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People buying fastrack to reduce their queue by 5 mins... Good value for money totally
Alton Towers temporarily introduced the sale of the ‘X-Cellerator’ pass in 2000, and it was such a success, it is being sold again for the 2001 season. The pass cost in the region of £60 per person, respective of £20 for a standard ticket, yet the ‘X-Cellerator’ pass allows visitors to ‘queue jump’ all of the rides and actually receives VIP treatment. The tickets are limited each day so that ‘normal’ visitors are not effected too greatly by this approach, however somewhere in there must be an issue of general morality – after all, how many British families will be able to afford in excess of £200 for a single day out?
Last time i enquired about the X-cellerator passes, they were 70 quid each. A rip-off really when you consider the fact that you are only allowed to skip the Q on each ride once!
Rory is correct, the pass is a ticket whit all the rides listed on the reverse. Each ride has a box next to it and the oeprator ticks the box before you board the ride to say you have used up that ride - this is to stop you re-riding. Just go down the exit at each ride and get the attention of the operator.
If I recall correctly, X-Cellerator was mostly given out to hotel suite guests rather than being aggressively marketed or upsold?
There was a later 'hotel pass', given to all hotel guests, which ran concurrently with (free) Fastrack during the last year or two it was offered, mostly notable for turning Oblivion's exit path in to a complete scrum.
There was indeed also a Hotel Guest Pass - it gave you priority access to 4 rides. I know Spinball & Oblivion were two of them. It was certainly responsible for hammering normal queue throughput on Spinball. What is more, the Hotel Passes were not dated, so they were actively sold on eBay / retained by hotel guests for use on busier days, e.g. Scarefest / Fireworks when they were not staying in the hotel.
X-Cellerator passes were included for hotel suite guests, but a set number were available for purchase each day - am pretty sure you had to pre-book them & could not just arrive on the day and buy them. I do remember that Alton Towers spokesperson (may well have been Liz Greenwood at the time) defending the ticket in the press as a "special occasion ticket".
Ah yes the good old days when there were more benefits to staying onsite than you could shake a stick at. ERT on Air and Nemesis, priority passes for 4 other rides, discounts on certain games and merch, priority seating at shows (when the park actually had shows), kids activity packs in the rooms.
Here is the front of the priority passes given to hotel guests in 2003. At that time it was Black Hole (which was a winner because that queue was a killer, although you did get to listen to German MTV with the swears still left in, wunderbar), RMT, Duel and Corkscrew.
And smiler because of single rider queue
Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't.Just out of curiosity do they still play the Nemesis theme music around the ride when it’s closed? I’ve never experienced it being down.
Wonder what’s the matter with old Nemesis!