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A few thoughts from my first visit of the season yesterday.

 

Ride operations were fantastic all day with the exception of a delay on Galactica.  Wicker Man's dispatch times were nothing short of incredible, with the train entering the lift as the train before arrives back into the brakes.  Similarly across the park queues were moving very fast, the staff seemed focused on efficiency and despite the crowd level being fairly busy queue times were kept largely manageable.

 

Having the single rider queue back on Smiler is brilliant, long may it last!

 

Areas of the park look in need of a clean, Oblivion's and Nemesis's station for example (even though the latter has only just been re-done, it's looking tired again already on the queue-line side).  The cut scene in Oblivion's station video is horrendous and needs reinstating properly.

 

Wicker Man had no fire, it's unbelievable that this has become a persistent issue considering the ride is only in its second season and the foundation of the marketing was based around the (nonexistent) fire.  They knew about issues with the effect last year yet it still doesn't work consistently.  Extremely poor.

 

Hex was absolutely stunning.  To my knowledge everything was working with the exception of mist and the audio is back to its best in the vault.  Gave me goosebumps, it was that good!

 

Duel remains a complete waste of potential, despite having all the foundations of a great dark ride it continues to be let down by unprofessional lighting and broken effects.  What happened to phase 2 of the promised refurbishment?

 

My main criticism of yesterday would be that a 5pm close just isn't long enough when the park is anything but dead.  Even with good ride operations and planning our day around the shortest queues the only ride we managed a re-ride on was Wicker Man (joining the queue at the end) and we had to skip the rapids and mine train due to not enough time.  I'd therefore say the park still offers poor "value" in terms of a good day out, as there just isn't long enough to enjoy everything properly.

 

Overall, a decent day at Alton helped by hugely improved ride operations, but there's still a long way to go.

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So what exactly is happening with Enterprise or is it just another Black Bucaneer/ Loggers Leap situation.

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More engineering delays than Network Rail!

 

Least Towers are intending to reopen this flat ride in Summer! 

 

How the hell is that even an achievement in our park’s now?

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