I think realistically, the following sites are available for a coaster - all have varying issues of planning permission, space and height restriction.
- X-Sector Black Hole site
- Coaster Corner (off Cloud Cuckoo Land)
- The woods around the Flume / Gloomy Wood (may require the removal of the flume)
- Across the valley
I agree these are the best options for a new coaster, but I think realistically X-Sector is most likely the next home to a coaster unless something is uninstalled.
Coaster Corner was closed (phased out) i believe due to proximity to the town and noise levels, so unless the locals become friendly i doubt we shall see anything of significance there, which is a shame. Its of great size and could have so much potential for a new coaster.
Across the valley is, I'm sure, what everyone is hoping for, and the fabled woodie, but would that involve cutting across the gardens of the park? A possible stumbling block perhaps? Please correct me if I'm wrong.
I like the idea of replacing the flume, but I'm not sure a coaster would be the best replacement, the existing clearing from the flume would allow for something similar to th13teens forest element, but nothing to extreme or inverting. Ideal for a Mega-lite I feel, but would probably require building over the lake/pond nearby which I doubt alton would do. A new flume in this area would be best i think, or maybe
even Aqua-Trax but I'm not holding my breath.
The Black Hole tent surely has to be the target area, I've already mentioned previsouly my thoughts on this, but alton will be limited with what can fit inside the tent.
I would love to se the area rethemed or at least redesigned with new flats and a new coaster, hopefully keeping the tent, but I would not be surprised if they decided to scrap the whole area, barring oblivion, and rip out the tent and all the flats with it starting from scratch.
I really hope Alton's next installation is finally given a bigger budget compared to the previous rides. It seems that the general budget for all the major installations is about £15m on average, but with what we've got from th13teen seems pretty poor compared to previous installations, most of that seems to have been spent on theming and designing the ride and the station, I was hoping we'd see more value for money with the track, like Nemesis or Air. A long scary thrill from start to finish, with less emphasis on the world's first and more on the actual coaster. We got Rita for £8m, Oblivion, Air and Nemesis for between £12m-£15m, imagine what we could get for £20m-£25m.