2013: General Discussion

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by djtruefitt, 26th Dec 2012.

  1. Sam

    Sam TowersStreet Member

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    The hotel entertainment has always been rubbish. No originality or creative spark at all - it's the epitome of naff.

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  2. Slugjc

    Slugjc TowersStreet Member

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    It doesn't matter that they were once in the west end, got to ask why aren't they there anymore.

    Hotel entertainment will always be naff. No matter how much money you throw at it. We are in an age because of the x-factor and the voice were people think we want to be entertained by a load of plastic singers who will change the key to prove that they are a good singer, and with the decline of the working men's clubs. These Jane McDonald types have no where to go simple. That's why if I was AT I would build a bar away from the hotel for normal decent folk to sit and have a quiet drink. There living there dream........which is a lot of peoples nightmare's

    One other observations that the entertainment will have to be aimed at a young audience which is never a good thing. Unless you are a kid of course.
     
  3. Sazzle

    Sazzle TS Administrator Team Member

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    Never a good thing... unless you're a family resort aiming to please families?? The vast majority of guests in the hotels are families - if there was no entertainment that catered to a young audience then I'd say Towers would have it absolutely wrong.

    When I have stayed on resort with TS members, we have always had a jolly good singalong and general laugh when the entertainment has been on. There will always exist people who don't want entertainment, but I imagine that's a small percentage.

    Perhaps the small bar in the conference centre could be offered up as a quiet haven for those seeking some time away from it all?

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  4. siralgenon

    siralgenon TowersStreet Member

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    I personally know the singers from Dance With The Devil and Dark Side Of The Moon and I can ensure you they did and do still work in the West End, one was previously in the musical 'RENT' and is now going on their UK tour. Also the costumes for this years Scarefest shows have been made especially for these performances and therefore have not been worn before.

    The Hotel shows have come a long way in the last few years alone, with the introduction of a live band (A-Band-On-Ship), professional singers, the new projections, custom costumes, special effects make-up and new lighting and sound tech.

    I think people are too harsh about the shows. Could you do any better working on a 2m x 2m stage? I think not. Hotel shows this year have come a long way, and the Hotel Entertainments team are always looking into new ideas to improve the performances.
     
  5. smudge

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    I must be in the minority here, but I quite like the Hotel Entertainment.

    The last couple of years has shown a vast improvement. Of course there are plenty of improvements that could be made, although I'm not sure what people expect. Between the two venues the shows cater for most age-groups and the quality is good.

    I don't think they could have anything other than music/singing really because there are people who are using the area as a bar, not as an entertainment venue. This must also be respected surely. An alternative to this, as above, would be a separate pub-style bar, for people who would prefer a quiet drink.

    EDIT - I think they really should sort out the toilets at ATH ASAP, this always brings back a sense of reality, whereas the rest of the hotel you forget that you are only 60 miles ( or whatever ) from home. I think the hotels are fantastic generally, of course apart from the basic rooms. But after several Guinness's and a nice evening, who really cares...
     
  6. Andrew

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    Sonic appears to have had a little bit of an accident...

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    Picture credit to Paul Jones
     
  7. rightbackgranty

    rightbackgranty TowersStreet Member

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    Yet another combination of poor groundwork and shoddy workmanship from Gerst. Someone at Alton Towers needs to get a grip on this madness before it affects other parts of the park.

    On a more serious note, were the air tunnel lights still in place come the last day? I thought that they improved that tunnel no end - whoever placed them there deserves a medal!
     
  8. cybermen39

    cybermen39 TowersStreet Member

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    That is wrong the costume the male singer wore was also worn in the emperors bar at the start of the season in that show.
     
  9. cybermen39

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    And to ask if anyone could do better is a daft thing to say . Most people are not singers .
    But like Simon Cowell says i'm not a singer but I know what I like.
     
  10. siralgenon

    siralgenon TowersStreet Member

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    Abandonship have never played in the Emperors Suite?
     
  11. cybermen39

    cybermen39 TowersStreet Member

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    Not the band the costume
     
  12. siralgenon

    siralgenon TowersStreet Member

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    Which costume are you on about and who was apparently wearing it?
     
  13. cybermen39

    cybermen39 TowersStreet Member

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    if you go to google and tap in alton towers hotel entertainment shows and go to images you will see the same hat he was wearing on scarefest the male singer
     
  14. James

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    The hat is the same. His costume (the rest of his clothing) for Scarefest this year was entirely new.
     
  15. cybermen39

    cybermen39 TowersStreet Member

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    He said all the costumes were new give me time and i'll show you the costumes I have every show taped from 1989 to present day. But I only filmed shows at the hotel over the last 10 for the sake of it . For my collection but I will find you photo's . I don't go to the Towers for rides its just for the fun and my intertrest is in the shows which I keep up as i'm sure 1 day they will get better and I don't want to even miss the more un entertaining ones. I even had to do copy's for the archive dept as I have shows they did not have . I feel i'm going on but I also have every behind the magic from 1989 to 2000 which includes all backstage antics stuff that would make a bangcock lady boy blush. The only show I do not have is the Christmas 2007 ice show The Magic of Panto so if you've got it i'll glady do anything for it
     
  16. Dan.B

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    Just decided to work out the cost for a good day at towers when it's busy:

    Family of 4

    Tickets: £46.80 each. [email protected]£187.20
    Fastrack (needed if you want to do every ride on a crammed day): Gold £50. [email protected]£200
    Food: average £10 each. [email protected]£40
    Photos: average £7. One for each coaster = [email protected]£42
    Other merchandise: average £8PP [email protected]£32
    Parking: £6
    Grand Total: £507.20 PER DAY

    Did this for a family who go very rarely and pay fill price at the gate.
     
  17. AstroDan

    AstroDan TS Forum Team Team Member

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    That is not representative of the prices they'd actually pay, though. For starters, the family rate on the gate isn't £46.80 per person - it's a fair bit less. Fastrack you would not need gold, even buying Dark Forest + Forbidden Valley + Smiler separate, it wouldn't cost £50. Photo's, 4 = £20 on the photopass.

    :)
     
  18. Dan.B

    Dan.B TowersStreet Member

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    This family fastrack every ride because it's rammed.
    They rarely go an haven't heard of a photopass

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  19. Andrew

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    This really is the worse case scenario, isn't it.

    Most families will use BOGOF vouchers so there's a considerable amount taken off. I highly doubt many people would want to buy a photo for every ride too. Fastrack isn't necessary on all rides even when it's busy so there's quite a portion taken off.

    I don't think I know anyone who doesn't plan a day to a theme park beforehand so paying £500 is extremely (or uber if that sounds like even more) rare. I'd say a typical day would be more around the £150-£200 mark, if that.
     
  20. James

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    Well that family are fools for paying the full price.

    2for1s are everywhere these days. In season you're guaranteed to walk through any supermarket and come across a voucher for Alton Towers.
     

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