Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by WL18, 4th Nov 2018.
You have defied me for the last time danny...
What could possibly go wrong!
Coca-cola to trial delivery robots at Alton Towers.
Please tell me whether or not this is a hoax!
The staff cost cutting continues...
as the robot is ambushed and all the drinks stolen
That must be a publicity stunt? You could only run that when there are no guests around to 'interfere' with it!
Crikey. Can you imagine the stampede of vloggers following it around the park all talking to themselves? What a time to be alive!
... Easter Sunday ...
“Where’s the robot?”
Bottom of the lake
Wonder if they will be used on travellers day ?
People seen sitting on them while they're moving around. Guess it's easy transport
I for one welcome our new robot overlords
To be completely honest with BounceZilla, Me and my Daughter (38 and 17), were at Thorpe Park last week. We seen BounceZilla and walked past it but honestly thought it was a kids attraction so never thought anything of it. Day two in the park and it's just about time we go home, we seen adults on it and thought 'hold on' it's an adult thing. But by that time it was soaked wet and we were ready to go.
We thought it was just a few bouncy castles for the kids.
Ride hosts had taken it upon themselves to implement an actor-led storyline in Hex today, starting in the Octogan room and continuing on into the vault, playing the role of those involved in the 'restoration project'. A little bit cheesy but nice to see an effort being made. I don't know how long this has been going on (or how long it will last) but it made a welcome change and seemed to help engage people a little bit more.
I suspect it slightly reduced throughput as the 'actors' in the pre show were also loading the vault and doing the usual safety checks etc. But throughput is hardly an issue for Hex.
If it continues, it's well worth checking out.
People forget essentially that when Alton Towers opens (and this applies to other attractions), that they are essentially a small town, or larger for the day. It's not a case of people just turning up and enjoying rides. They have to provide many many toilets, food and water outlets, sewer outlets, some form of management of the whole park, maintenance of the rides, security, first aid, practiced emergency scenarios so they're ready,
Think of a small festival setting up every day with thousands of people entering and the things they have to reasonably foresee. Hopefully that put's things into perspective.
If the Hex experience needs changing then it ought to be done properly, not some hacky improv by ride operations staff.
So having a fridge to store the drinks in, in the outlet this thing will be delivering to is too complicated?
If I didn't know better I'd say someone had created the most complicated of solutions for a simple problem just to be able to say "look we're using technology to solve our delivery problem" when in reality a human with a cart would be able to complete the task in a third of the time (because this thing will need to have so many failsafes in it probably stops whenever someone goes within 12 meters of it).
It's almost as if someone has read the story about NASA spending millions of dollars developing a pen that writes in zero g, while the Russians solved the same problem by giving their astronauts pencils and thought "hold me beer!".
I shudder to think what will happen if the "creative minds" behind stupid projects like this really get into positions of power...
Not relevant to the thread, however the pencil does not work well in space. Graphite is conductive, and writing causes small particles (or bigger if the tip breaks) to come off the pencil. In a Zero-G environment this can become catastrophic if the graphite gets in electric systems and causes fire, it can also cause injury to astronauts. The space pen was a solution developed to have something which was safer aboard the spacecraft.
Whilst the story has a good moral (simplicity over complexity), it's not the whole story. It's also worth noteing that NASA bought the pens from a private inventor, which did require money spent on testing but each pen was much cheaper than the mechanical pencils they used. (they used mechanical pencils so they weren't flammable and didn't have to sharpen, more floating graphite chips).
So I'd say NASA did a good job.
Lovely to see the hosts taking pride in their work and doing a little extra
I think I've mentioned this somewhere else on here. I experienced this at the end of July. I first thought the ride had broken down because the host with the torch appeared from behind the bookcase before the generator had started back up after the blackout and then the normal voice over continued as we left the room. Then in the vault, no real acting that I could see except one of the hosts as he left shouted "Activate the branch!"
I wonder if its the same as the Nemesis ops recovering and restoring the nemesis sign and putting it next to the statue thing as you walk into Forbidden Valley - I'm guessing management didn't tell them to do that.
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