Track Arrives at Alton Towers
Track has arrived for SW6 and it's confirmed to be an Intamin family coaster. It seems it will be a version of the Motorbike/Jet Ski coaster (not the LSM Aqua Trax). My guess is it will probably have a tyre launch, if anything.
I think it's going to be the Mega Lite with the reverse section. From the plannin that we have seen, the layout hints to a Mega Lite...I'm getting more and more excited about this coaster (and for once, not because it's an Intamin).
Cheers for the link Graeme. Looks like it could be a fun coaster.
If you look at the October 10th pictures on Towers Nerd, the frame has been built that contains the reverser section. As one is directly underneath the other, I believe we're looking at a pivot system, ie. the world's first is that the track drops - the pivot point is in front of the train, and the train rolls backwards down the slope.
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Here are some pics taken from the woods. it certainly does look like an enjoyable coaster:
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There are some superb aerial photos here:
Nice new compositions:
Might want to start a thread on this subject.
MANCHESTER City’s billionaire Arab owners want to turn the club’s Eastlands site into a £500million Las Vegas-style entertainment centre.
Sheikh Mansour is planning to buy the stadium from Manchester City Council and acquire more land around it.
He hopes the huge leisure facility will transform the area from a rundown suburb into a world-famous tourist attraction.
Top of his list is a theme park with rides to rival Disneyland. He also wants a casino, luxury hotels and shopping malls.
And the City of Manchester Stadium itself would become one of the biggest in the world, matching Real Madrid’s Bernabeu or Barcelona’s Nou Camp.
A source said: “ When Sheikh Mansour wants something doing then it is done. Money is absolutely no object at all. He will throw everything he has at it. Whatever is built will have to be the best. They know how to turn extraordinary dreams into reality.”
Some of the land had been earmarked for a super-casino before those plans were blocked by the Government.
ut the sheikhs think there will be no problem securing planning permission for their own scheme. The source added: “It would create thousands of jobs and be a massive boost for the economy.
“The brightest minds from the world of amusement rides will be brought in. Whether they build rollercoasters or water rides they will be the biggest, fastest and the best on the planet.”
The stadium cost £110million to build with £77million coming from Sport England and the rest from Manchester City Council.
We might not needs SW6 for long. We could see new B&Ms simulators you name it. Bring it on i say.
Nice to hear from you, deeve. Planning permission is always an obstacle, but here's hoping we get some good rides out of it!
Not to be a party pooper here, but as soon as a planned park boasts to build something "rivalling Disney", its most likely never going to happen or it turns out to be a flop. The last time a park was built with rides to rival Disney was IOA, and they are currently in their first re-design.
> Not to be a party pooper here, but as soon as a planned
> park boasts to build something "rivalling
> Disney", its most likely never going to happen or it
> turns out to be a flop. The last time a park was built with
> rides to rival Disney was IOA, and they are currently in
> their first re-design.
To be fair, IOA is the real deal (or so it seems to me). Is it a flop? I didn't know that. I know they are redesigning it, but it has been open for ten years, so it didn't seem like they were in trouble to me.
Maybe they are though. From my point of view, parks put too much emphasis on theming, and thus spend an enormous amount of money trying to better Disney. It may or may not work in Florida, but I know I'd prefer just a really good amusement park. After all, roller coasters aren't that expensive compared to how much money you can spend on simulators, themed areas and such.
Look at Merlin - they're still spending a lot of money, but the rides are smaller. If you're going to spend £Xmillion on a coaster, I'd rather it was spent on the ride hardware itself, not the theming.
But these araba mean business. Look at the amounts they are prepared on players 12 to 20 mil on a coaster is not gonna hurt them that much. They plan to build accomodation and waterparks. Within 8 years they can build a park the size of California Adventure. Its taken Alton Towers decades to get that far. The UK deserves a world class theme park and this would be the answer to that.
Well, here we go again... Merlin are making absolutely ridiculous claims about their new ride:
Alton Towers Resort is to launch "the scariest ride in the UK" next year.
Thirteen, built on the site of the old Corkscrew rollercoaster, aims to combine physical and psychological fear and will be dubbed a "psychoaster".
The £15 million ride will be restricted to 16 to 55-year-olds only and visitors limited to one ride per day "due to concerns about emotional maturity and physical health", resort bosses said.
Visitors will also be required to sign a waiver which assures the resort of their physical and mental health "to avoid any resulting lawsuits".
Alton Towers' latest secret weapon comes after the successes of Nemesis, Oblivion and Air and will be based on the discovery of an unearthed ancient burial site in an area of unexplored woodland known as the Dark Forest.
A spokesman said: "Visitors will be invited to take a petrifying ride on Thirteen, venturing into the seemingly living and breathing Dark Forest. There they will face an unknown horror that has been unleashed from the ancient crypt."
Built on a burial site that is part of the original Alton Abbey, one of the main features will take place inside the unearthed crypt.
Morwenna Angove, Alton Towers' sales and marketing director, said: "This new ride will be a shocking, never-experienced-before rollercoaster and we're excited that once again the Alton Towers Resort is able to offer visitors the chance to experience something unavailable in any other part of the world.
"However, just as we take physical health and safety very seriously, Thirteen demands that we also consider our visitors' emotional health, and as such we're not afraid of introducing necessary measures to ensure riders are fully prepared and healthy enough to brave Thirteen."
The new ride took a team of 35 people nine months to build and will be launched in March next year.
Obviously it's just a load of marketing rubbish (and I'm reluctant to help them with it), but what happened to amusement parks being about having fun? Why can't they just build a normal roller coaster?
Wow, this is straight from the "William Castle school of gimmicks". A short rush of publicity followed by a big yawn of disillusion. Ridiculously funny and who reads these things anyway?
I must admit, the theming seems good from these new pics. However, it looks like they've copied the "Blink" episode of Doctor Who!
Oh great...I'm still traumatised by Blink, and Alton want to 'copy' that, or somewhat...I'd be game for that. Although, I think I'm the only one on this board who's excited about this coaster.
> Oh great...I'm still traumatised by Blink, and Alton want
> to 'copy' that, or somewhat...I'd be game for that.
> Although, I think I'm the only one on this board who's
> excited about this coaster.
They should call it "Blink And You'll Miss It". ;)
If I blink and miss it, they'll come after me. Damn those Weeping Angels!