New Flat Rides At Alton?

andeyhart

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Nemesis
I don't know where all this flat ride snobbery came from but flats have as much of a place in theme parks as coasters or dark rides. In fact, I'd say they're essential to help soak up crowds and to provide a bit of variety in ride experience.

I find the argument that flats make theme parks look like travelling fairs totally bizarre. No one looks at Talocan and says "This place looks like a grubby fairground, I shan't be coming here again!"

Fairs and parks are very closely linked. They are part of the same industry. For over a century there have been rides that exist in both permanent amusement parks and at travelling fairs and this has never bothered anyone until now.

If there were no flats in theme parks, we would be missing out on a huge variety of rides. Can you imagine theme parks without classics like Ferris wheels, carousels, teacups, pirate ships and wave swingers? Not to mention the rich assortment of spin rides available.

I don't think anyone's saying that Alton should install a ride with a light package that can be seen from Mars, German techno blasting from its speakers and a medley of unlicensed characters staring at you from its backflash. It would obviously need to be themed appropriately.

I said *some* flats make theme parks look tacky, and I stick by that. Call it snobbery if you want, it's just my opinion. I certainly don't think a theme park should have no flats, I just said they should be themed well and not look like they've come from a fairground. Cos let's face it - for every Talocan, there's hundreds of unthemed flats that stick out like sore thumbs.

All I said in my original post was that I don't want Towers to have any old flat for the sake of it. It needs to look good and not like it's come from a funfare, as that can give the impression that it's not a permanant feature. I want more flats, just good ones. That's not snobbery to me, just wanting quality. Would it be snobbery if people said they wouldn't want to see a Zamperla flyer like Hero open as SW8? We expect high standards from coasters, so we should expect the same from flats.
 

DiogoJ42

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The Metropolitan Line
I love a good flat at a kermis. But most transportable flats just aren't suited to theme parks.
 

rob666

TS Member
Diogo, I think you send me to search engine dictionaries more than any other net geek...
For the others wondering,
Kermis...Dutch fair, often run for charity.
Direct translation, church mass.
God bless;)
 

rob666

TS Member
I'm no coaster geek, I'm just a nice normal (old) person who likes rollercoasters...
and likes poking the geeks with a stick for fun.
And as I have just been informed by another geek...
been riding coasters now for a full half century.
Ooh the Cyclone at Southport all those years ago!
Never counted how many different coasters I've been on in my life,
not going to start now I can't remember half of their flippin' names.
 

NF2

TS Member
I know Merlin have had a tough ride this past few years, but it'd be a sad state of affairs to see the UK's (supposed) top park buying decades old cast offs from a failed competitor :p

To me the problem lies within finding something with a bit of exclusivity, something you can't find at a funfair or seaside park adorned with LEDs and late 90s rave imagery. It's expensive, but a park of Alton's calibre should really be thinking bespoke, or at the least uncommon like Energiser back in the day. It'd be pointless getting a Top Scan, Afterburner, Frisbee or Break Dance variant as all it would do is put them 20 years behind everyone else.

Unless of course they do a Talocan. I'm pretty sure Phantasialand could have made a Miami seem interesting.
 
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CoasterCrazyChris

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Nemesis
I know Merlin have had a tough ride this past few years, but it'd be a sad state of affairs to see the UK's (supposed) top park buying decades old cast offs from a failed competitor :p

To me the problem lies within finding something with a bit of exclusivity, something you can't find at a funfair or seaside park adorned with LEDs and late 90s rave imagery. It's expensive, but a park of Alton's calibre should really be thinking bespoke, or at the least uncommon like Energiser back in the day. It'd be pointless getting a Top Scan, Afterburner, Frisbee or Break Dance variant as all it would do is put them 20 years behind everyone else.

Unless of course they do a Talocan. I'm pretty sure Phantasialand could have made a Miami seem interesting.


I agree...but frankly anything would be better than the nothing we are getting now even if it's a disco themed Huss breakdance in Dark Forest !! Would certainly liven that awful area up !!
 

Dar

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Taron
Judging by recent developments, I reckon we're getting a dole queue simulator
 

Matt Creek

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Steel Vengeance
I think for the sake of Towers getting more flats they should just buy some from the recently defunct Pleasure Island theme park.

Terror Rack is screaming out for a new home.
 
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