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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Mon Mar 02, 2020 3:06 pm

Maybe it could be more ticket purchase booths or maybe could be a security desk, so there is an actual section of the entrance dedicated to bag searches, etc. Could be too small for a security desk though
 
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Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:06 pm

I don't think it would be a security desk as although that could work for guests walking from the main car park, it would be a struggle with monorail and express guests to access in a queueing format.
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Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:09 pm

I also think it’s the right size for a desk, maybe an extra one for annual pass purchases/renewals/collection? It could take some of the strain off the box office on busy days 
 
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Sun Mar 08, 2020 4:32 pm

Anyone know why the app is showing queue times and saying the parks open? I'm really confused and I cannot find anything online about this. Also, the world of David walliams is still not on the app.
 
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Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:05 pm

4rchman155 wrote:
Anyone know why the app is showing queue times and saying the parks open? I'm really confused and I cannot find anything online about this. Also, the world of David walliams is still not on the app.

There have been private events for members of the emergency services and their friends and family this weekend.
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Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:33 pm

Oh ok makes sense. Thank you.
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:08 pm

Taking a look at 2020's Accessibility Guide shows some interesting stuff including this table:
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It shows the 3 new or renamed rides in The World of David Walliams and also confirms that Cuckoo Cars will be officially a part of the Towers area. It also shows the new Bugbie Go Round re-theme. Most interestingly, it seems to suggest that The Blade will be returning for 2020. Many changes have been made to the guide but removing Blade was not one of them. I strongly believe it was intentional.
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:38 pm

Alton Towers have released updated information about how the park will operate in response to COVID-19.

Alongside the ability to transfer pre-purchased park tickets, and social distancing measures, the opening of The Alton Towers Dungeon for the season has also been delayed by a few weeks.

Full information can be found here.
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Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:38 pm

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Alton Towers has announced that the start of the 2020 theme park season will be postponed in light of the recent measures announced by the UK Government as a result of the COVID-19 virus.
 
The Resort have confirmed that the theme park will remain closed until further notice. Those with hotel bookings and pre booked tickets are advised to visit http://www.altontowers.com/plan-your-visit/coronavirus

Further updates will be provided as and when the Resort is able to provide further information.
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Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:41 am

Pleased to read that, after reading this article.

https://deadline.com/2020/03/los-angele ... 202888170/

A little shocked Merlin even tried to open at all.
 
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Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:46 am

wamdue wrote:
pleased to read that, after reading this article

https://deadline.com/2020/03/los-angele ... 202888170/

A little shocked Merlin even tried to open at all.


Merlin's apparent interpretation of the science, medical expert review and Government advice, was extremely questionable.

Any sanitisation steps they had planned likely had little scientific backing they would actually work. Simply because there isn't the scientific data available to confirm their validity. Just recommendations to try and keep those 'essential' services and workers as safe as possible.

Given every remaining park and tourist attraction across the country announced late yesterday they would close, and at roughly the same time with practically the same initial ending date, I would suspect they all got a phone call from the Government yesterday. My guess from a very annoyed official.

Stay home everyone. It's the only way to beat this thing until a vaccine is produced. <3
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Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:58 am

Of course this is an ever evolving issue, Alton Towers is not a football stadium but even when football has been suspended, the idea a theme park was planning to open seemed crazy to me. It's not like Disney was staying open, Merlin had every reason to delay opening before yesterday.
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:47 pm

Kinda surprised it's taken them this long to announce postponement with a place like Alton Towers like football stadiums attracting people from all corners of the country.
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Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:11 pm

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Kinda surprised it's taken them this long to announce postponement with a place like Alton Towers like football stadiums attracting people from all corners of the country.


True for international guests as well, even if they can't get in right now.
I should look up how much the near by B&Bs cost, does anyone have a price for what it was, or was last year?
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:13 pm

It’s as much a business decision as anything else. Given that visitor numbers are finally on the up, a longer than usual close season won’t do much good for the balance sheet.
 
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Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:09 am

I dont have the numbers to support it, but The World of David Walliams should send the message that Alton Towers has gotten past "The Smiler incident" and has been able to invest money in the park again. 2020 is shaping up to be a lost year for so many.
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:47 am

As reported on TowersTimes social media; Following the continued social distancing measures that are in place as a result of COVID-19, Alton Towers are now requesting all guests with short break bookings up to 1st June to change their reservations online. The theme park opening times have also been adjusted to confirm that the Resort will remain closed until at least 1st June.

More details can be found on the Alton Towers website.

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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:23 am

I'm thinking that 1st June date will get pushed back to at least 1st July, maybe even further back to 1st August and they'll just operate over August, September, October and November and to make up for those months they weren't open, maybe the Christmas event will get improved by letting park guests into the park as well as hotel guests (obviously with social distancing measures in place)
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:55 am

Doesn’t October and November depend on a little factor called the British weather? Schools will also be back in session at that point.

Meanwhile what does social distancing  look like on a rollercoaster? 25% loads? 50% loads?

Will it be worth it?
 
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Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:13 pm

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Meanwhile what does social distancing  look like on a rollercoaster? 25% loads? 50% loads?


For sure the minimum recommended distancing of 2m doesn't apply when you're moving, especially at higher speeds.

An aerodynamic study of droplet transmission in different activities, suggests that distances would increase at higher speeds, suggesting a running pace in zero wind conditions might be better increased to 10m to maintain a similar level of exposure risk as 2m gives when standing stationary [source].

Basing on just this research alone, it would suggest to me that only a single row could operate per train. However, it would require additional and specific research on both the aerodynamics side and the risk of droplet transmission in ride settings, to be able to declare one way or the other whether attractions could operate and maintain a social distancing level of safety.
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