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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:15 am

I prefer it to the merlin one (There's no white circle representing the eye.. which looked awful, seriously).

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Does it really look that awful? :? The EDF version is rubbish compared to this. Oh well, it's a shame but it happened, we can't change that. And it isn't all that bad...
 
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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:25 pm

Sorry but I can't see the London Eye being a 'low carbon' machine. :x
 
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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:06 pm

The new logo looks nice, but I preffer the old one.

And what's with the pious, stupid eco-message, for Christ's sake?
 
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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:46 pm

The old logo - although I like it. The white circle is meant to be the london eye. Why isn't it in the middle of the logo? Why isn't it in line with other buildings, instead of falling off?

Apart from that, the logo was nice. But staff all mentioned it to me when talking about it - I think it looks far better now.

To add to this: The show area is now completely white with blue and orange band going through the preshow area. On offload, they've got a timeline of when buildings were built and what they hold. It's far, far, better than what mele was.
 
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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:34 pm

"thefatone" wrote:
The old logo - although I like it. The white circle is meant to be the london eye. Why isn't it in the middle of the logo? Why isn't it in line with other buildings, instead of falling off?

Because, looked at from a distance, the logo itself looks like a purple eye. The circle represents light glare. It's bloody ingenious :D.

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To add to this: The show area is now completely white with blue and orange band going through the preshow area. On offload, they've got a timeline of when buildings were built and what they hold. It's far, far, better than what mele was.

Can't really comment on this, having not seen it, but from your description it sounds absolutely dire (timeline aside). The pinky-purple was absolutely beautiful, really, really nice. Suited the theme and feeling of the area very well. White and orange? Ugh.

I also find it incredibly difficult to believe that staff prefer the new one. Again, I haven't spoken to them, but out of the people I have spoken to, and the people on this board, your view is definitely the minority view.
 
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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:40 pm

*works at the eye, hence generic username*

It does look nice tbh - you don't realise how depressive the old colourscheme was until you see this one. Although the old purple was very rich and gave an upmarket impression, the new stuff is a good change. It's light and open. The uniforms look, very much like the british gas uniform tbh. The only thing orange on uniform are the scarfs :).

I originally thought it was a glimmer, until they announced it otherwise. Ever since then its tainted it, so glad it doesn't exist in current one.

However, by far the best thing is removing the screens on the info boards outside which barely worked and were vandalised. Looked good :)
 
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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:33 pm

"thefatone" wrote:
I originally thought it was a glimmer, until they announced it otherwise. Ever since then its tainted it, so glad it doesn't exist in current one.

I think the point is that it's both - that's why I thought it was so clever.


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However, by far the best thing is removing the screens on the info boards outside which barely worked and were vandalised. Looked good :)

Lol, I remember noticing those being installed. They didn't exactly last long :P
 
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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:34 pm

I went last week and the new logo and branding is everywhere, all the queue barriers etc... I quite like it but prefer the old branding to this.
There is, of course, lots of items in the gift shop with the old branding - some reduced - but little if any with the new. I'm sure that will come.

They were taking green screen photos on the way in to the 4D movie which I don't remember before. You can buy them for £10 :shock: That seems expensive compared to the park photos.

The thing that really annoyed me was the way the 4D show was handled, and perhaps even designed. When I first went we couldn't go in the front row, the only one the snow really lands in, this time only the back two rows were open. You might think this was fair enough as it was quiet but it got worse. The people in the front open row were told that they couldn't stand at the front and lean on the bars (which I presume they were designed for) and had to stand at the back. Very uncomfortable.
 
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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:50 pm

It's a design flaw - the problem with the front tier is that the floor becomes dangerously slippery during the morning - when the shows running with not many people in it - so it's not able to be used.

The bars at the front are design, and for you to hold whilst walking if you wish - the bars behind you are the ones to lean on and sit on etc. The reason they tell you to take a step back is purely because everyones heads just cover the bottom quarter of the screen and ruins it for people in the rows behind - causing people to try and run into the tiers infront and cause even more problems. It's poorly designed basically!
 
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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:53 pm

"thefatone" wrote:
It's a design flaw - the problem with the front tier is that the floor becomes dangerously slippery during the morning - when the shows running with not many people in it - so it's not able to be used.

