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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:00 am

Was on park today, the ride operations were good and the park was quiet.

Nemesis was on two trains and the sky ride opened around 11am.
I would have like to see the DF rides opened at least at 10.30.  I would hope that the staggered opening times would be abolished during busy days and events.

A staff member brought to my attention today that this is the first season that Alton has have 4pm ride close during the month of June.  Considering the ERT was cut and the staggered ride opening times, this is not great opening times for June.    They have also mentioned that Merlin has really slashed the budgets this season hence all the cuts.
 
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Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:57 am

ROYJESS wrote:
A staff member brought to my attention today that this is the first season that Alton has have 4pm ride close during the month of June.  Considering the ERT was cut and the staggered ride opening times, this is not great opening times for June.    They have also mentioned that Merlin has really slashed the budgets this season hence all the cuts.

And we're heading towards school trip season...

I made the mistake of visiting during schools week last year. If they maintain low staffing during it this year, I pity anyone who makes the same mistake.
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:29 pm

Looks like Alton Towers are about to pull another classic Merlin style publicity campaign... this. :lol
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:26 pm

Hahahaha imagine if someome did call their child Th13teen or Galactica.
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Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:27 pm

Only name that seems obvious is Rita...

I wonder if it's specific to Alton Towers rides or just any theme park, and if the name has to be exactly that of the theme park ride or just inspired by it? They've not really given people much information to go off to be honest.
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Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:48 pm

I don't believe it's limited to Alton Towers attractions, and I think the name just has to be linked to a ride rather than being exactly it.
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Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:21 pm

Does Steve, Millie and Maggie count? 
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Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:24 pm

Bob? Wicker Man related?
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Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:29 pm

Someone might call their son or daughter Icon.....

There may just be a large family who ran out of names and called one Thirteen. I'm sure there's nobody called Oblivion though.
 
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Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:38 pm

Plot twist: someone is called Octonaut’s rollercoaster adventure
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:19 am

If you re-arrange the letters of my kids names, you get 'ride nerd' and 'Air'  !!
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:48 pm

As reported by TowersTimes Facebook, Alton Towers have today updated their website to state that next day ‘bounce-back’ tickets are no longer available to purchase, which follows the removal of return any day tickets at the start of the season with the introduction of the Season Pass.

Are you disappointed to see the loss of this ticket option?

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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:57 pm

Wow, they really seem to be pushing these new annual passes this year. They've advertised the MAP's heavily in previous years but this year they seem to be going towards the individual passes this year. They seem to post a new message on the Facebook page pushing these at least once every week. I wonder what has changed opinions from selling the more expensive MAP's to these new AP's. 

Maybe it's part of a long term plan to sell these AP's at a low profit margin and then encourage people to move onto to the MAP's next year? I dunno but something really interests me on how Merlin seem to market ticket sales.
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Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:26 pm

Undoubtedly they'll want gate figures to be as high as possible this year, so they can say that Wicker Man has been a success. These new season passes create the perception of a good value day out, and lure people in to buying them. Then some people will inevitably want to "upgrade" to MAP for any extra benefits they might get that aren't included in the Season Pass. 

What I just don't understand is, why on earth do they want so many visitors to come to the resort only to be put off by the extremely poor operations etc.? That doesn't make business sense at all. The idea that visitors will return only works if a high quality and good value product if offered, and it's quite clear that Alton simply can't offer their guests that. So the more guests they have, the more guests that won't make a return visit. 

Merlin, please explain.. where is the logic in this?
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Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:01 pm

I personally think they've done it so more people pay £55 to get in, instead of £27.50 with 2-for-1 vouchers. Also, most of the people buying these will be visiting probably a maximum of 3 times for the season; especially considering all summer holiday weekends are blacked out, as well as Scarefest. It basically gets the average day gate figures up, increases in park spending, mainly car parking and also gets them paying more to get in (instead of Tesco and 2-for-1 vouchers) as well as (most likely) visiting Scarefest as well.  

I think it's quite a good idea in my opinion. 
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Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:11 pm

Absolutely, the idea should work. But the quality of the product they are offering isn't up to standard, which will inevitably put off many people from returning to the resort again. Which means in the long term, it doesn't work, it only damages the parks reputation as a quality visitor attraction, and will result in poorer attendance in the future. It's not good for the park at all. It's just a strategy to get Merlin some quick cash which will go straight into the pockets of their shareholders.
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:14 pm

The resort have also posted on their Facebook page that Season Passholders can ‘bring a friend for £15’ with a maximum of 5 people each visit being permitted.

Full details can be found here.

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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:14 pm

First year I have bought a season pass, I used to always get the return next day. They were great value for money and I was wondering how long it would take to get rid of them.
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:27 pm

Bit annoyed about that 'Bring A Friend' offer, because as a PMAP holder, one of the perks is 3 'Share The Fun' vouchers - would like to see this rolled out to the annual passes as well if I'm being completely honest. 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:44 pm

4pm closes have now been rolled out into July as well. What is going on!? This is madness.
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