2020: General Discussion

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Danny, 20th Nov 2019.

  1. AT86

    AT86 TowersStreet Member

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    This will just be for people buying passes from now onwards.
     
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  2. Ethan

    Ethan TowersStreet Member

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    Ah right ok
     
  3. Bert2theSpark

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    https://tldrnews.co.uk/tldr-uk/covid-businesses-need-to-prove-themselves/

    An article from a budding political news channel, about the theme park reactions to COVID-19 for Alton Towers and Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

    (Rant time)
    Whilst the article states AT is doing much better with social distancing than BPB, there are still many issues with people not bothering to follow social distancing in blindspots to park staff in the theme park. Personally from my visits this year, this issue has also been reflected. I've seen quite a bit of guests complying with the social distancing guidelines in queuelines, whereas some completely ignore the preventative measures put in place as soon they are out of staff and/or CCTV.

    Another issue, whilst probably not anymore frequent this year, but definitely more significant is queue jumping. On my last visit I had 2 people physically push past me and other members of the public. The first incident was in the 13 queue in the cattle pen next to the vending machines, where I had a teenage girl push past everyone in the queue repeatedly exclaiming "excuse me, excuse me, excuse me". The second incident was in the extended queue for Wicker Man, the man in his early 20's pushed past everyone but thankfully, further up in the queue, was challenged by some other guests and had a member of staff trying to catch up to him, the other guests had managed to stop the man and the member of staff escorted the man out of the queue line, issue resolved. Until, I had reached the station of Wicker Man and the very man who had been kicked out of the queue line had been placed on the train in front of us. We had no idea how he got there as we didn't see him get back into the queue line at any point, but people who had just been waiting to board were annoyed that the man had somehow get onto the ride despite pushing past us all and being kicked out of the queue.

    Queue jumping was just another classic theme park annoyance but now in the age of COVID, a very dangerous issue. Everyone in the park should be working off the assumption of that anyone outside of your group has the virus. Physically pushing past people in queues like it's some sort of moshpit, is a health concern to all guests. I'm sorry to go on a rant but when even members of the public outside enthusiast circles are complaining, it's an issue that needs to stressed more.
     
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  4. AT86

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    Looks like it will be a busy weekend at the park. Looking at the ticket availability, Friday and Saturday are sold out too.



    Just had a glance at the hotel availability and they have the cheek to charge £168 for a Stargazing Pod on Saturday night. No park tickets, just the shed in a field and a breakfast bap.

    One hundred and sixty eight Great British Pounds. Good grief.
     
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  5. ringo

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    So the park is “sold out” tomorrow but if you book accommodation for today you can add entry pass for tomorrow... so it’s not “sold out” then :rolleyes:
     
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  6. AT86

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    Can’t see much wrong with them holding back tickets for any unsold rooms? Wouldn’t be much point in allowing someone to book a room and then not offer theme park tickets.
     
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  7. ringo

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    But if you were a passholder and wanted to stay over tonight then there’s no park access for you tomorrow as there’s no way to book entry.

    The grumble is them stating “sold out” when actually they aren’t if you’re willing to pay for it.
     
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  8. AT86

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    Passholders don’t have to prebook if they are staying onsite.
     
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  9. imanautie

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    yep, like most ticketing related changes it's not retroactive.
     
  10. Mikw

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    I would think so, can't see anything saying that you can't.
     
  11. Ethan

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    Just read in the thread that towers is sold out today. Oh boy this is gonna be an experience
     
  12. Danscott22

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    One of my uni friends is there today for the first time in years, what a day to choose!
     
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  13. Dave

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    It’s come close to selling out a few times, think it just hit that point earlier than usual hence the Facebook status.
     
  14. Orange Ribena

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    I haven't been to towers so far this year and all this is right putting me off. Sounds like a right mess and nothing annoys me more than queue jumpers. I'm too small to really challenge the little scrotes. BPB has been busy but the thing about BPB is if it gets busy you can escape to the beach or walk out of the park to get a break. Where do you go in Towers which is the little of nowhere.

    I don't see why can't actually get serious about social distancing. They need swat team, alert them via text message and they descend up the queue jumper.
     
  15. AT86

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    The Gardens :)
     
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  16. jon81uk

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    There are 2/3 issues in your post.
    Its busy, that's fairly normal for summer, they might be a little busier than normal as the parks were closed for three months, but its not surprising.
    There are queue jumpers, that happens in a normal time, sometimes they get caught, sometimes they don't.
    People aren't social distancing, more could be done from the sound of it, but people will always be selfish so it will never get to 100% compliance.
     
  17. Ethan

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    Does anyone know if the smiler single rider queue has reopened
     
  18. Orange Ribena

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    There are three issues with your post

    1. Its in the middle of a pandemic they are supposed to be reducing capacity.
    2. The post above mentioned a greater number of queue jumpers than normal. You sound like you approve of queue jumpers.
    3. Indeed much more could be done like actually taking action against people that refuse to listen.

    AT don't really care about much except optics and making money. I'd rather give it a mess.
     
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    I’m going to assume not based on the fact that they’re only doing one group per row, but I don’t know for sure.
     
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    Unless I'm missing something... single riders isn't possible due to social distancing? You can't be put with anybody outside your household.
     
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