Alton Towers visitor figures through the years

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  1. AstroDan

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    I don't recall ATR, certainly, being pocket-money-prices in the 90s. It was always expensive.

    Prices at ATR for the 'gate price' typically go up at a more than inflation rate due to the fact that discounting is central to ticket buying.

    The average admission price for ATR is under £30.
     
  2. RicketyCricket

    RicketyCricket TowersStreet Member

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    It would be interesting to know what percentage of guests actually pay full price. I'd imagine it's only foreign tourists who rock up and pay £58 on the gate.
     
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    I don't doubt you, old bean.
    Unfortunately my first visit to AT wasn't until '98, and that was part of an organised coach trip that I don't recall the price of. Hence I had to base my old man grumblings on CWoA. Back in the days when penny sweets still existed, a pack of 20 fags cost under a fiver, and only tossers and TV FBI agents had mobile phones.
     
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    Oh dear, my first packet of 20 fags, Lambert and Butler when they first came out, cost a whole 30p.
    I am that old!
     
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    Kraken27 TowersStreet Member

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    I know when I worked at Towers back in the early 2000's they quite openly told us in induction that the average guest spent at least as much as their admission cost again when on-park. This was back in the days of free FastTrack & McDonalds / KFC / Pizza hut brand partners for food, that all charged pretty much high-street prices.

    Now that we have paid FastTrack & Merlin having a monopoly on the food offerings (bar Eastern Express), with associated higher prices, I would imagine the average guest spends a lot more nowadays.

    NB: Many people on here are not "average" guests as they probably have premium MAP's so avoid the parking charge, visit regularly, don't buy FastTracks and take their own food / know the nearby places to stop off on the way to / way home from the park for normally priced food.
     
  6. Matt N

    Matt N TowersStreet Member

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    Right, I have an interesting Alton Towers attendance-related question for you all. I was always led to believe that Alton Towers' highest year of attendance in history was 1994, with just over 3,000,000 people visiting, with this number being closely followed by 2010. However, Wikipedia now states that 1999 was Alton Towers' most visited year, with the park attracting an obscenely high 4,195,000 visitors! Is this true? It seems a little strange to be Alton's highest year, as the only significant thing added was Ug Land.

    Here's a link to the relevant part of Alton Towers' Wikipedia page so you can see what I mean: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alton_Towers#Annual_attendance
     
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  7. Rick

    Rick TowersStreet Member

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    @Matt N I read on Wikipedia that you're a very negative young man
     
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    It’s interesting that the parks numbers seem somewhat linked to peaks in our economy
     
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    33,000,000 in 2000? I assume that's a typo
     
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  10. Tom

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    The TEA figures are pretty much guesses, and as for some of those two other figures on the Wikipedia page, they probably include vandalism. The two referenced ones are pretty much all we can go off.
     
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  11. Jb85

    Jb85 TowersStreet Member

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    lol it actually went through that change - I edited that then forgot to post to say it’s easy to manipulate wiki
     
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  12. jon81uk

    jon81uk TowersStreet Member

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    I went to AT once as a child and we only did it because my parents got vouchers from collecting Safeway points. Yet we went to Drayton Manor almost annually in the early 90s. I agree Alton Towers has always been expensive or at least perceived as expensive.
     

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