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by Tom170499
Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2690
Views: 348509

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Yet more disappointment. There’s nothing else really to say, just more and more reasons for me to doubt buying a MAP this year.
by Tom170499
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 277
Views: 30356

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

I get the feeling management now consider people as walking wallets, rather than guests. I’ve felt like this for many years now. It’s very obvious that guest satisfaction is a very low priority. How can it be justified that the Alton Towers Premium Season Pass include free entry to the Dungeon yet ...
by Tom170499
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Oblivion - General Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 26499

Re: Oblivion - General Discussion

One thing I’ve never understood is the re-Ride policy at AT. TP allow it so it would be good to see consistency across the Merlin parks with a definitive yes or no. Re-rides on a quiet day for Oblivion would improve the ride experince drastically, not that it’s a bad ride, just as others have said, ...
by Tom170499
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6716
Views: 951221

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

I’ve noticed that the member of staff on batching always seems to be rude. Whether in character or not, there’s no need for it. To be honest, I don’t see the point if batching anyway, many parks around the world manage without it just fine. It’s just a waste of money to have a staff member there. 
by Tom170499
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest - General Discussion
Replies: 2470
Views: 278114

Re: Scarefest - General Discussion

Stan.H wrote:
I had at least 2 actors single me out in The Welcoming for wearing glasses haha :lol

That happened to me too! Then I turned the corner to find an actor with braces and ear piercings... 
by Tom170499
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 277
Views: 30356

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?

I outright refuse to pay anything extra to experience this if they go down the route of an upcharge attraction. The park is already terrible value for money. When will they learn that actor led attractions arent sustainable? Give it one season and I guarantee they’ll have removed the actors due to c...
by Tom170499
Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 72
Views: 11361

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - Quick Questions

I’m going in fancy dress this year, me and my work colleagues are going as the Addams Family. I’m gonna be Pugsley :lol 
by Tom170499
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Project 2020
Replies: 257
Views: 42883

Re: Project 2020

A bit of totally random speculation here as this could be a genuine teaser, or simply Thorpe messing with us. However, I was looking at the description for Terror at Amity High and noticed a familiar name in the description: NEW for 2018, It’s Big Bob’s Homecoming Bash , and the teens of Amity Cove...
by Tom170499
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Project 2020
Replies: 257
Views: 42883

Re: Project 2020

They only started deconstruction of The Flume during winter 2016 so it could still be on Logger’s site. If anything, I’d have expected to see planning permission by now. With Merlin saying a while back that they were cutting investment into the Resort Theme Parks, it makes me doubt wether we’ll even...
by Tom170499
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6716
Views: 951221

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

What is good to see is how true the finished product stayed to the concept. When you look at the likes of The Smiler and Air and see what could have been, this really is great.
by Tom170499
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Inside Alton Towers - General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 4432

Re: Inside Alton Towers - General Discussion

If I’m honest, I was really disappointed with this documentary. I was expecting something similar to The Magic Factory but it felt nothing like it. It could have been so much more, it could have shown the day to day operation of the rides, especially The Smiler, to show the GP what goes into operati...
by Tom170499
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Alton Towers Stargazing Pods - Opening April 12th 2019
Replies: 137
Views: 21624

Re: ‘Stargazing Pods’ Accommodation Discussion

They look like something from B&Q. This really is a terrible idea, and completely unnecessary. There are so many issues that need sorting with the theme park and existing hotels before building more accommodation.
by Tom170499
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Rate the Rollercoasters (2018 Edition)
Replies: 47
Views: 6352

Re: Rate the Rollercoasters (2018 Edition)

1. Wicker Man  2. The Smiler  3. Rita 4. Oblivion  5. Nemesis  6. Air  7. Spinball  8. RMT  9. Th13teen  My prediction of Wicker Man being either 1 or 2 was correct. I’ve also had a bit of a reshuffle since my previous post so a few have changed position. I appreciate the theming and technological i...
by Tom170499
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 1125
Views: 153264

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

The same thing happened with me in 2012. The teachers gave us an emergency phone number and told us to meet back on Towers Street at 4:30 :lol
by Tom170499
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Galactica - General Discussion
Replies: 1554
Views: 227403

Re: Galactica - General Discussion

streetmagix wrote:
Yeah I saw that. Figment are the company who supplied the VR movies, hardware and integration for Galactica. I guess VR isn't going away any time soon if they're still involved?


That’s a shame. I was hoping to see it fully removed next season :(
by Tom170499
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2690
Views: 348509

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I can't see the rapids going anytime soon, but simply this is because they won't be building a new rollercoaster anytime soon. But if they can't get it back up and running fully for whatever reason, it feels like it starts to lose its purpose and may well go. The Flume was left SBNO for a full seas...
by Tom170499
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2690
Views: 348509

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Smiler313 wrote:
I believe they did ID checks last year however I am not certain.


They ID’d me last year and I had to produce my driving license, so I assume the same will be done this year.
by Tom170499
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 277
Views: 30356

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?

It clearly says it won’t be a resort attraction and that it will be on the theme park but never mind. Either way, my original point still stands. If Merlin go down the up charge resort attraction, then it will be a couple of years max before it either becomes seasonal, has staff cut, or is closed.
by Tom170499
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 277
Views: 30356

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?

It won’t be a resort attraction. It’ll be on the theme park, likely following a similar operational method as the Dungeons at Warwick Castle. VIP and Premium Pass holders will go through it for free but will have to reserve a time slot, whereas Standard Pass holders and day ticket guests will have ...
by Tom170499
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 277
Views: 30356

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019?

There won't be an upcharge, because as a permanent theme park attraction where queueing is normal and expected of guests, they don't have any reason other than greed to implement an upcharge, even if they do want to trial a free  virtual queuing or time slot system. To be honest, I feel as though I...
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