Wardley: Yes, a B&M flying coaster at Alton Towers in 2002
Posted Monday, March 12, 2001 7:25 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Since few CoasterBuzz members were able to attend the European Coaster Club's first annual general meeting in the UK, few could confirm that the rumors about John Wardley (worked with B&M for Nemesis and Oblivion) announcing a new ride for Alton Towers were true.
We went to the source, Wardley himself, and he replied with this answer:
"Yes, this is true. I did announce at the annual general meeting of the European Coaster Club that the first B&M "flying" coaster is currently being built at Alton Towers, and will open in March 2002."
Maybe Paramount can grab some of B&M's flying coasters and install them at their parks since the Vekoma flying dutchman deal went down the toilet. I did see a diagram at a website (don't know what the site was called) of how the riders will be positioned. They (the riders)are kind of positioned like an inverted coaster, but at an angle.
When they say "currently" I have a feeling it means that B&M are looking into where it would go, how big to make it, layout , yadda, yadda, yadda. Alton Towers has that 'treeline' height limit, you know.
Actually Soggy, it's all set. It was going to be installed in 1998, but instead Oblivion was built. The ride will be slightly taller than Nemesis I believe, with a single tunnel somewhere in the layout. Sounds like fun!
Imagine if they would build this into the ground like Nemesis. That would be awesome. That tree height limit is actually a good thing here. Look what they have done with it so far. A great coaster is a great coaster no matter how tall.
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Yes construction has begun in the Forbiden Valley! With reports of a trench being dug towards the final corner in Nemesis!!! SW5 promises to Amaze and Thrill us ALL! Later Andy 80) ------------- www.andyp.net
"FloridaCoasterRider, B&M does not have an official website."
Oh, I thought that www.bolliger-mabillard.com was their official website. Silly me, I never even noticed that it said UNOFFICIAL in the title bar!
*** This post was edited by FloridaCoasterRider on 3/12/2001. ***
"Poster by Grant - Alton Towers is only 50 minutes drive for me, and with 3 B&M's, I can't wait for 2002. However, the park needs a CCI woodie DESPARATELY!"
Believe it or not, you wish may come true when the park receives SW6, although SW6 isnt going to happen until 2006, a few small rumours are going around that SW6 will be a woodie built in Ugg Land behind the Corkscrew or the Corkcrew will be demolised to make way for it. Apparently at the ECC trip at Chessington where John Wardley confirmed SW5, questions were asked to him about a woodie appearing at Alton, he said it would be hard to make this happen because Wooden coasters are noisy and would generate complaints from nearby residents, but I believed he mentioned about a woodie being made next year somewhere in Europe that was being made of a special kind of wood designed to cut down on noise by a lot so if it proves successful, SW6 just might become a woodie, I dont know if it will be from CCI, but that would be the most likely option