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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:13 am

So what am I missing here? Unless the 'secret' element is a shed that transports you to a better, longer ride, this does not look like anything.

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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:38 am

SharkTums wrote:Unless the 'secret' element is a shed that transports you to a better, longer ride


... like the log flume that used to be there? :lol:

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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby thrillseeker4552 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:56 am

SharkTums wrote:So what am I missing here? Unless the 'secret' element is a shed that transports you to a better, longer ride, this does not look like anything.


My thoughts exactly! I feel like the UK overhypes every single one of their rides.

Although Icon looks fantastic, so that’s an exception.
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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby Rooey » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:30 am

I don't get what this secret element can be either , I also don't understand how these rides cost so much comparable to US ones when Merlin always seems to build "half a ride" lately.

The loft hill does seem an unusual incline at the bottom .

Thinking of the space the Log Flume had, I know they have height issues but still. They probably spend half the budget on the statue or whatever that is under wraps.

Maybe the gimmick is a room where you have a virtual ride on the old log flume, I don't know

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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby 1aflack » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:35 am

It's just a decent family ride with I would imagine a 1.2 meter height restriction replacing another family ride that was very old and tired and nobody rode. Merlin have been incredibly guilty before of over-hyping stuff but they haven't released much yet apart from a name and logo and a few videos.

This is just coaster enthusiasts building a fun family coaster up into something it's not. I'm sure my 5 year old daughter is going to love it and that's what Merlin want through the gates, families that spend the money.

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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby boldikus » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:37 am

Admittedly I don't know much about many overseas parks, but I have looked into AT pretty extensively and have learned a bit about the park over the past few years, with very real interest in eventually visiting at some point.

But I gotta say since this project has begun I've been over here like

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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby 1aflack » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:38 am

Rooey wrote:I don't get what this secret element can be either , I also don't understand how these rides cost so much comparable to US ones when Merlin always seems to build "half a ride" lately.

The loft hill does seem an unusual incline at the bottom .

Thinking of the space the Log Flume had, I know they have height issues but still. They probably spend half the budget on the statue or whatever that is under wraps.

Maybe the gimmick is a room where you have a virtual ride on the old log flume, I don't know



Does it actually have a world's first, maybe I've missed it (probably have) but I don't remember seeing anything offically released saying there is a world's first element? Is it not just guess work as Merlin normally try and attach a gimmick?

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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby 1aflack » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:42 am

boldikus wrote:Admittedly I don't know much about many overseas parks, but I have looked into AT pretty extensively and have learned a bit about the park over the past few years, with very real interest in eventually visiting at some point.

But I gotta say since this project has begun I've been over here like

why.gif


Because the park has a tired 30 year old flume ride that needed to be replaced and needed another family ride to replace it with. This is much the same as Mystic Timbers, Heidi or InvadR.

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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby JordyC » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:47 am

It doesn't even have to be a world's first coaster, it can just have a feature which can be marketed as a world's first for Merlin to be satisfied.

Maybe the world's first is that it is the world's first attraction to be named SW8 during construction? :roll:
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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby RyanTPM » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:50 am

Rooey wrote:Maybe the gimmick is a room where you have a virtual ride on the old log flume, I don't know

Literally no chance of this, there is a pre show, but it'll be all to do with the theme

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