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Truly brilliant. I love the shambles that is Merlin and I love the over the top reactions of the public. Today is a good day.

 

Legoland seems to hit capacity quite often. Maybe Merlin should spend some more money on increasing capacity or (if the council forbids increasing capacity) develop a system so MAP holders can book.

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Just for clarification - MAPs were accepted up until the park reached capacity.

 

May Day bank holiday weekend is always packed because of the Star Wars Event. That is well known, and Merlin Annual Passholders are never guaranteed entry, and as soon as the park hits capacity (which was at 1pm yesterday), they physically can't let more people in.

 

I do agree that the communication should have been better, but this is nothing new. If you're an Annual Passholder and you were planning to rock up to Legoland halfway through the day on one of their busiest weekends of the year, you're asking for disappointment in my eyes.

 

6 hours ago, Project LC said:

Legoland seems to hit capacity quite often. Maybe Merlin should spend some more money on increasing capacity or (if the council forbids increasing capacity) develop a system so MAP holders can book.

 

I imagine there's not much they can to increase capacity. Space will be a limiting factor (in case of an emergency), and they can't exactly expand much more in that sense. Would also imagine the council would be against it anyways.

 

A booking system would be interesting. Much like Thorpe at Fright Nights, you'd have to charge a booking fee to stop hundreds, or even thousands, of people booking and not going. But people would kick off about having to pay, especially since people would have to pre book a space for little ones who technically go 'free'. It's certainly not a bad idea, but it wouldn't be without its controversy.

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I think the main issue is around the fact that people who pre-booked a day ticket get preferential, reserved entry over a family who spent hundreds on annual passes.

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Of course they should get preferential treatment though, surely? I'd be naturally livid if I'd booked a ticket for a day and paid for that specific day, to be turned away because people who could visit any day of the year decided to rock up that day. If the AP holders are so determined to visit that day they should book with the tiny fee, and this is coming from an AP holder.

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I think honestly they should do a reservation type system for pass holders and just charge a few quid to stop people from taking the pi**.

 

A quid or two really shouldn't make people kick off, it would also stop MAP holders driving down to the park (especially if they are coming from far away) and getting turned away.

Obviously rocking up to the parks mid-day isn't ever that much of a good idea (especially on peak days), but with long journeys and traffic I think MAP holders should have a way to reserve.


If I did the 4 hour journey down to Staffordshire to be turned away (Alton never hits capacity but beside the point) then I would pissed too.

 

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9 hours ago, Stuntman707 said:

I think the main issue is around the fact that people who pre-booked a day ticket get preferential, reserved entry over a family who spent hundreds on annual passes.

 

I'd say its the complete opposite actually. 

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How is it possibly the opposite? All the complaints I saw were from MAP holders who can go anytime of year but wasted journeys with no way to guarantee their entry for specific dates.

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Believe it or not with the stories of people getting 5 rides done in a day and the park saying that's the norm, the capacity is set far higher than it technically needs to be (evacs and such) for reasons of keeping the park from being massively unpleasant and overcrowded. So opening new areas and attractions for people to flock to is the only way to increase it really and be it the council or the park's lack of trying not much has really changed over the years at Legoland.

 

As for the prebooking system, I absolutely agree and surely those who who'd get annoyed by having to pay a small fee to prebook for busier days would rather that than be turned away on the door?

 

On 5/7/2018 at 6:31 AM, BaronC. said:

If you're an Annual Passholder and you were planning to rock up to Legoland halfway through the day on one of their busiest weekends of the year, you're asking for disappointment in my eyes.

You're asking for disappointment visiting at all these days.

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Saw some quite good marketing from Legoland yesterday at the royal wedding; they were handing out Union Jack flags for people to wave but they had a big fat advertisement for the park on the back.

 

Nice to see many of them trampled into the ground of the Long Walk after most people had left too. Humans are so considerate. 

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On 6/24/2018 at 3:46 AM, StevenVig said:

Not sure if this was ever posted here

 

[Video removed - video showed someone sneaking into Legoland]

Is that the tit that decided to climb Stealth? I don’t know what it is but he irritates me 🤨

Edited by BaronC.

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Not gonna lie, my inner child thought it was pretty cool that they slept in that lighthouse. 

But yes, he’s an idiot for doing stuff like that, but at least they weren’t breaking stuff. It was surprising how many places him and his mates could just waltz into.

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I've deleted the link to the video.

 

For those who haven't gathered, the video showed someone sneaking into Legoland during the night and doing stuff, some of which was dangerous.

 

Linking the video and giving it views ultimately encourages this type of behaviour further. We obviously discourage this massively and absolutely do not want to support this in any way. This is similar to when videos were posted of people sneaking into Thorpe Park and climbing Stealth.

 

I'm sure there's enough detail here for people to be able to find the video if they wish to watch it, but we just don't want to actively link it here. If anyone has any problems, drop me a PM.

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Never understood showing yourself doing stupid stuff in a park (be it open or shut), it's asking to get banned...

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13 hours ago, Ringo said:

Merlin have now got a High Court Injunction banning those named and others from trespassing their properties worldwide.

 

https://www.merlinentertainments.biz/trespass-injunction

 

They might have an injunction, but lets be honest, if any of them walked into any of the attractions and purchased a ticket, nine times out of 10 they wouldn't get noticed really

 

Can't imagine all staff at every attraction will know their faces.

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Thing is - they might not have broken anything or done any damage to property but it’s still trespassing and, had one of them got injured it would probably be the park that would be in trouble.  Climbing something like Stealth Is asking for trouble - one slip and bam! I just don’t understand the stupid things people will do for views on YouTube - that dude has a massive following, some of which could be easily influenced into attempting something similar 

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On 6/24/2018 at 4:04 AM, Han30 said:

Is that the tit that decided to climb Stealth? I don’t know what it is but he irritates me 🤨

He is absolutely insufferable - and thinks consequences don't apply to him. The amount of times he's moaned at being banned from places or being arrested is too many to count.

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Yep, this is Ally Law, the same sad person who has climbed Stealth and invaded Peppa Pig Land.

 

Dont follow the things he’s does because he is a terrible influence. Just buy your tickets or passand enjoy the attractions properly like they are supposed to be. 

 

It’s people like this why we have such silly and exaggerated regulations in place (especially in the U.K.) that effects the remaining majority who abide by the rules. 

 

Don’t feed the trolls.

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