2019: General Discussion

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imanautie

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How can the park justify closing at 5pm? We arrived at 10 :30 and still only done 4 coasters including runaway mine train. Waiting in smiler saying 45 minutes but more likely 1 hour by looks of queue. Hoped to do wickerman too but looking unlikely! How can it be justified to close at 5 on a school holiday?
Because someone is going cough cough fastrack....

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themeparkfan

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Not alot of people using fasttrack looking at queue lines though. Can I ask how are you supposed to fit the dungeons into the day? No matter how many screens and posters advertise it people ain't going to visit if park closes at 5 and you are still only on 4th ride.
 

AT86

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How can the park justify closing at 5pm? We arrived at 10 :30 and still only done 4 coasters including runaway mine train. Waiting in smiler saying 45 minutes but more likely 1 hour by looks of queue. Hoped to do wickerman too but looking unlikely! How can it be justified to close at 5 on a school holiday?

Because, shareholders.

Remember you can jump in the queue just before 5 and still get a ride. Might be able to squeeze in Wickerman that way.
 

themeparkfan

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Not looking likely but I'm sure to write a bad iPad feedback on way out and goodness help any staff asking me on the way out "did you have a nice day?" Whatever happened to the alton towers customer mission?
 

AT86

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There appears to be a lot of rides down. Has there been a power cut or something?

Nemesis, Oblivion, 13, Wickerman, Rapids, Duel and Night Garden all down.

Edit: to be fair, it’s not the fault of the poor sods on the exit gate. No need to take it out on them.
 

AstroDan

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Steel Vengeance, Cedar Point
Must have been power failures today. Surely!?

They should extend if major faults like that.

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Austin Towers

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The rides are down in different areas of the park so wouldn't be a power cut as such. Possibly a reduction in available power to the entire site.

Or technical issues with each ride that is down. It happens.
 

rob666

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Admitting my ride times addiction, but noticed lots of rides down towards the end of the day on a few occasions recently, 4 coasters down today at closure.
Is this becoming a repeated issue?
Staggered closures by stealth?
 

AstroDan

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Steel Vengeance, Cedar Point
Admitting my ride times addiction, but noticed lots of rides down towards the end of the day on a few occasions recently, 4 coasters down today at closure.
Is this becoming a repeated issue?
Staggered closures by stealth?
Definitely not. The park's main focus area this season is ride availability and it's been very good all season.

I can only assume there's been something highly unusual which has affected things today.

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spinba11

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The operations on smiler has been very fast this season, at one point I was halfway up lift 2 and the train behind mine was already off lift 1.
 

Chessy Shop

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Really poor that they didn’t extend closing to 6 today. Park very busy with half the rides and the monorail down from around 4 o’clock due to power cuts (I assume). Felt very sorry for staff having to put up with abusive, angry customers.
 

MattyH

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GIIBBB
Think yourself lucky with a 5pm close, I visited when it was a 4pm close. I feel that midweeks should be a 5pm close but with staggered closures from 4, e.g close Dark forest and x-Sector at 4 and move people towards Valley and Mutiny bay/Cbeebies for the last hour, then have Towerstreet bar and grill open for evening food till 7/8 to stagger the flow of people through the exit
 

themeparkfan

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Simples When it is a school holiday (surely someone in HQ can do some research to justify their job) open until 6 unless weather reduces the attendance and then close 5/5:30. Closing at 5 is totally unacceptable and if it's a staffing cost issue then close the shop at 5 too to reduce the staffing and operating costs of the shop at the same time (mmmmmm I bet that idea falls on deaf ears )
 
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