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Alton Towers Almanac: Gallery: Opening Shambles
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When Splash Landings opened on 1st June 2003, the entire building was unfinished. After reports of parts of the hotel being unfinished we went for a look round 2 days later.
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The sign on the hotel roundabout which indicates the Splash Landings drive, complete, illuminated, nice. So far, so good...
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From The Alton Towers Hotel car park an open gate revealed something resembling a building site, scaffolding surrounding parts of the new Splash Landings Hotel.
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A closer look at all the building materials lying around in the previous shot. This type of scene is typical around the hotel's exterior.
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Scaffolding around one of the water flumes, the new connecting walkway just behind. If you're wondering, the patch on the flume says 'Diversion' with an arrow pointing up the flume.
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Just around the corner and a large amount of exterior work on the hotel is awaiting completion. Does the place look like it should be open to you?
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Even the entrance area to the Splash Landings Hotel hasn't been completed on time. It's not like first impressions count or anything...
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On the left of the hotel entrance plastic sheeting obscures work taking place on the outdoor seating for the bars and restaurants.
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Large areas of paving to the right of the entrance are not yet completed.
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Various structures around the hotel are yet to be completed and more unfinished paving.
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Water should be running down this focal water feature located in front of the entrance. Instead trailing wires run to it, black polythene, tools and parts lie around it.
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A number of holes like this can be found around the entrance area. They aren't fenced off and I imagine could prove dangerous to any young children about.
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The first thing I noticed once I walked into to hotel was the ladder and tins of paint in the foyer area, work on the ceiling wasn't finished.
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Large windows in the hotel foyer area give you an excellent view of the unfinished Cariba Creek waterpark, with only 1 pool containing water and one water feature working (shown).
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A worker sticks tape on faults whilst walking the route of the unfinished Master Blaster water rollercoaster, the star attraction of Cariba Creek.
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Tools, equipment and materials sit in the channel of the Master Blaster water rollercoaster.
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Scaffolding and building materials still surround parts of the Master Blaster. Various debris lies on the roof of the ride.
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Work continues elsewhere in Cariba Creek waterpark.
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The outdoors section of the Cariba Creek waterpark, clearly a LOT of work to be done before this is anywhere near ready!
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Heading down a set of steps and more tools, bits of equipment, materials and paint are lying about on the floor.
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As the signs state, the paint on the restaurant entrance desk is wet. 2 weeks bad weather stopped this being painted on time did it?
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Scaffolding poles lie on the floor just inside the entrance to the restaurant. Just a small trip hazard...
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More wet paint on the doors to the games arcade (which is no doubt another way to extract as much money from guests as possible).
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Here and in many places around the hotel you'll find trailing cables and tools lying around.
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The lifts haven't been completed yet so guests are having to use the stairs (more on those later) - it seems they've used a little initiative here and placed barriers to stop guests falling down open lift shafts.
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Bits of rubbish and pots of paint/paste/etc. lie in corners around the hotel. Not particularly dangerous but looks terrible for a 220/night hotel.
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Towers, wallpaper, paint, rollers, adhesive and brushes lie on a window without a sill, and some rather filthy glass. Looks very unsightly.
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Guests are having to use the stairs due to the non-functioning lifts, whilst doing so they're met by ladders and unfinished wallpapering hanging from the walls.
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A room with a quarry view, only at Alton Towers' Splash Landings Hotel...
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The presence of the builders is still very much evident from the monorail with all manner of materials and portacabins in the car park.
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Another shot from the monorail showing slightly further along the car park.

What a mess...!
   
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