2016: The Smiler Reopening

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by micksalt, 26th Nov 2015.

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Will you ride in 2016?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. jmc

    jmc TowersStreet Member

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    I'm sure it will be just a guide. They will do everything they can to avoid a stall. It would be catastrophic for the reputation of the ride
     
  2. spinba11

    spinba11 TowersStreet Member

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    All audio is playing today apart from time to/ half way corrected.
     
  3. AliceHL91

    AliceHL91 TowersStreet Member

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    Have they turned the volume up yet?
     
  4. Imagination

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    The Marmaliser screen resolution has been fixed and is back to normal.
     
  5. william thomas

    william thomas TowersStreet Member

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    I still do not understand why they decided to scrap the word "corrected" from the ride for the time being (?). I mean that word surely does not have any resemblance to the crash in any way so what is the point of removing it from the audio clips?
     
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    Think they're worried that people will equate corrected to legs missing
     
  7. LiamC

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    I thought this would be obvious considering the victims lost limbs and the ride process is about "correcting" the riders as people.
     
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    I also don't get the link.
     
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  9. LiamC

    LiamC TowersStreet Member

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    What's not to get?

    The ride experience concerns itself with "correcting" riders. When the incident happened, two people lost limbs. People now might hear/see the terms "correction", "correctional procedure" and "procedure complete" and see this still being there as poor taste due to the victims having lost limbs.
     
  10. AndrewH

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    I don't really see it as bad taste though as it has always been there and it is hardly an explicit link most people would even notice. Plus people who are hearing / seeing these references are only those who have chosen to ride so probably wouldn't care that much anyway. I also don't find it that bad because if I said correction you wouldn't associate it with limb loss. I would understand it being away for the media in the first week or so but I would be very disappointed if it was gone any longer than that.
     
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  11. william thomas

    william thomas TowersStreet Member

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    The media are just parasites that twist around what is actually happening to make it "profitable". I mean, the mirror just posted an article stating that the ride had "malfunction" because there was nobody on the ride...... It was just a test run to check if the ride was safe for the public............
     
  12. LiamC

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    No, I quite agree. But, in the context of what has happened it's easy to see why some people may think along these lines. Also, a lot of the terminology and wording is visible/audible from outside the ride area.

    With the amount of negative press Towers have received over the previous months it's plain and easy to see why they've done it. Negative press is bad enough when it occurs, but any more after what has happened would be terrible for them. I don't begrudge them for doing it. I don't think anyone really should.
     
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    I cannot blame them for removing reference to correction, I fully expected it as it's the one aspect of the theme that the tabloids could jump all over if they wanted to. The last thing Towers want now is another PR nightmare.

    I guess correction may come back in the future although I suspect it won't.

    :)
     
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  14. UserDeleted

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    Get off your high horse. The connection is so banal.

    I agree procedure should be gone but not corrected.
     
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    In light of an actual real life thing that happened, what is the first thing you think people are going to think of when they hear "get corrected"? "Oh, lets get corrected those other people did" fastforward 30 seconds and they're on the phone to the mirror complaining that Alton Towers are using the idea of correcting people to make the ride even scarier.
     
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  16. LiamC

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    Please do not "tell me to get off my high horse" when you don't even know me as a person. I am merely making a comment as to how I see the situation, as everyone else is doing within this discussion.

    This is exactly the point I am trying to make. It doesn't take a lot for the GP to see an issue with something, regardless of how minor we may see it.
     
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    The volume is back to normal.
     
  18. DiogoJ42

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    Tbh, I'm surprised Blackpool haven't started an ad campaign with the tag line "we won't cost you an arm and a leg".
     
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    I think it's fair to say there is clearly a spectrum of what people think could and could not be taken offensively after the incident. At one end, most would agree that the "Loss of limb" warning had to go. At the other, most would agree that "Join Us" should stay. Phrases such as "Get Corrected", "Marmaliser" and "Smile Always" fall somewhere in the middle, with some seeing the potential for offence and others not, and Alton Towers had to draw the line somewhere on the spectrum, and were bound to lean towards the "safe" end.
     
  20. Rob

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    Please take any personal issues with fellow members to PM rather than insulting them on the forum.

    Thank you.

    :)
     
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