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  1. Apparently this ride will use a different system of lap bar compared to Iron Shark (Screamscape thinks it might be because of different restrictions).

    [attachment=0]Karacho Lap Bar.jpg[/attachment]


    Source: coasterfriends.de


    Back in the original press release from Gerstlauer they promised us they would debut new launch coaster train so this is why we are seing new restraints. If the ride is smooth and the new trains are as comfortable as they look, Tripsdrill & Gerstlauer have got a definite winner on their hands. I know this coaster is Gerstlauer but it reminds me of a compact Blue Fire at Europa Park.

  2. Sorry if this is coming across as backseat moderation but I think everyone just needs to calm down. I joined TPR because it was the most friendly, funny & intelligent forum that I had found on the internet where people can discuss and debate (NOT ARGUE) about roller coasters & theme parks. I know in the past I have posted stupid things (hence my title of DumbTums) but people are taking tiny details way too personally.


    I find it ironic that a coaster called The Smiler has caused so much heated debate.


    EDIT: ^ Agreed

  3. I agree with everything that Robb and others have said. I rode it yesterday and I was impressed with the coaster, a lot smoother than I thought it would be. I also agree on the fact that the Marmaliser, while it looks cool it doesn't add anything to the ride. I restrained myself from watching POV videos so that I would be surprised because John Wardley said there would be surprises. I was thinking there would be effects after the first barrel roll, so I was left dissapointed on that front. All in all though, considering Alton Towers limitations, it was well worth the hype and it is a very solid addition if you don't go expecting a Top 10 coaster (which a lot of enthusiasts seem to).

  4. ^ No they haven't I just watch it a sec ago. Want a link here you go: http://www.towerstimes.co.uk/sw7/construction/


    There is still a blue square, yes - but on other images posted on other websites, there are pictures which clearly show that there is just an inversion in that position.


    Towerstimes have removed all news articles that they originally released about the washing machine element.


    Could you give an example of such a picture???

  5. I actually have a question about this 'viral marketing' stuff...So let's use the Daily Mail sheep article as an example. Does Merlin make a deal with the media? Because, in about 2 minutes of fact checking they would have actually discovered what it was all about but the article presents the smiley sheep as if there's no explanation. Is the author of the article really that dumb, or did Merlin just agree to give them free tickets and stuff to publish the article? Seems a little dubious if you're TRYING to be an actual media source not saying what the truth is?


    The Daily Mail is a bit of a silly paper in my opinion! My guess is that it was Alton has made some sort of agreement with The Daily Mail & The Sun (the two papers the article appeared in) as they cater for Alton's main target audience. I mean there are comments which say that Alton Towers are behind it, yet they haven't updated the articles.


    ^ EDIT: Beat me to it!

  6. Thorpe have been posting a few teasers about plans for 2013 on their Facebook page...

    Ready for your first clue about our plans for this year? Well here it is....


    Are you brave enough to experience the evolution?

    Here's the second clue about our surprise plans for this year. Can you guess what we're doing?


    The sting is in the tail...


    I've not really been following this closely but the comments on Facebook seem to suggest these things:

    - Create a back story for The Swarm (either change the 4D cinema or add a Nemesis: Sub Terra style ride)

    - Retheme of Saw: The Ride (possibly due to the license ending)

    - Retheme of X:\ No Way Out & possibly turning the trains around so they face forward.


    And my personal favourite:

    - Turn the back seats of The Swarm around so they face backwards!!!

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