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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:59 pm
by Dan
MakoMania wrote:
4pm closes have now been rolled out into July as well. What is going on!? This is madness.


Only July 2nd-5th are 4pm closes.

10th-20th July are still only showing as “Open” but, as previously reported by TowersTimes, the park is open 10am-6pm between the dates of 21st July and 2nd September.

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:04 pm
by Robert.W
Doesn't make it any better. A park operator who actually cares about their guests would have the park open 10am to 5pm MINIMUM (including ALL rides and attraction obviously), for the entire length of the main season, with special events and peak times closing even later than that. What sad times we live in.. :(

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:27 pm
by ThemeCrafter264
It's still ridiculous what has happened to Early Ride Time.

You used to be able to do it with a prebooked ticket but now you can't. This means without a MAP, you have to queue for Wicker Man for over an hour, showing once again Merlin just caring about money. It's just unfair on paying guests who have to queue for longer as they spent less. I understand hotel guests but giving MAP holders and not prebooked ticket holders is just unfair and unnecessary.

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:17 pm
by MakoMania
Dan wrote:
MakoMania wrote:
4pm closes have now been rolled out into July as well. What is going on!? This is madness.


Only July 2nd-5th are 4pm closes.


Which are dates that will be rammed with school trips.

Last year the minimum ride close in June was 5pm, now we have 4pm closes working their way into July. The park have made some operational improvements in recent weeks but this is an absolute laughing stock! It's becoming a bit of a pattern, more cuts in 2014 than 2013, more cuts in 2015 than 2014, more cuts in 2016 than 2015, more cuts in 2017 than 2016 and now the harshest cuts of all in 2018 despite the opening of a major new attraction.

I am sure that park management are doing the best they can but unfortunately Merlin have demonstrated once again that they are unwilling to provide the necessary budget to properly run a theme park.

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:18 am
by Dan
Alton Towers have tweeted the following this morning, informing guests that the weather conditions at the resort are going to impact ride availability today.

At the time of writing; Enterprise, Oblivion, Th13teen, The Smiler, Congo River Rapids, Heave Ho and Runaway Mine Train are unavailable.


Coming to see us today? We're experiencing high winds, meaning right now many of our big rides can't operate safely. We're monitoring the forecast closely, and working hard to open rides as soon as it's safe to do so. Keep an eye on ridetimes.co.uk for availability!