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  1. 6 points
    MattyMoo

    2018 General Discussion

    I feel sick.
  2. 3 points
    Hethetheth

    2018 General Discussion

    [Long protracted sigh] This sounds dreadful.
  3. 2 points
    ProudToServe

    Park Operations

    Being on two trains and stuck on the brake run for ages just defeats the point of two trains imo. that train should be ready to go once you leave the first brakes so it just keeps rolling in
  4. 2 points
    Kerfuffle

    2018 General Discussion

    Give it a year or so. They'll be bringing in Fortnite soon enough for the same reason...
  5. 2 points
    jessica2

    2018 General Discussion

    Haha well it’s official Love Island Lates have been accounted every Thursday Friday and Saturday during the summer. You can meet some of the cast and play love island games (???) at these events. They are desperate to be ‘down with the kids’ I suppose lol
  6. 1 point
    Matt Creek

    Wickerman- A Hot Topic

    The Wickerman marks a noticeable and remarkable change from previous Secret Weapon coasters. Not only does it aim more towards older families (over thrill-seekers) but it doesn’t feature a ground breaking element (if one can excuse their previous claims. It’s made out of wood too by the way. This review contains spoilers. Now enthusiasts, fans and the like have been wanting a wooden roller coaster at Towers for years. Previously with little success, until now. Cross Valley was cancelled and for years, Wooden coasters were deemed unmarketable. It perhaps doesn’t help the majority of U.K. park goers only have Blackpool and Stampida (at a push) as notable comparisons to wooden coasters. As time passed, the idea of a Woodie gradually warmed up. Attraction designer John Wardley had always wanted a Wooden coaster at Towers. A Wallace and Gromit themed coaster was just one of many ideas. Years later and the concept for the then labelled SW8 was announced and met with mixed reviews. Many were let down and concerned by the ride’s apparent small and mundane layout, whilst others were concerned of the ride’s theme. Construction progressed and again marked a remarkable difference from previous SW projects. Whilst the others were somewhat more secretive, the park in this case almost wanted more to know of what was to arrive. Windows, posters and video teasers frequently appeared, giving visitors what this future attraction may deliver. After numerous unfortunate weather delays (which seems to be a recurring issue with SW rides), Wickerman opened to the general public. Aside from it’s reliability it was met with mostly positive reviews and some saying it was the best thing at the resort to date. Being the first Woodie in the U.K. since 1996 and at a Merlin park, many could regard the ride as highly successful. But how? The ride doesn’t feature a notable world’s first? The Wickerman does not need a world’s first element, the ride is a complete package. An experience. It all begins from the moment you enter the queue line entrance, welcomes by a sign that is effective and blends in without being too garish or generic. There may be Pirate attractions around the corner, but the ride fits in almost like it has always belonged there. One may argue, too many newer attractions uphold bland and repotive queue lines, frequently resorting to ‘the cattle-pen’ layout. Not Wickerman. The ride’s queue gradually progresses up hill, managing to showcase the ride whilst seeming to head away from it only to become nearer. This queue line style is reminiscent of Tussauds designed rides such as Nemesis and Colossus. The noticeable theming such as buntings and different zoned audio in places, is a welcoming addition. As we become nearer, we reach a baggage hold and then enter into the pre-show room. The show isn’t the longest but delivers a short but sweet delivery into setting the scene and storyline. We now enter the station itself, where the pens (gates) await to open taking the next riders onto the train. The thematic announcements, lighting and styles combine nicely to the already impressive setting and atmosphere. The ride takes a slight drop out of the station through a 180 curve and we pass with some speed before reaching the lift hill after another 180 turn. It’s not the tallest by any means but still looks impressive height wise. We then enter another curved drop (this time enclosed) before we gradually drop. The ride from here features numerous hills, helixes and turns as the train races around the circuit. Several times interacting with the impressive Wicker statue (filled with smoke and fire effects). It’s not the longest, fastest or tallest but makes for one exciting ride. The ride ends after a final small banked curve and enters the first of two break runs. Numerous times smoke and light effects activate, as the train slowly returns to the station through an enclosed tunnel, the third one in total. The ride’s trains are immaculately themed, replicating a Wickerhead and can carry upto 24 riders per train. There are three in total resulting in a theoretical throughout of just over 950 people an hour, which isn’t a bad throughout. The shop is also surprisingly well themed (and looks even better in person). It features plenty of Wickerman merchandise, from your usual T-shirts, trains and keychains to the more unusual Wicker models and wood pieces. How does it stand amongst other Woodies? Balder has airtime, Wodan has theming with relentless pacing and Joris has the fun racing elements with niche features. The Wicker feels like a complete experience attraction and feels like it takes some elements from these. The ride’s first drop features some surprisingly good airtime (especially towards the back), there’s some great theming and impressively forceful areas within the attraction too. One could argue it weakens towards the end a little. However it still offers a highly enjoyable layout. John Wardley is said to have made some improvements to the first drop of the ride. As it currently stands, the ride is now my favourite Wooden coaster in the U.K. and joint second favourite in Alton Towers. It may be the most immersive attraction to open in the U.K. since Hex. Honestly speaking, the ride would not look out of place if it was located in Efteling or Phantasialand. Unfortunately this is where these comparisons end. 2018 for Towers is a high-end investment year and the park should be in top form. If only this was the case. The park still continue to face operational cuts as parent company Merlin see the park as struggling despite numbers gradually returning. This has resulted in mothballed kiosks, staggered openings, reduced hours and deductions to capacity. Even baggage holds have disappeared. On my second day visiting, four of the main coasters broke down simultaneously, resulting in longer queues and complaints. Whilst this could have been an unfortunate coincidence, it does question whether there have been further staff reductions. I don’t recall witnessing this on previous visits. Not to this level anyway. It was also a 4pm close, which felt too early as lots of people were still around after 5pm. The Rapids also seemed short of boats and the monorail no longer allows people on the platform unless the train has stopped. This has reduced the capacity significantly. Europa Park have managed to reopen their rapids after a major fire and relocate most of the food offering. Meanwhile at Towers, we still have Toadstall and Sub-Terra closed after 2-3 seasons and food outlets remaining closed on super-peak days. I understand both parks have different structures, but it is disappointing that Towers is being financially starved and limited in such a year. Just to please faceless shareholders, turn an even bigger profit and build Legoland clones. I do also worry how Wickerman will age after it’s first couple of seasons, especially considering Merlin aren’t known for great upkeep. Will the baggage hold still exist? What state the pre show holds? How re-rideable will it be? The state of The Smiler, does not hold much reassurance. The ride looks rather grotty and many effects remain broken. Just one effect is still working in the projection room. I’d like Towers and Merlin to prove me wrong with Wickerman. Right, I think it’s time to go back to the positives. The conservatories and Pagoda look competitively better after their restorations. Duel seems a noticeable improvement in most areas, whilst there is still room for improvement, it is believed to be a working project. The staff also seemed particularly friendly too. Wickerman is an excellent coaster and will hopefully pave the way for great things in the U.K. all Towers need to do is maintain and look after it. All we need is for Merlin to give Towers more budget and put them off budget cuts. Wickerman Nine Out Of Ten 2B669A04-336E-45CF-B0A8-F89E9166BA41.jpeg
  7. 1 point
    Benin

