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Best Themed Coaster?

Nemesis
29 (18%)
Rita
No votes
Th13teen
9 (5%)
Oblivion
2 (1%)
The Smiler
26 (16%)
Sonic Spinball
No votes
Air
No votes
Runaway MineTrain
5 (3%)
Stealth
No votes
Nemesis Inferno
2 (1%)
Saw The Ride
26 (16%)
The SWARM
63 (38%)
Colossus
No votes
Flying Fish
1 (1%)
X
2 (1%)
 
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Re: Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:51 pm

I think the main thing in a themed area is that you should feel like your there, I just didn't feel like I was in an apocalypse when I was in the swarms area, and I just didn't know what to think around saw, it's just 'Here's your rides' I think the smiler's or nemmy's themes are the best as they make you feel like your in that situation (albeit, with a lot less fear) so I have o say either The Smiler's or Nemesis' theme :D
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Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:18 pm

Nemmy is for me best themed, though does need cleaning up a little x
 
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Re: Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:21 pm

I can only judge the Alton coasters as I've never been to thorpe,  but I'd definitely say nemmy, with all the effort they put in for the river of blood to the landscaping of the rocks, it's brilliant!
However I don't like the skellington they have put on the waterfall- It looks wrong and doesn't really fit. Like Christmas decorations in August.
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Re: Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:58 pm

I do like nemmys monster station and the rivers of blood but you can't argue with the swarms up to date themeing and look about it
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Re: Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:29 am

To me the whole warehouse of Saw makes it the best, integrating it into the queue line builds tension for the ride fantastically and the details on the walls and inside cages are very accurate to the films! This has to be one of the only outdoor rollercoasters that stuck to a movie theme and it did it almost to perfection. The dark ride section has so many great theming elements including the swinging blades and the strobes on the spikes as you drop. Having 2 theming elements on one drop makes it a crazy experience and the general gloomy, sinister feel to the whole area makes me feel like I am in one of the movies which is what any film themed rollercoaster should do. Great work by Thorpe.
 
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Re: Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:30 am

I have to go with The SWARM because apparently a lot of money went into theming considering they have a real plane wing (although they are not that far from Heathrow) a real Helicopter, a real Fire Engine, a real Lorry, a real Ambulance and many many more (from what I can tell it's all real, that or they are really really good props)
 
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Re: Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:01 am

As a whole, Alton Towers is better themed, with proper themed areas that you can tell you are leaving/entering. Thorpe Park, it all just blurs into one, except Swarm island. But as this is the first time I've properly thought about it, Tidal Wave, Saw, Nemmy Inferno and The Swarm are all really good themed. In my opinion, The Swarm is the best- The station is really good, the trains are themed (Which nemmys aren't), the queue line is well themed and integrated (it feels quicker to me with the constant change of environment and the news reports) and there's lots of good scenery and near misses. The shops and toilets match, overall it's really effective.

But Alton Towers has more well themed coasters, just not the best, unless you look at rides collectively. With Nemesis, I voted looking at the theming around the coaster itself, not Sub-Terra. If Sub Terra was part of the build up and queue line for Nemesis, Nemesis would win (I would have the story that the eggs attack so you evacuate, only you take a wrong exit and end up running down to the tied mother who has woken up to protect her babies, then you are attacked by her)
 
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Re: Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:50 am

^ that would be good! joining Sub-Terra up with Nemmy. When you escape you run into the mother Nemesis and you ride her XD
 
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Re: Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:41 pm

Thats what I have always thought since they announced NST. It would be an absolutely amazing experience, Plus seen as NST sends people through in batches I would have a skip option where those who skip Sub Terra are 'leaving the ride' on an elevator, thanking them for visiting, then disaster happens and the elevator emergency stops only, it stops on a staff floor, the floor to the restricted entrance to the Mother Nemesis. You have no choice but to continue onwards and risk the attack of the mother. The rest of Sub Terra could continue as normal and make it appear that guests have a viewing area of the mother Nemesis (who normally is restricted and sedated) which you have to escape through. Or my personal favourite, the buildings entered lock down and your trapped (you come face to face with a locked exit) then from behind you, an actor appears saying there is only one exit left, the staffs feeding entrance to the enclosure of the mother. It's the riders only hope to be able to reach safety.

