Lightwater Valley

Discussion in 'European Parks and Attractions' started by Nathan, 12th Jun 2012.

  1. Rob

    Rob TS Forum Team Team Member

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    Is it really that hard to plan a trip to Towers using BOGOF vouchers? Ok if you've got an odd number it's a pain but you make out that it is one of the hardest things to organise in the history of organisation!

    As for the point about popping along for the day on your own. I do this quite a bit at Towers as I have a MAP. However I wouldn't do this if I had to pay to get in each time. I'd imagine the number of people that go to Towers or any other theme park for that matter by themselves and pay on the gate is incredibly insignificant and not something that parks need to worry about when deciding their pricing structure.

    Also, I'd much rather pay £23 plus parking for Towers than £14 for Lightwater. Towers is in a completely different league to LWV in terms of what it has to offer.

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  2. TheMan

    TheMan TowersStreet Member

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    The Bogof organisation has always been a royal pain the ass, really has Rob mate ;D - I can usually manage 2 or 3 maximum a year - hence again this year I could NOT be bothered with that hassle and decided to officially join Geekdom and grab a MAP - and boy am I ever glad I did!

    That to one side, £14 or a bucket of KFC chicken? I mean comparatively you can't argue with that. And yes of course LWV is in a different league, as well it should be with their backing.

    First point - nicely done! Second point.... :X ;D

    And of course these are all only our opinions, value is subjective like everything else. I like the smaller parks, they offer a more intimate experience.

    I am a big Towers fan of course, just this time LWV have done something fantastic and as an enthusiast for parks and rides I have applaud it.
     
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    Lordy TowersStreet Member

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    How have they something SO fantastic though? For as long as I can remember they've always offered vouchers for entry for £15.95, and I think they're still doing that this year. So this time, you can save an extra £1.95.

    Both new attractions aren't open yet, and they've obviously realised that they've ballsed up with the price increase, hence why they've sent out this £14 offer for the easter hols, half way through the actual easter hols? I bet they've had an awful start to the year.
     
  4. Nathan

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    Easter weekend was extremely quiet.

    However, the plan has always been to offer further online discounts during certain periods - the online booking system had promotional code support built into it over the closed season for this purpose (also allows them to monitor how effective each campaign has been).

    The only real surprise is that the discounted rate is £2 lower than expected. I imagine it'll increase once Eagle's Creek Farm and the Angry Birds activity park are open.
     
  5. Natalie

    Natalie TowersStreet Member

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    The Man if you say it's a pain the arse to organise the fact that you only have until midnight the day before to book your tickets surely is also a pain wheras if you want to go to Towers on the day surely you can just ring up a friend and say fancy a trip? So surely Towers is easier?
     
  6. thefatone

    thefatone TowersStreet Member

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    £53 is ridiculously expensive for towers (though, technically only one in the car would pay this). £28 for lightwater is also ridiculously expensive.

    At the end of the day, you get what you pay for. I love lightwater, but it essentially has 4 decent re-ridable rides, crap food and you can't really drag a day out there. At least you would definitely get your money's worth at towers, from vast increase in experience.
     
  7. TheMan

    TheMan TowersStreet Member

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    My friends are extremely busy folks, as most people are nowadays, I need to organise a trip ages in advance - well did, till I MAP'd it this year again lol! Then the faff over who has a voucher, or trying to find them, if they did half price offers it would be easier and would have meant I actually went more than I did.

    Not sure why Tower's don't get this either quite honestly. So unbelievably obvious to me.

    I'm not comparing the ease of LWV and Tower's due to distance being prohibitive, but in terms of what these offers are like to use - then LWV wins easily.
     
  8. Scott

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    I think the issue with offers is that Towers is restricted to BOGOF as it's the simplest and easiest to produce. Merlin can give out standard vouchers on anything and they can be used at any attraction. Making them money off vouchers starts to get very complicated...

    As for Lightwater, it's always good when smaller parks try offers to entice people in. Especially when the weather has affected attendances badly this season so far.


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  9. TheMan

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    Seems like they are all struggling a bit right now, and I am sure we all agree that none of us wish that on the parks. We need them all up and successful.
     
  10. Themeparkmania

    Themeparkmania TowersStreet Member

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    *BUMP*

    Having recently visited Lightwater Valley for the first time I thought I would share some thoughts on the park. One thing I can highly commend is their friendly staff and customer service. The ride lineup was fully available that day to. My top 3 rides I loved were The Ultimate, even though I was wheeled out on a stretcher, Raptor Attack which is an awesomely themed little dark roller coaster and Whirlwind. I have never seen rides operate like they do at Lightwater Valley! Whirlwind was INSANE! we must have been on it for over 3 minutes and it was nuts! The same had to be said for Eagles Claw! They should teach Thorpe how to do it!

    The park was clean and very well looked after but I can't help feeling they need a really big new WOW attraction to really boost the number! Here are some photos and the rest can be found on Flickr HERE

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  11. Harv

    Harv TowersStreet Member

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    This was posted tonight, and I've heard that this could well be Knightmare from a few tip-offs. However, I could be majorly wrong and it could be as 'exciting' as an Angry Birds' opening date...
     
  12. Tom

    Tom TowersStreet Member

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    I find it unlikely that they'd announce a major new ride mid season, unless they got it at a bargain price.
     
  13. Lordy

    Lordy TowersStreet Member

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    As of the 9th April, Knightmare was still for sale.

    And anyway, wouldn't there be a planning application for Knightmare?
     
  14. LiamC

    LiamC TowersStreet Member

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    Would it not be the same as Towers where the only thing they need planning for is any new buildings etc and the ride itself doesn't need permission as such?
     
  15. Tom

    Tom TowersStreet Member

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    There is a GDO in place but I'm not sure what the height max is.


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    Please don't joke about them getting Knightmare. It's unfair to get my hopes up like that.
     
  18. Lordy

    Lordy TowersStreet Member

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    I think it maybe 25m, in which case they would need to submit an application for Knightmare.
     
  19. Nathan

    Nathan TowersStreet Member

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    It's just the opening date for Eagle's Creek Farm.


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