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by Tom G
Tue Nov 03, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 427778

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

It was always the intention to reopen next season.
by Tom G
Thu Oct 15, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 427778

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

The earlier prohibition notices you're talking about related to the excavation during construction. They did not ensure that the sides couldn't collapse. They had nothing to do with the ride's supporting infrastructure.
by Tom G
Mon Aug 17, 2015 5:04 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 427778

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

It's going to be interesting to see how popular Scarefest and fireworks are, they will be the key period for any damage limitation this season.
by Tom G
Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:49 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 427778

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

techiejay wrote:
there were journos everywhere... even suspect some were plain clothed digging for info... security were everywhere!


I heard a rumour that AT were handing out free return tickets to visitors today, so that they could return again when X Sector re-opens, is this true?

Jay


That's correct.
by Tom G
Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:26 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6759
Views: 1008523

Re: SW8

A cross-valley ride would seem to be in order, with an entrance relocation also looming.
by Tom G
Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:24 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Opening Day
Replies: 16
Views: 4554

Re: Opening Day

It can be fairly busy when there is a major new ride, but since that's not the case this year it will be relatively quiet.
by Tom G
Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Staff and Recruitment
Replies: 157
Views: 44637

Re: Staff Benefits

I thought they had a Magic Pass which was unlimited entry?
by Tom G
Mon Dec 29, 2014 3:10 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: The Merlin Annual Pass
Replies: 2740
Views: 313391

Re: The Merlin Annual Pass

You're getting confused about what is on sale here.

New passes are what is on sale, not renewals. They have simply matched the renewal price to the current new pass sale price.

Prices do rise and always have - I do not understand the controversy.
by Tom G
Sun Nov 02, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: CBeebies Land
Replies: 572
Views: 76565

Re: 2015 Rumours

It is being removed, not relocated.
by Tom G
Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:30 pm
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Favourite Dungeon in the UK and why?
Replies: 28
Views: 6066

Re: Favourite Dungeon in the UK and why?

The old London Dungeon was the best, but the new one feels too new and artificial in comparison. It has to go to Warwick. Although it's probably the lowest budget and poor in finale, it feels the most authentic and atmospheric because of its setting. The tight corridors, low ceilings and spiral stai...
by Tom G
Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Slammer [Retired]
Replies: 199
Views: 43302

Re: Is this the end of Slammer?

I think if any ride causes you serious pain, you shouldn't be riding. NO ride hurts if you are in good shape and know how to brace yourself etc.
by Tom G
Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Merlin General Discussion - New Owners agreed in £4.8bn deal
Replies: 1434
Views: 77364

Re: Merlin Floatation

I am not interested in owning a piece of Merlin or Alton Towers, I bought £1,000 to try and make a quick buck. 10% up on the first day. I'll sell them fairly soon, I think I'll wait to see how open trading goes next week.
by Tom G
Thu Aug 15, 2013 5:25 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: 2013 Scarefest
Replies: 700
Views: 82173

Re: 2013 Scarefest

Great news as I have free Sun tickets for the 25th.
by Tom G
Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:47 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: 2013 Scarefest
Replies: 700
Views: 82173

Re: 2013 Scarefest

Zero atmosphere in daylight. I hope many stay away.
by Tom G
Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:36 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime 2013
Replies: 222
Views: 32180

Re: Ride Downtime 2013

No, it didn't detach mid-cycle like then.
by Tom G
Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:21 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 500401

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

It depends what the nature of the issue was found to be. Best case I would think it will open on Saturday, but at worst it won't open until after the summer holidays.
by Tom G
Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:24 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: The Merlin Annual Pass
Replies: 2740
Views: 313391

Re: Merlin Membership

They've indicated that they have no plans to repeat the 50% off sale. Last year's Boxing Day/New Year sale was only 37% off so I think we will either see now annual pass sale this year or a £99 offer again.
by Tom G
Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:23 am
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: The Merlin Annual Pass
Replies: 2740
Views: 313391

Re: Merlin Membership

It's not £50 more expensive? A year's membership is the same as a year's annual pass at full price (barring a few quid).
by Tom G
Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:05 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon
Replies: 4871
Views: 739111

Re: Thorpe Park 2015 Coaster

But they'll need this coaster for 2015 if The Swarm didn't get the popularity they excepted! Quite the opposite, only a huge success would make them bring an additional investment forward. The Smiler was originally planned for next year, but Thirteen's huge success in upping gate figures by 300,000...
by Tom G
Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:10 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon
Replies: 4871
Views: 739111

Re: Thorpe Park 2015 Coaster

The planning documents clearly state what the article says.

The Swarm's disappointing performance has led to a push back of the next major investment. The same might happen at Alton Towers, with SW8 not appearing until 2017.
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