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Opening Day

Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:00 pm

Hi guys, just a quick question - how busy is opening day/weekend usually? I've got a friend visiting that weekend and as I only live about 90 mins from AT we thought we'd try and go. I've never been on opening weekend before though so not sure if it's a good idea or not?
 
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Re: Opening Day

Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:01 pm

Also I have been a numpty and posted this twice by accident (computer based numptiness) - apologies!
 
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Sun Jan 04, 2015 8:17 pm

I always go opening day as I will this year and can say from experience it's never more busy than a usual weekend and if anything last years was quite quiet from what I remember I would expect some again this year with no new major attraction aside from the kidde coaster but that won't draw crowds for big rides such as roller coasters :) go for it buddy plus it's always fun to be apart of the stampede run when the gates open ;)
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Re: Opening Day

Mon Jan 05, 2015 8:03 pm

Cheers TheSmilerMan, the stampede run sounds like fun - we'll keep an eye out for you!
 
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Re: Opening Day

Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:04 am

You really can't miss me ;) :moj and please do say hi if you do see me :)
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Re: Opening Day

Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:24 pm

It can be fairly busy when there is a major new ride, but since that's not the case this year it will be relatively quiet.
 
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Re: Opening Day

Sun Jan 18, 2015 12:47 pm

That's what we're hoping, thanks TomG!
 
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Re: Opening Day

Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:02 am

On opening day can you still get in early with an annual pass or is it just a blanket 10 am opening time ??
 
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Re: Opening Day

Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:05 am

kenmac15 wrote:
On opening day can you still get in early with an annual pass or is it just a blanket 10 am opening time ??

Early Ride Time is available on opening day, so you will be able to get in at 9am with an annual pass.
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Re: Opening Day

Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:08 am

Blinding cheers lewis
 
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Re: Opening Day

Sun Feb 15, 2015 2:59 pm

I know that opening day has just passed but for future reference when opening day is on Valentines day you'll get a mixed bag.
More people coming due to it being a 'special day' and less people going because they want to spend time with their partner/loved one(s)
 
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Re: Opening Day

Sun Feb 15, 2015 3:03 pm

Sorry, I meant for the full opening day in March - there's no way I'm brave enough to face all the kids at the Feb Half Term event!!!
 
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Re: Opening Day

Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:05 pm

Still much busier than the secret opening day the week before ;)

One of the perks of working for John Lewis ;)
 
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Re: Opening Day

Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:13 pm

Nothing secret about it, plus it's not a public day :) it's more of a training day for newbies :P
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Re: Opening Day

Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:51 pm

We had a FANTASTIC day yesterday, I would definitely go on opening day again - thanks to everyone for your help. Got on Thirteen just before it broke down, and went to the Smiler first thing, risky strategy but it paid off cos we only waited about 40 mins for it (and I think I saw TheSmilerMan legging it through the empty queue line well ahead of us as soon as it opened!). My only grumble was the loading on Oblivion, they were only loading one train at a time with 3 trains backed up waiting to be unloaded, leaving it with a massive queue.
 
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Re: Opening Day

Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:57 am

vikkimoo wrote:
We had a FANTASTIC day yesterday, I would definitely go on opening day again - thanks to everyone for your help. Got on Thirteen just before it broke down, and went to the Smiler first thing, risky strategy but it paid off cos we only waited about 40 mins for it (and I think I saw TheSmilerMan legging it through the empty queue line well ahead of us as soon as it opened!). My only grumble was the loading on Oblivion, they were only loading one train at a time with 3 trains backed up waiting to be unloaded, leaving it with a massive queue.

I casually walked the first bit ;) but yes I was having a great jog through the queue line with the old crystal maze theme tune going through my head...love an empty queue line! Glad you had a great day.
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Re: Opening Day

Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:22 pm

One thing I want to know is who was on the front row of the smiler's first train, only two people went up the right hand side before me and they along with me were on the 2nd row.

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