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“Great Day Out”
Review of Alton Towers

Alton Towers
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Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Alton
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Escape to the fantabulous world of the Alton Towers Resort - there's so much going on, the fun never stops! England's largest theme park offers 500 acres of attractions and rides the whole family can enjoy including X-Sector, Forbidden Valley, Dark Forest, Gloomy Wood, Katanga Canyon and CBeebies Land!
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Getting There - we aimed to arrive at 10 (when it opened), but ended up stuck in traffic for approx half an hour before entering.

Parking - paid for express parking which made up for the queuing on the main road.

Tickets - the queue to buy tickets was extremely long; luckily we had pre-booked.

App - we knew it would be busy as it was the ‘best weather day’ during the Easter holidays. However, using the app let us do the big rides based on queue length. Managed to do Wicker Man, Rita, Smiler, Nemesis and Galactica (twice) in one day.

Rides - fantastic, as expected. As we wanted to do the big rides that we hadn’t done before, we went for these as opposed to the smaller rides.

Top Tips:
1. Aim to arrive for approx 9:30 to avoid lengthy traffic queues entering the site.
2. Express parking (£15) May be worth it if you want to get in to the park ASAP.
3. Pre-book tickets and ensure you have a barcode to avoid further queues when entering.
4. Use the Alton Towers app (its free) to see maps of the resort and current queue duration.

Thank JazzBal
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AltonTowersCS, Customer Services at Alton Towers, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2018

Dear JazzBal

Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor for the Alton Towers Theme Park.

We're very happy to read that you have enjoyed your visit, and we thank you for sharing your top tips for others to use.
With regards to the ticket queue, our admission team work very hard to keep queues to a minimum, we can assure you that your comments will be addressed with the management team.

Thank you again, we hope to be able to welcome you back to the Alton Towers Resort soon.

Best Wishes
Alton Towers Resort

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

I traveled to Alton towers with my family. We travelled for over two and a half hours and we're hoping for a great day out. When we got there the car park was packed with cars so we knew it was going to be busy. We were there for 5 hours and only got on 4 rides! The queues might only be 25 minutes long but in reality it takes far longer due to the amount of fast trackers!!
Also half of the main rides were closed due to the wether, which granted Alton towers can't help the weather but letting people queue for 40 mins to then say the ride is not running is just not acceptable.
The Customer service is very bad. Alton towers will do any thing for your money!
I would not waist your time on this place. You will get a better day out else where, it is not worth the money and time at Alton towers.

5  Thank Ellie W
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AltonTowersCS, Customer Services at Alton Towers, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Hi Ellie,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review regarding your visit to our Resort.

We're sad to see you have encountered issues during your previous visit to our Theme Park - please be assured this isn't our usual level of standard so we can only sincerely apologise for any and all issues.

All the best,

Alton Towers Resort

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Used the kelloggs offer (BOGOF) for each pair (there were 4 of us), this is a really good deal and getting the tickets was very straight forwards! We initially went to visit on opening weekend (17th march) but the rides were closed due to weather, so we went the following Sunday (25th) instead. The refillable drink cups (£7) are well worth the money.
A lot of rides closed temporarily during the day but reopened and we managed to get on the majority! You can’t fault the occasional ride closure- alton towers really do put safety first and during every closure they begin to send test trains out to check its safe!
Great day had by all, staff were great (carl on monorail especially!)
Cant wait to come again!

Thank Emma B
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AltonTowersCS, Customer Services at Alton Towers, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Hi Emma,

Thank you for your magical five star review.

We're thrilled to see you had a great day with us, we love reading all types of feedback - however, positive ones are our favourite!

We hope to see you again soon.

Alton Towers Resort

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Never have I felt so completely undervalued and ripped off, as I have during a two day stay at Alton towers.
The ‘service ‘ received is a complete joke, examples:
1. Early entry not true, you wait in line with everyone else, once inside, the rides were closed, the sign stated open at 11am.
Pinball wizard ride, broken, no time for opening.
River raft ride on rapids, closed, no time for opening.
2. Queued for 120 minutes for wicker man in pouring rain, no shelter, no loos whilst waiting , when on ride it broke down.
3. Waited 110 minutes for pinball wizard, no information, then it broke down again.
4. Not enough seats to sit and eat your food.
5. Not enough toilet s.
6. Not enough staff to offer advice or guidance.
The most galling experience was patiently waiting in line only to watch fast track entrants walk to front of the line .
The dynamics are all about getting as much money as possible from us mugs who believe we will experience a good time. No crowd control means you may only get on a maximum of three rides all day !!!

Don’t waste your money or time with Alton Towers, save up and visit America.

Very disappointed and will not waste my time and money on this rip off organisation.

8  Thank bluebook16
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AltonTowersCS, Customer Services at Alton Towers, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Hi BlueBook16,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review regarding your recent visit to our Resort.

Please accept our apologies for the variety of issues you encountered during your visit to the Theme Park, as a Resort this is not our usual level of standard - Should you wish to address this further with us, please email gs.feedback@alton-towers.com

All the best,

Alton Towers Resort

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

If you like queuing to get in, then queuing to park, then a 45 min walk to the entrance, then queuing to enter for anything up to 2 hours, followed by approximately 1 - 2 hours queuing for each ride then this is the place for you. Absolutely outrageously poor service. If you try to get onto the wicker man opened in 2018 I suspect you will die of old age before getting anywhere near the front of the queue. Everything is overpriced, except the al a carte restaurant, which was reasonable.

9  Thank Bill S
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AltonTowersCS, Customer Services at Alton Towers, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Hi Bill,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review regarding your visit to our Resort.

I can see your visit was disrupted by queues, we'd like to apologise for this and the inconvenience it has caused.

We're glad to see you thought our Al a carte restaurant was reasonably priced, however disappointed you found the rest of the Resort to be overpriced.

Thanks once again for your feedback.

Alton Towers Resort.

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