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Alton Towers Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 9:04 pm
by Ed
Hey everybody!

This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Alton Towers, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Alton Towers Page.

Alton Towers' Official Website

Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!


March 29, 2005 - Rita set to open
June 26th, 2005 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory announced for 2006

April 26th, 2010 - Park makes bid to build wooden coaster
Ocotber 10th, 2006 - Park makes revised submission to build a wooden coaster

January 21st, 2007 - Small changes announced for 2007
July 29th, 2007 - Alton Towers to retheme Merrie England to a pirate theme
October 27th, 2007 - Sky Ride building cacthes fire
November 7th, 2007 - Battle Galleons (Splash Battle) announced for 2008

October 2nd, 2008 - Removal of Corkscrew announced
October 5th, 2008 - rumors of Secret Weapon 6 arise (to become Th13teen)

January 9th, 2009 - Planning Application Submitted
February 12th, 2009 - Locals Protest Planning Application
March 12th, 2009 - Planning Application Approved!
May 21st, 2009 - Manufacturer Confirmed
July 31st, 2009 - Groundwork Begins
September 18th, 2009 - Track Arrives On Site
October 4th, 2009 - Track Erection Begins
October 8th, 2009 - Track & Station Erection Continues
October 9th, 2009 - Micro-Site Revealed
October 11th, 2009 - Track Erection Continues
October 12th, 2009 - Track In Car Park & Advertising
October 15h, 2009 - Lift & Station Construction
October 17th, 2009 - Lift Hill Completion
October 24th, 2009 - The Wraith Have Risen!
November 10th, 2009 - Secret Weapon Delivery
December 2nd, 2009 - Sealing The Station
December 4th, 2009 - A Look At SW6's Twists & Turns
December 11th, 2009 - Name & Logo Revealed
December 22nd, 2009 - A Look at the Station & Entrance Theming

January 5th, 2010 - TH13TEEN Leaflet
January 6th, 2010 - Theming Continues
January 13th, 2010 - Station Theming Progresses
January 31st, 2010 - Rita Re-Theme Progress
February 15th, 2010 - Th13teen Ride testing Photos & Video

March 28th, 2011 - Atlon Towers hints at SW7 for 2013
August 21st, 2011 - Flume to be removed
October 5th, 2011 - First hints at new ride for 2012
November 3rd, 2011 - new Ice Age 4D movie to debut in 2012
December 23rd, 2011 - Nemesis: What Lies Beneath? to be revealed on New Year's Eve

January 5th, 2012 - Clues regarding 2013 coaster.
March 20th, 2012 - PR stunt for Sub Terra
July 23rd, 2012 - The Evil Intamin Cable of Doom Strikes Again!
October 18th, 2012 - Park resort will add themed cottages to its offerings
October 25th, 2012 - SW7 track arrives at Alton Towers

January 4th, 2013 - Clues point to delayed opening of SW7
June 2nd, 2013 - Photos of Smiler in action!
June 2nd, 2013 - CBeebies Land announced for 2014!

February 13th, 2015 - cBeebies Coaster announced

January 12th, 2016 - Air is being transformed into Gallactica, with virtual reality headgear
May 30, 2016 - Planning application filed for SW8, wooden coaster
November 30th, 2016 - SW8 confirmed as a GCI woodie

January 8th, 2018 - Wicker Man wooden roller coaster announced for 2018!
January 16th, 2018 - New Wicker Man photos released!
October 11th, 2018 - The Alton Towers Dungeon teased for 2019!

October 22nd, 2019 - "The World of David Walliams" announced for 2020!

Yet another Red Intamin coaster.. :roll:

But it does look fabulous and i'm sure a couple of Americans touring Europe will stop by for it! ... y2005.html

A very good website for updates.


PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 9:09 pm
by Mr.Six
Looks cool but way to kill Xcelerator's Trains!

PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 11:06 pm
by SharkTums
LOL!!! Dude, those trains are hilarious looking! Almost like they have a face or something!

Elissa "with the name Rita, I was expecting some kind of pimpmobile!" Alvey

PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 11:09 pm
by Mr.Six
It does look like something that should have a face on it. They seem like they are for a new darkride in California Adventure. :P

PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 11:53 pm
by robbalvey
Are those the same restraints as Storm Runner?

I don't know why but they look different.

--Robb "I'm probably just going crazy." Alvey

PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 12:01 am
by Mr.Six
As far as I can see, yes. They do appear to be the same. Which is not saying that you aren't going crazy :lol: jk

PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 12:35 am
by CoasterEricHP
Yeah they look the same. Storm Runner's are a lot brighter though. I wonder what that guy waiting for the front row is smiling about.. Hmm..

What'd u all think about the OTSR on Storm Runner. I didnt think they were bad except for the weird dump to the right element where u bash ure neck on it. Wonder how they'll affect Ka and RITA..


PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 12:38 am
by robbalvey
Ahh, it's totally the black OTSR's versus the red ones that threw me off.

I didn't have a problem at all with SR's restraints. We rode several times in both the front and the back and didn't bang/hit/bash our head/neck or anything!


PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 2:48 am
by RCFreak
AHHHH the Chevron cars have come to life!!!

PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 6:35 am
by Cjw
Looking at RITA's car's...i am instantly reminded of Project satan from futurama

Coaster is looking ace though :)