Do we know for certain what the problem is regarding weight / not loading the back rows? I've read a few theories in this topic, but has anything been confirmed? :?
Can anyone who works at the towers shed some light on this once and for all, or is it "confidential"? :lol:
Nothing has been confirmed, doubt anything will be in an official sense. Most of the theories tend to stem for little snippets people tend to hear on the grapevine.
Thirteen has ran reasonably well recently, and this is with the back two rows not being filled. On the occasions they have loaded the back rows, like first thing last Sunday for example, it has broken down within minutes. Reverting back to not loading back rows and it ran fine until the end of the day when it had its usual end of day hissy fit. Much better to run it like this until a fix can be worked on, which I imagine would not be until closed season. Though the downside is those queueing can't understand why trains go round with empty seats when the queuelines full.
Also, on the subject of marketing the ride: Lets not be to hard on the marketing department. They were given a brief to market Thirteen as a Thrill ride. So in effect they had to dress Mutton up as Lamb. It has got people through the gates. A lot of people enjoy it, equally there are people who think it is rubbish. You can't please everyone I guess. It does seem to be all about the drop and the backwards bit. Without the trim brakes the main coaster section would be a lot better.
The vast majority of the people I know who have ridden it, (though I know of many who found Thirteen closed!) have really enjoyed it, though most commented on how they were expecting it to be on par with Nemesis or Oblivion given the advertising they had seen.