The bars at the front are design, and for you to hold whilst walking if you wish - the bars behind you are the ones to lean on and sit on etc. The reason they tell you to take a step back is purely because everyones heads just cover the bottom quarter of the screen and ruins it for people in the rows behind - causing people to try and run into the tiers infront and cause even more problems. It's poorly designed basically!

I figured as much. I don't recall being asked to stand back the first time I went though. If I go again I'll pick the top row, then I can't block anyones view! (though they will probably forget the rule and someone will block my view).
 
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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:03 pm

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Yes I know, but installing an air-con isn't very extensive work...


I read this ages ago and it's been annoying me ever since...

The new pods are BRAND new... New benches, new interior, the general works as it were...

And there's 32 pods to replace... The work being done for this is EXTREMELY intensive...



As for the show... The layout is very poorly done with space and what-not... And the new photo-point is absolutely cack... Who thought THAT would be a good idea...
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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:49 pm

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As for the show... The layout is very poorly done with space and what-not... And the new photo-point is absolutely cack... Who thought THAT would be a good idea...

Really? I personally think they've used the space very well - seems to fit in very nicely to me. I'm 100% in agreement with you about the photo point, though...

Having actually been to the EDF London Eye now, it's... well... basically...

Gah. It's looks really rather excellent, but I desperately don't want to say that :P. I love the old branding to bits, but this one actually looks really good as well.
 
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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:53 pm

The loading area is just way too cramped for it to handle large numbers...

When two large groups turn up, you know about it... Oh most certainly do you...

Lower tier is the prime example, especially when everyone spreads out and it's often annoying when the majority understand you yelling "MOVE DOWN!" at them... ;)
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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:17 pm

The riots in London are forcing the London Eye to close early today, from the attraction's Twitter account...
For the safety of our guests and staff travelling home tonight, we are closing at 8pm today, we are accepting tickets for today at any time.
 
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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:34 pm

Well to be fair I cant see many tourists wanting to visit any of the tourist attractions in London at the moment.
 
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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:50 pm

Having been on the London Eye twice in the last few days for the first time in several years I have a number of observations:

  • Based on the 4D here and the Marvel 4D at Madame Tussauds, Merlin ROCK at 4Ds. I usually dislike these immensely, but the London Eye one is wonderful. Perfect choice of music, with the ambient and very strange floating track, and then the Coldplay kicking in just at the right point. Really quite moving, when the little girl hugs her dad. The effects (snow, bubbles, water) are really really great too.
  • The only problem is, they've managed to actually out-do the Eye itself. The Eye is a bit of a anti-climax after all the music and fireworks and effects and snow. That's not any critcism of the Eye, it is meant to be simply and elegant and it is what it is - a really huge ferris wheel. It'd be ruined if they put Coldplay on in the pods or something.
  • If they wanna add to the experience further, I'd love to see a small exhibition about the construction of the Eye, and about the Eye in general. Maybe with construction models and stuff.

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  • I got to travel on an old pod and a new pod, and I could notice little difference apart from the air conditioning being more discrete. I kinda was hoping that they'd redesign the pods so that there was less stuctural bits and as much of it was glass as possible. If you look at the above photo, it would have been great if the glass on each side of the two main rotational all-the-way-round support thingeys was all one solid piece of glass with the black support metal you see there removed. Would really have made it a breathtaking experience. Clearly this could easily be done, though I imagine it'd cost more money than Merlin are willing to throw at it. I didn't really see the point of the upgrade, since so little seems to have changed with the pods.
  • The glass is REALLY reflective. Anyone else noticed this? If you stand too close or too far away all you can see is reflection. Is there a special kind of glass to stop this or is it inevitable?
  • They should use the Eye for more events or special occasions. Imagine if each pod had an audio jack, and say from 8pm till 9pm on a Saturday you could have a little party on the Eye? Stuff like that, just cool innovative stuff. It's been essentially the same experience for ten years now.
  • I hope the whole queue/boarding platform area gets re-done at some point. It needs to be enclosed a bit more, and to build up the excitement a bit more. Maybe with some audio, a bit more enclosed, bathed in blue light, and with the operaters cabin looking a bit more high-tech than just a shed.

Does anyone know the first song that is played on the 4D? :)
Edit: found it! It's "Little Bird" by Goldfrapp. :)
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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:16 pm

The Eye's 4D does indeed rock massively - I've always thought it was stunning! The first track played is Little Bird by Goldfrapp :).

