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by Kraken
Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3173
Views: 600732

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

I suspect a rebrand of The Smiler is highly unlikely for next season - if they had wanted to rebrand the ride, they would have done it during the period it was closed after the accident / over last Winters' closed season, so they could reopen with a ride slightly "distanced" from the event...
by Kraken
Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 501605

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

I have to say, it seems bizarre to me that 2 cars coming together can cause such damage to the occupants of the ride. Shouldn't there be an overghang or crumple zone or something? Like in a car, you have the passenger cage within which everything is designed to protect the occupants, and outside th...
by Kraken
Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 501605

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Interesting facts / claims coming out in the court hearing - including Merlins' QC claiming it was not human error, despite both the HSE & Nick Varney (Merlins' CEO) going on record to say it was just that. Also quite bizarre that Merlin are admitting to running the ride with wind speeds of 10mp...
by Kraken
Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:15 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2911
Views: 494801

Re: Alton Towers - General Discussion

Really like the new Resort App - only thing worth noting was that it would not update from the "old" App on my iPhone - I had to delete the old and download the new from the App Store. So a slight mess-up from whoever coded the App for Towers/Merlin.
by Kraken
Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:36 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2911
Views: 494801

Re: Alton Towers - General Discussion

Interesting comments / observations on the previous page about the lack of rides / state of the Park this year. This forum is very pro-Alton Towers, but if people who are "warmed" to Alton Towers are making these observations, it should be worrying for Merlin. Earlier I was speaking to a f...
by Kraken
Sat Jul 02, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Offers, Vouchers and Discounts
Replies: 500
Views: 144058

Re: Alton Towers - Offers, Vouchers and Discounts

Just wondered if anyone knew of any vouchers / promo codes for AT Waterpark entry? I've got a friend who wants to go there for a day (has no interest in Theme Park). The best I have been able to suggest is book the tickets online via the AT website and you save a couple of quid a head. Have read the...
by Kraken
Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:07 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Hotel & Splash Landings
Replies: 69
Views: 20031

Re: Splash Landings Vs Alton Towers Hotel

Have only stayed in the ATH some time ago in the pre-Splash Landings days and it was OK. Comments I have heard from friends who have stayed in both is that ATH is starting to show it's age & there are [or were] limited power sockets in the rooms as it was built before everyone had a phone / tabl...
by Kraken
Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Keeping Alton Towers Resort Safe & Secure
Replies: 32
Views: 9799

Re: Keeping Alton Towers Resort Safe & Secure

Security at Alton Towers is useless (at best). They almost never eject q-jumpers / trouble makers due to the remote location of the park. (If the troublesome guest[s] has come on a coach, all they are going to do is cause trouble in the local area until coach departure time). The only two days of th...
by Kraken
Tue May 24, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: X-Sector refurbishment?
Replies: 99
Views: 32440

Re: X-Sector refurbishment?

Any ride with "dual bite" loading / unloading (i.e. separate offload & onload areas) generally suffers from reduced throughput unless it is run with more than the minimum number of trains. Alton Towers seem hell-bent on cutting costs to the bone this season (ride / food & beverage ...
by Kraken
Tue May 03, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime
Replies: 223
Views: 47702

Re: Ride Downtime 2016

Sounds like the lift exit photocell was blocked with something - probably a spiders web (which got wet in the rain) - at one end. As the computer system could not confirm the track was clear, the control system did exactly what it should have done and stopped the train. The exact same has happened o...
by Kraken
Sun Apr 24, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 501605

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

I have a question. Which I apologise if it's been asked or answered, surely you should NOT be able to override the blocks on the ride unless you're maintenance? Why are the ride ops being shown how to override systems? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk On a typical ride control panel, there will b...
by Kraken
Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:31 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Tripadvisor Reviews
Replies: 1
Views: 1847

Tripadvisor Reviews

I find it very odd that there have been no Tripdavisor reviews of Alton Towers published in the past week. Given that last Sunday was a known travellers day, in past years there have always been one or two [often more] reviews appear commenting on the heightened security / police presence / the fact...
by Kraken
Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:03 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 1019
Views: 213816

Re: Towers Loving Care

The new benches will be welcomed by many guests I am sure. I am fine being on my feet all day at a theme park, but some friends I visit with like a sit down (which is a good excuse to visit the Tavern - they dragged me in there, honest!) Lets hope that the benches don't get festooned with graffiti. ...
by Kraken
Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 1019
Views: 213816

Re: Towers Loving Care

Firstly, the Europa Mine train light bulb replacement - there was zero ride downtime. The ride only stops briefly to unload / load passengers - so the electrician had to replace the bulb over 3 normal ride cycle stops. It was the attention to the smallest detail that impressed us - the blown bulb ma...
by Kraken
Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:12 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 1019
Views: 213816

Re: Towers Loving Care

Towers Loving Care is a bit of a smokescreen IMO - it is all stuff that really should have been done as standard if Merlin really cared about the park. I can understand the Flume closure as it was >30yrs old and on it's last legs & is allegedly the SW8 site. As to the other ride / F&B closur...
by Kraken
Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 1019
Views: 213816

Re: Towers Loving Care

Simon_hope wrote:
That moment when you realise Alton towers has almost the same amount of box offices as flat ride :P Seriously good stuff from towers loving care... We all knew it was needed

Box Offices extract money from guests wallets / purses. Flat rides don't. Enough said.
by Kraken
Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Early Ride Time 2016
Replies: 68
Views: 14702

Re: Early Ride Time 2016

To Dan.N - the Alton Towers website at the time of posting (20:10, 15/3/16) still clearly states that Spinball, Oblivion & Enterprise are 9:30 opening.
https://www.altontowers.com/theme-park/ ... ride-time/
by Kraken
Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Early Ride Time 2016
Replies: 68
Views: 14702

Re: Early Ride Time 2016

Fully agree with Dan.B (above) - Towers Management have completely lost the plot.

Appreciate they need to make savings after the event of June 2nd last, but there are moderate savings, sensible savings & crackpot savings. Seems like the latter is winning hands-down in the Towers board-room.
by Kraken
Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Early Ride Time 2016
Replies: 68
Views: 14702

Re: Early Ride Time 2016

The way Alton Towers are chopping and changing ride lineouts / opening times / ERT offerings / F&B offerings is a complete joke. I can only hope that disgruntled ERT thrillseekers go and ride Octonauts between 9-9:30am so that any families - who the ride is aimed at - have to wait longer. Only t...
by Kraken
Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:51 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 1019
Views: 213816

Re: Towers Loving Care

Fair point MakoMania - is has not specifically been confirmed that Spinball, Th13teen & Oblivion SRQ's are to go - but many of us on here can see the way things are going. Dump the SRQ and it makes it that bit easier to run the ride platform with one less host. Alton Towers also need to put some...
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