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Re: Alton Towers Resort Future - General Discussion & Wishes

Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:48 pm

Justin wrote:
Alton has its faults, but I am a firm believer it is actually what you make of each visit. People are quick to complain, but when you take a step back, it is a beautiful park with some great attractions.

I think some areas need work to bring them up to standard, but hopefully TLC will continue to showcase improvements/general maintenance.

Fully agree, the only things that let the park down for me this season was the budget cuts which affected ride operations, ride put through and those awful staggered opening times.
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort Future - General Discussion & Wishes

Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:25 pm

I really really hope that next season, Merlin realise that Alton need and deserve a bigger budget to operate things better.
I would hope that they have cut things back to the point where no more can be cut, and that they realise how much of an impact it is having on guest experience.
People want to come back to the park, it's felt busier than it has in years, but those people won't keep coming back if the park continues with its staggered openings and lack of investment in key areas.

I still love the park and have enjoyed this season, I wholeheartedly agree that it (like with a lot in life) is what you make of it, be realistic by all means but if you visit with a negative attitude all the time, you're going to ensure you have a poor day!
There is so much to enjoy in the park, especially for those who have the luxury of visiting several times a year, Scarefest improved (imo, the addition of the walkabout pirates etc was welcome) the Fiireworks were fantastic!
Now just keeping fingers crossed for next year. And maybe a flat or three in the not too distant future.
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Re: Alton Towers Resort Future - General Discussion & Wishes

Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:33 pm

Justin wrote:
Alton has its faults, but I am a firm believer it is actually what you make of each visit. People are quick to complain, but when you take a step back, it is a beautiful park with some great attractions.

I think some areas need work to bring them up to standard, but hopefully TLC will continue to showcase improvements/general maintenance.

My problem with the cutbacks is that it hurts the atmosphere and I love the atmosphere of theme parks almost as much as the rides.

It's especially bad off peak. Too many shuttered/boarded up food/snack outlets, too many long paths that are overly quiet and lacking in atmosphere. Not to mention the "the rides are only open for 6 hours?!?" downer that greets people when they enter.

People who can't take rollercoasters are waiting in areas with closed outlets and rundown arcades for long periods with few options of things they can do to fill the time. No quick flat rides, few nice cafes to sit in etc.

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