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Alton Towers bans a certain type of thrill ride

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Published: August 2, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Some odd news [a.k.a. brilliant PR hype - Editor] from United Kingdom theme park Alton Towers via The Sun.

It seems that there have been some "reports" of extra-loud couples, uh, going at it in Alton Towers hotel rooms, to the point that enough guests supposedly are complaining that their kids are overhearing it.

In response, Alton Towers management has designated certain wings of their hotels as "family friendly." To put it simply, if you want to get it on at Alton Towers, you have to stay in the adults only wing. I wonder how they will enforce such an ordinance. The simple solution would be to insulate the walls, but that wouldn't make headlines now would it?

I've stayed in enough hotels over the years to have a few stories, and I'm sure other travelers, and those in the hospitality industry have some dandies too. The peanut gallery is open.

Readers' Opinions

From Jorge Arnoldson on August 2, 2010 at 6:38 PM
How strange!
From Meagan Evanoff on August 3, 2010 at 4:18 AM
Actually... This could be pretty cool. I mean, yes, some sound proofing would be great too.

But think about it, it goes both ways. In hotels, at theme parks and other places, more than other adults, I hear kids whose parents don't discipline them, let them yell and scream and do whatever they want, whenever they want.

I realize that as half of a DINK couple, theme parks don't really cater to us and we have to put up with a certain amount of noisy-child-induced pain. So i don't complain to hotel staff about the kid-noise, ever.

But I'm sure parents feel VERY entitled to complain about adult noise. Even if happens very rarely....

I would look forward to going back to an adults only wing of a hotel at the end of the day. Parents may have inadvertently created the hotel equivalent of a "quiet car" on a train for us; I somehow very much doubt the type of noise that caused this policy is as loud, frequent or sustained as the noise kids make.

This is all said with the caveat that I have never been to Alton Towers specifically; basing my experience largely on US parks.... Who knows, maybe they DO have a tremendous sexy noise pollution problem... LOL!

From Jill Harrington on August 3, 2010 at 6:25 AM
I agree with Meagan - although I do have 3 children (whom are not allowed to yell and scream in hotels, by the way... They do enough screaming on the roller coasters and thrill rides at the park. Hotel time is for resting and relaxing), we do travel to parks without them occasionally. It would be very nice to have an adults-only section to get away from a large portion of the population that thinks it's OK to allow children to run rampant where ever they choose.

Can't imagine their type of noise pollution is that annoying - I'm usually exhausted after a day at the parks anyway, and fast asleep!

I'd love to know how they're going to enforce it though - LOL!!!

From Joshua Counsil on August 3, 2010 at 2:50 PM
That's... kinda awesome.

I imagine this will encourage young, party people to book rooms in the new area, as well, meaning that this new area may now become full of drunken reveling.

From 76.243.38.183 on August 3, 2010 at 7:12 PM
I'm sorry, but, no intimacy in the privacy of the hotel room for which I paid premium pounds???

You might as well tell me I can't scream on the roller coaster...

From Ron A on August 4, 2010 at 10:57 AM
I agree with a lot of Meagan's comments. I've traveled quite a bit myself, both with kids and without. We've gotten phone calls before because our kids (me included) were being too noisy to our guests (my apologies). I've also been on the opposite side as a single business travler and been underneath or beside a room with noisy kids. I will say in all of my business travels though, the noisy kids are encountered far more often than a noisy couple. I should add too, that the noisy couple usually doesn't last near as long as the kids do (LOL).
From Joshua Counsil on August 4, 2010 at 12:21 PM
Ron's burn FTW!
From 62.56.55.56 on August 5, 2010 at 12:19 AM
True story :

I once had terrible cramp in my calf muscle in the middle of the night. Something I'm sure many of you have had. So you know the pain.
The ensuing moaning and frantic movement to try and relieve the cramp had the guy in the next room banging on the wall and shouting for us to "take a cold shower".

If only..................

Anyway...woe betide anybody getting a cramp at Alton Towers for fear of being evicted.

From Rob P on August 5, 2010 at 12:43 AM
Apologies if this appears twice as I submitted it without logging in.

True story :

Whilst staying at an hotel I once had a terrible cramp in my calf muscle in the middle of the night. Most of you will know the intense pain this brings. Anyway the ensuing groaning and frantic movement to try to relieve the cramp resulted in the guy in the next room banging on the adjoining wall and shouting that we should " take a cold shower"

So don't ever get a cramp when you stay at Alton Towers or you'll probably be evicted from the hotel.

From 68.18.16.83 on August 5, 2010 at 1:22 PM
Yeah, but thats the Daily Sun, not much in that paper is of any interest, except page 3 :)

(Posted by Gareth H btw, just didn't log in, forgot:)

From Tiffany Alfonso on August 6, 2010 at 6:21 AM
I think it's a good move for Alton Towers - I hope the same goes for the Disney resorts because the "operation of that thrill ride by amorous couples" just ruins the overnight Disney magic.

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