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The Cloud Cuckoo Land Sky Ride station has been completely destroyed in a fire.

 

It is the second such incident to affect the Sky Ride in less than two years, with another station's roof having been wrecked in October 2007.

 

The fire started around 10:30pm and the fire service were called to attend the blaze. No guests or employees were present and as such, there have been no injuries as a result.

 

Alton Towers have confirmed to ATA that the Cloud Cuckoo Land station, at the far end of the park near Rita and Charlie, "is gone".

 

In a statement, the park said: "The station has been destroyed and the ride will therefore not reopen for the foreseeable future.

 

"There will be cosmetic alterations to the park tomorrow as certain areas will have to be fenced off during the fire service investigation into the cause of the fire.

 

"The park will be open as normal from 10am with some rides open for early ride time at 9am."

 

It is expected that the ride will be out of action for the remainder of the 2009 open season, which runs until the start of November.

 

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Well every time I have been in the last few years it never seems to be working anyway, maybe since I go on off peak days (and seemingly when its windy). I guess it definitely won't be working for a while now.

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Jeez, I was there on sunday with my friends. We were on the skyride when it stopped a few times, only for a few seconds, but then his parents went on and were stuck for 45 minutes! :\ they came off the ride and got 'unlimited' ride passes, which were taken off of them after a ride on oblivion. Its a shame as it was the first time I'd actually been on it and the views were really nice.

 

Ah well. I guess Alton will always have a jinxed sky ride. :/

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No because they never approved the Woodie, however the Arrow Pipelines were all ready for construction and got cancelled.

 

On this basis as the Woodie never got past the planning stage it could never be called an SW ride.

 

I think we will be getting a vertical track drop (i.e. the entire length of the track which is horizontal drops vertically giving the feeling of the floor disappearing) If you look at the latest photos of construction there is an almighty hole appearing!

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Fantastic - didn't realise construction had started.

 

Does this mean it has been fully approved? (Planning permission wise?). I'd assume they wouldn't start major earth-works without it anyway.

 

That said, with a baby on the way, not sure when I'll next get to AT!

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^ Yeah, but we still don't know what type of coaster it's going to be. For definite anyway.

 

I'm pretty excited about it. I hope they do as good a job as SAW with the theming. It really does make the ride an experience.

 

Edit: Just realised we said pretty much the same thing.

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The posters, the leaflets and the new sign around the construction site look fantastic and much better than the old one. The theme makes me think of Hollywood Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios as it talks about riding into "the unkown". Looks absolutely fantastic and I'm absolutely brimming with excitement. I would also say that the theme shown IMO almost confirms this will be more thrill than family-orientated.

 

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Fantastic - didn't realise construction had started.

 

Does this mean it has been fully approved? (Planning permission wise?). I'd assume they wouldn't start major earth-works without it anyway.

 

That said, with a baby on the way, not sure when I'll next get to AT!

 

Ya my home park SFNE learned that hard way to always get your permits sorted out. Now what was supposed to be there new coaster is in Mexico.

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^ Yeah, but we still don't know what type of coaster it's going to be. For definite anyway.

 

I'm pretty excited about it. I hope they do as good a job as SAW with the theming. It really does make the ride an experience.

 

Edit: Just realised we said pretty much the same thing.

 

On the Tower Times SW6 page (http://www.towerstimes.co.uk/news/system/show_news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1245870413&archive=&template=TTBeta) they had release a small press release saying it is going to be built by Intamin and it is a slightly modified mega-lite coaster.

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^ Yeah, but we still don't know what type of coaster it's going to be. For definite anyway.

 

I'm pretty excited about it. I hope they do as good a job as SAW with the theming. It really does make the ride an experience.

 

Edit: Just realised we said pretty much the same thing.

 

On the Tower Times SW6 page (http://www.towerstimes.co.uk/news/system/show_news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1245870413&archive=&template=TTBeta) they had release a small press release saying it is going to be built by Intamin and it is a slightly modified mega-lite coaster.

 

Sorry that link doesn't work. Use this link and scroll down to "2010 Ride Manufacturer." http://sw6.towerstimes.co.uk/news/

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