23rd June 2019 Hi guys. Today, I returned to Alton Towers for the first time this year, and I'm staying in the hotel tonight and going on park again tomorrow, so this will be a 2 day report! As many of you probably know, I have visited Alton Towers many times over the years. But these 2 days have a bit of a twist, as I've brought my nan with me who hasn't been since 1998, so I was interested to see her thoughts on the park 21 years on. Due to this, we had a fun time doing some of the attractions we don't often do at Alton Towers! We left at about 7:30 this morning and got to Alton at about 10am after a somewhat eventful drive through the country lanes, we arrived. After a 15 minute walk to the park, I knew that I was back at Alton Towers when I saw this wonderful view: Now, we learned that Wicker Man would unfortunately be closed today. This was a minor blow initially, as it was one of the main rides we were convinced my nan would like, but we weren't going to let this stop us! With that attitude, we headed up to Dark Forest to ride... Thirteen Now, Thirteen was on a 50 minute queue when we went and joined it, but it was only 35 minutes in the end, which is always a plus! The tesla coil in the queue was also working well! So, how was the ride? Well, we were sat in row 7 and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I got some reasonably good floater airtime over the first drop and a couple of minor spots elsewhere, as well as a great sense of whip! That's why I love to sit towards the back of Thirteen; it may not be one of my all-time favourite coasters, but it's always smooth and enjoyable, and I consider it somewhat underrated, so what else can you really ask for from a family coaster? As for my nan, let's just say she sounded concerned when I said "did you like the first bit?" and seemed as though the drop took her by surprise! She enjoyed the ride overall, however: After Thirteen, we headed out of Dark Forest to ride... Hex: The Legend of the Towers Hex looked relatively quiet, so we decided to wander in. The good thing about Hex is that it always seems to be quiet, so it's a reliable ride to go on for a walk-on queue most of the time! So, how was the ride? Well, I always enjoy Hex for the immersive aspects of the experience as well as the actual madhouse portion itself, and today was no different! However, my nan wasn't a fan of the sensation on the ride itself. Hex is certainly a hidden gem worth checking out, in my opinion: After Hex, we took a pleasant journey on the Skyride over to Forbidden Valley, where we got a drink before me and my mum rode... Nemesis Nemesis was on a 45 minute queue, so me and my mum joined it. My nan skipped this one, as she doesn't like really intense rides with loads of inversions; she looked horrified just watching the vertical loop in particular! So, how was the ride! Well, we were in row 7, and I thought it was just as brilliant as ever, definitely holding its own as my #5 coaster: After Nemesis, my mum tried to coerce my nan into riding Galactica to no avail before we headed back over to Katanga Canyon to ride... Runaway Mine Train Now, I was interested to reride Runaway Mine Train, as I hadn't been on it since 2017. The queue was 45 minutes, and after a while, we were on! So, how was it? Well, it was fun and surprisingly fast as always! My nan loved it, too! For me, the Runaway Mine Train will always be a special ride, being my first coaster, and it's still my favourite of the 4 powered coasters I've done by a considerable distance! For the best ride, I'd suggest heading towards the back: After our fun ride on the Runaway Mine Train, we walked a short distance to the entrance of... Congo River Rapids Congo River Rapids was on a 60 minute queue, so we decided to join it. Now, I was interested to see what Congo River Rapids was like, as I last rode in 2017 just after the waterfalls were turned off. So, how was it? Well, I thought it was still fun despite the lack of waterfalls; even though I stayed relatively dry, my mum and nan got wetter and the people sat with us got quite wet! It was certainly an enjoyable ride for everyone! After that, we got an ice cream and gazed upon a closed Wicker Man: Even though the ride was closed, I still think it looked very impressive, and I must say that it was the quietest I've ever seen the area! The official reason from the ride hosts was "maintenance" from what we could hear them saying, but I've heard that it is awaiting a replacement part. Hopefully it'll operate again soon! After eating our ice cream and gazing upon Wicker Man for a bit, we headed down into Mutiny Bay, where me and my nan rode... Marauder's Mayhem Marauder's Mayhem was on a 10 minute queue, so my nan and I thought it might be fun to ride on our way out! I haven't done Marauder's Mayhem in a number of years, so I was interested to see what it was like. So, how was the ride? Well, I found it very fun, although my nan found it exhausting spinning the barrel! She seemed to enjoy it, though: After that, we headed out of the park on the monorail. So, in conclusion, I had a lovely day at Alton Towers today! Even though I may not have had the most extreme day, it was nice to take my nan on some of the more familiar attractions to me, as well as experiencing some of the attractions we don't experience as often when we come as a family! I hope you enjoyed today's trip report! I'm heading off soon to eat in the Rollercoaster Restaurant before sleeping in the Alton Towers Hotel and spending another day on park tomorrow, which I will be reporting on!