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It’s only slightly cheaper than the price most people actually pay nowadays of £28 with a 2for1 or £33 booked online. Pricing isn’t as bad as people make out, just the gate price is inflated to make 2for1s or early booking the better deal. At least now if you do pay full gate price you get to come back most of the rest of the season.I wish entry was £7.99 nowadays! The Bank of England claims that is £22.08 in 2018 adjusted for inflation which is still significantly cheaper than entry now. Also I wish the opening hours were that sensible now.
How clean and nice does talbot street look! As it was ,meant to be taking you into an area. Here’s hoping for next year’s changes.
The rapids photo caught my eye. The common theme in each boat??
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There’s a lot of skewed things said when it comes to the Broome era Towers. It certainly looked cleaner, smarter, was a simpler and more charming appeal, which the current park has a lot to learn from maybe.
But much was pretty lazily or unimaginatively developed too. Talbot Street was the only original themed area, the rest was mostly bolted down travelling rides in a generic setting. More of an amusement park with gardens and the whole side of the park from Katanga to Air wasnt opened yet.
I hear from many who knew it then, enthusiasts and just friends/family, so I totally get the appeal and it was great for its time.
But Ive also heard/read people making out it was a utopia that died afterwards, completely ignoring the big step up in ride offering, fun themes and colour that Tussauds brought not long after. This just seems like selective memory. In 30 years time people will probably look back at press photos of the park today and say the same thing.
I feel like Alton Towers is losing the simple appeal and some areas today are dire, but it’s far from dead. It just needs to move on from the coasters and gimmicks, focus on solid appeal and take a fresh look at guest experience overall
The "theme" part of theme park was so much stronger back then.