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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:10 am

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Cadbury's will be sponsoring the ride next season.

When did Cadbury's sponsorship end the first time around? Interesting scenario to have a ride originally sponsored by Cadbury's rebranded and then sponsored by Cadbury's again.
 
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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:04 pm

Wouldn't put if past them, but I've heard nothing of this. If if means we finally get confectionary other than nestle available on resort then I'm all for it.
 
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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:19 pm

Can anyone with VR experience explain to me how they can say with absolute certainty that the headset won't fall off during the ride? I mean the park are ridiculously strict about loose articles compared to most parks. I understand that there's strap and it'll secure in nicely, but whats to stop someone messing with this strap, or it ends up making its way loose?
 
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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:25 pm

If it is I doubt they'd be any guarantee.

The headset strapping are pretty tight & its not a forceful ride it'll knock it off on its own (plus your constantly altering your head to be level with the train) so should a headset ever fall it'll be due to customer tampering which I'm hopeful they'll enforce a 'you break it, you pay for it' rule.
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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:59 am

Ok, if it is VR ... then what would be the point of added theming elements around the ride? Or have I got the plans all wrong?

Not keen on the VR idea, myself.
 
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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:53 pm

VR wouldn't be mandatory. It would be an optional add-on experience for a price I'd imagine.
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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Tue Nov 10, 2015 3:01 pm

That's why I thought AR: with the theming elements triggering different things on your visor. They could also be used as hotspots to boost the WiFi signal as it's fairly ropey in places and you don't want the signal tripping out half way around.
 
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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:29 pm

I think it would be impossible for towers to issue just headsets because they are liable to fall off, especially on a flying coaster! They would have to work the headset into the restraints somehow.
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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:10 pm

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That's why I thought AR: with the theming elements triggering different things on your visor. They could also be used as hotspots to boost the WiFi signal as it's fairly ropey in places and you don't want the signal tripping out half way around.

I was chatting to some of the other forumers about this instead of VR. I'd much prefer AR as it could enhance your experience instead of completely changing it. To add to this, you could still enjoy the near misses, tunnels and the parts such as the "photo point" on the lift and the turnaround where riders often wave to viewers.
 
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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:01 am

Pretty much confirmed this morning that it'll be Air: Galactica / VR as suspected.

Alton Towers response to @ProjectHitch custom artwork: https://twitter.com/ProjectHitch/status ... 3062532096

Very impressive! #aheadofthegame! #watchthisspace! #Nospoilersplease :-)


Looking back at station plans. It appears there will be strip curtains like The Smiler building at every entrance point to the station. With studwork walls at 1.8m surrounding the ride platform/airgates so it'll be quite dark/concealed inside the station unlike today

A fast track queue is also leading to the right hand station (station 2) only. I believe this'll be the main station whereas the left station (the one we normally board) will become possible a VR only dispatch. Exciting.
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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Thu Nov 12, 2015 3:03 pm

Air Galactica, all we need now is a sponsorship from Nike and you could sell the world's first shoe based on a rollercoaster :P

Totally enclosed stations are interesting I wonder if they'll keep the lighting and everything the same inside?
 
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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:03 pm

Air:Galactica isn't confirmed. As far as I can tell, that is just fan art and not actually anything to do with Alton Towers themselves
 
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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:04 pm

Andy Mc wrote:
Pretty much confirmed this morning that it'll be Air: Galactica / VR as suspected.

Alton Towers response to @ProjectHitch custom artwork: https://twitter.com/ProjectHitch/status ... 3062532096

Very impressive! #aheadofthegame! #watchthisspace! #Nospoilersplease :-)


Looking back at station plans. It appears there will be strip curtains like The Smiler building at every entrance point to the station. With studwork walls at 1.8m surrounding the ride platform/airgates so it'll be quite dark/concealed inside the station unlike today

A fast track queue is also leading to the right hand station (station 2) only. I believe this'll be the main station whereas the left station (the one we normally board) will become possible a VR only dispatch. Exciting.


No it's not pretty much confirmed. That's fan made. Read towers reply properly. They don't admit to anything.
 
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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:56 pm

I'm not on about the image I know that's fanmade, but when their reply in response to it the use of hashtags intrigued me, for them to say for him to not spoil it and that he's ahead of the game that to me is confirming he is along the right tracks..

I posted my wallpaper to them via FB and they said pretty much the same and that patience is a virtue, more revealed soon.
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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Fri Nov 13, 2015 6:38 am

And mine was more of a joke :P

Not necessarily a good one but hey ho. I know it's far too early now, I'll bet they want to get Christmas out if the way before releasing anything substantial, but I wonder what their timeline is for revealing more?
 
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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:26 am

Alton Towers did a big chunk of Christmas reveals/promo this week with Santa arriving at the resort and revealing the Emporium detailing on their YouTube channel.

If I were Alton Towers I'd do a large reveal for this on December 15 when a British Army Major is to be Britain's first astronaut for the ESA (European Space Agency) and on launch day. This in my opinion would be an awesome date to reveal a space themed Air makeover.

I didn't like the idea of all this to begin but its slowly growing on me. The station being enclosed, the new color scheme, the restaurant & VR will all be a breath of fresh air.
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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Fri Nov 13, 2015 4:41 pm

Andy Mc wrote:
Alton Towers did a big chunk of Christmas reveals/promo this week with Santa arriving at the resort and revealing the Emporium detailing on their YouTube channel.

If I were Alton Towers I'd do a large reveal for this on December 15 when a British Army Major is to be Britain's first astronaut for the ESA (European Space Agency) and on launch day. This in my opinion would be an awesome date to reveal a space themed Air makeover.

I didn't like the idea of all this to begin but its slowly growing on me. The station being enclosed, the new color scheme, the restaurant & VR will all be a breath of fresh air.


Was that meant to be a pun at the end? :lol
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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Fri Nov 13, 2015 5:01 pm

The font used on the promotional artwork is Raleway in case anyone is interested. The specific Raleway types are Raleway bold and Raleway light.
 
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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:17 pm

Fencing & on-site containers have been put up within the last few days as seen from TPW tweet here.

Nothing currently visibly happening on Air. (taken from the lift hill by Liam Shepherd today)

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Re: Planning Application for Enhancements to Air

Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:18 pm

Can't have been today. The trees are far too green. That is the summer.

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