2022: General Discussion

s_g_k

TS Member
Favourite Ride
Oblivion
Like all international companies, each division/brand/resort etc will have its own procurement threshold in a similar way that most public sector organisations can spend what they want up to £50k, after which any purchase must go to tender. (That figure may be different now) to demonstrate value for money. Things like new signs, minor theming enhancements and paint would most probably be purchased direct from the park, however more substantial expenditure will have to be approved.

What the thresholds are is anyone’s guess, however I would assume that the hiring of three temp flats for a second year running would have had to be approved by Merlin, which is concerning that they were happy to have them in the UKs leading theme park.
 

Ethan

TS Member
So with the temperatures we're set to see in a few days, I was wondering if any of the rides have maximum temperatures they can operate in? Rita for example always seems to be closed when it's warmer so I wonder what the limit is
 

Burbs

TS Team
Favourite Ride
Iron Gwazi
So with the temperatures we're set to see in a few days, I was wondering if any of the rides have maximum temperatures they can operate in? Rita for example always seems to be closed when it's warmer so I wonder what the limit is
As I'm sure you've already seen (as you have posted in the thread), this is already being discussed to an extent in the Heatwave 18th/19th July topic.
 

GaryH

TS Member
Back from a great weekend in Alton towers. Although hot it wasn’t unbearable although we opted to buy fast track than queue which really really helped. I pitied the people in the Rita cattlepen. They could really do with a bit of shade over that queue line. Wasps just add to the misery.

While ride ops were great and even the food in RCR was excellent, food in the park was poor as was secret garden in the evening.

Staff were mostly great, a few younger ones who actually walked away from you should you approach them and others who just grunted at you rather than speak but on the whole very good, especially the chap on the monorail on the way back to the car parks who was more like an airline pilot with his commentary.

Battle galleons was a great cool down but rapids was a total and utter waste of time. They really need to get the waterfalls back on or at least something in that area, a few random water jets or something at least. We all came off bone dry.

Buy all in all a really good weekend

Edit : just going back to battle galleons, while we were lucky with our boat we did notice people who had queued for over half an hour only to find the guns on their boats didn’t work. Needs to be a bit of maintenance done on some of the boats.
 

Islander

TS Member
Battle galleons was a great cool down but rapids was a total and utter waste of time. They really need to get the waterfalls back on or at least something in that area, a few random water jets or something at least. We all came off bone dry.
Unfortunately with new HSE guidance, this just won't happen.
 

Danscott22

TS Member
Favourite Ride
The Smiler
I just read an article about a young girl who was taken off of Galactica as she has a prosthetic leg. Her mum was with her but is there not a notice on the ride restrictions board at the entrance to the ride? I thought there was so not sure why it’s worthy of going to the press
 

Matt N

TS Member
Favourite Ride
Mako (SeaWorld Orlando)
I just read an article about a young girl who was taken off of Galactica as she has a prosthetic leg. Her mum was with her but is there not a notice on the ride restrictions board at the entrance to the ride? I thought there was so not sure why it’s worthy of going to the press
I believe it does say “prosthetic limbs are not allowed” on the entrance boards of all thrill rides, if I’m remembering correctly.
 

AT86

TS Member
According to the published story a member of staff at the ride entrance told the guest they were ok to ride. It was only when they were seated that they were then asked to leave.

Seems to be a case of how it was handled being the issue, not necessarily the fact the guest couldn’t ride.
 

Danscott22

TS Member
Favourite Ride
The Smiler
I believe it does say “prosthetic limbs are not allowed” on the entrance boards of all thrill rides, if I’m remembering correctly.
This is what I thought, they said a staff member said it would be ok but I don’t know how much I believe that particularly if the restrictions board states otherwise - also does Galactica even has entrance staff anymore? It hasn’t on my visits so far this year
 

jon81uk

TS Member
This is what I thought, they said a staff member said it would be ok but I don’t know how much I believe that particularly if the restrictions board states otherwise - also does Galactica even has entrance staff anymore? It hasn’t on my visits so far this year

I assume the entrance restrictions board has the same as here https://www.accessable.co.uk/alton-towers-resort/access-guides/galactica
  • Guests who have a prosthetic limb will need to remove their prosthetic due to the nature of the ride. If you have a prosthetic, please speak to a member of the guest service team, or visit the website here (opens new tab) for all relevant restrictions that may apply
This https://www.altontowers.com/plan-your-visit/before-you-visit/accessibility/prosthetic-flow/ then goes on to indicate if it is at the knee it needs to be removed but then Galactica can be ridden, but below or above the knee and you cannot ride.


Its possible that at a glance the first staff member didn't see where it attaches so gave advice based on what they thought, but only once boarded it was found the limb could not be removed, or it wasn't in the right place.
 

Danscott22

TS Member
Favourite Ride
The Smiler
I assume the entrance restrictions board has the same as here https://www.accessable.co.uk/alton-towers-resort/access-guides/galactica
  • Guests who have a prosthetic limb will need to remove their prosthetic due to the nature of the ride. If you have a prosthetic, please speak to a member of the guest service team, or visit the website here (opens new tab) for all relevant restrictions that may apply
This https://www.altontowers.com/plan-your-visit/before-you-visit/accessibility/prosthetic-flow/ then goes on to indicate if it is at the knee it needs to be removed but then Galactica can be ridden, but below or above the knee and you cannot ride.


Its possible that at a glance the first staff member didn't see where it attaches so gave advice based on what they thought, but only once boarded it was found the limb could not be removed, or it wasn't in the right place.
Hmmm yeah that makes sense actually
 

John_P

TS Member
pay me principal skinner GIF
 
Top