Well overall I'm pleased with what has been revealed, and it's no great surprise that it does not go into massive detail, mainly because even Alton might not know exactly what they want and when yet, they just have rough ideas like wanting 4 new large/medium rides in the next 5 years.
The one thing I'm against is a new entrance, but I've already posted my views on that so won't do so again. I'm fine with a second entrance, but not a new one, and it looks like that is what most of us think.
I'm very pleased to hear that they are thinking about an entertainments complex, to me it is something needed to really make the resort a resort. It also looks like they might be considering two entertainment areas which is even better! There are so many different things that could be included in an entertainments complex, you've got places to eat and drink, shopping areas, a cinema, bowling, shows, and more things I can't think of right now. This idea has a lot of potential.
The changes to the car parking sounds promising, mainly due to the opportunities created with new space from current car parks. I don't know the lettering for the current car parks, so I'll use south and north in my description. The current south car park looks like it will host the entertainments complex, and car parking will be re-located onto what I belive is currently the overflow car park on the fields which will obviously be landscaped and made into a permanent car park. Then I can see some of the current north car park, parts of it closest to Forbidden Valley, holding a new coaster either as part of FV or as a new area. There seems to be plenty of space on the fields for car parking, so I don't think a lack of parking will be an issue if a coaster is built on the current north car park.
New accommodation is to be expected, but to me the plan suggests that there could be three new "accommodation sites", with one of these being something along the lines of log cabins. That leaves two more, and I can't see two new hotels being built in the next 10 years, so maybe we might see an extension to the ATH. Then there could be a nice new themed hotel and the grassy area to the east of the current hotels.
I think that there is a fairly high chance of seeing the coaster corner used again at some point over the next 10 years, and this is possibly where Spinball may be re-located to. If this happens I could see Spinball and a new coaster, possibly a woodie, in the coaster corner along with a flat or two. I'd be very happy to see something like that happen.
The plan suggests that there could be 3 coasters over this 10 year period, but whether this includes SW6 is yet to be seen. Assuming that SW6 isn't included in the 3, I could see the following new coasters. A new kiddie coaster to replace the Beastie, although this may form part of CCL and not Adventure Land, it wouldn't be the biggest shock in the world if Adventure Land ceased to exist by 2020. Another coaster could be a thrill coaster over in Forbidden Valley/north car park, the plan does seem to suggest this as I said before. Then a family woodie in the coaster corner to accompany Spinball. Saying all of that though, I also expect a new coaster in the Black Hole tent fairly soon, so that would make 4 coaster plus SW6, and I'm not sure how realistic that would be.
I'm also pleased to hear that the Flume area is possible area for a re-theme, you've got to think that this means it will be made to fit in with Mutiny Bay, something that is definitely needed. The only thing that's missing from the plan is a mention of the Air tunnel! :P
So overall I'm pleased with what has been revealed. A rough plan still leaves room for plenty of speculation, and I think there is a lot to be excited about of the next 10 years! Sorry for the very long post, I wasn't intending it to be this long!
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