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 Post subject: Wallace & Gromit: Thrill-O-Matic 'Preview' Day - March '13
PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:36 pm 
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Well I'm not sure where to begin as I feel a little annoyed. I'll come to the ride in a minute but I have some issues I want to rant about first. I may be completely out of order but I'm going to say my peice anyway... :lol:

Preview Tickets? No! How can it be a preview when the ride has already been in operation to people without Preview Tickets? It was simply a £10 queue jump to the front of the line before it opened to the public. :D

So, my situation today was a quick preview ride and then I was to come home, so I didn't need a wristband. I paid my £10 and got a ticket for ONE ride only and a ticket for a limited edition certificate (to rub salt in the wounds) that says, I'm one of the first to ride! LOL!! :lol: So my £10 got me one ride - as the general public were running around re-riding after that! That annoyed me, just the ONE ride? :kissmy

I might as well have bought a full wristband, waited 5 min's for the 'preview riders' to ride then gone on the bloody thing 100 times with my wristband. Or even paid the insane £7 (7 Tickets) for one ride and saved myself £3. :mr green Sighhhh and deep breath, I'm not asking for the world but I can't get the thought of being cheated out of my head. Things did get better later, later on...

The very start of the day wasn't exactly living the dream either. I met up with Col and we went to get his wristband and our preview tickets, I'm sure he will tell us all this... BUT I will say (from a massive fan of the park) what he experienced in the ticket office was nothing short of unacceptable and unforgivable, I was embarrassed for them. :roll: They took the best part of an hour to find his details and left us with only 10min's of 'preview' time left. You can appreciate things by this time were quite heated and Col was not happy (poor girl that got shouted at :lol: )! So, let's go ride with that bitter experience in our mouths.

We were escorted to the ride only to find it had broken down, for the entire preview hour. We waited in the queue line whilst the public queued outside (Ha - riff raff outside :snigger ) for what would be close to another hour. A nice ride-op came down and told us what was going on and apologised, and this is where things started to get better for me personally (but my above moan still stands :evil ). We were handed a couple of queue jump tickets for any ride on the park, without queuing up. BONUS 2 more rides for me with no wristband but again probably a little bitter for those with wristbands and an empty park anyway. So I was really pleased with that result. We then learned that we were entitled to a free coffee/tea and a toasted current bun teacake at the T-Cafe. So, again my moan maybe seems harsh but I still feel the whole 'preview' word made it sound more than it actually was. It was just the one ride really that hurt. I missed half of it, you will need at least 5 goes to get the full experience.

The final bit of doom and gloom and then the ride itself. So, a brand new ride and it wasn't the best of build quality in the queue. Plaster is already starting to crack and the roof joins are a bit out! (and no it wasn't themeing) :lol: Col took pics...see them later.

I have to say at this point I didn't want to write any of that but ummm anyways that's my thoughts. My local fav park, preview ticket for a brand new attraction in hand and well I was left feeling rather meh!

Right a bit more positive... After everything that had happened, forgive me if this isn't a great review. I actually liked the ride. I won't give scenes away etc, I will just comment in general. Lovely comfy cars, seemed smoother than the gold mine to ride and a lot quieter. The ORP is pointless as it takes a side shot of you sat in the cars. I will also say if you haven't seen any of the W&G films, everything inside will mean nothing to you. The ride takes you through scenes in the films. It will be a random set of scenes for you to look at if your unfamiliar. Very funny scenes and they all look great. It was a lot of fun but it did have long dark/dead bits. But what was there looked top notch. With only one ride I probably missed a lot of stuff, but I can see me loving it the more times I ride. It's a great ride filler and it will do a lot better than the GM did. I certainly won't be paying £7 a ride on it though, I think they have way over priced it. I know it won't affect many but the ones it does will be robbed. It is just a fun ride that the whole family can enjoy and a few surprises along the way. Miles better than GM and I certainly won't be walking past it, like I did with GM, it is certainly re-rideable, you will see more and more.

Right a few pics to finish, I feel like I've been really negative but don't misunderstand me, the ride was great, the rest wasn't. I always have a great time at the PB, and everyone knows my love for it but it annoys me to high heaven when friends come to the park with me and experience things I can never defend.

The front of the ride and all them bits move!
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Thanks for reading... look out for Col's thoughts :lol: and the vid and pics.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:45 am 
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Poor operations at Plesh? Whatever next?

That aside , the ride looks fantastic. It's a poor show indeed when BPPPBPPPBB is doing dark rides with better physical moving theming than Merlin. No flat 2D graphics here, just lots of physical moving objects. Reminds me of the good days of Toyland Tours. I was disappointed when I heard the ride system wasn't getting replaced but it looks to me like they've spent their money wisely. I was briefly let-down by the fact it wasn't a new original story about a new contraption but overall I think they've done the right thing.

Hope I get to ride this at some point this year!


