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Should ride staff wear uniforms or costumes?

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Smart generic uniforms
7 (12%)
Ride-specific costumes
51 (88%)
Who cares, it makes no difference!
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Re: Ride Staff: Uniforms or Costumes?

Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:54 pm

"Lilypad" wrote:
You have to take the weather into accont though. Alton is in the north of England, and it can be very wet and cold, which could damage the uniforms and make the staff uncomtable. They don't have that problem at any of the Disneylands because they're warm and drier. :cry:


North of England? Alton Towers is in the midlands! I live in the North (Sunderland) and its nearly a 4 hour drive to towers from there.

I don't think theres any real excuse not to be using costumes. Themed overecoats and hats etc can be used on cold/wet days.
 
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Re: Ride Staff: Uniforms or Costumes?

Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:25 pm

Area/Ride specific uniforms would be great. But, saying that, I do miss the old Alton uniform with the purple and beige colours.

I find the current red ones just so boring an generic. There needs to be more flare, character and uniqueness to the areas. That's why I love hex with the heritage stuff and CATCF (when they can be assed) with their WW coats. More of these would just add so much to the overall experience.
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Re: Ride Staff: Uniforms or Costumes?

Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:18 pm

"Diogoj42" wrote:
I've always found the ride that needs costumed actors the most is The Haunting at DMP.
That ride could be ace if you were escorted by a 'ghostbuster', rather than a spotty teenage twonk.


When it first opened you were. The staff wore the same costumes as the guys in the video. Also when Apocalypse first opened that had jumpsuits with the logo on the back. The Jungle Cruise rip-off when it was there had the staff in explorer gear.

I'd like to see Alton attempt costumes for ride staff. As mentioned, it ruins any attempt of themeing if the staff have the same uniform all over the place.

To borrow some ideas from Disney -

For Air, how about the Soarin' costume.
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Re: Ride Staff: Uniforms or Costumes?

Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:31 am

"Diogoj42" wrote:
I like the costume idea. It works well at Disney, so why not at Alton?

Because it would be too difficult to manage.

What happens if one team member, on Oblivion, needs to work on another ride like Heave-Ho? He wouldn't have the right "costume" and it's just not practical to give everyone each of the costumes (thinking cost here).

The other reason it works well at Disney is because of underground tunnels. This means you don't see a cowboy walking through a space zone to get to a green room or something. Alton doesn't have underground tunnels, so having some high-tech industrial type people walking through the farm yard just won't be good enough.

The last thing to consider is that I should think Alton want to be a united front. Red is the most obvious (as in, it sticks out a lot in a crowd) colour (ask people who work in theatre and why do you think Billy Butlin chose RED?), so the staff are easily recognisable and it's highly simple to see, they are either staff or not.

That said, it would be good if they could impliment it, make it more or a different world.
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Re: Ride Staff: Uniforms or Costumes?

Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:48 am

I can cope with seeing staff walk through the 'wrong' area. And I could be wrong, but I believe Alton staff work in teams that [loosely] stick to one area. So I would have thought you would need two costumes at most.

I'd like to know what those members who work for AT think about this. Would they enjoy dressing up to work? Or would they be embarrassed?
 
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Re: Ride Staff: Uniforms or Costumes?

Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:25 pm

If teams only work in one area then it shouldnt be a problem - just one costume for each i.e. oblivion/x-sector, katanga canyon etc.

But on the other hand, if the other major themeparks can manage it without sending off staff to different rides, why can't alton?
 
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Re: Ride Staff: Uniforms or Costumes?

Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:30 pm

As well as expensive, some of the suggestions here are impractical. I love the ideas for Oblivion, but you can't have ride staff on there wearing sunglasses - full, unimpaired vision is needed! :lol: Are suits practical for trekking up the lift? They sound quite heavy for the fast-paced job it is... how would an earpiece work with the earplugs they have to wear? Is it going to look the same once you've put a harness over it, which has to be worn all day? :-? :P

Wraith costumes for Thirteen sound great... until some material gets caught where you really don't want it to get caught. And running round checking harnesses in a get-up like that will make the job largely uncomfortable. So there's H&S issues as well. I know other parks manage it, but again - the UK have very strict H&S regulations...

As people have mentioned, sometimes staff are moved from one ride to another. This will require a change of uniform. Will you have to bring in all your uniforms, every day? Also, changing costumes will waste time possibly not there! And what about when someone from Nemesis walks to the staff canteen for lunch, going through Gloomy Wood, Katanga Canyon etc etc..?

I think the ideas sound visually great for each ride, but the cost, impracticality and other obstacles faced probably don't fare well against the simplified 'Alton Towers' uniform, which will cost less, be instantly recognisable and be relevant in every part of the park and avoid every other issue really. :(
 
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Re: Ride Staff: Uniforms or Costumes?

Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:26 am

"nemesiscrazy" wrote:
^I've never seen the staff at Disney Paris complaining about the cold, rain, snow when they are dressed in themed clothing... Disney Paris is pretty much open all year so if Disney Paris can provide costumes that are both suitable for the weather and a rides theme why can't Alton? :) Plus, you don't go to the north of France for a warm holiday, same with England. :P

I know, but Paris is slighlty warmer and less wet than Britain. Maybe its becuase most DisneyLand rides are indoors, sheltering them. Alton towers rides are more or less in the open.

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