- Favourite Ride
- Mako (SeaWorld Orlando)
Personally, I’d quite like an indoor coaster for this. There are a couple of reasons for that.Do we even *want* this to be a coaster? We already have 10. Surely the best option for the park is a non coaster, indoor family attraction
Firstly, one thing that’s easy to forget is that the park has a prime family dark ride development opportunity located a very short walk away from where this attraction is to be located. I doubt that the Alton Towers Dungeon will last an awful lot longer in its current form, or that it was even designed to last for a very long time in the first place, so if it were to be removed from that space, you’d have a perfectly good, usable family dark ride system in the form of that Mack boat ride. And if that boat ride became a family dark ride, and Nemesis Sub Terra returns in some form as is rumoured to be potentially happening, the park would have 5 dark rides, 4 of which are suitable for families. I think that’s a pretty formidable number; even during the Tussauds era, I don’t think the park ever exceeded 4 or 5 dark rides (correct me if I’m wrong there).
Opportunities to build an indoor coaster are far more limited. None of the park’s current dark ride buildings (bar possibly Duel, but that’s irrelevant now that the retheme for 2023 is happening) are well suited to accommodate an indoor coaster, and adequate flat pieces of land to build a new building upon are also somewhat lacking. I think that Coaster Corner is the absolute perfect opportunity for Towers to build one; it’s a big plot of flat land which is definitely big enough to accommodate an indoor coaster, and an indoor ride is basically the park’s only option on that land. Some real world case studies suggest that the building, going off of the specified dimensions given by Towers, could certainly accommodate an indoor coaster.
The second reason I’d like an indoor coaster is because I feel that it would plug the only large hole left in Alton Towers’ rollercoaster selection. In spite of the park having 10 roller coasters, I think a family-orientated indoor roller coaster would be a very valuable addition; an indoor coaster is a very different product to any coaster that Towers currently offers, and given the likely scale of this attraction (the size of the building implies it probably wouldn’t be overly thrilling), it would give the park a middle ground family roller coaster, which is something it currently lacks aside from RMT (Spinball is 1.2m like Thirteen and WM, so I refrained from calling it a middle ground family coaster; I’d say it’s more family thrill myself).
I would also say that there are far more options with an indoor coaster now than there were a few decades ago. They don’t have to be simply a regular roller coaster in a shed like they were back in the day, and you can create something with quite a heavy immersion/dark ride focus that would likely have similar appeal to a family dark ride. For instance, something like a Mack Suspended Powered Coaster (e.g. Arthur) could have a fairly heavy dark ride focus while incorporating roller coaster elements, and I’d wager it would have very similar appeal and a very similar effect to any non-coaster family dark ride. Other models could be used to similar effect.
EDIT: Sorry, never realised I was double posting…