Hi, long time reader, reduced poster here.
Rather than expressing my views on Facebook which get lynched upon I'm happy to throw myself to the wolves and post that the decision may not be the best one but it's much better than having major rides closed.
Alton obviously have to save money somewhere and whilst they tried to do this - to no avail - with Subs & Ents this is the option they have seen fit to choose instead.
In my view the hysteria created by this decision is insane. People are demanding reduced gate prices, claiming it's discrimination towards disabled people & out-and-out trolling Alton's Facebook wall with ridiculous comments & insults. Alton do not have a obligation towards disabled guests but choose to make all their rides accessible to those in wheelchairs. Take a look around the other none Merlin parks and see who caters for disabled guests the most. Even the beloved Europa park does not offer wheelchair access to any of it's major rides or coasters. Yes, I agree it can be tiring without the Skyride, but there wasn't this outcry when the Skyride was down for a combined season with the fires was there?
I think Alton have shot themselves in the foot honestly by backing down on certain decisions they have made, because it now it seems enthusiasts think they have control over what they decide and find it acceptable to sprout venomous tripe about legalities and how they're discriminating against disabled people. I will concede they must advertise this change to offer those who may find the park treks tiring fair warning.
I said yesterday, I honestly feel embarrassed to be an Alton fan sometimes. There was good reason to be angry over the proposed 4pm close as value for money enters the fray. If the park was not investing heavily (which it is) then maybe I could understand some of the hatred, but as we all no Merlin parks are struggling at present. Alton is quiet, even on weekends. Thorpe is doing dire despite having a brand new coaster. It is plain to see with all the cost cutting that's going on and reducing hours on rides etc that there's an issue. I would much rather see investments like SW7 continue and maybe lose the Skyride off-peak any day. Yes I know it's an inconvenience to the minority but what else do you want? You guys got Ents & Subs open for the year, the opening times increased & the Fanta vomit removed from Blivvy. Slamming the park this way because they have decided to close the Skyride on Off-Peak days is just going too far in my opinion.
I for one think a happy medium would be to keep the Skyride open and close Submission & Enterprise blocking it off as part of the reconstruction and build of SW&. That way, they get to cut their costs and the Skyride remains open. It just seems these days that once one person jumps on the band-wagon the rest follow and it turns into one big headache, many people are not posting their concerns with any real thought and are just jumping on said band wagon to push Towers around again, it's sickening. I'm not saying that peoples concerns are unjust, but it's the way in which these situations are turning up and the anti-Alton campaign starts again.
I was disgusted to see at [email protected]
the level of hatred for attractions & the park itself so freely on display, people shouting jibes & ruining experiences for guests & other members to fuel their own narcissistic needs. It begs the question, why on earth do many of you keep visiting if you despise the park so much? I will say it's mini meets for me in future as it was the only thing that ruined my weekend.
I understand why so many of you are upset with the way the park is going and it bothers me sometimes as well, but you just let the cause down some of you by thinking you have the power to change the world. Well let me put it plain and simple, you don't & the world is crap. Greed always wins & the sooner you realise that the better. If you want to make your point, add to the dwindling gates numbers and don't visit if you feel that strongly about the changes, save the rest of us from your incessant moaning. (not directed at those of you who post diplomatically)