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If you look at the above photo, it would have been great if the glass on each side of the two main rotational all-the-way-round support thingeys was all one solid piece of glass with the black support metal you see there removed. Would really have made it a breathtaking experience. Clearly this could easily be done, though I imagine it'd cost more money than Merlin are willing to throw at it.

I really don't think it's as easy as you make out - stress-wise, there's a big difference between the tunnel that you've linked to, which has single panes of glass curved in one direction, and a pane of glass essentially curved into a cone. Really don't see how it'd be done. Also, doors?

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They should use the Eye for more events or special occasions. Imagine if each pod had an audio jack, and say from 8pm till 9pm on a Saturday you could have a little party on the Eye? Stuff like that, just cool innovative stuff. It's been essentially the same experience for ten years now.

Well, I take it you realise that there are already quite a few special occasions? They do wine tasting, chocolate tasting, afternoon tea, Valentines/Haloween nights, Hen/Stag/Birthday parties, Weddings/Civil Partnerships, private capsules etc. etc. etc. OK, those last few are not exactly 'open to the public' events, but they're well rehearsed at doing this kinda stuff, and as for "...imagine if each pod had an audio jack..."; they already do, or at least have the facility for sound systems / lights etc :)
 
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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:35 pm

I wish they'd make an augmented reality app for the iPhone that will let you use the camera to show you what you're looking at through your camera. One can dream.
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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:55 pm

Visitor numbers up 8% this summer compared to last. 42 million people have now been on it (or rather 45 million 'flights' have now been issued).
 
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Re: The EDF Energy London Eye

Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:12 pm

Lo-Q, the company behind Q-Bot at Legoland and Speedy Pass at PBB, yesterday made an interesting announcement regarding the London Eye:

"Lo-Q" wrote:
- The EDF London Eye agrees to run first UK pilot of Lo-Q’s smartphone-based ticketing and queuing system –

- Smartphone technology has the potential to open up numerous exciting new markets for Lo-Q –

Lo-Q (AIM: LOQ), the AIM listed provider of virtual queuing systems for theme parks and major
attractions, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to pilot a new smartphone-based
ticketing and queuing solution at one of the UK’s most popular and best known tourist attractions: The
London Eye.

Commencing on 1 December 2011 and running until 25 February 2012, the twelve week pilot will see
Lo-Q’s proprietary technology evaluated at this landmark UK attraction, which is owned and operated by
The Merlin Entertainment Group and has ushered over 39 million visitors through its turnstiles since first
opening to the public in 2000.

Lo-Q’s smartphone-based solution represents an exciting evolution of its existing, tried-and tested
queuing solutions and opens up a range of new target markets for the Company worldwide. The new
system effectively extends all of the benefits of Lo-Q’s proprietary theme park queuing product, combined
with mobile ticketing and payment solutions, to patrons at any type of attraction. Importantly, the solution
is “Cloud” based and doesn’t require expensive infrastructure solutions to be deployed at customer sites.

The pilot announced today will offer visitors to The London Eye, the opportunity to by-pass the attraction’s
ticket office by purchasing tickets at any time through any internet enabled phone and from any location.
The smartphone system will not only enable the purchasing of tickets without queuing, but will also allow
visitors to buy a “fast pass” to board the attraction without having to wait in line.

Announcing the trial Lo-Q plc Chief Executive Officer, Tom Burnet, said:
“This is a fantastic and far-sighted project to be involved with and I am very pleased to see some of our
most innovative technology being put to the test in this way. Visitors to theme parks and attractions are
interested in one thing – the experience. Today that isn’t just about the ride or the trip, it’s increasingly
also about the customer experience of accessing the attraction and maximising the time spent on fun, not
formalities. We see today’s trial as an exciting first step toward extending our offering outside of the
theme park world and in to all manner of single line attractions where reducing queue time will not only
benefit the visitor but the operator, too.”

So, the London Eye is to get virtual queuing.

On the face of it, I don't actually think this is too bad an idea - without a MAP, queuing at the London Eye when it's busy is not pleasant. However, I'm just a tad skeptical - this may well be up-charge, and no doubt if the number of people opting for 'fast passes' is more than a minority it will affect others.

So, rather on the fence all in all. Shall have to wait and see.
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