Alton Towers: Woody in 2007?Alton Towers: There's a new estimated arrival date for Alton Towers' long-awaited wooden coaster. Which raises the question: what will the park open before then?
From Anne EvansAlton Towers has changed the plans for its wooden coaster (thanks if anyone ACTUALLY sent a letter to SMDC). O.K., I thought, until I read 'Opens for 2007.'
Posted June 11, 2003 at 2:08 PM
Alton's biggest project for it's anniversary is now probably being built for 2007. A bigger question hangs behind the shock: WHAT WILL BE OPENING IN 2005? New Water ride-2004, (should've been) Woodie-2005, something-2006, (shouldn't be) woodie. Deja Vu? Deja Vu?
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From Ben MillsHey Anne, what was your source for this info?
Posted June 11, 2003 at 2:22 PM
From Michelle Pillingdoes Alton towers need a new woody coaster. With the tourism industry, being unstable at the moment. What will the future hold for tourist attractions,like theme parks?
Posted June 12, 2003 at 1:02 AM
Trends change and consumers needs change year in year out, with high tech coaster and more interactive attractions, like themed rides, the future trends cannot be known so far in advance. This is why the British Tourist Board, can't forcast trends for the future, so how come Alton Towers, know best, when researching theme parks arounds the Uk, for a Degree, project, trends are changing, theme parks like Alton Towers, are pricing themselves out of the market. £100 for a family of 4 for the day, according to Which? magazine. Who can afford those prices?
From Anne EvansAlton Towers 're-submitted' plans after redrawing. Check www.coasterforce.com Ben.
Posted June 12, 2003 at 10:37 AM
From AnonymousATs is not affected by fluctuations in the tourist market as such. It's going to take a good 18 mths - 2 yrs to build the thing plus a further 6 - 12 mts for planning / enquiries etc - so forward planning is required. The company needs a 5 year strategy even if it pulls projects along the way.
Posted June 13, 2003 at 3:57 PM
From Feanaro HelyanweBear in mind it took since the birth of Nemesis for Alton Towers and Warldey to put Air on the park map. I should think they'll go to whatever lengths to implement the woodie plans, and I would think they'd use the same tactic they did with Oblivion, to 'leapfrog' a more distant plan over another, so that they will get SOMETHING between now and 2007 - just a case of what.
Posted January 11, 2004 at 2:36 PM
The woodie has been nothing but trouble, and is really trying the patience of the locals - this should be the same showdown Chessington saw with Vampire all those years back. AT should think carefully about their next move - the future of Tussauds can change heavily in the next few years, lest we forget rumours of takeover and floatation.
From Kevin BaxterOkay... here we spell it "woodie" cuz the other way means something else entirely. And, yes, it's nasty.
Posted January 16, 2004 at 2:51 AM
From Feanaro HelyanweDon't panic! Alton Towers should revise their plans. They expect that. Look what they did with Air and Oblivion - one leapfrogged the other in production.
Posted January 16, 2004 at 5:55 AM
I think what we could expect (and this is only estimation on my part) is something like this:
2004 - Spinball Whizzer and Bathtime With Attitude (see my thread).
Plus in that two year gap maybe a slightly tamer flat ride or two.
From Ben MillsI'm not sure we'll see that many improvements. Tussauds are not into refurbing something if its still pulling in the punters. I expect flat ride mayhem in 2005 and 2006, with possibly a kids ride in there somewhere. Maybe a Katanga redo. Maybe.
Posted January 16, 2004 at 8:58 AM
And there's no cheap fix for Oblivion. See, I've always thought that the theming is quite good in the queue and station. That whole 'Four Stages of Insanity' thing they do is pretty neat, and the drop works well. BUT - it sucks because the ride is just too damn short. After the drop, it has no purpose. Its basically a flat ride on a track.
Lets not go over the top with Nemesis, either. Yes, its a great coaster. But it ain't no world beater. And the theming isn't all that great, either.
And Air just needs something. Anything, in fact.
From Ben MillsAnd yes, Kevin. We have the same innuendo.
Posted January 16, 2004 at 9:08 AM
I think we've had too many conversations like this.
From Feanaro HelyanweI suspect they'll be redoing those dstardly tunnels on Air.
Posted January 18, 2004 at 12:31 PM
I thought a military theming would be brilliant for Air, but all evidence of that was pretty much scrapped after 9/11. So yes, ten years should be long enough to wait for theming of that nature.
As for Nemesis...if Britain had to put forward one coaster in a competition of world coasters, which one would it be? Dragon's Fury is too early to say, Vampire...no, Oblivion? nooooo, Scenic Railway maybe, Pepsi Max Big One a contender, but Nemesis does have the potential to be a world beater. Well it'd probably come 7th but it's the one for the UK entry.
From Scott BattrickNemesis (quite rightly) came in 6th in the internet steel roller coaster poll 2003, so you weren't far out.
Posted January 18, 2004 at 12:57 PM
From Thomas BridgwaterNemesis has every chance of being a world beater. John wardley buried the thing and i admire him for that. it is still accelerating up until the vertical look and that insanley close scenery just helps to improve the intensity. NEMESIS ROCKS.
Posted April 12, 2005 at 1:57 AM
From Neil PreeceAlton Towers Year Plan.
Posted May 27, 2006 at 10:48 PM
2004- Spinball Whizzer and Log Flume Retheme.
From Gareth HDon't think there wil ever be a woody at Alton Towers due to the noise.
Posted May 28, 2006 at 2:20 PM
Shame though as there is so much space to fill and appourtunity to expand.
Plenty on Parks worldwide are envious of the land they own!
From Gemma FosterI can honestly say I can't see them building it at all. It was talked about being launched for 2004, but then Splash Landings Hotel was built. The near fact that my most favorite ride Thunder Looper (aged 13) was ordered to be taken down due to noise pollution,and the Wooden Coaster being much louder, speaks for itself. The wooden Coaster would also require alot of space so therefore Alton towers Grounds would need to made bigger unless of course they build it over the rest of the park so you would be walking under the track itself! It does make you wonder with these launch coasters being built what will be next!
Posted July 5, 2006 at 2:36 AM
From Chase HarrisonAlton Towers building a woodie? Didnt they go to court again a few days ago for noise levels again? I hate the locals up there.
Posted July 7, 2006 at 12:33 PM
From Jade Hartwelli think that they will try to build one, but yet again the locals will complain. it surely can't be that bad, can it?
Posted July 12, 2006 at 1:47 PM
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