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Re: SW9

Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:32 pm

The thing is, I feel like there needs to be a way of pulling people back to the park after all national restrictions are lifted. The best way to do it is obviously investment. I don't know how finances are managed for the park or Merlin, but I do know that loans are taken out for the construction of large attractions and then paid back by the profit made after opening. Maybe we will still see SW9 in 2022 or 2023, maybe we won't. We just have to wait and see I guess. I think the only things we can speculate on at the moment is the possible coaster type and location of SW9. 
 
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Re: SW9

Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:32 pm

Cannot agree more and to be honest, my theory since Wicker Man opened has always been Rita's site, with some kind of launch coaster or something else,then a launch coaster somewhere else in the park at a different year.
 
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Re: SW9

Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:55 pm

The problem with the Rita site (aside from its proximity to Thirteen and the skyride) is that they'd still probably end up having to cut down trees for any sort of interesting coaster layout. A better solution, if they're able to get permission to cut down a small number of younger trees, would be to demolish the Woodcutter's Bar and Grill. That would give a fairly significant plaza about the same size as Taron. Other options involve making the oblivion queue more compact, getting rid of the arcase and filling up the space in X-sector (would make it a bit crowded mind).

The big advantage of these multi-launch coasters is that they have ultra flexible layouts and having a layout that twists and turns plays to its strengths.

The depressing prospect to consider is also that the Congo River Rapids takes up huge amounts of space and is often a bit sad and depressing given how often they run it turned down with the waterfalls turned off so you often end up with a boat full of completely dry people. Not sure I could forgive them if they didn't replace it with another family water ride mind. 
 
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Re: SW9

Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:49 am

Yeah I absolutely agree. I think if they were to gete rid of Woodcutters, then they'd need a new restaurant to replace it in the lineup. Ever since The Flume left the park, I've wanted a family water ride, something even the size of a Twist n Splash themed to pirates, a Galactica theme or something else.
 
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Re: SW9

Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:26 pm

abigsmurf wrote:
Other options involve making the oblivion queue more compact, getting rid of the arcase and filling up the space in X-sector (would make it a bit crowded mind).

Yesss, I was thinking the same thing when I was looking at Alton Towers on the satellite view. The Oblivion queue takes up an unreasonably large space. If the queue is in a smaller area to one side, and the other side is used along with the Submission site and possibly the Enterprise site, that would be a decently large area for another coaster. I am pretty sure Enterprise could easily be moved to another area of the park, if it isn't nearing it's end of life. X Sector would be so cool with 3 coasters. It would be nice for the third coaster to be enclosed, also preventing noise complaints from the locals. 
 
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Re: SW9

Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:41 am

What kind of coaster would be added in that site though? Would it be something with a lift hill or a launch and would it be low to the ground, a twisting & turning type coaster?
 
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Re: SW9

Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:59 am

Coaster Chall wrote:
What kind of coaster would be added in that site though? Would it be something with a lift hill or a launch and would it be low to the ground, a twisting & turning type coaster?

It can't be that big. Personally, I'd like to see an Aquatrax, with short steep lift hills and short launches 
 
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Re: SW9

Sun Apr 19, 2020 12:59 pm

Yeah that would be nice. It would be nice if Mack Rides did an extended Powersplash layout that's more of a water coaster than just two inclines at either side and a splashdown. Also something similar to an Aquatrax, like a Chiapas style system maybe, would be nice.
 
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Re: SW9

Sat May 09, 2020 1:53 pm

I don't know when it'll come due to COVID-19 but I think an Intamin Blitz or a B&M Hyper would be my 2 personal choices! I don't know how you could get the hyper in but I think both of these would really compliment the lineup! I also like the idea of a water coaster like the one in Aquashow Park in Portugal where they could alter how wet you get based on the time of year so it would be more appealing to for the whole year. You could have a platform by the main drop that is like a splash zone and also very photogenic for the marketing team!
 
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Re: SW9

Sun May 10, 2020 12:01 pm

A B&M Hyper won't ever happen due to the restrictions. Unless they fancy digging a 200ft+ trench... 
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Re: SW9

Sun May 10, 2020 5:04 pm

Liam.W wrote:
A B&M Hyper won't ever happen due to the restrictions. Unless they fancy digging a 200ft+ trench... 

Or if the locals decide not to restrict the UK's largest theme park from building roller coasters. It is so strange that a park with so many world's first coasters, including 3 iconic B&M coasters, has such tight restrictions. It's hard to imagine how different the park would be without the restrictions and how it would affect the park's popularity. Of course this is me just dreaming of an almost impossible reality but parks can have a change in restrictions. Thorpe Park's height restriction almost doubled in height to allow for Stealth to be built. 
Dreaming aside, I expect SW9 to be a thrilling coaster. We had a family SW with Th13teen, a thrill coaster with The Smiler, a family coaster with Wicker Man, and so hopefully a thrill coaster for SW9 to follow on the trend. Assuming no changes in height restrictions (which is almost certainty), I'd like to see a coaster focusing on either speed (with launches) or water (with splash downs). 
 
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Re: SW9

Sun May 10, 2020 11:27 pm

Yeah, hopefully, SW9 will be a thrill coaster, but I cannot see the height restriction for the park being changed any time soon - I am pretty sure further reasons for it being there (other than locals) is the fact the park is in the middle of the countryside and the local council has a say in that I would've thought.  Personally I love that Towers has a height restriction as it means their coasters are more innovative and unique compared to other parks around the globe - really adds some charm to it!
 
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Re: SW9

Wed May 27, 2020 3:19 pm

Intamin multi launch like Taron please!

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