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by AltonOperator
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort Merchandise
Replies: 332
Views: 72087

Re: Alton Towers Resort Merchandise

Bexa wrote:
I heard that the resort was to be selling themed face masks/coverings. I was wondering if these have happened, and if so has anyone seen these and got pictures and/or prices


There’s a fair few on eBay if you’re looking for photos. Not sure about prices on park.
by AltonOperator
Sun Aug 16, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 1249
Views: 221025

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

I’ve noticed some restaurants requesting mobile ordering online but I can’t see mobile ordering anywhere on the app. Is this possible or do we just queue as usual with restaurants/fast food places? Mobile ordering can be used in most food outlets across the resort. Use the app’s map to select the f...
by AltonOperator
Sun Aug 16, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2908
Views: 482108

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I’d like to clarify that although it would be an alright idea and it has been mentioned in the past, I do not believe it will happen in the next few years, if at all. Possibly if sw9 is located around there they could build it at the same time but I still don’t think it’s likely. I’ve just booked t...
by AltonOperator
Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2908
Views: 482108

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I’d like to clarify that although it would be an alright idea and it has been mentioned in the past, I do not believe it will happen in the next few years, if at all. Possibly if sw9 is located around there they could build it at the same time but I still don’t think it’s likely.
by AltonOperator
Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2908
Views: 482108

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

A second gate at air has been a topic of conversation for many years. It was included in the long term development plan that was published about a decade ago. If it was to become a second gate I think it would have to be exclusive to certain groups such as disabled, pass holders, resort guests. If i...
by AltonOperator
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6451
Views: 553895

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

You’d hope that Thorpe would have a heavy cap on visitor numbers given their small size but it sounds like it’s not the case. It’s lucky they’re not doing other things like virtual queues that would keep even more people on the paths.
by AltonOperator
Sat May 30, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort Merchandise
Replies: 332
Views: 72087

Re: Alton Towers Resort Merchandise

I’d agree with that. I much prefer distinctive badges of the ride logos than some of the stuff they’ve been making. The hologram pins, for example, I’m definitely not a fan of. They’re not recognisable enough.
by AltonOperator
Fri May 29, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort Merchandise
Replies: 332
Views: 72087

Re: Alton Towers Resort Merchandise

I’ve got to agree with you there. I’m not a massive fan of this year’s selection
by AltonOperator
Fri May 29, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3172
Views: 586889

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Really depends on the day. Weekdays maybe half an hour? Weekends and school holidays are closer to an hour or two. Smiler currently has Single Rider though so I’d recommend that over buying fasttrack for it. But at this point any advice is pretty much useless as we don’t know what the park will look...
by AltonOperator
Tue May 26, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2908
Views: 482108

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Looks like everything has sold now. Shame as I liked the look of the ties. I read somewhere that they plan to release more stuff each week so hopefully there’ll be more on soon.
by AltonOperator
Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: SW9
Replies: 318
Views: 82112

Re: SW9

At this point any kind of 'pattern' or cycle has gone completely out of the window. SW8 was late because of the Smiler incident and this pandemic will have an even bigger impact on their finances. Its completely dependent on how long parks must stay closed and whether the public has any interest in ...
by AltonOperator
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2908
Views: 482108

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Taking a look at 2020's Accessibility Guide  shows some interesting stuff including this table: https://i.ibb.co/Rg04KQB/Capture.png It shows the 3 new or renamed rides in The World of David Walliams and also confirms that Cuckoo Cars will be officially a part of the Towers area. It also shows the n...
by AltonOperator
Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6451
Views: 553895

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

The website (which is using the same new branding as the twitter post) confirms that unlimited fast track is still only for an hour https://www.thorpebreaks.co.uk/offers/early-booking-offer.html?adcode=TB-S-S-THORPE&agent=TPC01&utm_content=tpb-30_off-2020-wk06-wide-ebo_3&gclid=EAIaIQobCh...
by AltonOperator
Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: 30 before 30
Replies: 6
Views: 1736

Re: 30 before 30

Both Speed and Megafobia at Oakwood should probably be included
by AltonOperator
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The World of David Walliams - *Delayed until 2021*
Replies: 252
Views: 65385

Re: Cloud Cuckoo Land Replacement

Torsie24 wrote:
The wall looks a little "Angry Birds" esque to me....

But I'm sure Merlin wouldn't do that again! 

Personally, I think the wall just looks Alton Towers themed rather than an IP. It looks like their family style and brand.
by AltonOperator
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Worst thing you've ever accidently done at a park.
Replies: 5
Views: 1608

Re: Worst thing you've ever accidently done at a park.

Again, not a park but when my grandad picked me up from nursery many years ago he set off the fire alarm, causing the entire primary school to have to evacuate.
by AltonOperator
Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The World of David Walliams - *Delayed until 2021*
Replies: 252
Views: 65385

Re: What do you think should replace CCL?

I still think it would be great if Aardman and Merlin teamed up and created a whole new world of characters I don't think that's going to happen, honestly. After BPB put in Thrill-O-Matic, I think the GP would presume Towers is copying BPB. It's a better idea than the 7th bloody Thomas Town/Land. Y...
by AltonOperator
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Alton Towers Resort Future - General Discussion
Replies: 933
Views: 201572

Re: Alton Towers Resort Future - General Discussion

I’ve come up with a sort of development plan for Alton Towers. It is mainly based on my wishes and hopes but I have tried to think about profitability and commercial viability. I’ll start with my year-by-year plans then move on to general improvements to be carried out at any stage. 2020 – The theme...
by AltonOperator
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 1249
Views: 221025

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Bexa wrote:
With the free tickets from The Sun, can they be upgraded to a season pass or can that only be done with a purchased ticket? Also can premium season passes be bought on the day?

As you pay £0 for the free ticket, you would have to pay the full price for the season pass to upgrade to it.
by AltonOperator
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Merlin General Discussion - New Owners agreed in £4.8bn deal
Replies: 1440
Views: 116315

Re: Merlin General Discussion - New Owners agreed in £4.8bn deal

I thought people were quite excited before I read this thread. Firstly, Lego haven't bought merlin. Lego's parent company (which exists almost solely to serve Lego) have bought some more of Merlin. That's it. I am confident in the future of the company. Lego have a great company ethos, which is cert...
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