Too Tall, on Sep 22 2009, 12:32 PM, said:
nicola, on Sep 22 2009, 11:16 AM, said:
@ Too Tall, I noticed you were checking out the badges of some of the guests, however should a company advertise different packages at extra prices and stipulate rules in the t&c's then this should be adhered too.
In which case just dont offer the gold package at all and then this would not be an issue, nor would the thankless job of the volunteers who seemed to enjoy themselves.
I agree rules should be adhere'd to, I'm just explaining that we did try very hard with the gold area. And that as only very few people did get in I don't think it was a huge issue.
Without having a turn style it's very hard to police 100%.
I think the gold area worked really well or we could have had the ET1 situation all over again, were 200+ attendees all try and get to the guests all at once and then they leave after 30 minutes.
The photos with the guests, they made that decision. I don't think we could have stopped them
I was't worried about the distinction between standard and gold, if you want the ViP area, then it has to be paid for.
My son played black jack with charlie, he really behaved himself, so much so, that when Charlie saw either of my boys, he did a big thumbs up and a "hey guys" and before we knew it, had thrown his arms around matthew and looked expectantly at me to take a photograph, so of course I did!
I think the guests looked like they had a great time. I don't think they were overly hassled at Brum, I obviously wasn't at London.
Hubby stood and chatted to Daniel at the bar for a while, they were just very decent blokes, all three of them
I liked the way the crew handle things
It is up to them if they wish to take someone into the VIP area. You get that at gigs too, it doesn't hurt anyone, I don't think the Gold pass people I spoke to had a problem with it, so if they don't, then why not.
I agree with TT, a 1 in 30 chance of being taken in there, fair enough. I wasn't bothered either way, and no, I didn't go in!
I had a fantastic weekend.
I think the food costs were the only issue, but I will take food with me next time (was a bit rushed this time in my preparations). Hubby nipped off to subway which was much appreciated, but you could actually order a dominos through the hotel anyway (which we did
Where the numbers of attendees were concerned, well, just chalk that one down to experience maybe.
SM/ME did actually put on the event by responding to all our pleas on the forum, so, business or not, I for one am still grateful they did it, or I might never have got to go to ET at all and meet all the incredible people there, guests, crew and attendees alike.
With any event, there will be a niggle here or there, but as long as you don't let it get on top of you and let it ruin your weekend, thats fine. You get out of it what you put in, there is nobody stood there telling you to dance or whatever.
I didn't mind the casino in the different room because you could talk, I wonder if that is why the VIP area was to the side so that they could have both light, and a little break from the music volume to chat, I don't think they could have easily chatted next to the speakers or anything, so that would have spoilt the gold pass experience
Yes, it was a little too roomy, but all those at the forks high disco was vouch that it was a fantastic evening, we danced our socks off, and we reluctantly had to leave for home at 10pm, but could have stayed all night (something about hubby needing to start a new job at 9am Monday morning? Is that more important than Twi-entertainment,? Well, jury's out on that one!
Even the parking at the hotel was reasonable.