    Project Zero

    Their social media once posted a picture of a RMC for no reason, but people put 2+2 together and get 5... Same when people see they've changed their answer to whatever is happening to Loggers today...
  8. 1 point
    BaronC.

    Phantasialand

    Small Rookburgh update; pictures from PhantaFriends: Huge towers that'll be for theming.
  9. 1 point
    ChessingtonSam

    Logger's Leap

    I'm sure they said that at one point and switched back to the "redevelopment" spiel not long after. I wouldn't take anything the social media accounts say as fact, all of them seem to change their mind with every passing week. I don't think Loggers will reopen though.
  10. 1 point
    Benin

    2018 General Discussion

    Short-sightedness is causing problems, so let's just stick the latest fad IP onto an event because people like it...
  11. 1 point
    ProudToServe

    2018 General Discussion

    Love Island is only happening because the year of the walking dead hasn't really worked...
  12. 1 point
    EmilyLovesVortex

    Vortex

    hi, thanks for the reply! so Vortex did open in 2001!. I may be blonde but I do know at least something. lol.... do keep me updated on the situation with vortex. maybe you're right. maybe they are just waiting for a part from KMG
  13. 1 point
    LK_

    Vortex

    I just highly doubt they'll remove it, its an afterburner after all, shouldn't be too hard to get parts for it if they're needed anyway
  14. 1 point
    CallumSyxr

    Vortex

    Apparently Vortex has The Swarms wind sensor as The Swarms old wind sensor broke and to keep a major ride running they swapped sensors which meant vortex was running without one which explains why at the start of the 2018 season during windy days the gondula was getting carried very high and shutting down regulary, this may not be true but this is what ive heard from staff and other enthusiasts and they could be waiting on a new wind sensor for Vortex!.
  15. 1 point
    BaronC.

