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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:55 am

When i went on rage the other day i saw a new looking laminated a4 safety notice from Gerst. Couldnt read the whole thing but it mentioned blocks must be switched on at all times.
 
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:06 pm

Interesting, I wonder if this means we're going to see Gerstlauer implementing new procedures on ALL of their coasters from now on.
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:15 pm

I was there when the Smiler Valley'd back in 2013, I was in the Q at the time and they evacced us away from the area AS SOON as it happened

if there was people still in the Q at the time it crashed it makes me think they DEFO didnt know about it in the cab and human error for sure.
 
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:08 am

Google is now saying that "The Smiler" is permanently closed?
 
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:52 pm

I'm not sure if it's right but it's Google who have changed it, not some random person on Wikipedia, but I wouldn't believe it until an official annoucement is made.
 
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Wed Jul 22, 2015 5:25 pm

If you click it, it gives an option to report it. Please do so :)
 
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Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:50 pm

I think it was a given that Merlin would suffer cutbacks like this :)
Just hope it doesn't negatively affect any investments like WC16
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:57 pm

Yeah not much of a surprise bearing in mind compensation and reports that every day they were shut costing half a million. I was surprised that they think they'll be up on like for like sales, that's good to hear :)
 
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:53 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-33672357

BBC reporting a profit warning for Merlin of £47m. Not unexpected given the insurance, image damage, incurred downtime, etc...
 
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Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:23 am

The full trading update from Merlin is available here. I must admit that this is a more significant effect than I expected the incident to have, with EBITDA practically halving for the Resort Theme Parks division.
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Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:03 pm

The impact should not be overly surprising, if you have been paying attention to attendance at the park. It has been, and still is, shockingly low.

Almost everyday of the week right now the major attractions are all walk on, including weekends and sunny days. A busy day right now, seems to consist of 20m queues for Spinball and Rita, and everything else walk on. A quiet day you won't even find a queue at any attraction.

Here is the average queue time for the major attractions posted by Alton Towers for the past 10 days:

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Monday and Tuesday last week were slightly busier due to the number of end of term school trips. There were even a few school trips boosting attendance on the Friday and Wednesday, But at the weekends, and even now with the the summer holidays starting from Thursday, you can see attendance remains rock bottom. Indeed it would seem since the incident school trips have been the only major driver of attendance at the park, as they were likely planned and moneys paid before the incident took place.

It will be interesting to see if attendance slowly rises over the summer, particularly if we get a period of sunny weather.
 
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:16 pm

Tbh I'm really confused how theme park profits can halve sine Thorpe, Legoland & Chessington seem quite busy and surely Gardaland & Heide Park won't really be affected by the bad publicity?
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:41 pm

Themepark247360 wrote:
Tbh I'm really confused how theme park profits can halve sine Thorpe, Legoland & Chessington seem quite busy and surely Gardaland & Heide Park won't really be affected by the bad publicity?

Alton Towers will be operating at a loss, eating into any profit made at the other parks. Also in today's profit warning they mention attendance is down at Thorpe Park as well.
 
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:51 pm

It's quite worrying for me really, I never expected such a huge impact. I hope this doesn't affect the park's future in any way.

Also, Towers have stated on Twitter that they are usually quite quiet at the star of summer holidays anyway, so maybe attendance will improve?
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:51 pm

Is it me or are they just making up numbers just to make news reports?
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:03 pm

They converted it to USD as they knew it would be the most striking and would get most views.
 
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:07 pm

Of course they did, it is the media after all *rolls eyes*
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:08 pm

It might have something to do with it being an american site ;) I don't think it's too worrying, if all goes well Alton can get the people back by scarefest so long as they can drown out the non-stories from the Mirror and such. :)
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:42 pm

I think they should make individual adverts for each new maze to prove there is something spectacular going on. Also have a general thrill advert for ITV and stuff and family adverts for channels like Cartoon Network
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