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by AltonOperator
Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions
Replies: 1198
Views: 174976

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Quick Questions

Communication is the reason SRQs were removed in the first place. Staff weren't told how to properly manage them so they didn't work. Is there no way to just inform all staff of changes?
by AltonOperator
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: New to the forum? Introduce yourself here!
Replies: 2841
Views: 1043397

Re: New to the forum? Introduce yourself here!

Welcome people. say hi in the shoutbox some time!
by AltonOperator
Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6400
Views: 423524

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

No doubt the sugar tax has been incorporated into the main cost of the cup, therefore sugar free drinkers are paying a premium.  I could be wrong! Yes this is likely. I think the point is to make a difference in price between sugary and sugar free drinks but I do think that was optional, provided t...
by AltonOperator
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 6400
Views: 423524

Re: Thorpe Park Resort - General Discussion

Not sure how that will work given the sugar tax in the UK. At Alton, even with an unlimited cup, Coca-Cola costs an extra charge because of the sugar content. I'd imagine something similar might have to happen in this case, but it would be difficult because they are automated.
by AltonOperator
Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Disney Bans Smoking in ALL Parks
Replies: 5
Views: 401

Re: Disney Bans Smoking in ALL Parks

I have seen people mention that this could be to do with Florida possibly legalising recreational use of cannabis in the future. It would be very off-brand for Disney to allow that in their parks so this could be a way of managing it.
by AltonOperator
Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Disney Bans Smoking in ALL Parks
Replies: 5
Views: 401

Re: Disney Bans Smoking in ALL Parks

I think its a great idea. Often innovations from Disney make their way to regional parks after a while so I hope we see this happening in the next 5-10 years.
Disneyland Paris is quite bad for it so I hope it is enforced well. I think this can only improve the family atmosphere at the parks.
by AltonOperator
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Alton Towers Park Map
Replies: 63
Views: 11421

Re: The Alton Towers Park Map

The full high res pdf 2019 map has now been uploaded to the Alton towers site
https://www.altontowers.com/media/6257/atr-gate-map-2019.pdf
by AltonOperator
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2812
Views: 390479

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

The full map has now been revealed. As I predicted it's very different from the original 'promotional' map we have seen before. The big ride logos have gone (praise the lord) and we now have labels for shops, toilets, food, etc. Label colour now matches category (food, laughs & frights, Thrills,...
by AltonOperator
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 308
Views: 39331

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

That's school trip season so don't expect it to be empty I'm currently torn between looking at the videos and staying spoiler free on the off chance I actually do it. It certainly isn't something I'm desperate to do. Does anyone know if they've managed to fully cover up the Charlie stuff yet? I dou...
by AltonOperator
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - Food and Beverage
Replies: 103
Views: 27724

Re: Alton Towers Resort - Food and Beverage

Impressed with the effort they're putting in for vegan options this year. Just chicken and RCR have both been confirmed to have options which is a good improvement over last year when we had to eat in Eastern Express 3 times
by AltonOperator
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 308
Views: 39331

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

That's school trip season so don't expect it to be empty
I'm currently torn between looking at the videos and staying spoiler free on the off chance I actually do it. It certainly isn't something I'm desperate to do.
Does anyone know if they've managed to fully cover up the Charlie stuff yet?
by AltonOperator
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2812
Views: 390479

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

It’s really nice - well done with no corners cut. It'd have been nice to see something more Towers themed but it’s lovely to see them really put some effort in regardless.
by AltonOperator
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: TTSP News & Your Views
Topic: TTSP Team Changes
Replies: 47
Views: 7928

Re: TTSP Team Changes

Congratulations guys. I think it was quite obvious that it'd happen. you're both natural placements. Well done and enjoy all the fancy buttons :lol
by AltonOperator
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Creative Ideas For new AT Attractions
Replies: 112
Views: 6208

Re: Creative Ideas For new AT Attractions

How about a rollercoaster with an invisible track? Is it possible? Obviously the track has to be there, but the track could be made transparent or at least enough to fool someone coming out of a corkscrew or a loop? For all the safety you know is there before getting on the coaster, that split seco...
by AltonOperator
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Galactica - General Discussion
Replies: 1559
Views: 245210

Re: Galactica - General Discussion

I am grateful for the Galactica re theme purely because it rejuvenated the ride. I liked the original concept but it felt a little bland and outdated. The new station is great and I think the ride itself will be successful without VR. What I'd love now is a track repaint because I think a dark blue ...
by AltonOperator
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2812
Views: 390479

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

I never considered that they would add the restaurants later on. And I thought AT dungeon was supposed to be in the "The Towers" area, not DF.  Less a matter of adding it, rather they just have two versions. One for promotion and in leaflets at service station, etc. and one to give out in...
by AltonOperator
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 509954

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

All they need now is to fix the marmaliser effects and it should be like it was 2013/2014 (besides the amazing roar) Emm.. and the original audio, and signage around the area don't forget! Awaiting the season "Halfway Corrected" is brought back. I see no reason not to add that back or add...
by AltonOperator
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion
Replies: 2812
Views: 390479

Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Currently I'm certain this is not the real guidemap, rather a promotional image for the time being. They've done it in the past. The real map will include food options, games and a proper key at the bottom describing each ride and pointing out smoking areas, toilets, etc. and I really hope it does n...
by AltonOperator
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Galactica - General Discussion
Replies: 1559
Views: 245210

Re: Galactica - General Discussion

I would not be surprised if there are still graphics around the park, for example in the monorail station and burger kitchen, that still have headsets on riders. I don't think we've seen any new graphics without headsets yet have we? The official website still mentions VR and uses the original graph...
by AltonOperator
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6767
Views: 1032003

Re: Wicker Man - General Discussion

A new Wicker Man Winter was uploaded to Alton Towers' YouTube channel. It's even less insightful than the first. Its not really about this winter at all and though there are some fairly interesting visuals, it pretty much is just saying 'we filmed the ad by putting lots of cameras in lots of places'...
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