James wrote:The only thing that is, and will keep Alton Towers going, is simply the name that the resort carries: Alton Towers
AstwoDan wrote:I do not particularly think accusing Merlin of general "stiff handedness" with regards to budgetary information is particularly helpful at the moment, given that much of this we have no "actual" proof of. Let's not talk about Disney, Europa or anyone else - let's just focus on the issue of Alton Towers within the context of the UK Theme Park market. Let us also not discuss ANY OTHER issue - other than park close times. Otherwise, the weight of criticism becomes diluted and, think rationally for a second, Alton Towers has a pretty decent season lined up with new attractions.
As much as there are clearly budgetary difficulties and significant constraints being placed upon Alton Towers (and the entire resort theme park division) at the moment, so far as I am concerned, it is the issue of value-for-money on the day out that is of most concern.
With rising petrol costs and a car parking charge of £6.00, together with a high admission price, Alton Towers no longer offers value of any sort, based on a 4:00pm ride close. Many guests purposefully visit on quieter days to ensure they get "best value". Alton are simply cutting this "value" aspect by closing earlier.
I had the chance to visit during February opening with 3 adult friends and a young girl, aged 6. We visited most attractions during the day but, even with limited rides and only 30 minutes for lunch, we only got chance to re-ride one attraction - Nemesis. This was with minimal queues.
With typical family faff, poor navigational skills around the park, many people are not going to get on much at all.
It is bitterly disappointing. I live only 20 miles from the park, but even for me it costs £8.00 return petrol.
If I do visit and the park closes at 4:00pm at any stage, I shall be complaining at Guest Services.
Stelios7 wrote:A move that could of been expected by some. I think this could work out well for staff and the GP. Pleasing both of them. If any earlier I would expect a discount. I hope this will not happen. I'm not happy or angry over it really.
Benzin wrote:Lol, just lol...
Oh well, least ERT is still an option... But to close at 4pm on a Sunday is just sheer daftness really... As I think someone mentioned, why not remove ERT on the offpeak days (when you have about 2 people on Nemesis) and keep the 5pm close?
6 hours is all well and fine during Half Term when half the park is shut, but nah... Not if people want to take their time and not rush around...
Shame Merlin don't see the benefit in closing Chessie completely during offpeak periods, that would save a TON of money instead of doing 10-5 times for 200 people...
AstwoDan wrote:Stelios, I don't understand you whatsoever.
Firstly, much of your post makes little sense. And secondly, how is my comment Merlin bashing. Do tell me. Your post seems to half praise their investment and then start demanding they leave!?
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Magrathea wrote:Stelios7 wrote:A move that could of been expected by some. I think this could work out well for staff and the GP. Pleasing both of them. If any earlier I would expect a discount. I hope this will not happen. I'm not happy or angry over it really.
I don't quite understand...
Staff are now going to earn significantly less money, and the GP are going to have less time to spend on park? How does this work out well for either?
it's now clearer than ever that people who run Alton Towers don't even have 2 brain cells to rub together!