hole's replacement or SW7, although more likely it'll go straight into Merlin's pocket.
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Re: 2011: Discussion

Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:27 pm

Alton can hardly be blamed for the typical rise in prices, inflation and all that jazz (at least parking's stayed the same), but there is at least the hope that some money will have been spent on [s:1kgoztep]new bins[/s:1kgoztep] sprucing up some areas of the park, as happened at Thorpe for the beginning of last season.

I guess not having a nothing is better than having a rushed and fairly rubbish attraction, maybe :?.
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Re: 2011: New Attractions Discussion

Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:28 pm

"James""][quote=""AstroDan" wrote:
From TT News, this evening:

No New Ride for 2011

After the Shrek 4D project was cancelled before Christmas, it was understood that Alton Towers were busy putting together a new attraction proposal for the 2011 season. However, Towers Times has received information that this has come to nothing and that there will be no new attraction for the new season. This means that it will be the first year in the theme parks history when no new attraction is added.

In addition, Towers Times also believes that The Beastie, which we originally understood was given a reprieve following speculation of its removal at the end of the 2010 season, will in fact be 'Standing But Not Operating (SBNO)" for the 2011 season - much like the Black Hole was for several years following its closure in 2005.


Apart from the disappointment of finding out there will be nothing for 2011. I finally know what SBNO stands for, yay! :P[/quote]

Same here :)
 
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Re: 2011: Discussion

Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:31 pm

I can see the next 3 years being pretty well planned out.

There will be a fair few red faces at the Towers and Merlin. Towers will have to explain to Merlin what's gone wrong, and Merlin will have to be explaining to their investors why one of their number one attractions has nothing to promote for 2011.

I can see a strategic 3 years of Family, Family Thrill and Thrill.
 
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Re: 2011: Discussion

Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:33 pm

All indications say that they had great plans for 2011, issues that occured have clearly resulted in these plans being scrapped at the last minute (and dont believe a word about the theming not been up to Dreamworks standard) .

I would rather they didnt do anything at all and do something bigger next season than rush out an ill concieved, quickly knocked up kiddy ride.
 
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Re: 2011: Discussion

Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:08 am

Interestingly, Towers isn't Merlin's number one attraction - quite a number come before them!
 
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Re: 2011: Discussion

Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:16 am

I don't think it gives a good impression to general public when they reliase theres no new attraction.
They may decide to visit other attractions this year and create smaller queues for us regulars! :P
At least theres the nice fresh waterpark to splash about in :P
As far as the majority on here are concerned the desion not to open this kids attraction should have no affect on us because I believe the majority og TTFs like the thrill rides over family attractions :)
Except for having a couple of goes in opening week! :D

If the budget has to be spent this year we could have the ultimate ultimate fireworks in November! :)
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Re: 2011: Discussion

Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:08 am

If this is true then the Merlin group has FAILED.

Britain's No 1 theme park? Disgraceful... With the amount of profit they make they should have, at the very least provide a backup flat with a budget of under £3 million.

Shame on Merlin for poor foresight and backup... not happy
 
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Re: 2011: Discussion

Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:25 am

I don't think we should despair too much that no attraction has been added - I know AT have an excellent record of bringing in something new every year, but they have no obligation to do that and I imagine it costs a lot to do. Many parks in the world can go for a year without adding something new. That in itself doesn't make Alton a bad park or mean they have failed in any way.

What I would be more concerned about is the haphazard way in which it seems to have been handled. Somehow numerous rumours have spread about new attractions, all of which turned out to be false, but they got people's hopes up. A deal may have fallen through, but it's the park's responsibility to make sure everything is feasible (and in theory of high quality). If the park were trying to install something new and for some reason a deal collapsed, it could be through no fault of the park. Perhaps they themselves decided it wasn't right. Either way, it has reflected badly on the park, in part I think because people expect them to add something new, however small, every year as they have for the last 30.

The situation that we now have is that the park are down an attraction (an important kiddie coaster with no alternative) and I find it unlikely that the park will carry out the maintenance and improvements that so many other of their competitors are able to do in their quiet seasons. This is where the problem lies. If the Beastie was still running, there would be a full complement of rides. If widespread general maintenance was carried out and the park improved because of it, people wouldn't complain. But (and perhaps I'm being harsh here) I simply can't see the park spending cash on things like painting Oblivion and scenery touch-ups because there isn't enough return on it. So we have fewer rides and I think we are unlikely to see the refurbs we want, which is what will cause problems.
 
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Re: 2011: Discussion

Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:33 am

"captain" wrote:
I don't think we should despair too much that no attraction has been added - I know AT have an excellent record of bringing in something new every year


Like 2007, for example? :P
 
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Re: 2011: Discussion

Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:25 am

It's not that bad, Chessington copes year on year with nothing and its visitors are not majorly affected, yes its sad to be losing the tradition but its only for the best. ;)
 
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Re: 2011: Discussion

Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:28 am

I feel this is very ironic. During the Th13teen event Morwenna was determined to point out that in 30 years they had always had a new attraction, then this year is the first not to.
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Re: 2011: Discussion

Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:30 am

Unless they decide to advertise that restored stained glass window as a new attraction, that is ;)

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