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Re: Xmas Opening

Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:52 pm

I don't understand why AT don't open Air over the winter, and have a couple of small kiddie flats. A big ice rink on the carpark near Air; with a toboggan track etc. and charge a fee of say £10 each for a day out there.
 
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Re: Xmas Opening

Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:12 pm

Its very hard for Alton to open different areas due to the sheer scale of the place hence this year only the very 'front' of the park (ie old mcdonalds and Mutiny bay) are open as it means the guests are roughly kept together.

I am dissapointed with the ride line up though not even one mid sized attraction open, come on Alton get 4 extra staff in and open Spinball! If your making the resort so family friendly make the winter side appear to all the family not just the toddlers.
Im abit concerned my two might get abit bored, since the youngest was 3 shes been going on RMT and the flume.

I think an ice rink would be ideal on the front lawn though, imagine how pretty that would look :)
Im sure there was once a toboggan run style ride at the back of ATH, that should come back but on park would be so much better placed there.
 
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Re: Xmas Opening

Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:45 am

Its to encourage people to stop at the Hotels!

This is what happens when you allow a load of people from Cheadle to run a theme park.

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Re: Xmas Opening

Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:28 pm

Construction has started on what is apparently the Christmas Grotto's, behind the donkey shed and the Berry Bish Bash in the farmyard. At least two large round holes, 3 - 4 foot deep and 15 - 20 foot in diameter. Looks like a fence is going up too!

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oldgitBEN

Re: Xmas Opening

Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:48 pm

there are going to be multiple cabins and multiple santas so that families can be organised and the wait isnt too long for the youngsters. And the fences and christmas trees will seperate the cabins so children wont spot the others.

Also when we booked they took the names and ages of the children so santa can 'know them' hehehe - i think this may be the highlight of the trip!

(hang on whats that word hanging in the breeze?! Picsolve santa photos - noooooooooo! I dont actually know but theres got to be some profit there lol.
 
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Re: Xmas Opening

Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:00 pm

"AstroDan" wrote:
Don't you just love Phantasialand & Europa...

That's how you do a Winter event!

:)


Awesome! Just truly spectacular!
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Re: Xmas Opening

Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:34 pm

"Snorlix" wrote:
Construction has started on what is apparently the Christmas Grotto's, behind the donkey shed and the Berry Bish Bash in the farmyard. At least two large round holes, 3 - 4 foot deep and 15 - 20 foot in diameter. Looks like a fence is going up too!

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Re: Xmas Opening

Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:35 pm

"AltonThorpe" wrote:
They should add Rapids and The Flume to that line up, I know it will be cold (maybe even ice) but I would go on it, especially if it's ice :lol:


Health and Safety does not approve :P
 
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Re: Xmas Opening

Mon Nov 02, 2009 6:08 pm

I really don't get why the park cannot be open all year round, you can surely have your high season, then out of the high season you could shut high maintainance rides one at a time keeping them in good spec. we've seen all year openings in other parks now bring it too britain :D WOOP WOOP!
 
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Re: Xmas Opening

Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:33 am

"spleenharvester""][quote=""AltonThorpe" wrote:
They should add Rapids and The Flume to that line up, I know it will be cold (maybe even ice) but I would go on it, especially if it's ice :lol:


Health and Safety does not approve :P[/quote]

Have they not watched rallying!? Studded tyres will solve the grip issue!
 
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Re: Xmas Opening

Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:27 pm

Never happy - last year, there wasn't a winter event like this and everyone moaned that some of the park should be open as the families would love it, etc etc... so they do arrange to open the front of the park, families will love it... but it's never enough. :P

To the vast majority of people staying at the Hotels in the closed season, I imagine the current line-up will be great and is certainly an improvement on last year's offering.


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Oh, and before someone moans about "maintenance" Spinball doesn't need closed season maintenance as there is always one car off the track getting a full strip down all year round and so could open.


Spike - sorry, but for such a confident statement given as fact, it couldn't be more wrong. Maintaining a ride like Spinball is a hell of a lot more than an annual service of cars, Spinball's maintenance is such that, no, they can't open it.


It's a shame that there isn't a thrill ride open, but I'm sure Towers don't do it just to be mean, and there are reasons for it. Remember the UK's H&S regulations are an awful lot more stringent than in mainland Europe, so it's not as easy for Towers to open rides halfway through the closed season as it is for PL and EP.

As for the annual passes, yes it's a shame, I agree. However, I have read in the pass T&Cs that the pass isn't valid for special events, and the fact that it generally - certainly at Towers - always has been, a small event with a minimal line-up everyone's moaning would bore them stiff isn't really the end of the world - however much it'd be nice if they were valid.
 
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Re: Xmas Opening

Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:06 pm

"Kaycee" wrote:
"Spike" wrote:
Oh, and before someone moans about "maintenance" Spinball doesn't need closed season maintenance as there is always one car off the track getting a full strip down all year round and so could open.


Spike - sorry, but for such a confident statement given as fact, it couldn't be more wrong. Maintaining a ride like Spinball is a hell of a lot more than an annual service of cars, Spinball's maintenance is such that, no, they can't open it.



