Wicker Man - General Discussion - Part Two

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Craig, 14th Mar 2018.

  1. Ethan

    Ethan TowersStreet Member

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    For a wooden coaster Wicker man has always been considerably smooth. Even when it wasn't riding well at the end of last season, it was still nowhere near the roughness of national and dipper. Never understood why people even make the statement 'it was rough' when talking about a woodie though. They're not supposed to be a smooth comfortable experience. They're supposed to throw you everywhere and feel out of control
     
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    I rode in the back row in May and it was the smoothest ride I'd ever had on it. Basically butter smooth! :eek::)
     
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  3. Dave

    Dave TS Founding Member

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    I don’t watch Shawns vlogs (nothing against the guy, he’s nice enough, I’m just not that interested in overly verbose theme park blogs, show me the POV or offride and keep quiet then I will watch). It would be churlish to say he hasn’t got insider knowledge but having worked on the TS team even insider knowledge can be convoluted and not always exactly accurate from time to time.

    It’s probably having work done but it doesn’t mean it’s due to how rough it is, might just be structural.
     
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  4. Ethan

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    I was getting extremely frustrated today by the pre show. Yes it's part of the experience but it's slowing operations down massively. It was back on 3 trains today and it was taking that long to get people into the station that they had to send one of the trains round half empty each time. I never noticed it effecting the throughput this much before covid. Perhaps I've become used to them absolutely hammering the trains out when the pre show wasn't on
     
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    You've got to bear in mind that some of the ride hosts and ops this year may never have operated Wicker Man with the preshow running; it's only be switched on for a week or so so you have to let them get used to the timing of it all. It's almost the equivalent of the 2nd week of a new season for them if you look at it like that.

    I'm getting really cheesed off with people saying its affecting throughput (not just on here but everywhere online). If it wasn't for Covid, it would never have been switched off and we wouldn't be having these discussions. I for one love the preshow; as many have said it improves the experience of the ride. And what's a couple of minutes extra wait time when you've probably been waiting 40-60 minutes anyway?

    I went on Wicker Man 5 times on Friday and Saturday and not once did I think the Preshow affected the throughput. It's part of the queue, so accept it!

    I'm surprised there's not a campaign on social media to scrap the preshows on Hex, afterall, they delay getting to the ride by about 10 minutes!! :p
     
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    When I timed the ride on 3 trains, the pre-show seemed to have little, if any, tangible effect on the throughput; the overall average was 985pph, and at one point, it hit as high as 1,089pph!
     
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    Rode it 3 times during the day on Fri and was always the last pair out the preshow (just our lazy style). Before we boarded the next group from the preshow had arrived and been sent to the bays ready for the following train.

    Can't say if it was on 2 or 3 trains, but most likely 2.

    What I did notice thou, was the queue line seemed to move quicker because you moved in big steps. Also that people seemed to be unable to get out of the "queue" mentality when reaching the bagging area which did cause hold-ups trying to get everyone bunched up into the preshow.
     
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    It's because we're British and are too polite not to queue! :D

    What would help (but could ruin the aesthetic of the preshow room and station) is if the exit door was a sliding one and not a normal opening one. The number of times it tries to close but can't because of people in the way of it is quite a few and that can hold up the next preshow starting.
     
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  9. Craig

    Craig TS Administrator Team Member

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    I've removed a number of posts which were in no way related to Wicker Man and yet another argument over personal opinions derailing things. Let's just remember to consider that your own opinion may not be reflective of everyone who visits the resort!

    Anyway, back to Wicker Man discussion please!
     
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    A sliding door would be fine, just theme it like a normal door
     
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    Have to admit that I'm surprised they weren't sliding doors in the first place. Would make more sense and wouldn't get in the way like the swing doors do.
     
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    I wonder if it's a fire safety requirement? The hinged door can probably be pushed open in an emergency.
     
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    That's a good point actually. A sliding door would have to have a handle on it so it could be pushed manually.
     
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    Yeah I feel like if COVID never happened, no one would be batting an eyelid at the pre-show.
     
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    Likewise, if it had been removed for technical reasons or due to an acute case of lazyitus, it would be hailed as a prime example of the erosion of the quality of the product under Merlin, yada yada yada
     
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    when i rode it we hit the lift and the train in front was on the turn around point before doing the last big drop, the staff may have been trying to space out the trains in order to help with efficiency especially now the preshow is back
     
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    On some automatic sliding doors you can push it outwards and it will open like a normal swing door.
     
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    I consistently see people in the way of the 2nd sliding door at Black Mirror LABYRINTH, and that's with in theory 12 people in that section....

    Sent from my Swift 2 using Tapatalk
     
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    Yeah the issue with sliding doors is they aren't always visible when open.
     
  20. imanautie

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    It's partly why some TOC's paint the doors of their trains with "jagged teeth" designs.
    Now that I say that, isn't that something that they could easily theme to wickerman? A row of arrows or something?
     
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