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  1. Wonder if Fastrack / VIP will make a return at some point this season. I tweeted the park about it but they told me to just keep an eye on the website, which is a shame as I would have liked to have planned to visit in the next couple of months.
  2. It's 50% off the on-the-day price, so £27.50. I think there is VAT and an additional charge also. All I know is that when me and my partner tried to use this, it ended up being the exact same price as the advanced ticket price direct through Thorpe Park.
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    I think Samurai was actually running quite a decent cycle on Friday. Maybe due to there being absolute no queue whatsoever, but the ride cycle was a good 5 minutes long. Nowhere at Top Buzz levels, but was impressed considering I remember it running some abysmal settings many years back. It was actually closed in the Morning aswell, so not sure if this had any relevance.
  4. I used Fastrack on it Friday, got straight through to the door and then waited nearly an hour before being allowed in. As somebody that had no idea about how this ride operates, I was wondering if there was some sort of technical issues with it. Transpires that it probably wasn't too uncommon for this to happen.
  5. So... I went on this for the first time on Friday and was simply astonished by it. Astonished that somebody, somewhere, signed off a huge sum of money to build this. I went into this with an open mind and not knowing what to expect, but it was quite simply, terrible. I believe that the ride has already been here for a couple of years, I can't see any way that this thing lasts longer than maybe another couple, even with enhancements and changes, the concept is just poor. They'd be better off ripping down whats inside and making this into a scare-maze.
  6. For somebody who hasn't been to the park in over 5 years and is travelling from another country, it's not as bad value as it might be for those who get the chance to go to the park often. The park isn't huge, you can get around it relatively quickly with the standard Fastrack tickets, therefore at least with the unlimited, we will be able to go back on anything we like multiple times.
  7. This might not be a question, but more of an observation. It seems that the £50/£90 Island unlimited fastrack tickets which are for on-peak / off-peak pricing are not the only two tiers of pricing. Thorpe Park are now charging £100 for days where the park may be open later, so it appears that they have introduced an additional pricing tier, without advertising this. Pretty poor, but hopefully they update their website soon to reflect this as at the moment, the information is incorrect and I feel I've been done out of £20!
  8. Hi All, Plan a trip to Alton Towers Mid-August, obviously going to be completely rammed due to it being school holidays etc. I plan to get 2 Day Tickets, Plus the best Fastrack available so I don't have to spend any time queueing. I'm after some advice as to what the most economical way to do this could possibly be. Obviously the park offers package deals, but I think there are probably cheaper ways to do it. Are there any offers around for cheap tickets at the moment etc? Any Advice appreciated. JD
  9. For me, it comes down to responsibility and accountability. You can work your way up the hierarchy at the park, but do they even know themselves who to hold to account for these sorts of issues? In such a large park, with so many dependencies to get right before the beginning of a season it is a huge task with so many managers / team leaders involved to ensure everything goes to plan. I've seen it first hand before and when things don't go to plan like this, from the ground up, you cannot really see anything that changes. The only hope is that senior management are held accountable for these mistakes, regardless of why they happened as they are responsible and look to improve their process's to ensure that it does not happen again, but from the outside looking in (and from the inside when I worked there) this seems to be a very rare occurrence.
  10. Double Sided printouts. What a farce they are.
  11. It sounds like new members of staff failed to check a restraint and got worried and panicked, even though actually, it doesn't really matter a great deal. If your new to the job and you fail to check a restraint I can imagine that you would be upset, the reality is that the 'Check' actually does very little at all and some parks won't even bother. The ride system would not allow the ride to be dispatched with an unlocked restraint, but I can imagine that if you are new to the job, you may not know this. Impossible to really know what exactly happened, it's a guess, I've seen guests do mental things like try and sit on top of closed restraints before, so wouldn't even want to rule that out. Ultimately it is the platformers duty to ensure the platform is cleared and everybody is secured into the ride, but sometimes things can be out of your control, the public can be a mental bunch. It sounds like this was the first busy day of the season and for a number of staff it will be their first big challenge, maybe even their first ever job, some people may be daunted by this and not be able to cope, as you explained. It all gets easier with experience.
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    How good is Line of Duty. I watched the 3rd series on a flight 6 months ago and was completely gripped. New series is just as good. Brilliant.
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    My Friend is the New Releases and Buying Manager at HMV, gets to go to lots of movie premiers and everything. Seems like a pretty cool place to work! I worked for John Lewis a long while back, awesome company to work for, you'll be well looked after. I am currently the Senior Business Analyst and Product Specialist for North America. I work for a company called Kainos who specialize in IT based out of Northern Ireland. My specialty is building apps with Apple who are one of our partners and delivering them in the healthcare industry. It can be extremely interesting, I love working with doctors to help patient care across the country, some great things are capable with the use of technology. I started at Chessington as a rides host nearly10 years ago now and never went to college or University.
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    Interestingly, back when I was going to Thorpe on a weekly basis back in 2010 I never rode Colossus due to how rough it was. I'm not surprised to hear now that the General Public are noticing it if it's got even worse. It's an iconic ride, it would cost Millions upon millions to take it down and change the landscape. It may happen one day, but I can't see it for a long way off.
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    Not sure I can agree with you here. There are plenty of steel coasters around that are deep into their 30's and 40's.
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