2020: General Discussion

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  1. bluesonichd

    bluesonichd TowersStreet Member

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    But no point opening if they won’t break even as no one will want to visit.
     
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    Really doesn't take that many guests to break even, you'd be surprised.
     
  3. AT86

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    I certainly wouldn’t be visiting under those conditions. I do wonder if there would be enough demand to make a profit.
     
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    Mr Pearse TowersStreet Member

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    I could be thinking of this wrong but I also thought the last thing they would want is a bad guest satisfaction if they want to entice people to come in 2021. If they have a bad experience this year surely that will put them off attending again?. I could be wrong tho but I know it’s money focused these days.
     
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    I'm not sure I agree with this.

    The guests who want to go will know what to expect, be prepared for longer queues, closed attractions and other restrictions, so they won't be unhappy. In fact I think they'll be happy just to get outdoors and have a bit of fun.

    Guests who would be unhappy with these restrictions or feel like it's unsafe would just stay away, therefore they wouldn't be there to complain.
     
  6. bluesonichd

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    People would go there just to complain and get compensation.
    This is the UK people we are talking about
    :rolleyes:
     
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    Course, you'd likely get some who'd go with the intent of complaining about it anyway, but more fool them, frankly.
     
  8. bluesonichd

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    And it’s these that complain then sell the story to the daily fail.

    Horror theme park smiler death coaster trying to kill people covid bat death park
     
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    If they just happened the gardens i'd be happy!!
     
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    I am curious on two fronts:
    • Realistically, with the level of social distancing that will be required from opening until the end of the season, how workable is an amusement park? How profitable can the park be if attendance is capped? How do you manage that capping with a relatively high season pass community?
    • At what point in the season does it not make sense to open even if they can? By the time you have completed recruitment (effort required depends how many seasonals have taken alternative employment), done refresher training, stocked the park etc.
     
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    We'll have to see how long lockdown lasts. I genuinely think a few weeks after lockdown they might find a loophole but we don't know when it will end so that's the problem.
     
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  12. Ethan

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    Ugh I came across the air music on youtube yesterday, never again will I do that to myself. I miss it too much
     
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    Not a patch on the Galactica music though :hearteyes:
     
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    You can fully understand Merlin's wish to open all their attractions as soon as they can when they announced plans on Friday to raise money from debt investors and that their current monthly outgoings is £50m with next to no income! Full article linked in this tweet (if linked directly ft.com wants you to subscribe)

     
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    Lots of discussion on this article over here
     
  16. Alsty

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    Alton Towers have replaced their Oblivion on-ride video with one that doesn't just point at the sky:

     
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    Talking of Oblivion, one thing that has always puzzled me: why do some shuttles pause longer at the top than others? It's a chain that holds them so surely it should be set to a standard time? Or is it connected to the block system so sometimes it holds longer than others depending on where the other shuttles are?
     
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    The holding chain is not related to the block system, if you are on the 2nd shuttle you can see the brake before the chain open as the 1st shuttle clears the brakes ahead.
     
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    At least they acknowledged the first one was a bit pants. A rare self aware tweet from Alton Towers.

     
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    I’m sure someone can give a proper geeky answer, but doesn’t the chain keep going, buts it’s something on the shuttle which holds you still, so I guess if some haven’t had recent maintenance that is why they don’t hold you as much, as it will just slip through he holding mechanism.
     
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