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Silly reply. Alton Towers is without a doubt, the best theme park in the UK.

Not that there is much competition... but yes, have to agree. Alton Towers is a fantastic park :)

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Isn't the reason for the repaint something to do with it being unsightly in its current location? That's also why the Towers are planning to relocate it soon? Unless, of course, I have just heard a bunch of rubbish...

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Isn't the reason for the repaint something to do with it being unsightly in its current location?

For a ride that is unsightly, it certainly has a very long queue line usually. :)(And I know it is because of throughput etc before anyone says).

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Maybe I'm just a bit past finding theme parks amazing or maybe I've grown up a little, but price wise and staff wise, not a great park. Some of the rides are in my favourites but the park really isn't, I can't find how they use the magic to it's full potential and I've always found it's either heaving and no one is enjoying it or it's dead and there really is no atmosphere. There are some great rides but really only a handful such as Oblivion and Nemesis but after that, the rest of the rides are pure bred ****e; look at Spinball and RITA, both rough as heck, with one shaking like it's going out of fashion, and the other that cuts your neck to shreds.I agree that nothing in the UK can stand up to something such as Europa which is just breathtaking, however Alton isn't the best this country has got; I think Lego is the closest we've got to a european theme park, with it just jam packed solid of theming, landscaping and different areas in such a great location, however with Alton it may have 'x' family rides and 'x' thrill rides but with only 2 of them being decent, you can't say it's the best theme park in the country with such lacklustre theming and atmosphere, it is only an advanced version of Chessington.

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My point was you obviously have very different tastes to the rest of us, as majority of people would not even batter an eyelid at Dragons Playhouse as its not unique, awe-inspiring or frankly anything that should be at a theme park, especially with a better type just a few steps away.Towers has the best landscaping, pure feeling to it, utterly amazing. I admire towers and it can be the only one which can relatively compare to other parks abroad.. Lego is in a league of its own imo.

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My point was you obviously have very different tastes to the rest of us, as majority of people would not even batter an eyelid at Dragons Playhouse as its not unique, awe-inspiring or frankly anything that should be at a theme park, especially with a better type just a few steps away.Towers has the best landscaping, pure feeling to it, utterly amazing. I admire towers and it can be the only one which can relatively compare to other parks abroad.. Lego is in a league of its own imo.

The two statements are totally different Peter. I said Playhouse is good fun, however how you string those two statements together makes no sense.

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Dislike towers, like playhouse.Unlike general majority of enthusiasts, who if they know playhouse think its.. well.. nothing, and towers is amazing. I was disregarding your comments, but its obviously only for the clever ones :)

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To get back to Outfit, are you saying that you would prefer legoland over alton, cos after reading I thought WTF, is this really happening. And personally I think dragons playhouse is a load of toot and wouldnt miss it for the world, whereas if alton were to disappear in a puff of smoke I would be incredibly disappointed. Alton has some of the best rides, theming, and general location than most other U.K parks. RANT OVERTo get back on topic, I dont think sonic fits well as a ride, maybe something else but not sonic, I just dont like it. Much prefer that they kept it how it is and just painted it, it cant cost a massive amount. But with sonic being almost proven, I would like to see a couple of logo's and not much more. I dont want the ride to be ruined by giant blue hedgehog!

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I never did like the idea of Sonic sponsorship. But now it is confirmed and details released, I think it will work. Alton Towers would not go ahead if they were not prepared to create lots of good theming. Like Spinball Whizzer, it is unlikely that it will be immersive, though it will freshen up the ride. Fans of the game will certainly be pleased, too. Also, it will only be lasting three years, which means it will not dominate Alton Towers and there will still be a lot of Spinball Whizzer in the theme. Then after that the ride is likely to be relocated as mentioned in the future plans.

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I still dont like it, but it needed a repaint. Plus ther focus on Thirteen is alot larger at the moment so the attention will be directed more towards that than this.

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I like the retheme. A good idea, something that kids and families alike will enjoy, and I should imagine that the theme music will be something of a tune to remember.

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Oh dear GOD. Still, at least its being repainted I guess.

I agree with you Mark on that one.I don't really feel the love for the whole Sonic theme at the moment. (:D)I suppose I shouldn't just something until I have seen it face to face!Then I will say whether I think it is crap or not!

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Having visited the park on wednesday, I think the sonic retheme really does work, it's what spinball needed.I love the fact that they have spring noises and the sound of ring collecting going on too!

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Essentially, whereas before that speaker before the station would play many different (but equally annoying) safety announcements, it now plays the same annoying one over and over :P.However, the retheme was just what the ride needed, and it's definitely looking better for it :D.

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