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Monday, 14 August, 2000, 15:50 GMT 16:50 UK
Queue-dodgers' ticket launched
Oblivion rollercoaster vertical drop ride
Visitors can queue up to an hour for popular rides
Standing in a queue may be a British tradition, but Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire is encouraging visitors to jump to the front of the queue.

The catch? Visitors pay 65 for the privilege - three times the cost of a basic entrance ticket.

At this stage the tickets are only available on the internet.

Emma Parsons
Emma Parsons: 50 tickets sold in one week
Managers said tickets had been popular, with 50 sold in the first week.

"We see it very much as a special occasion type pass," said spokeswoman Emma Parsons.

"There are only 30 available every day and they'll be using a different entrance to the other visitors, so it'll have no effect on the 14,000 other visitors we have on park."

Some visitors said they would fork out the extra cash to avoid queuing, but others were sceptical.

"I'd rather wait in the queue than spend 65 just to come on these rides," said one man.

"If you've got the money and you're prepared to pay it then fine, but I wouldn't," another visitor said.

About 2.5 million people visit Alton Towers every year and it is not unusual to queue for up to an hour for some rides.

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