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by Hurri
Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:15 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: I've killed the magic...
Replies: 29
Views: 4662

Re: I've killed the magic...

Exactly this. Merlin focus too much on squeezing every penny out of the guests, which is detrimental to guest experience. The formula is shockingly simple - create the magic and people spend of their own accord. That's why Disney and Universal are so successful. If Merlin set a year or two aside to ...
by Hurri
Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:51 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: The Merlin Annual Pass
Replies: 2748
Views: 381808

Re: Merlin Membership

I guess they've done the maths and worked it out, but this seems like an odd thing to do. You're tied in for a year minimum, so that's a spend of £192 - it's not difficult to pick up an AP cheaper than that. After the year, you can either keep going month by month or renew your AP even cheaper. APs ...
by Hurri
Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:03 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Going to Towers alone...
Replies: 96
Views: 24220

Re: Solo Visits to Towers - or the alternatives

I've done Thorpe on my own a couple of times. It's a good way to spend time with yourself, and do things at your own pace. Go on what you want when you want, eat when you want, go and sit in the gardens if you so fancy without someone nagging you to go on the next ride.. It's a good opportunity to g...
by Hurri
Sun May 26, 2013 9:53 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1948438

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

It's a sad reality, if only people realised that the person who died undid their seat belt. Didn't stop me riding it though :P Not entirely true, the ride staff didn't check the bars and a coat was caught in the mechanism, meaning it wasn't properly secured and opened during the ride. Oakwood admit...
by Hurri
Sun May 26, 2013 7:14 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1948438

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Just had to tidy the topic up a bit. Keep any personal grievances with each other off the boards, either settle it via PM or report posts and they will be dealt with in due course, thanks.
by Hurri
Sun May 26, 2013 4:46 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1948438

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Obnoxious tweets are probably justified in this instance, the way the whole thing has been handled is a complete shambles and their latest stance of "the Twitter team don't know" is another cop-out. It's not the social media team's fault that whatever has happened has happened, but there a...
by Hurri
Sun May 26, 2013 4:14 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1948438

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

The park have a disability policy and will have specific guidelines for The Smiler, which I'm sure will be available on request. Let's move on from discussing whether or not disabilities are 'excuses' (they're not) and talk about the ride. AT just tweeted that they knew about the delay 48 hours prio...
by Hurri
Sat May 25, 2013 9:45 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1948438

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

From what I can gather, it was pulled round to a suitable position then removed - this suggests the car(s) was damaged in some way which would make it unable to complete the course. Possibly a broken wheel? Or something more sinister...
by Hurri
Fri May 24, 2013 7:50 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1948438

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Can we keep the game discussion in the marketing thread? Better to have it all in one place and that's a better place for it than this. Cheers!
by Hurri
Fri May 24, 2013 7:35 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1948438

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Just to clarify how roller coasters work... The train is held on the track by upstop wheels, lifting it off is far from simple and absolutely not the way to recover a valleyed train. It would require separating each section of the train and removing the wheel brackets from each one, whilst the train...
by Hurri
Fri May 24, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1948438

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Adrenalinejunkie2013 - People are legitimately upset by what has, albeit not AT's fault, amounted to false advertising. Trips were planned specifically for one attraction, which was not available. If you booked a ticket to see, say, Beyonce, and then on your way to the arena found out she wasn't goi...
by Hurri
Fri May 24, 2013 3:29 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1948438

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Go and speak to Guest Services and explain the issues you've had over the course of the day, they should be able to sort out free return tickets for you, that seems to be what they do anyway after someone refuses an offer of some free fastracks.
by Hurri
Fri May 24, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1948438

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

We know the people working on The Smiler site are doing their best and not just sitting around drinking tea (though I'm sure that does come into their day at some point!).

Let's move on from discussions about tea at this point.

Boz beat me to it. What he said!
by Hurri
Fri May 24, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1948438

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

I'll say this as I don't think it's been mentioned yet, at least not in the last 20-odd pages that I skimmed through... Last night I passed the park at around 9pm. The whole place was in total darkness, there is definitely no night-time activity on The Smiler site. And for people praising the Guest ...
by Hurri
Wed May 22, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1948438

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Interesting, though I'm concerned it may just be a 'fobbing off'. If the evac procedures weren't in place and ready to go, they wouldn't have been able to even attempt to send people round at the press launch. Risk assessments should have been done weeks ago. I'm not convinced. If this is the genuin...
by Hurri
Wed May 22, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1948438

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

The guy who said it will definitely open tomorrow seemed to be working on the lighting effects and probably has no connection to the construction/testing of the ride itself. However, he probably should have been told if he's going to talk to guests.
by Hurri
Tue May 21, 2013 11:27 am
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1948438

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Soft opening today and tomorrow is entirely plausible, though unlikely. I suspect if it was happening we'd know for sure with photographic evidence before long.
by Hurri
Tue May 14, 2013 8:39 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1948438

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

It certainly seems a tad farfetched... I can't see how it can physically work. If it's increasing the distance between the upstop wheels and the track, all it'll serve to do is make the ride bumpy, surely? I would have thought the only way to guarantee it going faster is to either power the running ...
by Hurri
Fri Dec 07, 2012 1:50 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort History
Topic: Corkies opening day
Replies: 4
Views: 2243

Re: Corkies opening day

My mother visited early on in Corkscrew's life, it was a pretty big deal, the fact it had inversions was really hyped up.
by Hurri
Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:51 am
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: Theme park clothing?
Replies: 31
Views: 5823

Re: Theme park clothing?

I have a couple of Thorpe and Alton bits but merchandise in this country leaves a lot to be desired. I have loads of Disney, Universal and Busch stuff.