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Re: Future of the Monorail

Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:19 pm

The cheapest thing in the long run would be a covered walkway with travellators. For the most part it would just require sacrificing a couple of spaces in each row. Big initial cost but tiny ongoing costs compared to the monorail or operating 3-4 trams continuously and in the summer months you could get a few stalls out selling refreshments. 

The biggest problem with travellators would be that there would be a far bigger rush of people leaving the car park at once rather than it being spread out over an hour or so.

Can't really see a citywalk style plaza of expensive themed restaurants working given the seasonal nature of the park and the majority of visitors having hours of driving ahead of them when leaving (that said, a coffee shop and fast food outlet would probably get full at closing time and they could charge service station level prices).
 
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Re: Future of the Monorail

Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:48 pm

Pictures from TowersStreet appear to show that the monorail is having new evacuation walkways installed... I wonder if this is part of the TLC program? It must mean that the resort DO plan on keeping the monorail, at least for the foreseeable future!
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Re: Future of the Monorail

Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:36 pm

In regards to what Robert.W was saying about new evacuation walkways (Credit to TowersStreet)

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I've never seen the Monorail breakdown before and need to be evacuated, but at least they are forward thinking for the future if this ever happened. This would make the process a lot easier to do.
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Re: Future of the Monorail

Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:44 pm

Definitely, as I do remember reading one particularly bad article about a monorail breakdown some time ago, claiming that people were trapped for hours and were dehydrated, so it's good the resort are taking steps to prevent these things happening, especially as the monorail could become increasingly unreliable in its old age.
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Re: Future of the Monorail

Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:23 am

Hopefully, with the installation of new evacuation platforms, this shows Alton are committed to keep this much needed transport system in place for many years to come. Hopefully, they will invest in the system as a whole.
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Re: Future of the Monorail

Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:33 am

I agree, the Monorail is integral to the Alton Towers experience, however, I do feel it's a shame that the windows look like a microwave.

For people coming to the park for the first time, it could be such a better introduction to the park, taking them through the different areas they will encounter throughout the day. Also, it would be great for people exiting the theme park as they would be able recap on their day on the park, while viewing the park from above. Hopefully Merlin know this and the new evacuation platforms are a sign that the trains are being given some attention. Maybe we can expect to actually have some decent views of the park from the Monorail in the 2018 season. I personally think it's a real possibility.
 
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Re: Future of the Monorail

Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:24 pm

Hopefully they change the windows because one of my favourite parts of the monorail is going over Forbidden valley and seeing the Nemesis monster in full and Galactica. 
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Re: Future of the Monorail

Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:45 am

Something needs to be done with the monorail and im not talking about theming. The ride system seems to be in such a state that AT are incapable of running a reasonable amount of trains. It was a 50 (yes FIFTY) minute wait yesterday morning. Trains seemed to be about one every 8-10mins. I would have walked but had 5yr old with me and too far for her.

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Another huge queue already again this morning 45mins before start of early ride time. Monorail just sat in station not doing a lot.
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Re: Future of the Monorail

Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:21 pm

My advice — just walk. Really isn't any point waiting any longer than it would take to actually walk to the park.
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Re: Future of the Monorail

Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:24 pm

Robert.W wrote:
My advice — just walk. Really isn't any point waiting any longer than it would take to actually walk to the park.


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Re: Future of the Monorail

Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:29 pm

ChessingtonSam wrote:
Robert.W wrote:
My advice — just walk. Really isn't any point waiting any longer than it would take to actually walk to the park.


...But my legs!

Haha, I suppose it depends what you prefer. Personally I'd rather walk for 15 mins than stand almost stationary for 45+ mins. :)
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Re: Future of the Monorail

Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:35 pm

Robert.W wrote:
ChessingtonSam wrote:
Robert.W wrote:
My advice — just walk. Really isn't any point waiting any longer than it would take to actually walk to the park.


...But my legs!

Haha, I suppose it depends what you prefer. Personally I'd rather walk for 15 mins than stand almost stationary for 45+ mins. :)

I completely agree. on Thursday I was told the monorail queue was only ten minutes but I decided I'd rather be walking and achieving something rather than queuing like I had been all day
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Re: The Future of the Monorail

Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:07 pm

I would love the monorail to stay. Great experience when running correctly especially seeing the rides and Towers Street. Unfortunately operations not great at the moment. The cars could do with a revamp especially the windows. Also quite large queues even on lighter days. Fingers crossed there's a plan to improve it. The second exit in Forbidden Valley could relieve some of the strain at park close.

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