AltonOperator wrote:I noticed it wasn't open when I visited but I thought it might just have been closed for the day. You're right though; all the signage is gone and it's not on the map. I wonder why. The first guess of course is budget cuts but maybe not.
DF box office was also closed on my visit. Probably a good thing though as everyone would walk straight off Rita and into the box office to complain about how they waited 4 times the stated queue time
Swarm Chris wrote:I'm assuming they haven't reopened bag drop for Th13teen during the peak period. It currently has a 150 minute queue, double what Wicker Man is currently stating at 75 minutes.
streetmagix wrote:Almost certainly not. At Thorpe (which could be different from Towers) the people in the bag drop are also fully trained ride ops and they rotate around. This would mean not only paying for an extra 2 staff members but also having them fully trained up as ride ops.
Plus it was an ideologically decision as much as a financial one. And no one will want to admit they're wrong. It's not changing this season.
Swarm Chris wrote:Fairly sure Alton do/did the same thing, at least outside of peak season. But it's a real shame they haven't used summer hires to solely run bag drops, without full ride-op training. With the assumption minimum wage is paid, then that's about two entrance fees per staff member, per day.
Justin wrote:That is an element of the ride which usually goes unnoticed by many. I wonder how many other guests feel uncomfortable walking under?
I suppose the whole ride is geared up to superstitions, so just believe they cancel themselves out