seanyboyuk wrote:If nothing happens to the flume site towards the end of 2013 i guess that will be the next location for an sw project. But for a change it should be a top water ride than just a coaster or a water coaster. There is a huge amount of land there and a very old ride is just sitting on it all. Id expect something on par or better than valhalla if it is a water ride as that is the benchmark in the uk.
Dormiens-Dave wrote:The fact that theming plans where not ready for submission suggests that the plans had to be changed relatively late on and what was SW7 is not what we are getting.
I'm a bit sceptical on that, as the submitted plans were specific to the landscape profile of the Black Hole site, and a different manufacturer was contracted to produce plans for a custom fit coaster. If it was a rush job towards the end of 2011 then none of the plans would have been prepared, and the theme concept would have been perhaps the easiest part of the project to produce. It's more likely to me the theme was held back so that planning consent would focus on the coaster primarily
I imagine the BH coaster was planned alongside the FV coaster, as they would typically have concepts for various new attractions being planned. But something propelled this ahead of SW7
Satch wrote:Fair point, although if it fits within GDO land, why do the buildings need consent?
Just a thought as well, if SW7 plans were put on hiatus and these as we know them rolled out, why didn't they postpone the project until 2014 to finalise concepts rather than a rush job?
daboywunda wrote:If I remember rightly, weren't there signs up at The Flume at some point in 2011 / 2012 stating that an incoming Secret Weapon was being developed and threatened the Flume's very existence? But then, they completely disappeared and we got the notification of Black Hole's replacement instead...
Could it be that the real plans for SW7 were for a replacement for The Flume but had to be leap-frogged in favour of the BH replacement instead (Much like, as already stated, how Oblivion leap-frogged Air)? Would also fit in with the MTDP stating that the Flume is coming to the end of it's life...
Would be like Thorpe planning something absolutely massive for 2013, but with all the fanboy's attention on Alton, they can work on the project... Wishful thinking! lol