Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Wilko, 4th Jun 2017.
The Haunted House died a little more today.
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Only second to Disney
It's better than nothing
A lot of us 30-somethings grew up with 1990s Alton, and it was the period of only high quality additions. When things of that era are closed or dumbed down, it's sad.
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I'm sorry but going by those photos, Duel's queue looks hideously done. It really stinks of an absolute lack of care for the experience on all but the newest rides, which is not how any decent theme park operates.
Would have been better to rip the entire room down and start from scratch with a new accessible queue and all new props?
Definitely, I think could at least have brought back some of the atmosphere that made it to begin with and something people worth seeing.
Or even just leave it as was
This isnt even about nostalgia though, it’s just a pathetic thing for guests to enter at a big theme park. When it used to be so much better not even that long ago, and really great originally. Oh well, another thing bites the dust
From my perspective, it's not through the lense of rose tinted nostalgia or through a lack of acceptance that change to the park is necessary. I'll be 39 this year so I can remember the high quality of the park and it's additions through adult eyes like it was yesterday. In fact, I feel for those who are much younger than me who will never properly remember the high quality world class park we used to have right here in the UK. All they'll ever know is the base level we're at now to the point where doing this sort of thing to a once superb dark ride is seen as an acceptable standard to them. Just look at the amount of times things in this forum things are described as good/decent/OK/acceptable/inoffensive enough "for Alton" or "for Merlin", even among the most optimistic of us.
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No it’s not, it’s allowing wheelchair users to go on.
The ride was accessible before
And whilst the reason is more than acceptable, it’s the execution that’s the main problem
Believe me - in its heyday that room offered a lot - now they may as well do away with it
I don’t know whether it’s the fact that I never saw that room in its “heyday” so to speak, but I still don’t really see a huge problem with it, personally. To me, it looks mostly the same, just with the furniture items reversed. It still has that “angled” look that it’s always had, through my eyes.
For the most part, I’m just glad that wheelchair users are now able to experience the indoor queue line!
I think that there is no reason wheelchair users shouldn’t be offered the same entrance, if the attraction was being installed now I would expect a level main entrance. Wheelchair users will definitely get a better experience compared to fighting their way in via the exit, now they get to see that experiance. But the props and queue route shouldn’t have suffered to allow this.
Yeah I agree - especially visiting with someone in a wheelchair! Let’s be honest it’s only changed because of COVID as we had to go through the shop and basically past everyone which wasn’t possible last year so I believe that’s why they’ve changed it. Before anyone says “but restrictions on distancing won’t last forever” we don’t know where we’ll be in October when I visit with my cousin in a wheelchair. Things might be back to normal, they might not, we just don’t know. I personally don’t see it as an issue - Duel never has a queue when I visit with with my friends using the normal queue that actually makes me pay attention to it anyway, as it’s just a walk on. Maybe it’s nostalgia for people or whatever, but I literally just don’t see this one as a big deal.
I may have said it before so apologies if I have.
I think they could gut it, make the entrance facade a lot more 'grand' and use the same technologies that Gangsta granny is using to make a more immersive haunted house experience. With things like projection mapping and peppers ghost, they could make a 1000% better experience. But realistically I can't see it happening. I think they would prefer to remove the whole area than to spend the money on it
Hang on, am I reading this right? They've got rid of the uneven floor in the indoor queue? What!?
Well to be more accurate, they have re-routed the queue so it follows the level flooring around the side of the room and then plonked the set pieces where the queue used to be.
Either way, eugh.
If anyones visiting any time soon, please get a picture!
TowersStreet put some on Facebook and they were copied into the general thread.
Im sure if in 2030 Wicker Man’s preshow had all the wicker removed down to blank walls and the projection replaced with a google images GIF of some fire, some fans will still say “oh, I didn’t realise it was meant to be an effect, well it’s not that much different anyway”
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