This would make Nemesis have the best theme ever really, and The Swarm would be bumped to second place. (slightly off topic I know, but if it were to happen, that would be why Nemesis has the best theme)
 
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Re: Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:29 pm

I have no Idea how how Kooning the two rides to heather will bump up the theming, but I don't care, it's a freaking sweet idea. It would probes bump up the acting and the experience.
 
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Re: Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:39 pm

Well the theming would be the same, just on one ride, not two. It would deffo make the experience amazing.
 
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Re: Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:18 pm

Agreed.
 
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Re: Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:10 am

After a great visit last week, I really do think Thorpe deserves more credit than it gets, especially for theming. Sure, a LOT of it is the same-old "distaster" nonsense that blends together but the individual coasters have great themeing. It ranges from subtle, like Inferno and Colossus to the brilliantly OTT like Saw and Swarm. For me, it has to be the Swarm. The fact that a church, a symbol of sanctuary, is where the Swarm "attack" is an absolutely genius bit of storytelling and the music and SFX just adds to everything. Plus the near misses are amazing. It honestly might be my second favourite coaster out of the ones I've been on behind Nemesis although, granted, I have only been on the Merlin-owned UK ones.
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Re: Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:05 am

Thorpe does have a lot of well-themed rides. Swarm being the best themed imo. I mean there's loads there like all the crashed vehicles, fire effects, and all the near misses on-ride. Thorpe do put some effort into theming, Alton don't really.
 
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Re: Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:26 am

For me I just find Blivvy's theme amazing, albeit the screens could do with an update. The futuristic government theme makes you feel in a false sense of security, but I find the ride one of the worst/best on park
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Re: Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:22 am

I can't believe people are saying Thorpe put a lot of effort in to the ring and Alton don't! Look at Nemesis, Oblivion and more recently The Smiler! The marmaliser is a great example of a strong theme on a ride.
 
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Re: Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:36 am

Alton Towers just win. Look at areas like Katanga Canyon, Forbidden valley..You see my point.

At Thorpe I didn't really feel the sense of escapism and its not really themed as most areas just look the same. The swarm island is a much better than the rest of the park but not good enough to make me think Thorpe Park is totally and utterly better than towers.

If Alton don't put effort into themeing then why do we have Nemesis.. That didn't happen over night.
 
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Re: Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:53 am

Yes but it says best themed coaster, and The Swarm deffo is the best themed. As a whole Alton Towers is much better as the whole park has several, good, well themed areas, but The whole of Swarm island is the theme for one coaster, so it has to win. With the exception of The Smiler. Alton Towers pretty much stop their theming at the station. But they still have brilliant theming, I just think the earlier comment meant that the Swarm has more theme around the whole coaster, got real planes etc.

And Rita doesn't help Alton Towers for best theming really
 
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Re: Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:23 am

Swarm first, then Swarm second and finally in third place Swarm !
So yes, my vote goes to the pesky people stealing B&M robo-aliens.
I think as an older coaster enthusiast theming has become more important to me and to the parks themselves over the years it would seem.
It's no longer enough just to plonk a coaster down on a car park and give it a silly name most of the time.
On my first visit to Swarm last year I was really pleases with the effort that's gone into the whole area surrounding the ride and the near miss elements they've chosen really do make a great ride even better !
It was confirmed at the weekend when my daughter insisted we ride it backwards, and although it was still a good ride I didn't enjoy it as much because the theming plays a lesser part in the ride when you've already passed it by the time you see it.
 
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Re: Best themed Coaster Thorpe VS Alton...

Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:36 pm

I completely agree with you. I went with my cousin (her first time to Thorpe Park) so had to ride it both ways. We did backwards first as it had a smaller queue (which I thought was strange as it was the August after they had started the backwards riding) and we both enjoyed it better facing forwards. Theming is important to me also and im only 17. Although I think Thorpe Park has the better rides, I enjoy visiting Alton Towers much more due to the theming.

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