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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:18 am

There’s a short video currently on the BBC News website about the Theme Park Management degree course that was designed in conjunction with Staffordshire University by Merlin Entertainments and run at Alton Towers.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-englan ... udent-life
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Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:19 pm

Photos have emerged showing Blade has been removed from its position in Forbidden Valley. Signage around the ride indicates that this is just a temporary measure while the ride undergoes maintenance but there are some people on social media who believe this may be permanent.

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Source: Jayne Mitchell in the “Alton Towers News and Discussions Group” on Facebook.
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Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:36 pm

There’s also been signage hinting that the closure of N:ST was a temporary measure but look what happened there 8-[
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:25 am

I've a feeling this is for something bigger... A Forbidden Valley redevelopment, including Sub Terra and Blade sites
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:10 pm

I'm sure they refurbed in recently, this year or last, seems strange to me that they would remove it. On the other hand black buccaneer at chessington has been down all season, not sure they are the same model but they're both HUSS I think, could they be sacrificing the blade for parts for black buccaneer? 
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:41 pm

Harry347 wrote:
I'm sure they refurbed in recently, this year or last, seems strange to me that they would remove it. On the other hand black buccaneer at chessington has been down all season, not sure they are the same model but they're both HUSS I think, could they be sacrificing the blade for parts for black buccaneer? 

Black Buccaneer is now closed for good and won't be returning to Chessington.

The ride vehicle of The Blade was refurbished this year, as were I believe a few other parts of the ride system. Given it's the busiest time of the year, the decision to perform early maintenance would not have been taken unless absolutely necessary.
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Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:22 pm

Visited yesterday and noticed the Blade was missing. As I was walking back to my car, my friend noticed the ride car for the Blade was sitting in a locked enclosed compound on the right, close to the zebra crossings... It was there with ride cars from the log flume. Make of that what you will.
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:41 am

I just hope that the Blade was removed to give Rameses Revenge a new home. Or I will be very sad...
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:19 pm

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I just hope that the Blade was removed to give Rameses Revenge a new home. Or I will be very sad...


At this stage Blade is out of action for maintenance work, and despite Towers putting signage out that indicates it’ll be coming back, there are many who doubt this.

Either way, if it does get removed, Rameses definitely won’t be going in it’s place. There’s a reason Chessington are removing it, which is because it’s old, nackered and isn’t financially viable to run anymore.
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:46 pm

I think the issue might not be with the gondola itself, but with the motors underneath it - if they needed replacing, you’d have to take the boat out the pit first 
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:50 pm

As posted by TowersTimes News, Alton Towers have confirmed the majority of the 2020 operating calendar, including prices for online ticket purchases and Season Passes.

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Opening Saturday 21st March, the theme park will open every day until the start of September, except for off-peak Wednesdays in March, April and May. From 7th September the theme park will open Thursday-Sunday. Dates for October and November are currently not known, however the last day of the season is stated as Sunday 8th November.

Online pricing is £34 for adults and £28.50 for children, with a stated saving of up to £20 from the gate price. Season Passes are also available, priced at £58 for Standard with summer exclusion dates, or £75 for Premium which will, for the first time, include standard parking, as well as admission to The Alton Towers Dungeon.
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:40 pm

Anyone know roughly how busy the park usually is on Tuesdays (specifically, during scarefest)
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:47 pm

Piplup2003 wrote:
Anyone know roughly how busy the park usually is on Tuesdays (specifically, during scarefest)

This Tuesday? Should be broadly similar to today’s queue times as it’s half term. 
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Fri Oct 25, 2019 11:27 pm

Does anyone know why ride times website has gone down!

Im meant to be going tomorrow and I cant remember the last time I looked at an actually queue time board :’)
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Sat Oct 26, 2019 4:49 pm

The website has been down for a good few days, however ride times are still available if you download the Alton Towers App
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:13 am

ICYMI - Alton Towers have started the recruitment process for the 2020 season.

With the process beginning earlier than normal, and with start dates for Rides and Food & Beverage staff being from 13th February, could this be an indication that we may see a return of the February Half Term event to the theme park itself?

I for one would love to see the FHT theme park opening make a return. Yes the weather is a bit of a lottery and there are only a handful of rides available, but it is a nice way to break up the gap between Fireworks and the main season opening.
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:48 pm

When the towers have been open for Feb half term before, what rides have been open?
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:03 am

Mr_Gibson wrote:
When the towers have been open for Feb half term before, what rides have been open?


The last time the theme park was open for FHT in 2015, the following areas of the park were open:

    Forbidden Valley
    Mutiny Bay
    Katanga Canyon (Congo River Rapids was closed)
    Gloomy Wood
    CBeebies Land
    Cloud Cuckoo Land

Hex was also available.
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:25 pm

An interesting collection of rides. I can’t imagine being on Congo River Rapids in Feb so I can see why they didn’t open it!
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:14 pm

As reported on the TowersTimes Facebook page, Alton Towers Resort have released an updated logo to reflect the Resort's 40th anniversary.

Could this suggest the Resort are planning some special events this year to celebrate the milestone birthday?

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