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wegloo   
2 hours ago, Wumbamillio said:

Cant wait for the rumoured Q&A video to go online where John Wardley admits he hates the layout and left the project.

 

NeeVVVEera HearD tHAt rumhoure beeyfaoure??

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I don't think he even wanted that, or has in fact had any influence on the result of the coasters for the last 15 years. John's main role with new coasters seems to be making suggestions on layouts which are rarely listened to and to turn up on opening day to support everyone's ego when things are turning into a shambles. But still it's disappointing to see him become somewhat brainwashed / disillusioned through his time with Merlin.

 

The Q&A is supposedly from the recent Towers Times thing when he was asked about SW8, I was told by a friend who was there but who knows, hopefully the whole thing was recorded.

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Why is everyone double guessing what the theme might be when the themed structure is so obviously a bloody cow. I mean for god's sake, it's not rocket science. The udder is right there.

 

You guys were laughing when you called the almighty M£rlin a cash cow, but with Cash Cow: The Ride 3D VR, who's laughing now?

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BaronC.   

Wow interest is low on this...

 

We have a lift hill (ish):

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We have a building:

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We have DIRT:

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We have a themed structure (I'm sure the scaffolding is temporary ;) ):

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All photos taken today from the lovely Towers Street Facebook page!

 

Work seems to be progressing nicely.

 

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LK_   

I road mystic timbers at KI and that thing was relentless from the moment it left the lifthill, it did not let up! the turns, airtime and everything was amazing! not to mention glass smooth! I really really hope that this will be even half as good at MT! 

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I seriously doubt this will be even half as good as mystic timbers. It is one of the most lack luster layouts for a new ride they could ever have come up with. 

The lack of interest in the ride is a good indication that people just don't care about it and I think the ride will be forever haunted by the thought of what it could have been.

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Flipper   

Or people just miss the Flume already. Albeit it fell pretty run down, but, ducks. And bathtubs. And mm, cosy!

 

This doesn't get me excited, nope, no *ahem* wood from me.

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wegloo   

Have people forgotten how massively towers can alter the layouts of rides from the MTDP to when it's being genuinely constructed? Like seriously, we were literally trolled by the smiler. Have you forgotten that all? Heights, banking, and even some elements can all be altered when being constructed. Whilst the concept does look lack luster there are already signs on the construction site that elements will be different to what we previously could expect..

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BaronC.   

That's only if the planning area is in the GDO though, otherwise Towers have to plan to the millimetre.  Smiler was covered by the GDO, hence the extra inversions.

 

I believe that SW8 is half covered by the GDO, with the bottom of the site (ie the end with the theming feature) there.  However I don't know whether enough of it is covered for there to be any significant changes to the layout.

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I think the Smiler's planning application only masked the extra inversions to keep the world record a secret a bit longer. No one knows what it's like to ride until it opens, but still gives an accurate ballpark impression I suppose for people who can 'read' coaster plans.

 

I fink it will be a bit better than people are expecting but no where near what could've been. Not the wooden coaster Alton Towers needed but a beefing out of the coaster line up beyond just 1 minute steel coasters. We have a 1 minute wooden coaster now too!

 

Generally planning applications must show exactly what the park intend to build structure-wise. Details and aesthetics, not so much depending on the area it falls in. A Mid Term plan is just a forecast and will see many changes, but the project's final planning application will be accurate except under certain circumstances (like Smiler's redesigned pits and walkways, which was caused by incorrect planning and didn't need to be resubmitted presumably because of the GDO)

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MattyMoo   

SW8 gives me a reason to visit Towers next year, that's already agreed between my friends and I - although I best not book any accommodation for a little while, what with the previous track records for opening dates. I have to say though, SW8 does seem to be progressing nicely. I'm sure the dry weather has helped greatly - if I recall, the summer when the Smiler was built was particularly wet!

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RobF   
7 hours ago, MattyMoo said:

SW8 gives me a reason to visit Towers next year, that's already agreed between my friends and I - although I best not book any accommodation for a little while, what with the previous track records for opening dates. I have to say though, SW8 does seem to be progressing nicely. I'm sure the dry weather has helped greatly - if I recall, the summer when the Smiler was built was particularly wet!

Building control also stopped and held up construction with the smiler, I believe the contractors were replaced due to the issue

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