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Re: Alton Towers - General Discussion

Sun Jul 17, 2016 7:29 pm

The Resort is expecting a large number of school trips on Tuesday, however it is difficult to predict exactly how busy this will make it as some trips will be there all day, whilst others will only be there for a short period.

Just a quick reminder to everyone - any queries about how busy the park will be can be asked in the 'How Busy Will it Be? topic over in the 'My Visit' board. It''s always worth having a look through this topic as your question may have already been answered. It also means that this topic can be used to discuss all general developments :)
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Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:44 pm

Alton Towers have now confirmed their theme park opening times for the summer holidays (up to September 4th), with the park open everyday 10am-6pm, as has been the case in previous years.
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Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:25 pm

If the weather stays like it has done at the moment (and not pouring down with rain like when I went a couple weeks back) it should give the attendances a nice boost.

That said, with 3 notable family rides closed at the same time, that's going to put a lot of pressure on the general queue times at peak summer.
 
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Re: Alton Towers - General Discussion

Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:36 pm

Interesting comments / observations on the previous page about the lack of rides / state of the Park this year. This forum is very pro-Alton Towers, but if people who are "warmed" to Alton Towers are making these observations, it should be worrying for Merlin.

Earlier I was speaking to a friend who visits Alton Towers once a year & she went yesterday and was far from impressed. She said that the place looked dirty and run-down with obvious cutbacks everywhere (closed rides / food & bev units). Suffice to to say she will be in no hurry to return next year.

In mitigation, I did explain to her that it has been school trips week and with all the will [or litterpickers] in the world, the park will have taken a hammering over the past two weeks. This is no excuse though, as Alton Towers charge a high price & it does seem that the product they are delivering is not up to the standards of previous seasons.
 
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Re: Alton Towers - General Discussion

Sun Jul 24, 2016 9:28 pm

As someone who also only visits once a year (at most), I can say that my visit in March was far from disappointing.

Naturally, I'm biased, but I think the park doesn't deserve all the negativity it's been receiving. Yes, some rides were closed, but instead of moping around feeling sorry for myself because I couldn't get on The Flume or Hex or Ripsaw, I just went and re-rode some of my favourites. I didn't even have Galactica, but I still found plenty to do with five strong coasters and plenty of family rides (I clocked in about 20 rides in a day)!

The obvious signs of Towers Loving Care were also great to see and gave me great confidence that the rides that will return will do so with excellent improvements.

It's ironic that the first year that Alton Towers start properly dealing with the fact that parts of the park were a bit run down is the year when they receive the most hate for being run down and for "cutting back".
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Re: Alton Towers - General Discussion

Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:51 am

Hi all
So im comeing up to me yearly visit to the Towers.
Last year because of what happened i qued no longer than 10 mins for any ride most were walk on and most of the smaller food venues were closed :( .
How do people think its improved if at all this year?
Im hopeing for a bit more atmos and life in the park.
 
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Re: Alton Towers - General Discussion

Thu Jul 28, 2016 6:58 pm

While the effects of last year can still be seen within the resort, it is slowly returning to normal with some of the usual food outlets reopening and visitor numbers on the up. Rides are currently closed due to 'Towers Loving Care', so this does remove some of the ride offerings, although you make the most of your day as you can.
Improvements are being made to the resort, so it does give you an impression that things are on the up. New audio has been installed in X-Sector, along with general improvements across the resort.

I've had many enjoyable visits to Towers this year, although I do miss some of the closed attractions!
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Sat Jul 30, 2016 11:33 am

I haven't heard new audio in X Sector, but I have heard some tranquil audio between walking from Gloomy Wood to Forbidden Valley and in Forbidden Valley (which personally in my opinion dosen't fit Forbidden Valley). What is the new audio like?
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Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:47 pm

I actually like the new audio. It is hard to explain, but it is very retro. I do like the announcements which say that you have been selected for Oblivion, so it fits in with the Government secret testing facility theme.
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Sat Jul 30, 2016 5:22 pm

Justin wrote:
I actually like the new audio. It is hard to explain, but it is very retro. I do like the announcements which say that you have been selected for Oblivion, so it fits in with the Government secret testing facility theme.

Thanks for that description, I've only recently said that the attractions in x-sector need to be tied tighter together and it sounds like that the audio does so? Hopefully this is the start of a more lengthy process, and if not, small improvements are better than nothing.
 
