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"You have to take it on with you"

Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:12 am

It was very warm today at Alton which made for an excellent day. One niggle I did have and brought it up was the rule on Corkscrew being; you have to take all luggage on the ride with you.

That's fine unless it concerns drinks. We bought a £4.99 refil bottle today as it was really hot and everyone seemed to have done the same - there was a sea of Coke bottles all over the park which made for a confusing collection after some of the rides.

We were told on Corkscrew that we even had to take this on the ride with us :? So there's Ste clutching this bottle of Coke around Corky and it starts to spill all over the place - as Corky is very smooth, and by the end of the ride it was all over his jeans, to which I promptly spoke to the ride op "Do you not think it's stupid to take drinks on a Rollercoaster, It's not Jim'll fix it" he replied "it's a policy we have here, all belongings must be taken on the ride"

Is there a limit to this rule, or If I bring my Picnic cooler next time do I have to ride with this also, spilling sarnies and Monster Munch all over Ug Land? :?
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Re: "You have to take it on with you"

Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:22 am

"Spike" wrote:
If I bring my Picnic cooler next time do I have to ride with this also, spilling sarnies and Monster Munch all over Ug Land. :?


I just burst out laughing reading this post. And yea thats slighy stupied really.My mate went to the ride not song long ago and her bag of crips pop and went all over her bag (they were not monster munch) I would complaied about that.
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Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:23 am

I agree it's a silly rule. I mean, if you take just a rucksack with you (Like I normally do) it isn't a problem. but if it were large objects, or like you said, drinks bottles, then I see issues.

I mean come on, have they never heard of idiots who can't be asked to keep there belongings safe-ish? there should be somewhere to keep them on the station, be on the safe side.

doesn't matter for much longer probably anyhow...

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Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:29 am

Yeah. I hate this rule on corkscrew, and the fact that they make you take drinks on to is ridicules!!!

The really do need a new system for corkscrew. Lockers by the station, or one of those systems were you leave your belongings and get a wristband like on Stealth and X:/NWO.
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Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:33 am

Don't matter really.

















It'll be gone soon :P

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Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:34 am

yes Joel I had nudged at that already :P

nice to see some support for the Removal Theory :P
 
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Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:37 am

Just reading this made me laugh, it took me back to last Scarefest when they were selling those light sabres, we took them on Corky with us and I have to say, it was the best thing to watch once other people joined in - but then they said they have to be turned off when going round...

why? I have no idea... it really doesn't make too much difference whether or not they are switched on... weird

But back to the topic in hand, I think its stupid, every other ride has strict rules regarding personal belongings but I was a little confused first time we were told to take bags on with us... it made for an nervous ride though as the zip had bust on my Karrimor and all our groups phones and keys were in there... :?
 
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Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:39 am

This rule is pathetic...

When I went last Wednesday we went on Corkscrew. One of my Friends is diabetic, so he took a large coat to keep his insulin jabs and stuff...

Usually he takes a bag, but this time only a coat and unfortunately for him :P the other members of the Group usually gave him accessories (Wallets/Phones) to keep safe in his 'zip' pocketed coat during the ride, I also gave him my jacket so he could hand it to the operative, to put in the Station area during the Ride.

As he did go to give the Coats/Jackets with everyones valubes in during the Ride, the operative said ''Sorry its got to stay with you'', naturally we were already all locked in, so my mate had to keep hold of all the luggage during the Ride. I felt quite guilty afterwards :oops:.

I mean surely there is enough space within the Station to keep luggage. A simple luggage rack like on Spinball would be sufficent...the Cars on Corkscrew aren't the best shape to fit extra luggage in are they :?.
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Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:43 am

It is a stupid rule, forcing you to take drinks onto a ride that goes upside down is ridiculous. However if Corkscrew is going soon, which seems very likely, I doubt they will bother putting any storage places in the station area.
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Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:48 am

"JohnoUK" wrote:
But back to the topic in hand, I think its stupid, every other ride has strict rules regarding personal belongings but I was a little confused first time we were told to take bags on with us... it made for an nervous ride though as the zip had bust on my Karrimor and all our groups phones and keys were in there... :?


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As he did go to give the Coats/Jackets with everyones valubes in during the Ride, the operative said ''Sorry its got to stay with you'', naturally we were already all locked in, so my mate had to keep hold of all the luggage during the Ride. I felt quite guilty afterwards :oops:.


