24th March 2018 Hi guys. Today, my family and I set off for Alton Towers in order to ride Wicker Man, and we're staying at ATH tonight so that we can get into the park and ride Wicker Man tomorrow during ERT. Anyway, because we left late and didn't get into the park until about 3:30pm, we didn't get on Wicker Man today, but we did get on Oblivion and The Smiler, so I'll post about those: Oblivion Even though it's short, I do have a real soft spot for Oblivion! It's a great ride, and it really provides a good rush. It's very forceful too. It may not be the best B&M Dive Coaster out there, but it's a great ride nonetheless, and still my 3rd favourite at Alton (pre-Wicker Man, that is!). It's also incredibly smooth considering it's 20 years old! On a side note, has Oblivion always had very posh announcements, with a guy who pronounces Oblivion as "Oh-blivion"? The Smiler Our ride today on The Smiler was actually really good today! We sat in row 3, and other than a bit of a rattle and the cobra roll jolt, I actually found it pretty smooth! I always find Smiler a very disorientating ride, and today was no exception! Whether you like it or not, you have to admit that it's an obscene piece of engineering. That many inversions in that small amount of space is simply crazy! The queue is also just as disorientating as the ride itself, and it offers some fantastic views of the coaster! The addition of bag cages also didn't seem to impact operations too much, with a member of my family actually saying that they thought the queue moved faster than it did with the baggage hold, which is a plus. Overall, The Smiler was great today! That was unfortunately all we managed to get done today, what with how busy the park was. Alton have done really well today considering how busy the park was and the problems with Wicker Man. But thankfully, we're going to do everything else tomorrow, including Wicker Man! I'm so excited! My 40th roller coaster and my 2nd wooden roller coaster! It looks fantastic, and I can't wait to ride it tomorrow! I did however, get to see the ride in the flesh and purchase a block of wood. It really looks fantastic in person, and it's much bigger than I was expecting! The block of wood was also much bigger than I was expecting! To end today, have a few photos I took. Sorry about quality: View attachment 2611 View attachment 2612 View attachment 2613 View attachment 2614 P.S. I am aware that the images have uploaded sideways, but I'm not sure how to change that. Also, sorry if this comes across as badly written. I've never really written a proper trip report before, so I tried my best.