Who to believe, Kaycee, or the head of engineering at Alton on the behind the scenes tour who said Spinball's maintenance was minimal compared to all the other coasters. 5-10 engineers have been to Germany on the MS course so they can maintain the ride properly throughout the year. Forgive me for having such conviction in my statement when it's heard from the horses mouth, so to speak. :P
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Re: Xmas Opening

Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:40 pm

That's fine, you don't have to believe me. :P I just was chatting yesterday about this exact thing with someone who is spending closed season maintaining Spinball, and who has spent previous closed seasons doing maintenance work on Spinball. We even chatted in detail about how meticulous and lengthy it all is. Obviously, it must have all been made up. :)
 
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Re: Xmas Opening

Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:45 pm

"Kaycee" wrote:
That's fine, you don't have to believe me. :P I just was chatting yesterday about this exact thing with someone who is spending closed season maintaining Spinball, and who has spent previous closed seasons doing maintenance work on Spinball. We even chatted in detail about how meticulous and lengthy it all is. Obviously, it must have all been made up. :)


Lol, now, now, remember what we talked about before you fell asleep? (No Kaycee did not spend the night in my room, I kicked her out afterwards) :lol:

In all seriousness, we were shown a Spinball car mid season being stripped down, they take a month of extensive work and there is always one off the system and being stripped. That's why the ride can operate with little maintenance we were told.
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Re: Xmas Opening

Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:51 pm

A roller-coaster is a lot more than its cars though. It's all very well having well-maintained cars, but that means nothing if the rest of it is just left. There's no time to perform extensive maintenance work on track, brake sections, station mechanics, lift, computers during the open season. All this does take time.
 
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Re: Xmas Opening

Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:48 pm

I do feel that Spinball Whizzer could have been made available for the December/early January event. Then simply keep it closed until main season in March as for February they can offer plenty of other family attractions.

With not a single rollercoaster open, I feel families with children anywhere over the age of about 9 are going to be very bored.

Still - I credit them on at least doing SOMETHING. Hopefully, one day, we'll have the kind of events offered by Efteling, Phantasialand, Europa-Park, Disneyland Paris, PortAventura, Gardaland, Toverland, Tivoli Gardens, Parque de Attraciones, Parque Warner...

As in. Nearly every other half major park in Europe.

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Re: Xmas Opening

Sun Nov 08, 2009 11:34 am

Just seen this on AT's Annual Pass page

Annual Pass is not valid during Alton Towers Resort Christmas event which is exclusive for Hotel Guests and Santa's Lunch guests.


So looks like no entry till Feb Half Term...
 
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Re: Xmas Opening

Sun Nov 08, 2009 8:56 pm

"Dean" wrote:
Just seen this on AT's Annual Pass page

Annual Pass is not valid during Alton Towers Resort Christmas event which is exclusive for Hotel Guests and Santa's Lunch guests.


So looks like no entry till Feb Half Term...


I'm tempted to say 'good' - it will give me a break from driving the fairly awful roads between here and there! But part of me does wish that one day, one year, AT do a proper 'Winter Magic' Christmas opening of some sort, I'm sure even without the big rollercoasters they could rustle up something to interest even those without children.
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Re: Xmas Opening

Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:37 pm

Juts had this pop into my inbox...




Dear Mr B Roebuck



Reservation reference: XXXXXXXXXX



Thank you for booking a Santa’s Sleepover Break at the Alton Towers Resort. We’re pleased to confirm your reservation, please take a moment to check your reservation details are correct:



Start Date: No. Nights: Room Type: Rate (£):

19/12/2009 1 Family Room for 4 260



Total Cost of stay: £ 260



Amount Paid: £ 260



Your festive package includes accommodation and breakfast, a visit to see Santa and his reindeer in a secret hideaway grotto, a festive dinner with evening entertainment, entrance to the water park and a round of Extraordinary Golf.



In addition, a great selection of children’s rides and attractions will be open for you to enjoy – including Sharkbait Reef by Sea Life, Marauder’s Mayhem, Old MacDonald’s Tractor Ride and Barn and our resident giant rabbits and miniature donkeys.



You may register with reception from 10.00am, check your details and receive an entertainments schedule.





If you wish to incorporate our award-winning spa into your stay, call us on 0870 460 6532. For information on the treatments and products available visit altontowers.com/spa.



We look forward to seeing you soon, if you need any more information about your stay, you can visit our website at altontowers.com or call us on 08705 00 11 00.



Yours sincerely,


Advanced Sales Department



*Please note that all entertainment, attractions and stays are subject to availability and change.

**Secret Garden Brasserie Restaurant and Flambos Feast operate a first served seating system. Please note selected restaurants and bars may be closed at certain times.

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Yey its getting close! Shame the ride numbers arent upto much but we have a plan, to arrive about 9:30 drop the bags and be on park for 10am then hopefully get the rides done before 1:30 (which i dont think will be an issue) and then get the little one back to the hotel for a nap in the afternoon so she'll be full of beans for the evening events -
and not to mention a chance for both me and oldgitHusband to drink together and not have to worry about driving.

Obviously taking the kids and will get some closed season pictures for the TT gallery as I think this is the only chance this year!

(ps apparently the monorail is open this year too, is that a normal thing?)
 
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Re: Xmas Opening

Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:42 pm

Hope you have a good time! :) Say hello to the Rays, they must be missing all the attention now the park's closed for a while.

Be interesting to know what the queues will be like for Marauder's Mayhem as the only 'big' ride open...
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