Below is some useful information about the actual day.
**24/1/2018 EDIT: SOME OF THE BELOW TIMINGS AND GROUP ROUTES MAY CHANGE. THIS IS DUE TO ALTON TOWERS RELEASING NEW DETAILS ABOUT THE OPENING TIMES. THEY SEEM TO BE DOING STAGED OPENING TIMES FOR THE DIFFERENT SECTIONS OF THE PARK WHICH MEANS I WILL NEED TO MAKE SOME AMENDS! (JEN)**
We have the use of the Hospitality Suite for the whole day. It is expected that we will just use this over lunch time however you are welcome to use it throughout the day. You can also leave bags/lunch there if you wish however please note that the room will not be secured and we cannot guarantee the safety of your items. We therefore recommend that you do not leave any valuables
9 - 10am (10:30am at the latest) - Arrival & ticket collection from volunteers waiting in the entrance
10am - Organised groups go through to the park with their volunteers
Please note that arriving AFTER 10am may not have the same impact or 'buzz' as if you arrive BEFORE 10am because most people will have gone through. As such we recommend arriving before 10am to get the best first impression of the day as the next big group gathering isn't until lunchtime (and bear in mind that the park is BIG so it can be hard to find a group once they have set off).
1:30pm 2:25pm - lunchtime meet up. Will take place in the Hospitality Suite which is number 11 on the Alton Towers map (next to Spinball Whizzer).
2:30pm - Big group photo, location to be confirmed on the day (but it will be near the Hospitality Suite - we'll all walk out together).
2:45pm - Well send group/s off round the park again.
4:55pm - Final Group Photo Opportunity. The park ride queues shut at 5pm. We will try and get the last ride of the day on Runaway Mine Train and fill the train with people wearing blue tops (last year we did this four times over mind you as there were so many of us!).
5pm Ride queues close. 6pm - Monorail Closes.
We always facilitate groups to go round the park together. These are optional but a great way to meet others and make new friends! We have had a lot of feedback from attendees who were really pleased to have joined a group and felt they got more out of their day because of it.
This year we will facilitate the following groups:
Group 1 - aimed at the younger ones (or those with younger ones)
Group 1a - under 0.9 metres
Group 1b - minimum height 0.9 metres
Morning Route 1a: CBeebies Land - will work their way around everything suitable for those under 0.9 metres. Afternoon Route 1a: Gallopers Carousel, Skyride to Mutiny Bay, Haunted Hollow, Duel, Sharkbait Reef
Morning Route 1b: CBeebies Land - Octonauts, Vroomster Zoom Ride, Justin's House Pie-o-matic Afternoon Route 1b: Hex, Battle Galleons, Haunted Hollow, Duel, Congo River Rapids, Runaway Mine Train
This group will go round as one. The gender groupings are mainly because all the young ones usually prefer to meet others of the same gender. Plus it just helps us divide things up a bit for the volunteers.
Group 3 - minimum height 1.4 metres
Group 3a - Young Ones
Group 3b - Teens
Group 3c - Adults
Morning Route: Rita, Th13teen, Oblivion, The Smiler Afternoon Route: Galactica, Nemesis, SW8*, Congo River Rapids, Runaway Mine Train
While taking the same route the three groups will go round independently. This means that a group can move on to the next ride without having to wait for everyone to come through as the groups are usually quite large.
*We're yet to discover what SW8 is!
Please note: The group volunteers will be instructed to follow the routes listed. The groups will aim to include the above rides as a minimum but this is subject to queue times and ride closures on the day. The groups may also be able to fit more rides in that are not listed. It all depends what happens on the day.
The groups have been designed based on feedback and suggestions from previous years. We're hoping that there is a group to suit all those who wish to join one. If you would like to take part in a group (whether for some or all of the day) you can make your decision based on: The type of rides you/your child would like to go on Height of you/your child
We hope that you would all find someone in your group that you/your child would like to meet.
If you need to find a group on the day you can message Jen on 07763293687 and she will find out where they are. Alternatively you can use the 'AUK Alton Towers 2018' Facebook Group (this is a secret group and therefore is not searchable. All those registered will be invited to join in March 2018. If you are not in it add Jen as a Facebook friend - search 'Jen Chambers Alopecia Jen' - and then she can easily add you).
We do not expect to be able to keep over 200 people together but we do want to give people the option to go round together as a big part of this is having the opportunity to meet others with alopecia which we know can be really beneficial. And there can be a lot of time waiting in queues so it is nice to have people to chat to! As the day goes on people might break in to smaller groups, which is absolutely fine. We want the day to be easygoing and for everyone to just enjoy themselves and have a good time!