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We might be lucky to see them opening it for the last week of the season, but I'm not going to get my hopes up. I personally think that they are testing it before the close season, so they can do their normal winter checks and then maybe have it all up and running for the start of the next season
Why not try and get the opening out the way for Fireworks? It's going to get bad press whenever it reopens, so get it out the way this year for a fresh start next year. Very little damage will be done with only a few days left of the season and an extremely popular fireworks drawing crowds most likely regardless of bad press. Many people will have already made plans to attend and would be unlikely to change them. Many more may be in fact encouraged to visit as it will be a limited window for those who have been waiting to ride it.
I strongly believe for these reasons Alton Towers will be desperate to get it open this season. Whether they manage it or not is another matter no one knows for sure yet, but I believe there is no good reason they wouldn't be working towards that outcome.
From a PR perspective it is much better to keep this under their hat until they are ready to open and either open it quietly or release a statement either the night before or on the morning as it opens talking about the improvements made and everything else they need to say.Its a real shame if they don't open this year
What I don't understand is if its been cleared by HSE then why are they still giving there usual response on twitter
The big 6 challenge is this week what does everyone think the chances of it opening are
But as far as we know, Those 2 years it had 5 cars available for use, now it has 3 cars.I'd be surprised if it does open for Fireworks but they wouldn't close it because of crowd issues. It's had long queues the past two years at fireworks and always will because of the amount of people on park for that weekend.