2017/18: SW8 Speculation

Discussion in 'Future Discussion' started by TheBeast, 3rd Sep 2014.

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  1. MaxPower

    MaxPower TowersStreet Member

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    Some of my friends who have visited assume that the new ride will be called SW8, pronouncing it SWAIT. I think the SW tag is completely lost on most guests.
     
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    Leah TowersStreet Member

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    Hope you corrected them ;)
     
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    I don't disagree with this. I said to my Mum that Towers' next major investment is nicknamed SW8 and she thought it meant South West 8, which the postcode for Vauxhall in London.
     
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    To be honest, I never try to correct people about stuff like that.

    I just find people's eyes glaze over if I do.
     
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    The path that runs under the lift hill and alongside the coaster is usually opened for Scarefest and Fireworks - could we see this being made a permanent route to Gloomy Wood? I can easily imagine seeing the train launch over and then dive under the path as a great photo opportunity. Plus, it would give great views of the coaster, and would work as a genuine shortcut if indeed this does lead to the closure of Haunted Hollow in favor of a queue line. Could even be room for a flat up by the turnaround (that part may be wishful thinking).
     
  6. James

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    "New ride" could mean anything. "SW8" makes it seem like something more, something important, maybe something big. It's a talking point, whether you're an enthusiast or a passer by it does get you wondering what will be new at Alton Towers soon.

    Obviously it's more aimed at us lot, although it is a project title and I find it's more useful to tease new rides with project titles to gauge more interest.

    As for this ride using the SW title. I don't see the problem really. It's a big project, and I like the big projects using the SW title personally. At the end of the day does it really matter?
     
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    I think that was my point.... I have no problem with this behind an SW really it's just not, or doesn't appear to be, in the same vein as the SW's were originally meant to be. What will be will be I guess. We may yet get our killer woodie but some how I think we will be disappointed. The layout suggested looks tame, but it could be saved by an inversion or two and a launch
     
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    Hasn't an LSM/LIM launch like Dollywood's coaster been ruled before due to the park's lacklustre electricity supply?
     
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    Vauxhall, its a clue. It going to be a vehicle themed ride :D



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    If we're going along that basis, then SW7 would have been themed around the Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College London and the museums at South Kensington. :p
     
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    The SW tag carries a huge amount of weight. Misuse it too often and it loses that.

    I don't think a family woody could be seen as groundbreaking, or SW calibre.

    Even if the layout looks disappointingly small, there has to be something new, unique or spectacular about this.

    Just hope the new guys know what they are doing...

    Oh sod it.. I'll just say what we're all thinking.

    We want Wardley!
    We want Wardley!
    We want Wardley!

    Just do or pay whatever it takes to get him back, give him full creative control, like in 1994, light the blue touchpaper and stand back.
     
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    Wait wait wait, I've just remembered MI6 building is there. It's going to be a James Bond themed ride! :p
     
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    Actually whilst we're at it get Warner Stengel on the case with JW too...

    People who REALLY know how to design a SW.
     
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    If its a water ride, james pond :D

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    Actually, I'm sure wardley has designed some woodies for towers that never materialized. Surely it would still count as his input if they were to borrow some of the old shelved ideas or themes.
     
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    I would be quite happy if this is a family attraction, but the theming needs to be seriously good.

    The park should focus on getting families back, but the last thing they need is ride which over promises and under delivers.
     
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    His cross valley woody design was absolutely epic, but would never get planning permission.

    I'm sure I've seen a transcript where JW said he had designed over a dozen wooden for AT, but I can't remember where.

    Maybe this is a JW design, but I can't help thinking it doesn't look like JW.

    Of course this is me making a quick judgement from very limited information.

    Here's hoping that when we see the full plans we will all be won over.

    Even Nemesis may not look amazing from an brief, simply drawn, overhead perspective.
     
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    Sure Wardley mentioned a 'spooky circus woodie' at one of his talks - not sure if it was intended for Towers or not. Would love to have seen plans/concepts for that!
     
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    This might not be the final layout, so I wouldn't completely rule out a coaster at least based on a wardley layout. Even if it's not though, one of his themes or concepts could still be used if he came up with any.
     
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    Yeah that was for Towers. I'm not sure where in the park it was planned, although Candy Holland created the concept. It sounded pretty interesting.

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