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Spinball Whizzer 2004 at Alton

Alton Towers: Report on a new spinning coaster for 2004 at Alton Towers.

From Anne Evans
Posted July 21, 2003 at 4:06 PM
Alton Towers building Maurer spinning coaster for 2004. Construction beginning. Family coaster in adventureland. must dash...


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From Thomas Payne
Posted July 22, 2003 at 3:03 AM
Hmm I guess Tussauds must have got some kind of deal with Maurer Söhne, buying two custom spinning coasters from them in the same year!

I wonder which coaster will get the limelight? Chessington's or Alton Towers'? I do suspect Chessington's, seeing as it is to be part of their new Land of the Dragons area, and will also be conparatively more of a major attraction there.

From Anonymous
Posted July 22, 2003 at 5:21 AM
Now, is this the same spining coaster known as the CRAZY MOUSE in the states? The two closest to my home have been removed due to rider complaints ... "Tilt-A-Whirl" on crack as one rider called it.

From KANNi8L KL0wN
Posted July 22, 2003 at 7:45 AM
The CrazyMouse was closed at Motor World VA Beach, VA also due to rider complaints. The coaster is too small to be considered an "adult" attraction, but way too frenzied to be enjoyed by children (and families). If the ride designers would create something larger (or made in wood, to look ricketty) I think older riders would be attracted to the added thrills. Also, whatabout all the newly deisigned attractions that there are only ONE of? X, Cliffhanger, Oblivion, Screaming Squirrel, Hammerhead Stall to name a few. I'm not asking for clones, just new versions spread around the world.

-Kk

From Ben Mills
Posted July 22, 2003 at 8:14 AM
It'll probably be custom designed, although building two in the same year makes me think that Tussauds will probably use the same track design, but just use two different themes.

It does make me think though. Both Alton Towers and Chessington have announced what 2004 will bring, but we haven't anything about Thorpe Park except for the Samurai move. Any ideas?

From Thomas Payne
Posted July 24, 2003 at 12:32 PM
After three years of major new stuff, Thorpe Park is having a breather year: ride moved from sister park (though fully refurbished by Mondial), possible replacement of Pirates 4D with the Haunted Lighthouse, and possible X:\No Way Out revamp. Things will "Rocket" ahead in 2005 though....

From Anne Evans
Posted July 26, 2003 at 6:12 AM
WHAT ARE YOU HIDING! WHAT DARE THREATENS ALTON'S YEAR (2005)! THORPE PARK MUST DIE..erm..NOT BUILD what ever 'rocket' is...

From Bez Bez
Posted July 28, 2003 at 4:23 AM
Spinball Whizzer isn't going to be a spinning coaster like Primevil Whirl at Animal KIngdom, its seating is going to be the same to The Whirlwind at Camelot, England.

From Darren Russell
Posted August 6, 2003 at 7:47 AM
Hia go on www.rcdb.com for statistics its going to be desighned like a pinball machine and the carts are going to be the balls.
going to alton towers soon does any one know if they have started making yet.I like seeing uncompleted rides.

From Anonymous
Posted August 9, 2003 at 3:41 PM
Construnction has already begun on this new coaster: http://www.alton-towers.net/home/
But dont know if it is in the publics eye or not

p.s. Have gr8 time!

From Ben Mills
Posted August 10, 2003 at 12:53 AM
Err...where are the pictures? I couldn't find them.

Otherwise, that right there is a textbook crappy website. Not like this website. Oh my, no. Which genius is it that hosts Alton Towers on TPI again?

Heh, heh.

From Anonymous
Posted September 22, 2003 at 9:37 PM
There's an advertising still on rcdb.com
http://rcdb.com/installationgallery2472.htm?Picture=1
It will spin randomly.
Yeah, and none of the photos in the Gallery at Alton Towers work.

From Anonymous
Posted October 27, 2003 at 6:52 AM
i work at chessington world of adventures, and i can reveal that both spinning coasters will have different layouts, mainly due to the avaliable space being taken up by "land of the dragons" the samarai will be moved from chessington to thorpe park, as staff have the last ride on the last day of the season, all childrens rides from the octopus's garden in thorpe are to be moved to chessington, and an extreme game zone which will include robot wars arena and robots will repace the samarai spot at chessington for 2004

From Anonymous
Posted November 11, 2003 at 1:20 PM
I work at Alton Towers, I've not seen the cars yet but the track they have put up already does match this picture http://www.towerstimes.co.uk/2003/spinballplans1.jpg The two high banked turns on the right of the picture are already up, as is the lift hill which was put up before the end of the season. The station looks a bit small from what they have put up. Only today they were insulating the roof, I guess it was too foggy to get much of anything else done.

From Anonymous
Posted November 14, 2003 at 11:24 AM
Usually I'd start my day at A.T. on OBLIVION but as soon as I get there next year SPINBALL WHIZZER will be first on the agenda BUT PLEASE ALTON COUNCIL BRING ON THE WOODIE OR YOU'LL BE WAREING CEMENT SHOES

From Anonymous
Posted November 14, 2003 at 11:27 AM
CAPISH

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