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How anticlimactic. Possibly one of the most hyped coasters ever built has an issue. You would think they would take all of the effort they put into PR and put some of it into the mechanics to make sure it opens as smoothly as possible. Oh well...

 

WOW, What an incredibly ignorant statement! What makes you think they're not? It's not like the PR department, or the media firm they are using can just go and fix the ride themselves.

 

 

I like the advert and would've been terrified as a child by this.

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IS it just me or the alchcol i have consumed but it sounds like "better not go alone fatty" oviously it is "better not go alone 13"..

 

Now that you mention it, it really does sound like she says "fatty."

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How anticlimactic. Possibly one of the most hyped coasters ever built has an issue. You would think they would take all of the effort they put into PR and put some of it into the mechanics to make sure it opens as smoothly as possible. Oh well...

 

WOW, What an incredibly ignorant statement! What makes you think they're not? It's not like the PR department, or the media firm they are using can just go and fix the ride themselves.

 

 

I like the advert and would've been terrified as a child by this.

 

I know, but I'm just saying that if the ride is so hyped, they should go above and beyond to maksure it is running for the press. Primarily all we have is words, and when there is a chance to see the ride, it doesn't open.

 

I wasn't trying to be ignorant though

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^Lol no one can try to be ignorant, that's the who whole point of the word. That said, they ARE doing everything they can to make sure this ride opens as soon as possible to everyone. They're not just standing around ignoring hoping it'll just fix itself in time for opening day. No park in their right mind is going to hype the hell out of their new attraction like Alton Towers is doing and not try to have it open on time.

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http://www.sundaymercury.net/news/midlands-news/2010/03/11/alton-towers-resort-introduces-health-insurance-ticket-for-new-rollercoaster-66331-26011053/

 

Theme park bosses at the Alton Towers Resort are so concerned that guests may be affected by new rollercoaster TH13TEEN, that they are introducing a special optional ticket which includes health insurance, ahead of the launch on 20th March. For an extra £1, guests will be covered for physical and psychological trauma and have access to a medical expert who is being stationed at the ride site. The move comes after the Resort revealed TH13TEEN would combine the ultimate elements of physical as well as psychological fear in one – in what experts are calling the world’s first ‘psychoaster’.

 

Dr Amar Ahmed from Wilmslow, Cheshire, one of the team of doctors who is working with Alton Towers Resort on TH13TEEN said, “Rollercoasters are known for producing extreme physical effects which is why we like riding them. "TH13TEEN is a new kind of coaster that combines the ultimate elements of physical and psychological fear. "This has never been done before and this is the world's first "psychoaster." Some riders may be unprepared. I am told the ride has passed numerous safety tests and that no real medical emergencies are anticipated but Alton Towers Resort is taking every extra precaution to ensure guests will be safe, and are providing access to a fully qualified medical team."

 

Morwenna Angove, Sales and Marketing Director at the Alton Towers Resort said, “Now that the ride is built and we’ve seen it work in testing, we are concerned about the effect it may have on riders – even those who believe themselves to be psychologically stable. "The public will be required to ride at their own risk, but we are planning an optional ticket which includes health insurance and access to a doctor so we and our guests are covered in case they are distressed by their experience.”

 

A £15 million ride, TH13TEEN is being billed as the ultimate rollercoaster – every theme park ride you’ve ever dreamed of in one. Located on an unearthed ancient burial site, riders will be taken on a gruelling journey through the Dark Forest, where they will have to try and escape the all-consuming power of the unknown.

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This is totally fake. Who the hell is going to ride a ride that may actually have a negative effect on them. No one is going to pay for this if it's real, and even more so this is just stupid. Also, in my opinion the Mummy was the first psycho coaster, so yeah. This is getting to be a bit much, and unless this is like the new number one steel coaster in the world then this is way to overhyped. I am so looking forward to the Europe trip to hear Robb and Elissa's opinions on the ride.

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Although they stole the "psychological thrill ride" angle from Mummy's marketing, I think all of this is great marketing. It's clearly designed to be overkill and different from typical marketing campaigns. I love it.

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They want people to talk about it and let's face it it's working.

That's what it's all about!

People from all over the world are discussing this ride miles and miles away from where they live, while a 'mediocre' ride in any other park would barely get any attention at all.

They want people to try it out, and are probably convinced that their product is strong enough to convince people to go a second time as well. So I think they're doing it well.

 

Personally I think it's starting to get a bit ridiculous too, but hell, I'd love to book a flight to Manchester and visit Alton, and I probably will do so.

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