    Vortex

    Vortex did indeed open in 2001. There's been no news either way about Vortex. It's currently just listed as unavailable / closed, but there's no indication that it's leaving either. Usually in these situations (where a ride is closed for a long period of time with no obvious work happening to it), the park are waiting on behind the scenes stuff (like a new part, for example) to come in. I'd be very surprised if it doesn't return at some point.
  16. 1 point
    Kerfuffle

    2018 General Discussion

    Kids these days... 😑
  17. 1 point
    WWTPRadio

    2018 General Discussion

    Marc you are so pragmatic. This is going to be garbage.
  18. 1 point
    WWTPRadio

    Project Zero

    If I’d say anything, I’d say; ask yourselves this. Does this video / site / impressive marketing campaign have any resemblance to anything TP have ever managed to come up with...? You only need to jump onto Thorpe’s FB page to see the immense quality of their video output and marketing campaigns...
  19. 1 point
    Coaster

    Logger's Leap

    The issue lies with poor communication regarding its closure, IMO. That said, I'm not sure which is worse - leaving it sat there rotting away (like Loggers, Slammer etc) or tearing it down without even giving it a second thought (as BPB did with the Mouse).
  20. 1 point
    Matt Creek

    Logger's Leap

    I think it comes as no surprise that Loggers will never operate again, as sad this may have been. Loggers Leap was a popular water attraction with visitors of all ages, including families and thrill seekers (wanting a break from the white knuckle rides). The wetness level was spot. The ride was also an iconic for the late Princess Diana, who enjoyed the attraction during her visit to Thorpe in mid nineties. Despite it’s significant position in the park, the ride unfortunately wasn’t looked after in it’s later years, as it was starting to look neglected. The surprise drop in the dark was removed in 2013 due to the roof being regarded unsafe. Three years later, the ride suddenly closed under the vague guise of ‘redevelopment’. The ride remains closed likely down to neglect and the requirements of a safety upgrade. It is believed Park management would like for the ride to reopen in the future (through a rigorous upgrade and refurbishment). Unfortunately however Merlin have likely not given the park any/enough budget to realistically carry this out, which is a great shame to witness. The park should’ve really been given the money to keep the ride operating in safe and reliable manner, although they have chosen not to. Unfortunately Loggers follows the fate of other such atttactions, Black Hole and Pirate Adventure. Where they remain standing for years to come until demolition.
  21. 1 point
    JoshuaA

    Project Zero

    If this is a horror maze (90% sure it is), I have to say that I like how they have slowly done a campaign for a new maze so early. I would really like the park to explore a hospital/asylum style theme again, Asylum back in 2013 was an amazing maze and I think Thorpe could do better. Overall something akin to The Paradise Foundation at Screamland would be amazing for the park, something very macabre and disturbing I think would really give another solid addition to the lineup. I overall got Paradise Foundation and Sanctuary vibes during the teaser! I overall think the FN lineup was fairly strong last year with Platform and Big Top being near flawless, I hope this new addition will replace one of the more weak mazes like Sanctum or Saw Alive (that is unlikely though)..
  22. 1 point
    Benin

    Top 10's

    Intamin could make a ride that literally melts off your genitals and it would be a top 10 coaster on TPR...
  23. 1 point
    BaronC.

    Fuji-Q Highland

    Whilst Dodonpa is out of action, the park have decided to offer a VR experience recreating the coaster to compensate... And, because Japan, desk fans are provided to help simulate the launch. Just wow.
  24. 0 points
    ProudToServe

    Park Music

    it's people not knowing what they are doing
  25. 0 points
    TallGuyDom

    2018 General Discussion

    Now that's a bloody good idea if I've heard one!
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