Andy Mc wrote:
people won't fork out £50 with the main crowd grabber closed.
I laugh at those people. There are so many free sun tickets, 2-4-1s or MAP discounts from a friend to be had. If they pay £50 more fool them
Anyway looks like Smiler has had some tlc in recent days with someone starting to paint a support as seen from a TowersStreet post here
And still testing on what's a pretty busy saturday (considering recent weeks) https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=3&v=oYoclkndxo4
There isn't just the entry fee, which when there is a group/family can add up. There is also travel, for a lot of people this can be expensive if they travel long distances. Accommodation if its too far for a day trip. Food and drink on site which isnt cheap plus any other extras like the shops and fast tracks. Alton Towers is an expensive day out when you pay to get in as those people usually will visit once or twice throughout the year, therefore will spend the money on making it special. With their star attraction and one of the biggest in the ride line up, people aren't going to want to spend the cash. This is where having few thrilling flats comes back at them as there is little to support the thrill line up after the coasters which for most, they have ridden plenty of times before. The GP want the new rides as for them a coaster is exactly what it is, just a coaster. They wont go on Nemesis because its Nemesis and loved by enthusiasts like it is. They will ride it, enjoy it and then carry on as normal knowing they've already done the ride so want something new to pull them back. Then there is the ride break downs also resulting in other rides being closed on the visit. TBH IMO the price tag is what puts most people off. Even with the BOGOFS, they could be cheaper.
Also although people are fearing the safety of The Smiler, the staff could easily be at fault and therefore, people may fear all the rides there if the staff are inadequately trained. Alton Towers will just have to ride the storm until most move on and forget. A new ride and more safe years and people will move on.