Now theres a good point. Whenever I go, I'm always in a group of friends, and I ALWAYS elect to take their possesions while they go on rides (mainly cos until this year I avoided EVERY Rollercoaster :P), and while there bags go in the Lockers in Guest Services, mine goes with me. Now, If you Have to take your bag on rides, with all of your groups possesions and souvenirs in, whats the worst that could happen? you drop the bag.

that would ruin the day now wouldn't it? rediculous. :x
 
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Tue Jul 29, 2008 1:05 am

:lol: I'll buy you that drink to raise when it goes mark if you like :P

but it'll have to be a softdrink if it's removed before November 24th :P

But yh, it's a rediculous rule on a rediculously overrated ride, and I'm gonna get rediculously flamed now aren't I? :P

Last post in this topic tonight, promise :)

 
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Tue Jul 29, 2008 1:06 am

I've just had a thought, it's well known that you are not allowed to take cameras on rides, but if you were to go on Corkscrew with just your camera and nothing else that you could put it in, what would they do? You can't take it on the ride but you have to take all of your possessions on the ride with you. They'd probably either take it off you while you go on the ride or tell you not to use it at all while riding.
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Tue Jul 29, 2008 1:11 am

"Mark" wrote:
Another great reason not to miss the dullest, worst-ageing, most painful, boring and overrated ride in UK rollercoaster history when it finally disappears for good.


Where exactly are these people who are overrating Corkscrew? :?

I like the rule, keep it. It is the only thing that makes the ride interesting, trying to clasp your knees together to stop your rucksack falling out upside down is probably the only exciting bit of the ride.

Anyway, those Vekoma trains are like buckets - your stuff isn't going anywhere...
 
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Tue Jul 29, 2008 1:35 am

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[It is the only thing that makes the ride interesting, trying to clasp your knees together to stop your rucksack falling out upside down is probably the only exciting bit of the ride.

Anyway, those Vekoma trains are like buckets - your stuff isn't going anywhere...


But that is the point we are trying to address, it shouldn't be a feeling of "Oh s***, I'm gonna lose all my stuff in the middle of a coaster", it should be more of a case (for me) "OUCH!" (being 6'3" is painful, I don't get the head bangs, but I do get a LOT of knee-into-back-of-chair-in-front problems...
 
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Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:03 am

I was told this rule was only enforced when there are two trains running, as there isn't as secure an articles holder as they have on Air, Nemesis, Rita, Oblivion and Spinball. It is a bit of a pain though, as when I'm on a coaster I want to be thinking about nothing but the ride. Like if you have a worry that your shoes might come off. However irrational it is, I'd always put them in the cage anyway...not that there's an awful lot you'd feel bad about being distracted from on Corkscrew anyway. :P

I find it more urksome on the Rapids and The Flume. I'm glad Battle Galleons has a reasonably dry place to put your belongings. It would be great if, say when the flume is revamped, they installed some waterproof containers at the front of each boat, and in the middle for the rapids. Obviously, leaving loose baggage on the rotating platform would be dangerous, but they need an alternative to guests having their booty drenched.
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Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:06 am

"ShootTheCore" wrote:
Where exactly are these people who are overrating Corkscrew? :?

I like the rule, keep it. It is the only thing that makes the ride interesting, trying to clasp your knees together to stop your rucksack falling out upside down is probably the only exciting bit of the ride.

Anyway, those Vekoma trains are like buckets - your stuff isn't going anywhere...


Last time i rode i was pretty scared my bag was going to drop out because it was between my knees but it really is the best part of the ride, so much adrenaline! :P

You don't really see much stuff littering the ride so i am guessing that stuff doesn't drop out easily, i can't see how it is safe though? Cameras aren't allowed on any rollercoaster however you can take your bag on with you....

This must pose a bigger threat than a camera?

Corky doesn't need any lockers, it needs demolishing!
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Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:11 am

I have a great solution to this and it's name is Nanna! God bless her, she just loves watching!
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Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:30 am

"rob 92" wrote:
I've just had a thought, it's well known that you are not allowed to take cameras on rides, but if you were to go on Corkscrew with just your camera and nothing else that you could put it in, what would they do? You can't take it on the ride but you have to take all of your possessions on the ride with you. They'd probably either take it off you while you go on the ride or tell you not to use it at all while riding.


We would most likely do a lift stop, adorn all the correct gear, and waste five minutes of your time climbing the lift hill to take it off you.

Everything is taken on because there is no security, and if drinks and stuff would be left, the people complaining they have to take it with them would this time complain that somebody has taken their drink and they dont know which drink is theirs.

Obviously there is some common sense to the rule - items too large to be carried on the ride can be left, at the owners risk, so your picnic hamper would be safe Spike.

Yes, it goes upside down, but how many of you have lost a bag as it does go upside down? We wouldnt allow you to take stuff with you if they were likely to fall out...
 
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Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:03 am

"Satch" wrote:

Everything is taken on because there is no security, and if drinks and stuff would be left, the people complaining they have to take it with them would this time complain that somebody has taken their drink and they dont know which drink is theirs.


Thing is Satch, the amount of people carrying refill bottles yesterday was huge and the other rides have to manage with these bottles and did so at the owners risk, so why not on Corky? bags yes as there are no cages but it gets stupid when drinks have to be taken on rides, what if spilt all over you clothes? are people to run the risk of this happening just because they bought a drink?
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Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:25 am

I've been there myself, last time on corky I came off with drink all over me also. TBH I'm not entirely sure as to the full reason as why they have to be taken on, although staff have mentioned many times how it's getting ridiculous. Other sides to the argument are to drink/empty them before going on, because it is unlimited refills.

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