Alton Towers wedding party back on after cancelled Muslim buyout

Posted Wednesday, August 2, 2006 11:06 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Amanda Morris and Scott Lee had feared their special day at Alton Towers would be ruined after it was announced the theme park was hosting a special event for 28,000 Muslims. That meant the couple and their 50 guests would have to follow rules such as men and women being forced to go on separate rides and women being made to cover up. But the Bramley couple's £5,000 dream weekend in September has been saved after the firm behind the first ever Muslim fun day, Islamic Leisure, cancelled the event because of poor ticket sales.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2006 11:44 AM
Thank God!
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 11:53 AM
^ Thank Allah!
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 11:55 AM
Allah isn't that great if he can't draw more people to a Theme Park.
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 12:15 PM
janfrederick's avatar Oh please ya bunch of goofballs!

Anyway, I'd say the park dodged a bullet on this one, but I'd imagine the bad PR damage has already been done. Furthermore, they lost a large event.

Wednesday, August 2, 2006 12:25 PM
Jeff's avatar So they pissed off a wedding party, got bad PR for double-booking, and lost a buy-out event. Alton Towers loses!
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 2:16 PM
I wonder if the bride moved her event, too. I just felt it was wrong for the one group to tell those in the other group what to wear and how to ride. They must think they'd get corrupted if they saw a he-and-she couple on a ride together, having fun. If that's their thing, fine, but the other group has rights, too.
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 2:57 PM
Honest question: in the intolerant times we live in, would the reactions of folks around here be the same if this was a Catholic group rather than a Muslim group?

Regardless, the park screwed up. Sucks to be that group sales manager today, I'm sure.

Wednesday, August 2, 2006 3:12 PM
Well, I don't think it was the fact that there were going to be lots of Muslims there that caused the issue. I think it was the fact that everything was segregated into men/women, etc.
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 5:16 PM
Had I been a member of the wedding group, the Muslim group would not have bothered me, as long as they didn't try to force me to abide by THEIR beliefs, which may not be mine.
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 5:37 PM
Jeff's avatar But that was the point... it was essentially going to be their park for the day, so if you wanted to be there, you had to play by their rules.
Friday, August 4, 2006 1:36 PM
Hey I see a marketing opportunity for some of the parks.....they can try to schedule muslim groups and "gay day" at the same time! then there would be no conflict over men riding with men or women riding with women. Just be sure christians (or republicans) aren't present that day! Oh well, i guess someone is always excluded! ;)
Sunday, August 6, 2006 12:39 PM
Rick_UK's avatar I'm very happy for the couple, I hope they have a great day :)

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