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On 3/21/2022 at 3:18 PM, southpuddle said:

 I also think that parks have taken notice at how horribly jack-hammery Banshee is with that new train design. Why would any park want that when they could get the standard train? Still not sure why B&M insisted on messing with perfection with those trains.

Woot I’m not alone in hating Banshee’s jackhammering. It hurt my brain so bad in the back row. 

That said, B&M keeps making dives with the shitty trains despite everyone liking the original Dives far more, and the originals having higher capacity. 

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On 6/15/2022 at 1:32 PM, njcoasterguy34 said:

On June 11th, Tom Scott posted a video on his second YouTube channel of him getting over his phobia of coasters at Alton Towers.


Anyone who enjoyed that vid should definitely check out Tom's channel.  He's consistently one of the most engaging and informative youtubers out there and he covers a ton of interesting stuff.

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Today Merlin Entertainments announced "The Curse at Alton Manor" as the new ride-through haunted house dark ride that will open at Alton Towers this Spring.


The Curse at Alton Manor is the official name of the new attraction and is set to be the Resort’s most immersive dark ride to date.

An eerie image of the new ride-through haunted house has also been unveiled which hints at what’s to come with the attraction when it launches this Spring.


The Resort is keeping ride details, including the backstory of the Manor’s sinister past under wraps for now, however it has said it will be a haunting ride which will frighten and excite both brave youngsters AND adults, as it takes them on a hair-raising journey through the spectacular twists and turns of the cursed manor.

Although there is limited information around what to expect with the ride, creators of The Curse at Alton Manor are said to have found new and unimaginable ways to scare and surprise fans, with special effects and visuals that have never been seen before from a UK theme park.

The spooky site where Alton Manor resides was once home to the attraction Duel, however the ride was abruptly closed after the building was repossessed last year due to unnatural activity  in the area.

Although information around the strange goings-on inside the house is limited, the image offers a set of clues about what’s in store for fans who dare to ride The Curse at Alton Manor, but The Resort is leaving it up to fans to figure this out.

“Let the countdown begin! The Curse at Alton Manor is no ordinary dark ride. It has all the components of a supernatural tale - it’s dark, compelling and promises some thrilling and scary moments along the way. Fans of eerie rides will certainly appreciate this one. More details on The Curse at Alton Manor will be revealed next month, so stay tuned for what’s to come.” - KATE MCBIRNIE, HEAD OF PRODUCT EXCELLENCE AT ALTON TOWERS RESORT

Alton Towers Resort is renowned for providing world-class attractions for guests of all ages, including Wicker Man, the UK’s first wooden rollercoaster to be built in over 20 years, Oblivion, the world’s first vertical drop rollercoaster and The Smiler, the world’s first 14 loop rollercoaster, to name a few. The Staffordshire based theme park continues to welcome millions of guests from across the globe, delivering memorable and unique experiences and events each season.

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The Curse At Alton Manor has been open for a few weeks, and it's being hailed by many as the best dark ride in the UK in its very early form.

Having rode it several times this week, I can completely agree. It utilizes impressive projection mapping technology that Disney park goers will be familiar with, and detailed themed environments with props and animatronics, all while balancing those with old school Haunted House theming, props, pepper's ghost illusions etc.

The story is centered around a troubled and neglected child who wreaks havoc on her parent's New Year's Eve party, causing all the party guests and her parents to vanish mysteriously.

Outside the ride, its themed area Gloomy Wood hasn't looked as good as it does now since the 90s, with a lot more detailing, roaming actors and a themed F&B unit 'Coachouse Confectionary'.

There are some official news videos with representatives from the park, but I'd encourage you all to experience this ride spoiler free.







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Official photos have been released by Alton Towers showing the first sections of the new Nemesis track being lifted into place last night, providing a look at its new appearance – black with what appears to be red veins snaking along its length!

What do you think of the new look?

Nemesis new track - Phalanx inspection - credit Darren Robinson.jpg

Nemesis new track arrival - credit Darren Robinson.jpg

Nemesis new track arrival - red veins - credit Darren Robinson.jpg

Nemesis track arrival - Phalanx stand-by - credit Darren Robinson.jpg

Phalanx standing guard - credit Darren Robinson.jpg

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The Resort's PR machine has been going at full pelt, with themed teasers pointing to the shady military organization The Phalanx running scientific tests on the new track or 'tentacles'


The arrival of the track at the Resort saw a convoy of Phalanx vehicles transporting the track to the Galactica car park.


The park also posted this aerial shot of the final turnaround of the ride on their new Nemesis webpage


All in all, we are seeing a return to the Nemesis marketing and PR machine that added an extra layer of magic to the park in the mid and late nineties. The track colour also gives off a very retro 90s vibe for the reimagined Nemesis.


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Stand alone, it looks cheesy but to see it installed it looks ok.  Wonder what they are going to do with the original track still installed?  Blend in or repaint as well.

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I think it looks great right now when it’s all shiny and new, but I worry what that intricate paint job will look like a few years down the line when the paint has faded and the infamous Nemesis moss has covered everything.

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