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Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:51 pm

Can say the same with X:\NWO.. there's a reason there's only one left in the world.

Slammer.. is.. okay. It's amazing going over forwards, but going backwards is awful, so only half the ride is decent.
 
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Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:56 pm

jamesc wrote:
I do not think that Thorpe Park will get rid of this ride anytime soon.

As it is the only one still standing in the world, correct me if I am wrong.

I am even more supprised that the park does not market it as a Worlds Only Sky Swat, and could even go as to say that there will not ever be another one built again any where in the world.

Worlds Exclusive now the only other one at Six Flags New Orleans is not operating and will most likely never work again.


the other one is at Six Flags New England ;)
 
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Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:07 pm

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Slammer doesn't seem too popular with the public from what I've seen.  It usually has one of the shortest queues in the park despite the throughput being pretty rubbish.  I've hardly ever seen the extended queue open, even when the park is extremely busy.


I don't think it has a rubbish throughput at all. I think when the staff are on form it can eat through a queue which is probably why it hardly has a queue, not to mention it's quite an intimidating ride to look at but 48 per ride isn't "rubbish" I don't think.
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Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:24 pm

However, they NEVER staff it to what it used to be - the best they can ever seem to do is one per 5mins (and thats very very rare).

That's 576 at most.
 
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Slammer: Staying or going?

Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:22 pm

So after a promising start to the 2012 season maybe a few thought, could they of finally fixed Slammer's reliability problem. That was until a few days ago when the inevitable happened, "SLAMMER IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE", now this wouldn't normally interest me but over the past year i've been hearing people saying Slammer will soon be removed from Thorpe, others say this is only a rumour.

I just wan't to know, is Slammer staying therefore meaning the rumours are false, or has the mighty Sky Swat finally met it's end at Thorpe?
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Re: Slammer: Staying or going?

Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:23 pm

I reckon it'll be off. Which frankly, will be a shame. I know quite a lot of people dislike it and yes, the shoulder restraints are uncomfortable, but the ride offers a genuinely scary and thrilling experience - unique to Thorpe Park!

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Re: Slammer: Staying or going?

Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:24 pm

I think it should go now. Capacity/loading is outrageous. It is a cool ride and I was pleased to finally get on it for the first time ever in March this year, but it does not belong at a park like Thorpe anymore.
 
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Re: Slammer: Staying or going?

Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:29 pm

It's only redeeming feature is that it's impressive to watch, so good riddance if it does go. :|
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Re: Slammer: Staying or going?

Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:31 pm

As much as the ride is horrendous at shifting the smallest of queues, I really enjoy the ridiculous experience it offers. If it does go, I may gently weep.
 
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Re: Slammer: Staying or going?

Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:31 pm

THORPE PARK wrote:
SLAMMER is currently unavailable, but will be back in all it’s awesomeness soon.


Staying. For now.
 
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Re: Slammer: Staying or going?

Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:12 pm

This is a good question just because it really is a mystery as to how long Slammer will last.

My personal opinion is that unless maintaining it becomes too costly I see no reason to remove Slammer. I really like it, don't get me wrong it's not a great ride but it's something bizarre and unique that only S&S would dream up. Last time we went on it we joked about it all the way to the top only for it to break down giving us extra opportunity to make jokes on the way back down again. That was genuinely one of the highlights of our trip and this was the same day we first rode The Swarm.

It’s an oddity and should be enjoyed as such.
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Re: Slammer: Staying or going?

Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:58 pm

it's definitely unique, but i wouldn't say it was enjoyable, it's just okay, i wouldn't be too worried if it left as long as it was replaced by another flat, but it is a very odd experience. :P
 
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Re: Slammer: Staying or going?

Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:19 am

Providing I have the lap bar tight and the shoulder bar so loose it's essentially pointless I'm quite fond of Slammer.  Sure there's a lot wrong with it, and I'm always worried I'll get stranded upside down but it's completely different to anything else in the UK and a fairly thrilling ride.  Bonus points for it never having a long queue, despite the fact the throughput is unbelievably low due to mind-numbing levels of faff.

I wouldn't be surprised to see it go though, it's reliability has been poor since day 1 and it's never been the most popular of rides.  It's surely a matter of time before Thorpe decide the ride is more trouble than it's worth, though since the park have already closed 3* attractions since the end of last season it would be an extremely poor show if another one were to close.

*I'm counting Saw Alive here, even though it'll be back for Fright Nights
 
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Re: Slammer: Staying or going?

Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:59 am

I love Slammer, For me it's the only intimidating ride At Thorpe Park and can offer a high amount of Thrill, It happens to be my 2nd favourite flat after Rush <3.

The loading is horrible, and the queue hardly moves, however it's normally a short one so it doesn't bother that much. It can be painful but I'm not bothered about painful rides.

Would be sad to see it go (if ever) but I hope it goes to another park instead of getting scrapped, would be a waste if it did.
 
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Re: Slammer: Staying or going?

Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:13 am

It would make sense to get rid of Slammer to allow for the redevelopment of the X site and the arena.

It is an enjoyable ride, but I agree the faff between cycles is just stupendous.

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Re: Slammer: Staying or going?

Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:40 am

I'd like to go on it at least once before it leaves. It looks fantastic when it's operating and I'd like to think that Thorpe Park will bear with it due to it being one of only two that were ever built. For that reason, even if Thorpe does want to get rid of it, I'd prefer it if they sold it to another park rather than as scrap.
 
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Re: Slammer: Staying or going?

Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:58 pm

I'll miss slammer if it goes. Sure it has something like 40 seats but doesn't eat queues, needs a lot of staff, and has a tendency to not work.

But its just so obscure and so bizarre a ride, that its fun. Plus, its the only ride at thorpe where I feel incredibly unsafe, because of the restraints being kind of, well, small.
 
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Re: Slammer: Staying or going?

Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:35 pm

I have to say I quite like Slammer, I would rather ride that than Submission! But I agree the faff between rides is just stupid, I have no idea why it takes so long to load and unload the ride. I think someone last weekend said its the last of its type in the world?
 
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Re: Slammer: Staying or going?

Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:49 am

I quite like Slammer, but you have to work very hard for your enjoyment.

The bit where you're going forwards and 'over-the-top' is amazing, but you have to put up with an awful lot of other time wasting and the boring backwards bit for those few moments.
 
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Re: Slammer: Staying or going?

Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:00 pm

I'm pleased about the lack of 'painful' comments it usually gets :P
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