An interesting thought I've been having recently about Thirteen, and I wonder if it may be applicable to Sub Terra:
The marketing manager behind Thirteen's publicity very clearly didn't have a 'head for thrills', for want of a better term. She was very clear about this at the Thirteen evening, and the video showing her testing the drop mechanism during off-site construction demonstrated it quite well. Therefore, would it be reasonable to assume that, to her, the thrills in Thirteen were greatly exaggerated?
The more I think about it, the more I wonder if that had a bearing on the marketing - she was lovely when I met her, and although her strategies were (exceedingly) questionable, perhaps she did just believe that Thirteen is far, far more thrilling than it genuinely is.
That's what I've been thinking about Thirteen, wonder how much it's applicable to Sub Terra. I know it isn't true of the guy behind the tweets, but I've no idea how much he's behind the rest of the marketing, and if it's a similar person to during the Thirteen era...
I dunno. Just my thoughts, and I realise they're fairly jumbled, in small part to keeping names out
I quite agree with you and think you've raised an extremely interesting point. So it begs the question, do these marketing people actually experience the other "thrill" rides for themselves, both at their own parks and others? They would have to have a feeling of all the current rides at Alton Towers to be able to say "our new ride thrills to x amount".
Coming from a marketing background myself, I don't see how you can successfully market a product that you don't have a full understanding of. And this I think is what has happened, and may be happening still.
More importantly, none of that matters anyway if you're going to tell people how they are supposed to feel. It's incredibly bad sales and marketing technique. Any fool can go round shouting about how amazing a product is but you're just setting people up for a fall.
Anyway, the current marketing manager isn't the guy doing the tweeting is it? I'm sure its the woman who was being interviewed about Sub Terra's BBFC nonsense.
Noticed as well how all the current top dogs at Alton Towers keep a low profile. Unlike the days of Russel Barnes, Morwenna etc, amongst others. Perhaps they got too much stick?