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  1. I've just watched a POV from this season on youtube, having not been on the ride myself since 2010. What the heck has happened??? It is completely bare, void of anything interesting and just looks terrible! (Obviously I know watching a youtube video is nothing in comparison to being there in person, but still!). Just another reason why I haven't visited Thorpe since 2012 and have absolutely no intention or inspiration to again. So sad, used to be one of my favourite parks growing up.
  2. I'm a bit late to the party on this one. Went to Chessington recently and can't say I'm particularly impressed with Tiger Rock. This however is based on the fact that I much prefer the zoo/animals being in a separate area of the park entirely, and the theme park being a completely different part. I'm not really a whole fan of this whole idea of integrating the zoo. I've never liked Busch Gardens for the same reason. The whole Land of the Tiger area lacks theming, and the ride areas just look bare and sparse. I LOVE the new soundtrack in the station however, although this would have worked perf
  3. Is the ability to walk the monorail route from hotels to theme park new for this year? If not I've never noticed it before. I thought it was a great addition - one day we had to use it as the monorail was broken but the other days we chose to use it for the exercise! I'm surprised they haven't had it longer.
  4. During my Alton Towers trip last week I finally got round to riding Galactica for the first time. Before I launch into my review, I've just got to comment on that recent newspaper article about riders being stuck on Galactica upside down for 30 minutes in the searing heat. I was there, not on the ride, but was in Forbidden Valley at the time. Tuesday was boiling yes, but Wednesday wasn't even hot. It was a much cooler temperature, very cloudy. Can't have been more than 24/25 degrees. And yes, they were facing down, so would have actually been in the shade, even though it was a cloudy day. And
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    The Flume

    What was the actual reason behind the closure of The Flume? Was it solely due to SW8, or was SW8 planned because the Flume needed to close? Personally I'm not happy about the decision at all. Alton Towers doesn't need another coaster, and needs more water rides. With the recent departures of Charlie and The Flume, the park now has just one water ride, which really isn't that impressive for a park of AT's size. Yes the flume was looking quite sad, but an upgrade could have made it into a really great log flume attraction.
  6. Most people who do stand up during the ride don't really think about it - it's a natural instinct to get away from a big wave of water, which I understand. Then there are some people who deliberately stand up for whatever reason. Either way, if they want to dramatically reduce the risk of people falling in then seat belts are the only way forward. Every other type of ride has restraints (nearly, anyway), so why not rapids?
  7. Why do the waterfalls create a safety hazard? I presume because people often stand up/try to move seats to avoid getting wet? If that's the case, then removing the waterfalls won't solve the problem. People often stand up/move seats throughout the ride at any point, particularly when they see that their seat is heading towards a particularly large wave or current. If they want to stop people standing up, they need to add some sort of restraint to each seat on the boats. As long as there is a chance of getting wet, people will always stand up. I'm not saying that's the right thing to do; obviou
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    There are some moments of good airtime on the ride - the first main drop through to the dark section is great. After that I think the ride could end and I'd be just as happy - the dark section doesn't really do anything for me. If it was a taller first drop with a longer track twisting and turning through the forest, it would be a much better attraction I think.
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    The Smiler

    I don't really remember much airtime - my head was so dizzy from all the constant inversions I don't remember much else!
  10. Has anyone played Extraordinary Golf this season? I know they were doing some work on it, any notable improvements? I always love to play this but have noticed it has become tired over the last few years. Particularly with the Flume hole always seeming to be having work done when I play!
  11. Glad you had a good day! I've always loved Quantum, it's so deceptive. I always missed it out due to it looking too 'tame', but it really packs a punch! Same with Zodiac - it's a really strange sensation but a brilliant little ride!
  12. Retheming Old Town to something that would accommodate Timber Tug Boat would be pretty pointless, considering there are other areas of the park that would already perfectly accommodate that ride!
  13. 'Upgrade' used very loosely then!
  14. That's understandable, but a huge shame. Removing the trees removes most of the theming that the ride had!
  15. I haven't been to Thorpe in ages, but just watched a video of Rumba taken just a few weeks ago this season and was absolutely shocked at how terrible the ride looks now. I don't know whether all the trees were chopped down this season or a previous one, but the whole ride looks so bare and uninspiring. What with this, tug boat, and many other things, I can honestly see myself not being too disappointed if I never get round to visiting Thorpe again. It's not a dig at Merlin, I personally love Alton and Chessington and visit them both regularly, but Thorpe seems to have slipped way down.
  16. I know I'm echoing a lot of posts on here already, but it is a completely ridiculous place to have put the ride. I don't see a problem with the ride itself, and as many people have said, it is already themed PERFECTLY to slot seamlessly next to Tidal Wave or around that area. But to plonk it in the middle of Old Town, where it has absolutely no relevance to the area whatsoever just baffles me. Maybe they should rename Old Town to 'Miscellaneous Land'? It's such a real shame - Canada Creek used to be my favourite area of the park by far. It used to have a charm and character that n
  17. From what I've seen so far, this ride looks great! I will always have a soft spot for the old Bubbleworks, but forgetting that and looking at this as a new attraction, I am very impressed with what I've seen. Can't wait to ride it for myself!
  18. Do they not do bounce back when you are in the park anymore? I was there last year and could have been sure I saw posters with 'Come back tomorrow for only £___', I just can't remember what price they were, or if indeed I was imagining it and had seen them in another park. Thanks Matt!
  19. Does anyone know how much bounce back tickets were for next day park entry last year at Alton Towers? Or indeed how much they are likely to be this year?
  20. From a marketing point of view, promoting that they've given one of their attractions a lick of paint is as good a technique as any and does work in creating a buzz. Although we agree that these are things the park should be doing anyway, there is nothing wrong with promoting it if it's going to make people talk about the park in a positive way. The general public (non-geeks) aren't generally going to see this kind of promotion as a cover up for not investing in major attractions, but as a positive improvement to the park. In fact, many people would consider this as even more positive than a n
  21. At what point do we find out that the Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom Ride is a painted Rocky Express?
  22. I agree - so many of my childhood memories of Thorpe Park (which was my favourite place for many years) are purely of Loggers Leap! However, I do agree that it was looking incredibly tired the last time I rode it. In the most ideal world I would have it replaced with an updated water ride, still based around the Canada theme. It worked so well in that area with the trees and the lake. I've not been to Thorpe Park for so long, (early 2012 was my last visit I think), but the saddest part is that I haven't missed it at all. 10 or so years ago I would have made it a priority to visit every couple
  23. When I usually visit Alton Towers in early June, 10.30am-4.30pm is more than enough time - with the queues in those off-peak days usually being non-existent, I can usually get round the park having done everything by 2pm. Having said that, for any days where queues are more than 15 minutes, the reduced opening times are ridiculous. Plus, as someone already rightly said it takes ages to walk between rides, not like Thorpe where you can pretty much see every ride from wherever you are in the park. I've got to say though, days where I can get round the park having done all the rides
  24. Having read through this topic I was really interested to see what the new "improved" Tomb Blaster was like. I must say, I wasn't expecting much, but I really was impressed when I rode it yesterday. The new targets are easier to shoot, and the guns are more comfortable to hold and easy to shoot in my opinion. Everything seemed a lot more energised and exciting. I would say that there is too much light in places - the UV lighting is so bright that you can see the walls, ceilings, fire escapes and access doors which are extremely visible to the point that my attention w
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