Alton Towers 18th August 2018

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  1. Matt N

    Matt N TowersStreet Member

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    18th August 2018
    Hi guys. Sorry to bore you with another of my trip reports, but my family and I went to Alton Towers today on the way home from a lovely holiday in the Lake District; we're there tomorrow, too! We left our house in Ambleside at around 9:45am, so we arrived in Alton at about 12:30pm. By the time we got into the park, it was nearly 1pm, so we got into the queue for our first ride...
    Wicker Man
    I was excited to get back on Wicker Man; my last ride on it was the day after it officially opened, and let's just say it was a rather extended Wicker Man experience, lasting around 4 hours overall! Thankfully, we only waited around an hour for Wicker Man today, so everyone in my family was in higher spirits boarding the train. Me and my mum sat in row 3, and it was awesome! The ride felt like it was running a little faster; even the not-so-boring corner carried a decent pace through it! It also felt like there were one or two more moments of airtime; albeit not overly strong airtime, in my opinion. But still good airtime, because any airtime is good airtime, if you ask me! Overall, today's ride on Wicker Man reaffirmed what I previously thought of it! It still sits in my #10 spot, and is still my favourite wooden roller coaster! I did find it strange that I actually thought the ride was better towards the front, as many prefer the back! So a great start to our first Alton Towers day! After a pleasant surprise on Wicker Man, we headed down through Gloomy Wood and into Forbidden Valley for our next ride...
    Nemesis
    I really wanted to reride Nemesis, as I hadn't been on it since July 2017. I was interested to see how it would ride after going on rides like Icon and reriding The Swarm in May 2018. Me and my dad rode Nemesis in row 2, and you know what; I think that was one of the most intense rides I've ever had on Nemesis! For the first time ever, I actually greyed out in between the helix and the zero-g! It was amazing; it just felt utterly relentless! The ride was also extremely smooth, with only one or two points where it rattled a little! These didn't detract at all from the ride experience for me, however. All in all, I was very surprised with Nemesis today, so much so I'd probably say that it has swapped places with The Swarm and reclaimed the #5 spot for me! It's very, very close, in my opinion, but that ride today just decided it for me! It was absolutely fantastic; one of the best rides I've ever had on Nemesis, in my opinion! After a ride on the wonderful Nemesis, we wandered over to our next ride...
    Oblivion
    I have to say that Oblivion is definitely a ride that has grown on me a lot as the years have gone on! When I first came off it back in 2013, I remember being a bit underwhelmed, but now, I love it! It's such a rush plummeting into that tunnel at 68mph, and despite the fact that many dismiss Dive Coasters as one-trick-ponies, you've got to admit that Oblivion's trick is one very well executed trick! Like Nemesis, the ride has also aged extremely well, in my opinion, providing an extremely smooth ride! All in all, even though there are bigger, better Dive Coasters out there, I still have a soft spot for this classic; my personal 4th favourite coaster at Towers! After Oblivion, we headed to our final ride of the day...
    Spinball Whizzer
    As our day at Towers was winding to a close, me and my mum got into the 35 minute queue for Spinball Whizzer, which is surprisingly short for Spinball! In my opinion, Spinball is quite a good family coaster, but I remembered the ride being quite rough from previous rides on it, so I was interested to see what it was like. When I rode it, I personally found it to be very jolty, and I think my Mum did, too! There was a lot of spinning, but the jolting kind of detracted from it, in my opinion. I still had good fun, but my Mum didn't seem too keen when we came into the brake run. So overall, I personally find Spinball to be a good, fun family coaster, but I do personally prefer the Mack Rides spinning coaster, like Cobra's Curse at Busch Gardens Tampa. After a fun ride on Spinball, my family decided to head back to our hotel and end our first day at Alton Towers...
    So, in conclusion...
    Me and my family had a wonderful day at Alton Towers, and I can't wait to be back on park tomorrow! It is definitely still my favourite park, and it was very interesting to go back after going to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Drayton Manor! Nemesis and Wicker Man both really surprised me, and Oblivion and Spinball Whizzer were both good, too! Tomorrow, I'm hoping that I can get some of the stuff done that I didn't do today, and possibly have some rerides on some of my favourite attractions at the park! So thanks for reading today's report, and stay tuned for another one tomorrow!
    P.S. Sorry if this report isn't as detailed as others I've done or if I've written it badly. Also, sorry for long post.
     
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  2. Mikw

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    Thanks for the report. Sounds like you had a good day. Did you get on the Smiler this time?
     
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    You're welcome! I had a wonderful day, thank you!

    Unfortunately, I couldn't get on Smiler this time, but I hope to on my next visit!

    Also, my family have unfortunately decided that we're not going tomorrow because everyone in my family is kind of tired, so we're going in 2 weeks instead.
     
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    Premier Inn Leek Town Centre. It was lovely!
     
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    @Matt N out of interest why go for row 2 on nemesis? It's surely the worst row to ride an inverted coaster as you dont get the force of the back few rows, or the views of the front. Have you rode front row Nemesis? It makes a huge difference :)
     
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    We went for row 2 because as my dad said to me on another coaster (I think it was Swarm): "You go wherever's free. You don't pick and choose; you go where you're given".

    Also, back row was chained off.

    Anyway, despite where I rode, I still thought that that was one of the best rides I'd ever had on Nemesis!
     
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    From a philosophical stance, this quote from Matt's Dad has given me a lot think about.
     
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    Make your own fate, go where you want instead! :D
     
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    If you ain't paying, fill your boots, but do as you are asked and don't complain.
    Dads wallet is on charge on these occasions Matt, soak it up and obey!
     
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    I like to think that's exactly what I did! I've never been one to wait for a specific seat on a coaster, anyway; I've only ever done Nemesis front row once and I unfortunately never braved it backwards on The Swarm.
     
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    Your Dad appears to be a flat out follower of determinism. Free will is an illusion apparently. :)
    Interesting insight in to your coaster opinions nonetheless, was Duel any good?
     
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    I unfortunately didn't go on Duel. My dad does let me pick my own way at other times, but when I ride coasters with him, he normally picks the row we sit in for me judging by wherever's free!

    I'm glad you found my report interesting!
     

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