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Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:34 pm

The Alton Towers Resort app has recently been updated! It now features an very detailed and interactive park map, the ability to pay for individual ride fasttracks when aproaching the ride via Apple Pay, and a page which has links to buying tickets, booking a short break, and restaurant reservations!

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Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:51 pm

I'm lovin' it!
Do do do, do do! ;)

The map seems like the highlight of this update as everything looks so detailed which is great to see, and the old version was getting a bit boring. :)
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Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:59 pm

Sorry to double post.
(please forgive me!)
But I have noticed they have gone the extra mile to add the extension queue lines for the rides and I swear that inspiration was taken from Ride Sims. Lastly, you can see in the Duel warehouse the used Towers Nerd's simulation. (and even used lighting to jazz up the Maintenance Bay!)
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Sun Aug 07, 2016 7:03 pm

Hopefully we will see a similar style gate map for next year. The current ones are good visually but terrible for navigational purposes.
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Sun Aug 07, 2016 7:18 pm

Now to wait for the Android update...
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Re: Alton Towers - General Discussion

Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:50 am

An interesting article posted by the Independent a few weeks ago, which we seem to have missed...

Kashmira Gander - Indpenedent wrote:
What the future may hold for rollercoasters, according to the people who design them
Planning the thrills and spills of rollercoaster rides can be a heady business, as Kashmira Gander finds out

Palms clammy with fear, nails digging into the harness, you come to a grinding halt and inhale sharply before the carriage creeps slowly upwards. A pause. Then a sharp drop and your stomach is suspended in the air. Teeth gritted, you hurtle quickly forwards, sharply left, then upside down. Your senses a blur, you let out roar of fear that comes from the pit of your gut. But you only have yourself to blame: after all, like hundreds of millions of others each year, you paid to get into this theme park.

Somewhat bafflingly, amusement parks with hair-raising rides to pull in crowds are a huge industry. To deliver the thrills and ultimate-escape-from-reality that guests seek, behind the scenes there are huge teams of highly inventive, and arguably a little sadistic, structural, mechanical, industrial and electrical engineers, as well as designers and marketing experts. And now one of them is about to be promoted. Merlin Entertainments, the company behind some of the UK’s most popular attractions, is currently hiring a “creative magic maker” to think up new rides and attractions at resorts including Britain’s Alton Towers and Thorpe Park, and Gardaland in Italy. The perfect candidate, says Merlin, needs a big imagination to dream up groundbreaking new rides.

Continue reading...http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style ... 44971.html

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Re: Alton Towers - General Discussion

Sat Aug 13, 2016 6:04 pm

Just an Idea but...
Could Alton Towers make escape rooms?
Maybe they could add a house escape room based off the smile.always videos where you have ventured into the house of (I forgot what the name was of the boy and girl :/) But you have been trapped and you have 1 hour before a deadly green gas gets sprayed into the rooms. And sometimes the TV will glitch and show hints. Also you have to look in books and maybe even behind posters

That's Just an Idea :D

(Hope I have out this on the right page)
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Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:17 pm

NEONTOWERS wrote:
Just an Idea but...
Could Alton Towers make escape rooms?
Maybe they could add a house escape room based off the smile.always videos where you have ventured into the house of (I forgot what the name was of the boy and girl :/) But you have been trapped and you have 1 hour before a deadly green gas gets sprayed into the rooms. And sometimes the TV will glitch and show hints. Also you have to look in books and maybe even behind posters

That's Just an Idea :D

(Hope I have out this on the right page)


I have done an escape room before and it is a great experience! Although I don't think this would fit at Alton Towers. It might fit in the resort side of things at a push, but for it to work effectively there would need to be quite a few rooms, and a theme that is family orientated.
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Re: Alton Towers - General Discussion

Sun Aug 14, 2016 12:51 am

Forgot to take a photo but on queue boards in the theme park there is advertisements for february half term which is happening from 17th to the 26th i believe (no description literally just the dates). it could just be about the resort half term event like this year, but why would they advertise it in the theme park so early?
 
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Re: Alton Towers - General Discussion

Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:31 am

I don't know if this has been asked or not, but how come Rita now has the structure built along its launch straight and now has the building there? How come it wasn't like before where it was exposed?

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