The Use of Cameras on Rides at Alton Towers

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  1. AltonBuzz

    AltonBuzz TowersStreet Member

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    Here’s the new rule literally in black and white. :tearsofjoy: It’s a shame but it was inevitable after rapidgate.
     
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    No high heels, eh? How exactly are they going to enforce that one on certain days that occur twice a year?
     
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    It's a nightmare! I know at one time they had a small supply of "plimsoll-type" shoes they would lend to the stiletto-wearer for the duration of their ride so they could traverse an evacuation route that had gaps in it. No idea what they do now, as even the new monorail evacuation routes all have gaps in them and are not suitable for stiletto type shoes.

    As to the threats of ejection from the park - it almost never happens. Alton Towers security are generally as much use as a chocolate teapot & if they eject someone who has come on a coach trip, all they are going to do is wander round the local area causing trouble until coach-departure time.
     
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  4. Dipper_Dave

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    I get why this is the case these days, but these signs are getting bigger and bigger and the list of instructions getting longer and longer. How many people are going to stand and read a sign like that in full before boarding the ride? I guess the park isn’t that interested in whether people have read it or not; I guess it’s a case of ‘you joined the queue for this ride so we presume you will abide by its rules, which you probably haven’t actually read, even though you walked right past them to join the queue.’

    It would be quicker to list what you CAN do on the ride:

    Sit down.
    Hold on.
    Er, don’t move.
     
  5. Alsty

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    They really should have put that sign up before chastising Shawn publicly, but at least it's clear now. I still think it's a ridiculous rule personally but that's their prerogative.

    Did anyone else notice that an adult is defined as someone over 16, except when you're paying to get into the park... in which case, an adult is someone over 12? :confused:
     
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    In law it's 18 years or older, used to be 21.

    17 if you are purchasing a lottery ticket and 16 to get marriage and the age of consent. Alton and this country needs to make it's minds up on what is classed as an adult!

    Perhaps Alton should do entry based on your height? That way if you are tall enough to ride the big rides you pay more than those that can't.

    At the end of the day, does anyone tell the truth about their true age, especially if it means getting a child in at the cheaper price ;)
     
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    I thought the lottery was 16? Or has it changed?
     
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    I thought the prices were based on height, seems like the fairest way to me.
     
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    Yeah, it's still 16.
     
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    For what it's worth, my family and I saw someone get ejected (presumably) from the park by security for pulling a phone out on Spinball Whizzer a couple of years ago.
     
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    There was a group of older kids during Scarefest 2016 who queue jumped right to the front of Spinball Whizzer (despite me physically trying to block them at one point!), only for one of their group to jump right across the track... I think security were called and they had to fill out a load of paper work before presumably being removed from the park...
     
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    Goes to show the last time that I purchased a lottery ticket :oops:
     
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    Let's whizz right back 32yrs or so when Alton Towers used to charge you for admission as you drove into the park entrance - those were the days! Parents would park up round the corner & hide kids in the car boot / under coats in rear footwells. As soon as you parked up the boot opened up and extras came out / coats removed from footwells.

    Guilty as charged for entering Alton Towers for free when I was too young to know better!
     
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    Well, I guess back then there was no law saying kids had to be restrained unless they were in the front seat, and even that was reletively new! :p
     
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    We all done it, kids under 3 get in for free to most attractions, turn up to the pay kiosk with your little 4yr old and ask for "Entry for two adults and one 3yr old child please"

    only for your 4yr old to blurt out "I'm not 3yrs, I'm now 4"

    "shush!" :confused:
     
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    Wasn't just Alton, we used that trick several times to get into the Grand Prix each year, and when they sussed that trick out and started checking boots, we moved on to hiding inside stacks of tyres in the back of a van...
     
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    Yesterday I lost count how many people that I could see using their mobile phones on the rapids without the staff saying anything. Guest where either taking selfies or just simply sitting in the boat responding to social media/sending text messages. I simply don't understand if you are going to go on a ride, that you would you bury your head into your phone instead of enjoying the ride.

    Also plenty of people walking around the park with their heads buried into their phones not looking where they are going, especially when I'm trying to push a heavy wheelchair around up and down those hills causing me to shout out to them to move out of the way :mad:

    Also take note of the signage just before you board the rapids in the station, the wording say's no cameras or phones to be used on the ride, but the images are incorrect. Yes it correctly has a red circle image with an image of mobile phone with a red line strike through it. But there is also two others, one with an image of a camera and the other with an image of a pram, these last two image are incorrect as they don't have the red strike through the image, if you take these images literally, it means you can't ride without taking a camera or pram with you ;) :tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy:
     
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    You should have named and shamed all of them on Twitter to Towers, they would've done something then...
     
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  19. DiogoJ42

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    Yeeeessss, of course the would have.... :D
     
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  20. RoyJess

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    Enforcing the no camera rule on the rapids is a bit like them enforcing the no smoking ban outside the designated smoking area's :rolleyes:
     
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