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16 minutes ago, Coaster said:

It's atrocious that they use TLC as a smokescreen to mothball rides, completely dishonest.

It’s no coincidence that “TLC” was dreamt up and run by a former marketing executive, they know how to bend the truth for gain

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Tbf, if they ever wanted to bring back that type of ride, it would probably be cheaper to buy and build a new one from scratch than fix the old one, especially if you take into account the cost of (re)theming. I imagine that would have been true at the end of 2016 / start of 2017 as well.

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Why spend money to attract new guests and win over the fans when you can just give the illusion of spending money to keep the fans happy.

 

The parks supporting rides are basically non-existent at this point. Once again Merlin's shortsighted decisions have left the park in a state needing serious investment in the next few years to solve the issues. 

 

Merlin's business decisions have been poor and have been with the aim to maximise short term revenue out of the assests to please shareholders. They have invested with no consideration of maintaining the assets so that money will keep coming in for years to come. I have great concern that this behaviour will lead to the parks becoming worse and the theme park division getting into financial difficulty. 

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2 hours ago, ChiapasC. said:

Tbf, if they ever wanted to bring back that type of ride, it would probably be cheaper to buy and build a new one from scratch than fix the old one, especially if you take into account the cost of (re)theming.

They never replace their flats anyway.

Ripsaw got turned into a tacky game stall, Submission is just free space, and Sub Terra just got left to rot.

Toadstools probably has the same fate..

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It's mental that a company that LOVES parks having NEW things is so obsessed about needing an USP that basic flats don't get built...

 

I imagine a lot of the park people end up screaming into cushions after meetings with Poole...

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Surely an AirRace somewhere at a Merlin park is overdue... or just.... something new that's a flat

 

Maybe AT could get some dodgems as a queue eater? I am pro having dodgems at theme parks, purely because it means not paying £3 a ride and they - tend to be - better maintained than at fairs.

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Reports of an incident at Towers.

https://mobile.twitter.com/TowersExpert/status/1025084198435147777

 

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Edit,

 

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/emergency-services-alton-towers-after-1856252.amp?__twitter_impression=true

 

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Emergency services were at Alton Towers this evening after a woman fell at the attraction's water park.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said the incident happened at about 5.50pm.

A spokesman said: "A woman slipped in one of the tube water flumes and and became trapped due to a back injury. She was stuck.

"We sent a crew from Sandiford, because they happened to be closest at the time and also the rope rescue team from Stafford. They weren't required.

 

 

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New boats are being tested on the rapids. Credit to our friends at Towers Street again for the news / pictures. People are hopeful this will mean that the waterfalls and normal operations will come back. Even if it means putting danger of death signs in the new boats, I’d accept that to have the waterfalls back on!

 

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2018 Fireworks “Big Bang” tickets are now available.

 

Big Bang

 

Your package includes:

- Golden Circle Fireworks viewing area 
- Priority Ride Pass on a choice of 3 rides
- DigiPass - unlimited digital ride photos and 1 printed photo
- 2 course fabulous buffet
- 2 drinks vouchers for the bar in the venue
- Post show soup & roll
- Hot drinks, cordials and biscuits (from midday)
- Poncho
- Special limited edition pop badge
- Children's entertainment (from 4pm)
- Glow in the dark item for the children
- FREE Standard Car Parking

 

park entry included £80 (Child) £120 (Adult)

 

AP / already got ticket upgrade  £52.50 (Child) £87 (Adult)

 

 

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