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So what do we make of this? As well as the postponed 'World of David Walliams' featuring 'Gangsta Granny: The Ride' opening this season, Alton Towers have rented three classic fairground rides they ar

I mean, at least Merlin is finally using their bizarre ass marketing for something that kind of works?!!? I get that it's a bunch of temporary carnival rides but at this point I'll take it!

I think they're trying to make the best out of a bad situation - partly of their own doing as they seem to have got rid of all their support rides. The choice of rides seems pretty crappy so well done

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They are being quite vague with their twitter replies about it being to "ensure that all guests have the same fully interactive experience on the ride." and telling people to ask the staff (Galactinauts) about arranging a non-VR ride when a mother asked about her child and not giving a definite yes or no if it is possible when questioned further. This reply made me laugh when some-one asked if they would be turned away at the entrance if they wanted a non-VR ride.

 

Hi, Not at all! We have plenty of rides on park in which do not have headset requirements of which guests are able to enjoy.

 

I'm pretty sure he wasn't talking about Alton Towers entrance.

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^ Well I'm not sure how much the PR team know about Galactica right now, they just told some-one who complained they weren't allowed on Galactica with their Gold fastrack that it doesn't include Galactica...... except according to the official website (and screens in the park apparently) it is included and even on the silver: https://www.altontowers.com/theme-park/extras/fastrack/#fastrack-packages

 

I thought maybe that AIR was automatically updated to Galactica across the site and someone forgot to remove it from the listings but the picture is even Galactica for the silver.... but then again the adventurer fastrack has a picture of Thirteen which isn't part of that pass.

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^ firstly, where is your source for this information? I was just wandering. And secondly, maybe they had already used their gold fast pass on Galactica already so this cannot use it twice.

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After being a huge sceptic and riding I can say wow it's pretty awesome. The wind and forces with the video are great, I didn't even feel like I was outside you're in a whole 'nother world. The camera can be shaky at times and the wait for the attendants to clean to glasses is long and painful to watch, I feel terrible for the workers there.

 

Also their claims of it being incredibly clean/revolutionary cleaning etc. are overboard. Being a minor germaphobe I had a huge problem with their cleaning process. They reuse the same throw-out wipes on multiple VR headsets, and you use the same as the person before you. It's fine I'm sure but I was very grossed out. I got over it quick when the ride started . I also felt the need to hold onto the VR about halfway through because it was being shaken loose.

 

They also have 9(!) employees on each(!) side of the station. Which kind of annoys me because sub terra and other rides are closed because of budget costs.. And they are the only rides my aunt could've enjoyed with us. It takes them so long to explain to people what is going on/tighten their headsets/clean/explain focus. Couldn't imagine it without the double station.

 

Also- silver fast pass doesn't work on the ride and they refunded my entire fast pass and give me nothing. No problem.

It's very easy to just take off the VR and put it back in its pouch, or just hold it why not .

 

Any questions -just ask

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I find it really strange that they've gone back on what they originally said and that riding with VR is now compulsory. Regardless, i'll be experiencing it for the first time on Friday!

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They also have 9(!) employees on each(!) side of the station. Which kind of annoys me because sub terra and other rides are closed because of budget costs.

 

In my own personal opinion I feel this had a significant impact on some of the ride closures that has effected the park this year. When you think about it from a staffing cost point of view they won't have had to hire extra staff to run the ride they have just relocated them from other attractions.

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^ firstly, where is your source for this information? I was just wandering. And secondly, maybe they had already used their gold fast pass on Galactica already so this cannot use it twice.

 

Saw it on Facebook with the reply from the official account and Austin's post above seems to confirm. For Facebook there doesn't seem anywhere near the amount of complaints about it now being all VR that I expected, so I guess the majority were interested in trying VR anyway.

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Just back from the park today, Galactica doesn't really work imo, I don't know if it was just my headset that wasn't in focus but the image wasn't great and I could see black edges when I moved my head to the left or right, no where near as immersive as I expected. Also, the loading and dispatch time is absolutely awful now, I think there is gonna' have to be changes before summer season starts.

 

The cuts all over the park were quite noticeable. Guests were choosing their own rows on every single coaster without a staff member to direct them where to go. 2 guests taking up a row of 4 leaving 2 seats empty etc. Noticed it all day.

 

Smiler and Nemesis as great as ever, unfortunately the rest of the park seems to be heading downhill.

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Agree with you about how horrible the park seemed to be ran compared to previous times. Empty seats were beyond what you could believe, and made queuing much longer with a combination of confused guests and employees that wanted to fill seats just wasting more time.

 

^Surprised by your account of galactica. I queued in the rain for a very short time, and was very happy with it, however I went into the ride expecting to hate it. No black box surrounding my sight (maybe I didn't look around enough), quite pixely though and did get blurrier as you looked away from centre of screen.

 

I also felt the towers loving care wasn't noticeable at all. There's paint peeling and wood rotting in many sections still. I also liked the look of the old nemesis more :/. Log flume was pointed out by everyone on my gondola rides as looking terrible too. Overall I heard many more negative comments from overhearing guests vs positive ones.

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Been to Alton today, got many rides in including The Smiler and Galactica. Regarding Galactica, i thought it was really impressive, VR really improves the ride massively. The only downside to it is that the capacity has been significantly reduced and it now takes much longer to load than before. Nemesis also looks great with its new paint job and was very intense as usual, no queue for it all day too. To touch on The Smiler, it was incredibly good as usual as well, people were coming off really impressed and certainly not scared to ride after the accident. Really good day overall and a much better atmosphere on park compared to when i visited last July

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This is my reaction to most online April Fool's Day pranks

 

 

And this is mine, especially since now you have 3x as many people who think it's better to share PSA's about who your April Fools may be hurting than people who actually bother with April Fools:

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