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Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:26 pm

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They stamp your hand, just let the staff at the gates know and they’ll be happy to help! :)

They must be doing it differently to last year. I'd have thought wrist bands would have been easier though.


It’s because stamps can be done once and then if people would like to leave again they’ve already got the stamp and therefore don’t have to faff about getting a new one. It’s also much cheaper!
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:28 pm

Count-Vonduel and Owen, Thank you!! I really don't have a lot of money being self employed so obviously shelling out a small fortune and coming from Weymouth, it's a 10 hour round trip plus with the park opening 10am to 9pm it's going to be a very very long day and wanting to make sure we don't get locked out the park!! My son is only 9 and we recently went August 2017 for his first time (I've been going since 1990 but my first time since 2003) with Ultimate fast track because I know queuing up with kids can be crazy.
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:28 pm

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Owen wrote:
They stamp your hand, just let the staff at the gates know and they’ll be happy to help! :)

They must be doing it differently to last year. I'd have thought wrist bands would have been easier though.


It’s because stamps can be done once and then if people would like to leave again they’ve already got the stamp and therefore don’t have to faff about getting a new one. It’s also much cheaper!

Ha ha! I was just about to add that it must be cheaper!
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:41 am

I got hand stamps every single year since 2009, never heard of them using wristbands.
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:55 am

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I got hand stamps every single year since 2009, never heard of them using wristbands.

Hmm... that's strange. It was the 21st when we went last year - the first day of the main Scarefest event, possibly they ran out of hand stamps, or were using both methods and just pure chance which you get given? Who knows?!  :)
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:07 am

I think I remember seeing some wrist bands stacked up by the turn stiles, but could just be false memory syndrome.
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:49 pm

Adding on to what I asked yesterday,
What are the odds of it being fully booked on the 30th (if I book on the 28th)?
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:07 pm

Hi, does anyone know what's going on with the smiler? apparently it's been unavailable since Sunday evening?
 
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Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:13 pm

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Hi, does anyone know what's going on with the smiler? apparently it's been unavailable since Sunday evening?


I imagine it's downtime is related to the high winds that we have seen over the past couple of days thanks to Hurricane Ophelia. I have been monitoring the weather at Towers quite closely and on Monday there were gusts of up to 45mph while today it's been anywhere up to 35mph. Wind of this speed will automatically shut the ride down so I'm not surprised it has been unavailable, I live 90 miles east of Towers and the wind here has been very strong so I'd be surprised if its closure isn't weather related.

That being said, there is always a chance that it is experiencing a technical issue. The park is closed tomorrow so hopefully it'll be back open on Thursday (I'm actually on park on Thursday so mainly speaking for myself :lol )
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:16 pm

I really hope it's back up for the weekend, I'm at scarefest on the 22nd and 23rd and the smiler is always a highlight
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:19 am

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Hi, does anyone know what's going on with the smiler? apparently it's been unavailable since Sunday evening?

I was on one of the last trains of the day on Sunday at gone 9pm and it was running perfectly!
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:25 pm

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Hi, does anyone know what's going on with the smiler? apparently it's been unavailable since Sunday evening?

I was on one of the last trains of the day on Sunday at gone 9pm and it was running perfectly!


Currently laying in a bed in the CBeebies hotel hoping it’s open for my visits tomorrow and Friday!
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:34 am

I can also confirm The Smiler was running fine on Sunday evening!
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Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:12 pm

The Smiler was open all day today and was running like a dream
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:25 pm

How many trains has The Smiler been on these days, because from all recent videos I have seen it looks like they have been running it with four trains a lot.
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:33 pm

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How many trains has The Smiler been on these days, because from all recent videos I have seen it looks like they have been running it with four trains a lot.


It was on 3 today.
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:48 pm

Smiler was running great today, all day. Rita was closed for a while this morning but opened certainly by lunchtime.

Queuing wasn’t an issue today, walked onto the front row of the Smiler and Oblivion and had to wait about 2 mins for Nemesis and Galactica. Walked straight onto Thirteen too. Biggest queues were in CBeebies land and at Spinball Whizzer (first time I’ve been on that one today and it’s a really fun ride). Ran out of time for Rita :(
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:39 am

When did they start searching bags at the entrance to the park? Haven’t had this done the past two years when I’ve been down.
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:18 am

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When did they start searching bags at the entrance to the park? Haven’t had this done the past two years when I’ve been down.


This practice started earlier this year in response to the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena and can only be seen as a positive step to ensure the health & safety of all guests entering the resort.

It's not just Towers, I believe all Merlin parks have adopted this strategy.
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:47 am

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Colinweir wrote:
When did they start searching bags at the entrance to the park? Haven’t had this done the past two years when I’ve been down.


This practice started earlier this year in response to the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena and can only be seen as a positive step to ensure the health & safety of all guests entering the resort.

It's not just Towers, I believe all Merlin parks have adopted this strategy.

Thanks

Fully agree with you and them doing it - just wondered when it started. Glad to see places being proactive with things.

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