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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:45 pm

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Doesn’t October and November depend on a little factor called the British weather?

The park always opens in October and November, why is it all of a sudden an issue now?  :-k
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:00 pm

I got a closing date of October 20th right now, but weather still impacts attendance on those days. Those days are not the same as summer when it comes to the amount of people visiting.

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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.


Great post. I admit in my mind I was only really thinking in terms of a stationary train.

With all the talk about social distancing being with us for the rest of the year, it might be that the park is almost unable to open this year.
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:20 am

wamdue wrote:
I got a closing date of October 20th right now, but weather still impacts attendance on those days. Those days are not the same as summer when it comes to the amount of people visiting.


Where have you got 20th October from as a closing date? The Resort’s website still has Sunday 8th November down as the scheduled last day of the season.

Also, with regards to October & November not being as busy as the summer period, Scarefest and Fireworks say hello.
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Thu Apr 23, 2020 3:24 pm

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wamdue wrote:
I got a closing date of October 20th right now, but weather still impacts attendance on those days. Those days are not the same as summer when it comes to the amount of people visiting.


Where have you got 20th October from as a closing date? The Resort’s website still has Sunday 8th November down as the scheduled last day of the season.

Also, with regards to October & November not being as busy as the summer period, Scarefest and Fireworks say hello.


Yeah not sure what dates I was looking at last night.
Scarefest and Fireworks, yes the park is busy for those events. Can Merlin even afford to run the mazes this year? Will social distancing allow it? Ghosts and ghouls who cant come within 2 metres of you, are not all that scary.

I went to Thorpe Park a few years ago in either Sept/October, and it was awful. No atmosphere, rides closed. These end of season days are not the same as regular days.
 
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Thu Apr 23, 2020 3:40 pm

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I went to Thorpe Park a few years ago in either Sept/October, and it was awful. No atmosphere, rides closed. These end of season days are not the same as regular days.


That's just because it's Thorpe Park, it never has an atmosphere and closed rides  :lol :lol
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Thu Apr 23, 2020 3:50 pm

Now now be nice. I am sure Thorpe Park spend a lot of time and money making sure Stealth is closed, so guests are disappointed.
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Mon May 18, 2020 3:19 pm

Alton Towers Resort has confirmed that all Alton Towers Season Passes bought before 18th May 2020 will be extended until 30th June 2021.

The Resort is also asking guests with short break bookings up to and including 3rd July to visit the Resort’s website to find out how to move their bookings free of charge.

At this time there is no definite date for when the Resort will be able to re-open, and any re-opening will be subject to ongoing government guidance. The Resort will share their plans for re-opening and any new measures they will put in place as soon as they are able.
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Wed May 20, 2020 11:43 am

Cool, is this the same for the Merlin Annual Pass?
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Wed May 20, 2020 12:22 pm

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Cool, is this the same for the Merlin Annual Pass?

Hi CrayCray, welcome to TTSP Forum :)

For the Merlin Annual Pass, once attractions begin to reopen, extra months are being added on to the validity period of the pass to reflect how long they were closed for.

Full information can be found on the Merlin Annual Pass website.
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Mon May 25, 2020 9:49 am

Would you like to own a piece of Alton Towers Resort history?

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We've been spring-cleaning our Costume Department and found lots of vintage 90s uniform that we know some of you will love!

If you fancy owning your own Oblivion jacket, or Ice Age hoodie, head over to our eBay page https://fal.cn/38guF. The sale is live now!

There is limited stock and sizes, but new items will be added each Monday morning. A donation from the sale proceeds will go to Merlin's Magic Wand Charity and to The Trussell Trust to support local foodbanks.


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Tue May 26, 2020 1:33 am

Have all the listings for that been bought now, and will they be back up next week or is it different items? I'd love me one of those Oblivion jackets.
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Tue May 26, 2020 9:15 pm

These look absolutely great. Hope they aren't brought to be resold.
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Tue May 26, 2020 10:06 pm

Looks like everything has sold now. Shame as I liked the look of the ties. I read somewhere that they plan to release more stuff each week so hopefully there’ll be more on soon.
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Tue May 26, 2020 10:10 pm

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Looks like everything has sold now. Shame as I liked the look of the ties. I read somewhere that they plan to release more stuff each week so hopefully there’ll be more on soon.


Wouldn't mind a Wicker Man jacket.
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Fri May 29, 2020 7:32 pm

What are everyone's thoughts on some of the new Covid-19 measures that Towers have announced, for example do you agree with the decision to not make face masks mandatory or not? It would be great to hear what everyone thought.

https://www.altontowers.com/about-alton-towers/blog/preparing-to-reopen-alton-towers-resort/

Here is the article for anyone that hasn't seen it.
 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Fri May 29, 2020 7:44 pm

maxjbutton wrote:
What are everyone's thoughts on some of the new Covid-19 measures that Towers have announced, for example do you agree with the decision to not make face masks mandatory or not? It would be great to hear what everyone thought.

https://www.altontowers.com/about-alton-towers/blog/preparing-to-reopen-alton-towers-resort/

Here is the article for anyone that hasn't seen it.


The measures that Alton Towers will be introducing when the park reopens are already being discussed in our dedicated Coronavirus topic.

Please continue any discussion regarding COVID-19 and the impact it will have on the industry in there :)
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Fri May 29, 2020 10:54 pm

I'm so jealous of the people who got one of the Oblivion jackets! I need to see more! Looks like we'll be getting some more on Monday though. Did anyone see how much they sold for? It's so nice that they're selling them for charity especially in these difficult times.
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Sat May 30, 2020 4:47 pm

If I remember correctly, they were going for around £70 :) 
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Sat May 30, 2020 6:51 pm

I can understand if they went for that much considering their collectibility and rarity. Can’t afford that at the moment though since I’m still saving for next years AT trip!
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Re: Alton Towers Resort - General Discussion

Sun May 31, 2020 11:19 am

It appears that the Tree Top Quest page on the Alton Towers website is either being updated or removed.

As you can see from the image below, the page has no content and you are greeted with the generic website background.

Could this be a pointer towards the attraction being closed for good?

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