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Alton Towers | Wicker Man | GCI Wood

Hixee

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^BECAUSE FROM THE RIGHT ANGLES THIS PROJECT IS ACTUALLY INTERESTING! :p

@davidm isn't far off, but I think it's taken a little further back with a longer lens. You can see the grass in the image posted, meaning I think this position is a little more likely.

https://goo.gl/maps/Pi8CQfXDcHo

That's in the middle of the lawn, so **** knows what that's technically called. I might suggest Main Street. See, I was right all along.
 

elephant58

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I was hoping it wouldn't be completely obscured by trees, like the plans showed it would be, so I'm quite glad. It looks really good with that castle thing and I think the wooden structure will just go with the area really well.
 

davidm

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The photo was taken from the right hand side of the lawns towards CBeebies Land. If it had been correctly sourced from the off then it would have been far easier for people to find out!

:)
Yeah I was trying to just get a reasonable angle on StreetView for the shot to line up the building and the support for the chair-lift to illustrate it wasn't taken in Cbeebies land!.
I hope you noticed that I did include the source in my sarcy reply though - all the (silly) confusion just because someone says "from Towers street" and makes people think its taken from THE Towers Street rather than pinched from TowersStreet(.com) :)
 

Bert2theSpark

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New construction windows round the front.

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A Towers staple, Scaffolding has appeared on the theming structure.

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Another Merlin Staple, A Shipping Container!

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The first turn around GCI structure is in place.

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Better shot of first drop, appears to be banked.

Credit TS Facebook.
 

elephant58

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That suggests more chance of a launch, right? I think it's got to be launched, it's perhaps the only thing that could prevent this from being a nondescript and dull coaster and I'd like to think that a park like Towers wouldn't let that happen to a new coaster, nevermind the first new one in 5 years.
 

Bert2theSpark

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Overview of the site.

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The first drop progress.

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The Lift Hill.

Credit Coaster Bot

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The theming structure has been covered, It is speculated that the theming detail and pipework is being put in.

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View of Lift Hill and the Theming Structure.

Credit TowersTimes Facebook.
 

Sandman

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I love that first image, showing the wider perspective. It really shows how far the lift hill sprawls across the site.
 

Smithy

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First update I've paid attention to in a while.

Entire structure does look quite impressive, this thing should look quite good from around the park.
 

Lofty

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I just realized, at 2:30 in the video, is it me or does the final turn into the brakes look outerbanked?
I'd hardly be surprised, usually GCI coasters have banked brake runs to increase brake efficiency, and a lot of those times, those brake runs are banked the opposite direction to the previous banking - so it might just be that.
 

Sandman

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So, aside from the 'theming structure', any clues as to how extensive the theming will be? I'm trusting that the shipping container technique has ran it's course now and judging by the cost, this should be substantial... for Merlin.
 

Pokemaniac

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I'm trusting that the shipping container technique has ran it's course now...

How so? Has the cost of shipping containers risen so sharply that they're no longer the cheapest option for themeing? If not, I wouldn't count on Merlin to stop using them...
 

Sandman

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^ Let me rephrase that. I'm PRAYING it's ran it's course.

I dunno... obviously they could just stick to that lazy effort, but the theming structure is hopefully an indicator that they are willing to go a bit more 'out there' in terms of visual/interactive elements. Please Merlin, think of the kids.
 
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