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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:54 am

Slight tangent, I had a weirdo dream last night where Air had a pretzel loop and the operator neglected to lock the ankle restraints. Not sure how that came about.
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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby TheoB » Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:05 am

Nrthwnd wrote:My observation, but after seeing this logo, I am betting that the "structure" that the coaster goes around
and (apparently) through, is a Wicker Man statue. Maybe?


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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby Moley » Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:43 pm

A couple of weeks ago saw the closure of the Courtyard Tavern in Mutiny Bay.

In the long term, it is set to get an overhaul and re-open as a smokehouse, probably similar to the one that opened at sister park Chessington World of Adventures last year. In the short term it is home to 'The Welcoming', the newest maze to the Scarefest line-up and tie-in to Secret Weapon 8.

As with SW8, the Skyride gives some rather good views of construction.

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The eagled eyed can just about make out what appear to be either candles of dream catchers in the shape of the runes for 'SW8' on the stage in the corner.
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Back at the SW8 site, work continues...
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A snapshot of the four elements that are the centre of attention at the moment.
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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:04 pm

By the way, has Alton Towers heard about this yet?.....it just happened....

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/03/us/burning-man-festival-death/index.html

Not that it has anything to do with the coaster. But still. Timing.
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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby RyanTPM » Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:50 pm

The flat turn just slightly outside those pictures is still absolutely baffling me

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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby pj.frankophone » Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:27 am

What if SW8 is a Game of Thrones themed coaster, with trains styled as dragons & real fire and ice elements throughout the ride (possibly the large person-like structure is indeed on fire in some way?). Perhaps the launch element is part of a ride narrative about escaping the army of the dead?

Alton Towers could even be working with their old friends at Tussauds to create waxworks of some of the main characters, which would feature in various themed rooms that you pass through in the queue section. The March 2018 opening would of course tie in with the final season arriving in the summer and would be a massive PR fest for the park.

If this were true then AT could be going with the Wicker Man-esque theming as an elaborate ruse to keep the project a secret, as anything remotely GoT-related would be instantly recognisable...

I could have just dreamt all of this up with zero evidence, of course :lmao:

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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby Moley » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:58 am

The Skyride is closed today due to work on Secret Weapon 8's construction. Mostly notably additions to the main themeing structure that have been put in place and since covered up again.
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Feel like David Rose's 'The Stripper' should be playing here.
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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby RyanTPM » Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:47 am

^That definitely fits in with the wickerman theme

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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby KarlaKoaster » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:15 am

It's yet another depressing theme, but at least this time it should be a bit more visually pleasing than rust, shipping containers, barbed wire and CCTV cameras which seem to be Merlin's favourite aesthetic at the moment.

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Re: Alton Towers Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:49 pm

Oooo maybe they'll add some FIRE here and there, to add to the theme. :)
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