The Merlin VIP Annual Pass

Discussion in 'European Parks and Attractions' started by Rob, 24th Oct 2017.

  1. Danny

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    Strange how a certain theme park in Germany operates without fast track, yet has some of the highest guest satisfaction figures and has been titled the world's best theme park by a number of publications for a number of years now......

    Yet Merlin which oversells them and operates poorly with it receives nothing but abuse?
     
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    Even medical conditions don't make people incapable of waiting. Sure standing in a queue line isn't possible, but everyone should still wait their turn. A virtual queue for RAP is sufficient of a provision.

    I appreciate however that fast track makes a lot of sense from the business perspective. However, I don't think the Merlin way of flogging as many as possible is correct.

    Hopefully removal of the VIP pass is the first of several corrections to the queuing situation.
     
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    Can’t see them ever correcting the RAP aka free fastrack situation, too afraid of the negative press.
     
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    Anyone who thinks Fastrack is needed m has been Merlinized. They make your day out so crap that the only way to make it worthwhile is to pay more money.

    Go and queue for Silver Star on a busy day and see the light.
     
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    Apart from when visiting Port Aventura... Because it IS a necessity to avoid queuing there...
     
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    I have wondered if Merlin aspire to the PortAventura business model.
     
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    I guess you dislike pmap lanyards as well?

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    Mine went straight in the bin when my pass turned up, can't stand them. I'm not doing Merlin's marketing for them, guests don't need to know I have a MAP.
     
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    What is it with people disliking lanyards? I honestly don't get it.

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    Same here.

    @ihaveaspergers The Merlin lanyards are just advertising, they also look ugly plastered with attraction logos. Nothing wrong with a plain lanyard but then I also wouldn’t wear that at a theme park.

    But each to their own, there’s worse things in life than lanyards
     
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    For most someone that point out merlins flaws at every turn. That must be the biggest insult going.


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    Because what is their purpose? What does wearing one actually achieve?

    I don't wear mine because:
    • It feels pretentious. Everyone, look at me and how much money I spent to buy this pass.
    • Nobody else actually cares I have a pass. In fact it's liable to rub people up the wrong way for the reason above.
    • It exposes my annual pass to the risk of loss or theft, which doesn't happen when it's in my wallet.
    • I would have to take it off and put it back on after the coasters, when it could just sit in my wallet all day.
    • It adds no value to my day and it doesn't make things more convenient. For example, to get my AP discount I would need to get my wallet out anyway to get my debit card. I mean, I wouldn't wear my Tesco clubcard round my neck when I go shopping yet it's much the same concept...
     
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    I just don’t like paid for VIP in general. And wearing a lanyard to advertise that you’ve paid for your status is an unusual concept to me.
     
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    This is actually such a perfect comparison. @ihaveaspergers, you surely wouldn’t wear a Clubcard on a Tesco lanyard whilst shopping, how is this any different?


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    For me it is less about the lanyards themselves and more about the pins.

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    But there isn’t a separate queue for Clubcard customers in Tesco so why would you need to?


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    Yes there is, it’s called Scan as you Shop
     
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    You scan it as you shop then you still have to queue at the end, sound like a Merlin product


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    Also Efteling doesn’t have fast track and does very well ( no share holders to make loads of money for ) also I’ve only ever noticed minimal use of disable queues, I’ve been there when Flying Dutchman’s queue was to the outside door but they ate that queue in 20-25 mins max , would have been 60-90 if it was a merlin queue!!
     
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    There isn't a rollercoaster in the world that can match the excitement of a thread about Tesco Clubcards
     
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