On the one hand, I love duel, and don't think it should ever truly leave. It could definitely do with some small tweaks here and there. The ride system is effortlessly executed, and incredibly reliable considering its age, and complexity with the LEDs.
On the other hand, its a damned big tin shed, and for all that land to be wasted on something so average, it kind of irks me. To redevelop it into a new dark ride would cost half the price with the building already in place, and gives the whole plot of land huge potential.
But it would seem with the Tussaud's era gone, the idea of recycling an old ride seems farfetched maybe?
Does anybody actually know the size of the building/warehouse that holds the actual ride? It would be interesting to get an idea on scale compared to something like Harry Potter, Spiderman, Transformers etc.
Alot could be done with that amount of space, if the right budget was available.
The construction of the Haunted House took just under 18 months and was introduced to the park for the 1992 season. The ride area is equal to that of two football pitches and most of this is covered by a warehouse-style building that is cleverly disguised by the frontage of the abandoned gothic house.
The house is built using a combination of steel, timber, brick and concrete block work which is covered with a sand and cement render finished in an aged stonework effect.
The vast ride transit system was developed and produced by a German company called Mack rides. They designed the cars and the complex fin track system, which allows the car to speed up and slow down depending upon the fin contact between car and rails. The cars have an onboard computer system that communicate between the ride station control room, other cars and blocks that were connected to the fin track. Each car reportedly cost Alton Towers eighteen thousand pounds, of which there were 34, so this was a dark ride with a high budget and even higher expectations.
The construction went well and things ran to time, with the ride being promoted for the new 1992 season.