RobHand wrote:This is more of a general question for my fellow TT members, but what areas of the resort do you think are in need of some serious TLC for the 2017 season, and what order do you prioritise them? (excluding rides that are already down under "TLC")
It will be interesting to see different peoples opinions!
Capt. Barnacles wrote:I'd like to see Battle Galleons have a lot of work done to it, after seeing how little of what's supposed to be there working this season I think it needs a serious overhaul to get some of the water jets working again. Hopefully this'll take place this off season.
definedancing wrote:Capt. Barnacles wrote:I'd like to see Battle Galleons have a lot of work done to it, after seeing how little of what's supposed to be there working this season I think it needs a serious overhaul to get some of the water jets working again. Hopefully this'll take place this off season.
All of it.
Attachment aside, I think it is important to remember that there is only so much ride staff are able to do, and I think it is worth considering that ride staff actually do an awful lot of cleaning and basic maintenance throughout the season. The hosts and operators, whilst not enthusiasts by our definition, will have an attachment and a degree of pride to their rides and will try and keep it in the best shape they can. They are after all very much human and the majority are passionate about the job.
I would like a repaint of Marauders Mayhem's turntable and the re-emergence of the smoke machine, personally.
Ryan.B wrote:I'd like the removals of mushrooms growing in the top of oblivions building before the catwalk, someone leant against them once and it wasn't pretty.
Kraken wrote:CoasterCrazyChris - above - makes many very valid points. I would agree that Alton Towers has not been as bad as it currently is since the "dark years" of 2003-2005 when the place was run into the ground.
What we did see in 2005/6 was a change of management team that really did turn the place around. Broken things were finally fixed & many improvements made. What did we get next? Merlin.
Whilst I hate to say it, the focus at Alton Towers (& other Merlin parks) is very much on the contents of your wallet, as opposed to ensuring that all guests have a great day out. If you want proof that high standards are attainable in Europe without an all-year round season [i.e. Disney] then look no further than Europa Park. Excellent theming, excellent rides, reliable rides, top notch hotels (all 4* Superior standard) and cheaper prices than Merlin parks.
As above, I would love Alton Towers to "rediscover the magic" and really invest in it's product offering to give guests the magical day out they once had there (about 15yrs ago). Sadly, I fear with the current ownership it will never happen as corporate governance will take precedent. Who owns Europa Park? A family who also happen to be a large ride manufacturer - the park is essentially their brochure of rides to prospective customers & as such, the focus on quality shines through.
I've had dinner in Hotel Colosseo & Roland Mack has wandered through to check standards are being maintained - when was the last time a Merlin CEO or board member wandered through one of their hotels in the evening to check on standards?
MakoMania wrote:TLC twitter updates will return in January:
https://mobile.twitter.com/AltonTLC/sta ... 2419516416
Stan.H wrote:If Hex was to go... TLC = Towers Leaving Classics (thing that makes sense! )
TLC imo is great, yet a marketing stunt - they should be doing this anyway, and they're also using this as an excuse for budget cuts.
I'd like them to revamp The Smiler (queueline, paint job, clean it all and if its possible sort out the drainage), bring back Hex as well as add some new flats.