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  1. 'Jobsworth' Alton Towers employee desperately tries to stop customer filming their £30 ride photo’ https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7260619/Alton-Towers-employee-labelled-jobsworth-trying-stop-customer-dodging-ride-photo-charge.html
  2. BBC reporting Merlin have accepted a £4.8bn offer. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48797245 Legoland and Madame Tussauds waxworks owner Merlin Entertainments has accepted a £4.8bn offer for the firm. A group of investors, led by the Danish billionaire family which controls the separate toy firm Lego, has made the approach alongside a group of other private investors. Kirkbi Invest says it has the money and experience to "realise the company's potential to grow". Merlin also owns the London Eye and Alton Towers.
  3. Lego family's Kirkbi and Blackstone to buy Madame Tussauds owner Merlin: FT (Reuters) - Britain’s Merlin Entertainments Plc (MERL.L) is to be acquired for 6 billion pounds ($7.6 billion), including debt, by a group made up of Kirkbi, the investment vehicle of Lego’s founding family, private equity firm Blackstone Group LP (BX.N) and Canadian pension fund CPPIB, the Financial Times reported on Friday. The deal to buy Merlin, which owns and operates Madame Tussauds waxworks exhibits around the world, is expected to be announced as soon as Friday morning, but no deal was guaranteed until the announcement, the FT said on.ft.com/2X9zLxD, citing multiple people it said were close to the matter. The deal is likely to value Merlin’s shares at around 460 pence, one of the people told the FT, giving it an equity value of more than 4.73 billion pounds. https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-merlin-ent-m-a-consortium/lego-familys-kirkbi-and-blackstone-to-buy-merlin-entertainments-ft-idUKKCN1TS3EI
  4. Ringo

    Wicker Man

    Awaiting a replacement part, rumour is down for two weeks unfortunately
  5. Gotta agree that soundtrack is just awful.
  6. You can’t really go wrong with a bouncy castle, even Merlin would find it hard to ruin it although adding fastrack is a step too far.
  7. It was never going to be anything but that
  8. Ringo

    2019 Season

    So why were the anniversary events cancelled?
  9. Because Varney is desperate to get to the 1000 rooms, that’s all the sheds are for a tick box for shareholders.
  10. Heads up for anyone who’s booked hotels or made arrangements for Fireworks this year, they’ve now changed the opening calendar and fireworks are now a week later with an added day -Friday 8th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th November.
  11. Ringo

    2019 Season

    Periods of downtime don’t necessarily mean reliability issues, it could be idiots with mobiles or a handful for other reasons.
  12. Old thread I know but only appropriate place to post given it’s a relatively small park with no thread of its own. But Flambards have fortunately had the case thrown out as they had made significant improvements and they were even acknowledged by the boy’s legal team. Basically this case was wrong they only attempted to further it because it was “no win, no fee” but now it’s costing them thousands. https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/disabled-boy-who-tried-sue-2708196
  13. Ringo

    2019 Season

    Unfortunately until Merlin get tough on just who is eligible for RAP this is how it’s always going to be. I assume they are too worried about getting Daily Mail stories such as “Merlin said I wasn’t disabled enough anymore”
  14. Ringo


    Buying VIP on the day would get you exit entry treatment but that annual pass version won’t unless there is specific instruction from management (front row, special event etc) Considering the event was also staff day it could of been a manager or management friends family or even ride host friends family.
  15. Are the Dungeons at Towers run as a midway or are they “Alton Towers presents The Dungeons”?
  16. What I find more shocking is if it’s not finished then why is it open and why are they charging money for it?
  17. Ringo


    Exterior of Laser Riders has been painted (Courtesy of TPG) https://live.themeparkguide.biz/
  18. So much for future of theme parks then.But in reality correct decision, they didn’t update with new videos / alternate journeys so it got boring extremely fast and the quality was poorWill there be a new theme to bring the park a “New for 2020“ 🙄
  19. Ringo

    2019 Season

    Remember this is being done by a third party, not Thorpe Park. Upcharge on seating and even cushions is the norm at these outdoor cinema events
  20. Ringo


    Not forgetting those silver coloured ones expecting fastrack when they can pull themselves away from the hospitality marquee. But apart from cost cutting it really is madness to mix the event with staff & pass holders
  21. Ringo

    2019 Season

    Pirates 😂 These screening things usually go ahead even in heavy rain, they advise you to be prepared although they will upsell ponchos etc Like you it’s not for me but it will appeal to some.
  22. Ringo

    2019 Season

    Interesting so that’s a private hire of the park for the two nights and therefore the risk is moved away from Merlin if it was to be a failure. Actually very good to see other companies wanting to try something new with the park.
  23. Ringo

    2019 Season

    People tend to celebrate 30/40/50 as bigger milestones than 37 years old.
  24. Yep that’s the same for the Towers ones, they are managed externally and as you said they almost always broken. Last year at Chessington I tried to rent one and it gave me a locker that was already in use! The ones at Lego & Thorpe are just old fashioned key ones and given the state of them at Thorpe I’d assume they own them and if they do rent them then the locker company is laughing all the way to the bank as they aren’t maintaining them.
  25. The lockers are pure profit as they have been there for many years, it’s £2 every time you open it and want to lock it again. Before the price doubled we would use one and probably spend £5-£8 as it was easier to leave drinks there instead of messing with baggage drops. If you got rid of baggage drops then you’d need a massive amount of lockers and they also take up space. And if they were free you’d lose money with idiots keeping keys. The electronic ones at Towers & Chessington are more trouble than they are worth.
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