I had an amazing day at Alton Towers with my daughters yesterday. Our day didnâ€™t start so well, unfortunately, after waiting in line for over an hour for the new ride Thirteen, it broke down. However, this turned out to be a bonus, as the ride operators gave me four free â€œfast-trackâ€ tickets, and on the way out, Bex and Katie managed to get another four tickets! So with tickets in hand we spent the rest of the day without queuing, which was great as some of the queue’s were over 70 minutes long.
It was so good to spend the day with my daughters, they always make me smile, and remind me not to take life to seriously. Itâ€™s lovely watching them laughing, enjoying themselves, even if a little scared at the time.
We did all the big rides, and some of the smaller ones, like Charlie and the Chocolate factory boat ride. The best bit was the ride in the great glass elevator after! A group of riders were put on a hydraulic platform and 3D projections display to give a convincing illusion of the elevator flying around and smashing into things
Oblivion, our first, was spectacular. Hanging over the edge and waiting for the vertical drop through the misty hole was breath taking. Thereâ€™s a sixty-metre climb, a turn at the top, three seconds hanging over the edge of a two hundred foot vertical drop, and then, we were plummeting into the ground, before exiting the hole at the other side
Nemesis, a bit like getting inside and Alien, was incredible. Billed it as ”the ultimate thrill ride” and it certainly lived up to this statement, with bodies and blood everywhere. Itâ€™s an insane ride, where you just don’t know where youâ€™re heading, and it just kept spinning everywhere till we reached the end
Hex, The Legend of the Towers, really spooky. It felt like we were being pulled by some weird power towards the tree branch. Very disorientating as the room spins, or was it us?
Air, we got to fly through the air like Superman, a great experience even when we spent half the ride upside down. There were a lot of pavement pizzaâ€™s here.
Rita, Once the Queen of Speed. A long abandoned raceway, where we were launched from the station pulling 4.7g’s straight into a banked turn and then around Dark Forest via airtime hills and steep turns.
Thirteen, the new coaster was well worth the visit. Itâ€™s a fairly standard ride at first, until the cars end up in a derelict wooden shed. The lights darken, and the cars drop vertically, which was a great surprise I was not expecting. A backwards stint followed which added more unexpectedness, and we came back to the station grinning from ear to ear.
We were very pleased with the day because we managed to get through all the roller coasters and all the thrill rides!