UK theme parks from another point of view!

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by Swarm Chris
Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2893
Views: 449487

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Meanwhile what does social distancing  look like on a rollercoaster? 25% loads? 50% loads? For sure the minimum recommended distancing of 2m doesn't apply when you're moving, especially at higher speeds. An aerodynamic study of droplet transmission in different activities, suggests that distances w...
by Swarm Chris
Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: #AltonTowersMagic
Replies: 30
Views: 5972

Re: #AltonTowersMagic

Tomorrow is Alton Towers Resort's 40th anniversary. Whilst we will sadly not be able to celebrate at the Resort this year, join us tomorrow for a day of virtual celebration, as we look back at some of the Resort's biggest milestones. In the meantime, why not treat yourself to a virtual ride on one o...
by Swarm Chris
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: #AltonTowersMagic
Replies: 30
Views: 5972

Re: #AltonTowersMagic

Well somebody ( :sus: ) forgot to update this post with our #AltonTowersMagic moment yesterday, so now we have two today! ------------- Have you ever met Hobman and Sally, two of the Fable Folk at Alton Towers? We last saw them at the opening of the Stargazing Pods last year. https://www.towerstimes...
by Swarm Chris
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: #AltonTowersMagic
Replies: 30
Views: 5972

Re: #AltonTowersMagic

It's #NationalPuppyDay today, so we're bringing some #AltonTowersMagic to the celebration with Henry Hound!

Did you ever get to meet the loveable Alton Towers mascot?

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by Swarm Chris
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: #AltonTowersMagic
Replies: 30
Views: 5972

Re: #AltonTowersMagic

Since we cannot visit, enjoy some #AltonTowersMagic by taking a virtual ride on Wicker Man.

by Swarm Chris
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Hotel & Splash Landings
Replies: 69
Views: 18040

Re: Alton Towers Hotel & Splash Landings

An additional piece of information for those having to deal with Alton Towers or any of the Melin properties about holiday bookings. Merlin have decided that despite them cancelling the booking contract, full refunds will only be available if you take a time limited voucher. Else any cancellation wa...
by Swarm Chris
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Merlin General Discussion - New Owners agreed in £4.8bn deal
Replies: 1440
Views: 103330

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

Whilst the entire planet is now increasing and practicing social distancing measures, Merlin Entertainments appear to be continuing to display what appears to me as arrogant contempt towards the global pandemic, and is intending on re-opening LEGOLAND Japan on Monday. [Notice of some business resump...
by Swarm Chris
Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Hotel & Splash Landings
Replies: 69
Views: 18040

Re: Alton Towers Hotel & Splash Landings

For anyone now looking at the prospect of having to cancel rooms at Alton Towers, and given the option of accepting cash or a voucher, be advised of the current extremely high pricing at the Alton Towers Hotel. Shown are for the first weekend in August, 2 adults, without and with passes (note neithe...
by Swarm Chris
Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2893
Views: 449487

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

pleased to read that, after reading this article https://deadline.com/2020/03/los-angeles-county-death-coronavirus-disney-world-universal-orlando-florida-visit-1202888170/ A little shocked Merlin even tried to open at all. Merlin's apparent interpretation of the science, medical expert review and G...
by Swarm Chris
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Chessington - General Discussion
Replies: 1706
Views: 178988

Re: Chessington - General Discussion

https://i.imgur.com/Ik2m6eQ.png Chessington World of Adventures Resort has announced that the Resort will be closed from Saturday 21st March in light of the recent measures announced by the UK Government as a result of the COVID-19 virus. The Resort have confirmed that the theme park will remain cl...
by Swarm Chris
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6444
Views: 502771

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

https://i.imgur.com/OK2pESe.png Thorpe Park Resort has announced that the start of the 2020 theme park season will be postponed in light of the recent measures announced by the UK Government as a result of the COVID-19 virus. The Annual Pass Preview day scheduled for Saturday 21st March has also be...
by Swarm Chris
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Topic: Chessington - General Discussion
Replies: 1706
Views: 178988

Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Social media appears to be awash of people attempting to change bookings at Chessington, and are being told no or to pay more, even in cases where customers are requested to self isolate by the government. I honestly do not understand how Chessington, and I suspect Merlin more broadly, can operate i...
by Swarm Chris
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Industry & General Chat
Topic: Industry General Discussion
Replies: 17
Views: 5066

Re: Industry General Discussion

With the outbreak of the coronavirus what sort of impact does everyone think it will have on the industry? Sadly as has been seen this past week, the entire industry has had to essentially close down. Quite why Merlin are trying to string it out with their UK operations I'm not sure. Thankfully for...
by Swarm Chris
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: The London Dungeon
Replies: 472
Views: 39682

Re: The London Dungeon

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, The London Dungeon has temporarily closed from today.

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Similarly the York and Edinburgh Dungeons are also temporarily closed.
by Swarm Chris
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Shrek's Adventure London
Replies: 77
Views: 27320

Re: Shrek's Adventure London

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Shrek's Adventure has closed from today.

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by Swarm Chris
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6444
Views: 502771

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

As posted by SouthParks News , Thorpe Park Resort have updated their COVID-19 response to state a number of attractions will be closed this weekend for passholder preview. Derren Brown’s Ghost Train, Jungle Escape and Angry Birds 4D will not be open on 21st March. A review will take place to determi...
by Swarm Chris
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6444
Views: 502771

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

As posted by SouthParks News , Thorpe Park have announced that the launch party Saturday Night KISS has been postponed. On its website the park wrote: "Following the latest Government advice as of 16th March, it was advised that where possible the public refrain from visiting cafes, bars and re...
by Swarm Chris
Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon
Replies: 4894
Views: 824972

Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon

For me the maths determining effective cleaning time is eye opening. Assume a headset takes about 30 seconds to effectively clean with an alcohol based cleaner, an estimate based on WHO effective times for hand washing and roughly how long alcohol based cleaners take to work. Now we have 50 headsets...
by Swarm Chris
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon
Replies: 4894
Views: 824972

Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon

They certainly could, but the probability of being infected would likely be significantly different. There would also be steps people could take, such as washing hands before eating, that would not be available when putting on a VR headset.
by Swarm Chris
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon
Replies: 4894
Views: 824972

Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - Rise Of The Demon

I guess this is a risk, but if it comes to shutting to down, do they not then have to consider shutting the whole park? Due to the nature of the VR headset coming into near or actual contact with face, nose and eyes, I would expect the infection risk to be far higher than any other aspect of park o...
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