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Have a few mins now cause Dan's still asleep in bed! :sleep
And saw how Kev left you no spoilers, then I post a POV! :oops: :hilarious

So yeah, day at Pleasure Beach started by really pissing me off.
I'm no xenophobic but the stupid cow in ticket sales really tried my patience... very sexy blonde girl, but I hate fingernails, & she had proper porn star nails... so I handed her my credit card with my name on, and repeated my name several times during the proceeding 25 minutes while her talons hammer the screen hundreds of times, she cant find me on the system - because she's looking for 'McWilliam' by going through the 1000s of bookings they've ever had with name beginning 'W'... "last name is Veelleearms, no?" she says in her Cheeky Girls accent...
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"FUCKING NO FFS! - ITS WRITTEN ON THE CARD IN FRONT OF YOU!!
McWilliam... like McDonalds with the big gold 'M'..."
:nutter
"Ah herre you are, I find you"
:x :x :x :x :x :x :x :x :x :evil:

So with wristband sorted, we now have to go to information desk to pick up Wallace & Gromit Preview tickets, separately! :disbelief
This time the lovely girl dealing with us at least spoke eloquent English! To be fair she was really helpful, but had to make repeat visits to the wankers upstairs, who had left us off one list, and added us to another, which wasn't found for another 20 minutes. (Unorganised bollocks in other words, just like when they 'forgot' they'd sold us Valhalla preview tickets 12 years ago!). In the meantime, while tensions & my blood temperature are rapidly rising, one suggestion from upstairs is; "because we cant find you on the list, "why don't you buy the tickets again, then if we find your original booking we'll refund you?"
ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS??!!
So with 5-10 minutes of the preview time left, they miraculously realise they fucked up & eventually find my booking.
Obviously, I made my complaints, but having done similar at PBB in the past, only to be horrified by the lack of empathy, (not from staff, but PBB protocol), I wasn't expecting anything other than a "very sorry". Therefore was advising Dan not to waste his time with guest relations as we were leaving, but to his credit, he persisted!
And its here where I have to eat my words, I waited outside for over 1/2 an hour, and eventually wandered back inside to drag Dan out, only to find Siobhan (a ticket manager) handing him a fistful of fivers refunding our preview tickets! (Will reimburse you when I see you next Kev). Yes - actually scruffy £5 notes they handed over!! pmsl
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WTAF?!
Pleasure Beach are showing goodwill to pissed off customers - I dont be-f**king-leive it!

When the sniffing salts eventually bring me back to life, I find Siobhan doing her utmost to reason with us, offering Speedy Pass for a return visit.
Yes, of course we deserved refunding so no big deal there, but credit where its due, she made time long after closing to turn our complaint around.
Was also delighted to see PBB have picked up Neil, formerly at Camelot. (Those who came to Knightmare's re-opening may remember him), so there's hope for PBB yet!
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The ride:
hmmm - I guess that given PBBs standard of dark rides & Wallace & Gromit making their theme park debut, expectations were high. Its a nice ride, not interactive (not a problem, but given Merlin's dark rides its kindda expected these days!).
As Kev says, there's not even a story, you just trundle past various scenes, accompanied by the audio of quotes from the films. Its the Gold Mine, but since the Gold ran out its now a storage area for Wallace & Gromit props!
There's no effects, no smoke, no smell pots... I'm sure they'll add to it over the years, but compared with the Ghost Train, Valhalla & Alice rides, its a bit sparse.
I'm not the best person to ask about comedy cause I'm a miserable old ghet & its hard to make me laugh, but I thought the jokes a bit weak, the POV shows the only time people laughed was the bakery scene where it looks like Wallace is giving it to Piella Bakewell, doggy style!
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YES, the props are good, the cars are nice... we noted the poor finish on the Qline work, but given this was a preview, will see if they improve things when the ride opens. If not, that workmanship is piss poor, worse than the bubbling wallpaper & cheap, dented, glitzy panelling you find all over the park!

So yeah, its nice enough to qualify as a ride refurb, but PBB need to pull their finger out, drain that lake, and install a large thrill ride in that space between Avalanche & the Dipper. Here's hoping the W&G fans are happy enough to put up with Blackpool's shit & part with their money (Las Vegas my arse!). The Pleasure Bech really need to bring the punters in to finance a new project, I'm optimistic PBBs strategy of this cheap new ride with a good SP could just do the trick.
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Ride looks good. Let's hope they keep all the effects working like they did in Valhalla. Er... :lol:

Queue looks very boring - they need a visit to Disney or Europa to learn how to build queues I think! As for the rest, well...

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The refund has come as a very nice surprise (PBB do not give refunds! :lol: ). So in light of this, it still shouldn't have happened in the first place... however, I no longer feel cheated and I have learnt my lesson with future 'previews'. My thoughts on the ride still stand and I'd also like to add that it will be highly successful for the park and the future. Col is right, go in with realistic expectations, it isn't Disney and never will be.

I'd like to think they will sort out the holes in the roof and cracks in the wall, we shall see.

Amazing vid Col: It captures it well, but this is a ride you really have to be on to experience it.

I'm off back under my rock as enthusiasts can now damn the ride and park (Alton and PBB seem to get it bad from enthusiasts), that they haven't seen or experienced in years. [/fanboy] :lol: :D

Thanks to the PB for the refund. Best Day EVA!

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