I first have to eat a huge slice of humble pie after todays fiasco (putting it mildly) of a day. I have never, ever been to a park and left feeling like I did today. I'm a huge defender of Drayton and hence my eating of said humble pie in this instance.*WARNING LONG AND RANTING REPORT HEAVY IN PICTURES*
We started the day nice and fresh after staying in Lichfield about 10 mins from Drayton. The Holiday in was gorgeous. Modern, well equip rooms for the online price of £40 (£115 on the day) we walked over to Macy's for Breakfast, meeting Dan and heading then to Drayton for opening.
We were greeted by the most horrific sign to start the day...
Trying not to collapse in a heap of tears on the floor we met with Pete & Jack and headed to Shockwave which opened 15mins late after sending 20+ empty trains as the queue built up outside. Shockwave was okay as we rode front, Dans wasn't impressed as usual but meh I like it.
We then headed for Syphilis Canyon which was CLOSED! We were told it would be open later in the day but they "weren't sure"
Just going to list before I forget, broken rides and closed rides...
Mexican sombreros (Opened late afternoon)
4 trains were stored in Golden Nuggets and 2 on the curcuit were out of order.
3 seats on one Shockwave train were out of order 2 on the other causing half full trains being sent.
Syphilis Canyon opened late afternoon
We wandered aimlessly around the park trying to get inspiration and decent service, we moaned at Guest Services but to no avail and no real sense of apology, just back chat and excuses. They did however make a call when me grumbled about the Shockwave staff playing rap music loudly from the ops cabin.Section 2
- Health & Safety breaches
1.) Splash Canyon ride op decided (half an hour before ride close) that he wanted to go home early and so went out into the canyon walking along the side of the concrete walls to go and shut off all the water features and animatronics. If he had slipped on the wet wall there was no where to fall but into the rapids whilst boats were still on the circuit. Not to mention after queueing 30mins for the Rapids there was no water or anything working, seriously riling me as it was our last ride of the day.
2.) A ride op decided it was perfectly okay to walk through the exit of Pandemonium whilst the ride was still in motion and dodge the swinging gondolas to get to the ride ops cabin where another ride op was eating his lunch in full view.
Both of which could have resulted in serious injury or even death. It was outrageous and we were in shock of both incidences. Section 3
- Sign of times
It got that bad on our day we decided to look for the most pointless or poorly done signs around the park. Needless to say when you look for them there are some unbelievable signs placed around park, so without further a do I give you...Spikes Makeshift Pointless Demanding Retarded Signs Of Drayton GamePhoto passes are broken and will not be operating all day (Designed on Word)This way for Carlsberg, so we may get you drunk and not focus on the crap. (Some appears in the sky also)...It's like a candy trail throughout the parkSays it all reallyHmmmmm...try looking here thenLeast they no how to run a parkAnnoy? Lol try looking at your own staff before guestsBut... It's a climbing frame :roll: Yes, I'd like to purchase this stuffed toy, sweets, a balloon & a pack of Tampax please.
:shock: Sign failNew for 2010 Raptors? FUnnily enough this was attached to the Lynx cages and no where near the Dinosaur bit
:roll: This should be placed on each of the rides at Drayton reallyYay for lesbian sealionsBut the ride was running?
:? So let me get this straight, for 32 points you get a choice... A CHOICE OF WHAT? A giant teddy is for 16 points, so for 32 you get the choice of what?Even the Walls sign had given up
So, we've established that they have no regards for health and safety, and they are morons at making signs. NEEEEEEEEEEXT...Section 3
This needs no real introduction"CLOSED""CLOSED""CLOSED""CLOSED""CLOSED""CLOSED""CLOSED"OOOOO A SHOW, WHATS THAT SIGN SAY?"CLOSED""CLOSED""CLOSED""CLOSED""CLOSED""CLOSED""Even Guest Services CLOSED in the afternoon"
Say's it all reallySection 4
- Odd and contributing factors to a pointless day
As you can tell we were bored stiff and opted to pick out anything which made the day, more and more annoying!The really busy showsSaw merchandise
:clap:Plastic cutlery which snappedIt reads "Replace Lamp" On the screen in the G-Farce queue line
BUT! None of this compares to what happened upon leaving the park, If the last ride on Splash Canyon on diet mode due to lazy staff was the icing on the cake. This was a whole new cake with 15 million layers of Icing placed on top.Section 5
- The worst thing i've ever experienced at a theme park
Upon leaving the park and saying our goodbyes, we got in the car which was situated towards the Troublesome Trucks end. We joined the massive queue leaving the park and as we got outside the entrance (10mins of waiting) we were cresting the hill over the bridge and we were joined by two staff members who stood in front of the car. We assumed they were going to help oversee the traffic flow. They were guiding people from a side road leading from under Shockwave's Corkscrews. But they weren't letting our side go at all. It was only on inspection of some of the passing cars in front of us did we notice it was all staff members.
I put down the window and said to the girl.."Is there a reason why your letting all the staff go with a huge queue of backed up traffic behind us?"
Her response"we've been working here all day"
I said"You are fu**ing kidding me, we've just spent the most awful day at your park and your doing this?"
After chatting with her college she turned and said"I was going to let you go but because you swore, I won't now"
I tried to remain clam and we went around her pulling just past her and inching back into the queue where I heard this"I've been here since 8.30am"
I leaned out the window and looked back and said "I've endured a whole day here and paid for disappointments after dissapointments and want out of this damn place"
(Much to the amusement of the crowds leaving)"This is another thing going in my letter of complaint"
Her college then pipes up"Oooooo I'm so scaaaared"
:shock: :shock: :shock:
By this point I was half shocked and half enraged at their responses and we continued on round the corner still queued and now by the grass car park area.
All of a sudden two cars speeded by with the staff in down the other side of the road into on coming traffic (They had obviously been waiting for their lift home and were purposely stopping traffic to get them) shouting "Waaaaaaaaa out the window and sticking two fingers up at us"
In all my life of visiting theme parks I have NEVER had a worse day at a park than today. The behavior is TOTALLY unacceptable and I was in shock for miles of our journey home as was Dan when I rang and told him along the way. It was unlike anything I've ever seen in my life and myself and Ste were enraged.
I have defended Drayton to the high hills and never really experienced a bad day there. This was surreal in a way for me, and was literally my worst trip out ever. I plan to make a phone call tomorrow rather than an e-mail as i don't trust the system or that the staff members maybe in charge of them I don't know. But needless to say the world will know about this day and Drayton should be ashamed and disgusted at the levels of poor service, bad food, horrendous staff, disregard for health and safety & poor maintenance.
I'm not going to be a fanboy and say "I'm boycotting forever!1!11" but I will never look at the place the same again. :evil:
The company is what made today bearable & the rip taking of everything that was wrong.
Barnses a plenty
Shockwave front row twiceFew pics from the day
(Yeah that's it LOL)
AWFUL Day only slightly improved with laughing and not going insane. #-o
I will leave the floor open to Danbini as there were more instances of poor service on Maelstrom.