2019: Alton Towers Dungeons

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by GaryH, 28th Jun 2018.

  1. siralgenon

    siralgenon TowersStreet Member

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    It is temporary, it's only meant to be there for two seasons I think?
     
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  2. Dave

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    That’s what has been suggested, it’s a midway investment not a theme park resort investment. If it works I suspect they will look for a more permanent home for it.
     
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    I feel it a strange location for an up-charge. Tower street would have made sense - outside the gate, perhaps more so. Hidden down the back in a kids area... really?
     
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    I think it's fairly apparent from the crowds outside it on busy weekends being non existent and free tickets being handed out that it is not working. The only wildcard I can see is school trips using it as an "educational" justification for going to the Towers
     
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  5. Dave

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    Suits me, always thought it was a stupid idea. Hopefully it will be consigned to the scarily large pile of failed Merlin ideas.

    Just glad it hasn’t actually cost the park much to implement.
     
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    Indeed, on a fairly busy bank holiday weekend where a couple of rides are up to an hours queue at 10.30am in the morning, if you look on the app to book a Dungeons ticket you can still pick from every single time slot all day today - they all have availability.

    I think that speaks volumes for the popularity of the attraction.
     
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  7. AT86

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    Sorry for the double post, but looking at the Dungeons tickets again - it appears that from Tuesday onwards (for the rest of the season), the earliest time slot you can book is 12pm.

    Previously time slots started at 10am. Does this signal reduced opening times after less than 2 months of operation?
     
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  8. RoyJess

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    Yes they are now opening the attraction from 12 pm, but they are also running the attraction later, so apparently its the same number of time slots

    Source TT and Ministry of Joy

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10157317054433185&id=70172603184

     
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  9. Dave

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    Astounding success then....

    Who would have thought it!
     
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  10. skyscraper

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    They can finally see that opening a paid attraction in the main theme park that takes 45 mins out of your day is a bad idea. :p
     
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    And strangely when the park is much busier the dungeons don’t appear to be open, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th & 10th November.

    People would be more likely to pay up those days to get in out the cold.
     
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    Wait; the Dungeons are shut on peak Scarefest & Fireworks days? Seems like a strange decision; I'd have thought they'd be raking it in on those days based on how busy it seems to get! Midweek on a non-event day I could understand, but on a peak day like those days, it does seem like a slightly bizarre decision to me.
     
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    Guys, guys. I think he's slowly realising that Merlin couldn't organise a p*** up in a brewery.
     
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    Don't forget that the Dungeons sits in the fall out zone during Fireworks.
     
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    Ah, that's a plausible explanation! Good suggestion @RoyJess!
    I'm not doubting Merlin's operational skills as they clearly can operate a theme park, I was just questioning that particular decision.
     
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    Not reducing opening times
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    Ah, so they're just shifting the existing schedule forward. That's better; well done Alton!
     
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    Yeah. Get to have a wander through park when it’s empty of people if you get last slot of the day :cool:
     
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    So it's been open... what, two months now? And they are making cuts already. I think this must be a new Merlin record.
     
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    That shouldn’t stop them being open 10-5 though?

    Unless of course they are open but they’ve given them out as a freebie for hotel guests as there’s no ERT. Big bang tickets would probably get a free tickets as well.
     
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