"Electric Bill" wrote:I am a bit disappointed, really. It seems rather sensible to me. An anti-climax.I noticed this on the map opening times too! It seems like Zoo Days but with Christmas decorations to me. As it's not being advertised as an event it won't be a major time for Chessington.
The 2008 map also says 'Christmas opening' so it must have happened last year as well.
"Electric Bill" wrote:I then got into an argument with Kaycee, who pointed out that my conclusion of 15 years was badly thought out... and well, stupid. Use by date? :? Especially the "frozen, not fresh" joke. What?Nemesis is leaking unknown liquids... 8-[
You could say Nemesis is slightly 'old', but not in the same way as Corkscrew was (the technical term is Ancient). Most roller coasters, I think, last about fifteen years, unless its a particuarly good one, in which case longer. Dark rides are the same. Nemesis opened in *opens new tap and loads TowersTimes web page, clicks on Nemesis fact file* 1994, which means, by my ride age closure measurements, it reached the use-by date this year.
Luckily, Nemesis was frozen, not fresh...
"ElectricBill""][quote=""Timmy" wrote::shock:Nemesis' lifetime is likely to be closer to 40 years.
"Tomato" wrote:#-oIt's likely to have a complete rebuild when its 20 years old.
"Thomas" wrote::yikes:That's fairly typical in engineering.
"Electric Bill""]I don't think Spinball Whizzer looks bad at all. It might have worn paint but it's not an eyesore in my view, infact I think it livens up the view from Towers Street really. Red and blue was a good choice of colours.[/quote][quote=""Electric Bill" wrote::|In 2006, somebody sparked a lighter on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory setting fire to some of the grass. Everybody on the boat was led into a room and told the official evacuation proceedings:
1. Runaround screaming
2. Check the Oompa-Loompas are OK
3. Re-theme Cred Street
4. Buy an Annual Pass with 23.56% off
5. I think by now you have realised I'm joking
"Electric Bill's signature" wrote::help: I also insisted on writing everything in purple. Which hasn't worn off, I am proud to say. :wink: Although at one point, I remember changing my colour to sickly brown to make it more Duel-ish (?!).
THIS IS MY REAL FACE![/spoiler:36y9qxdu]
"DiogoJ42" wrote:Posted: Fri 4th Feb 2005 19:16
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Is it just me, or are the guns seriously uncomfortable to use?
1) the cable connecting the gun to the car is too short, so you can't hold it at arms length, or even tuck it into your shoulder. this makes for an awkward firing position with your (or at least my) arms bent.
2) the trigger is too stiff. By the end of a ride my trigger finger is sore, and i have seen people come off Tomb Blaster @ CWoA (which uses the same guns, I think,) with blisters.
3) They're just too damn slow! the only way to get rapid fire I've found is to hold the gun by the top of the breach in my right hand, and whack the trigger with my left.
4) for what they are, do they have to be that heavy? I know real guns ARE heavy, but how do kids manage to lift the things? Having said that, it wouldn't be a problem if the cables were that little bit longer...
Anyone else have these problems?
Evening all, long time lurker first time poster here. My names Craig, 21 from "oop north" in Darlington (North East England in case you didn't know!). I currently work full time at a call centre 4 on 4 off, leaving plenty of opportunities for random roadtrips to random places (including AT). Aside from that, drinking, any type of music possible along with a bit of mountain biking thrown in for good measure.
Unbelievably, the first time I visited AT was last year, and have so far visited 3 times, with another trip to come next month. Kind of annoyed I missed out so much earlier on!
To be honest, I think Cred Street needs to be rethemed, the monorail needs to be sorted out, and the Skyride replaced, but still following the same route.
"GothicAngel09" wrote:I like that idea, i mean, the fear factor of thinking about going into a tree or a wraith is always good, even if that isn't the worlds first area, it should be included. My idea for the worlds first was they could send it underground, just to have something chase it (the demon) backwards and out of the lower sector, then just continue as normal, but that would take too much effort to make :roll:
"GothicAngel" wrote:[/spoiler:b4pzlvky]but... i wanna be a whore... :(
seriously though, this is epic, gawd is miss being a chat regular, ive missed a lot
"furies first post" wrote:Hello, first post here and probably the only thread I'll really get involved with I'm afraid.
