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10 hours ago, Coaster Jamie said:

I actually give up with the media...

 

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Like, they actually think it's going to be 643 feet high?  :lol: :wacko:

It was a misprint from the very start as this has been brought up before. The 196 metres meant to say 19.6 metres. Shame it isn't 196 metres though, that would require decades of digging with the parks height restrictions :-)) 

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Btw cheers to Alton Towers for professionally shutting down the ridiculous Daily Mail article that pretty much blew a tiny situation into something news-worthy..

Just wow, I didn't know they would scoop that low..

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If they can educate the public that ride stoppages are part of normal operation, this should hopefully deal with the media. It's great to have some reference materials from Alton Towers themeselves to reference to as well when people write ignorant comments. 

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Went to Alton Towers at the weekend.  I'm sad to say that I feel it's lost so much spark these days.

 

Yes, we can all see "SW8" is coming along nicely, and I do feel it will be very impressive.   But we wandered over to "Cloud Cuckoo Land" and there is virtually nothing left over there!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory went a couple of years ago, and this year, Ice Age 4D and the Twirling Toadstool have also gone. 

The loss of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and Ice Age are obvioulsy down to IP deals now expring.  But surely there has to be a plan by Merlin for when things like this happen?  What will happen when the Gruffalo IP expires at Chessington for example? 

 

We are left with a carousel, the driving school and the frog hoppers (which have been moved and sit right outside where the Ice Age attraction used to be - which incidently has been painted in horrific bright colours) and the whole area just feels empty now.

The Runaway Mine Train was also closed all day Saturday, which didn't help matters.

 

They have a couple of new attractions in Cbeebies land which seemed very popular as wait times were 60 minutes.

 

I went on Galatica.  The VR set I was using was very blurry.  I tried tightening and twisting the focus wheel but it didn't imrove matters.  I realised that the viewfinders were wiped between rides with what looks like a damp cloth.  This leaves the VR blurry and spoiled the experience for me.

 

All-in-all, I felt really disappointed on Saturday.  It is a 3 hour drive for me to get to Alton Towers.  I used to think it was worth it, but I left feeling really disappointed on Saturday and sadly won't be rushing to get there again this year!

 

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16 hours ago, ashleyrose-66 said:

All-in-all, I felt really disappointed on Saturday.  It is a 3 hour drive for me to get to Alton Towers.  I used to think it was worth it, but I left feeling really disappointed on Saturday and sadly won't be rushing to get there again this year!

"Hi Ashleyrose-66,

 

Thank you for taking the time to contact the Alton Towers Resort...."

 

Wait no, I don't do that crap anymore.

 

It really sucks that you felt the magic had gone! For me I think they've done alright all things considered; but I do agree the sudden loss of the IPs with Charlie and Ice Age have left Cloud Cuckoo Land in an abysmal state - but I do expect they have a plan for it; considering Driving School experienced a full refurbishment. It will probably come about for 2019/2020 IMO. But yes, family drive has turned to Cbeebies now and fair play really, it's seemingly doing them wonders. Runaway Mine Train in the rumour mill is waiting on a part to be shipped hence its closure, but agreed it couldn't have come at a worse time. I think if they could have kept Charlie, they would have; but with the ride so heavily intertwined with the IP its difficult to 'do a Bubbleworks' so to speak and rip the IP out and keep a base theme thats the same.

 

I do completely agree with Galactica. I haven't experienced it with the new headsets yet this year; however last year they weren't great. I like to think in my head they do perform better than Derren Brown's considering they're on a roller coaster - but 'its good enough' isn't really, good enough. Its one of those technologies that just isn't ready IMO. It's the same with rides like Rock'n'Rollercoaster at Disney and Rip Ride RockIT at Universal; where the audio often crackles and falls from sync - it doesn't work properly yet. Equally I've never understood the blurriness on Galactica's VR; as you don't get this so much on DBGT - yet both get cleaned?

 

I haven't visited Towers since March/April this year; and whilst I'll be back for Scarefest and Fireworks; I don't feel the need to rush back either. I'm now in Southampton so I know the pain of going up. But I'd definitely not let one bad visit knock you back; and I'd definitely recommend trying some special events such as Fireworks and consider maybe trying again next year when hopefully more rides will be available and/or refurbished.

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Odd choice to remove Spinball from ERT, but otherwise all good news.

 

One can only hope that this works out for them and they can bring this sort of operating schedule back for the rest of the year. Or at the very least the summer...

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Honestly that should be the regular timetable. No one goes on the rapids first thing and Duel almost never has a queue so they can open later. There’s clearly demand for the CBBies attractions. Shame we can’t see the big six on ert

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