I'm massively interested in the Towers history and have been researching it since the whole "chained oak" thing first appeared.
First up, while Squiggles has done some excellent research work, the history page starts off a little confusing. The Earls of Shrewsbury were Sheffield based when they married in the Furnyvall family. The Furnyvall family owned Alton Castle, and that land then came into the possession of the newly created Earl's of Shrewsbury.
Alton Castle's history is well documented, the castle referred to in the History on here is Alton Castle, NOT Alton Towers (you have to remember, many people think Alton Towers is a castle, but the last official crenelation was Bodiam Castle in the late 15th/early 16th century).
Despite claims that there has been "well documented" references to the land on which the Towers stands for over 1500 years, the first real evidence isn't until 1731. There is a drawing dated 1731 in the William Salt library which shows Alton Castle, with Alveton lodge in the background.
I would think that the lodge was probably built as a hunting lodge in the 14th/15th century by the Earls of Shrewsbury, as that would fit in with the periods nicely.
However, the only confirmed date we have is that lodge existed in 1731.
The Ceolred references I can't find further details of. I don't know where the original source is that it was the Towers site and not the the Castle site which was his fortress. Having hunted for (and found) "well documented" pre-conquest forts sites, I can happily tell you they're often not quite where you expect them to be. Even well documented battle-fields (such as Bosworth) quite often have a lot of discussion over the true sites. A lto gets lost over the years, so any reference to The Towers being the site of Ceolred's fort should be taken with a pinch of salt, unless there is an accurate description of it's location (I've not found one, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist).
Alton (Alveton) Lodge became Alton Abbey in 1811, and it wasn't until 1831 that John Talbot made it the family home. Work started on the main sections of the hall in 1821 (or was it 1823, I'm crap at numbers and it's been a week since I read the details, but I wasn't looking at the later house then so didn't note it :lol: ), but I think the change of name in 1811 suggests that the initial work was started on the lodge around that date, with the main "gothic masterpiece" starting at the 1821 date, with the house livable in 1831 (Ref: Staffordshire Pocket Album).
Alton Castle was destroyed during the civil war, along with Chartley, Tutbury and Stafford. So the Earls will have retreated back to their home turf in Sheffield to sit out this turbulent period. The lodge will have remained untouched at it was a relatively small building and couldn't be used against Cromwell. The castle was rebuilt by Pugin (around 1847), and taken over by the church in the late 19th Century.
It amazes me that there is less well documented history of the Towers before the 15th Earl. The Castle is extremely well documented, as are many other hunting lodges, but Alton's history is vague, especially considering how famous the park now is. I suspect that there has been a degree of "muddying" and mistakes made due to the fame of the park. People assume that any references to a castle must mean Alton Towers, not realising that there's a Norman castle remaining under the 19th Century Alton Castle.
Trying to get details of medieval history is also a real nightmare, as the families moved lots, and the trees are complicated.
People may find this letter interesting:
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I hope this helps a little bit anyway? The Towers as they are were certainly built up from around the 1811 over a long period. It seems odd to me that much of the residence was probably only used by the Earls for 50 or so
"Mankey52 talking about the Haunted House" wrote:i remember every time i went on it, it broke down! i went on it about 6 times
it was so funny cuz i remember once we stopped right in front of that uge spider for about 30 mins... i was about 7 and i dont think i slept well that night
but i remember the first time i went on it i was 5... and seriously i dont think i opend my eyes until i entered Forbidden Valley!
Hey everybody this is my first post on the forum-Go me!
I am personally TERRIFIED of rollercoasters! I can't help it! Whenever i went to themeparks when i was little neither of my parents would go on the rides so i have sort of inheriated their fear. I'll be the first to admit that when i do actually go on a rollercoaster, i do enjoy it, but before i enjoy it, i have to endure those terrible nerves that make my stomach turn! These nerves usually turn me off going on the ride all together! I then end up feeling stupid and sort of left out because everyone can kind of get over this fear and enjoy the ride!
I plan to get over my fear - sooner or later, right now i'd prefer later, but for some reason i fear it will be sooner! :shock:
Has anyone got any tips to help me get over this fear?