Well, this falls under 2 catergories in these forums, so I decided to post it here. Hey everyone! For the first time in 2 years I'm going to Alton towers, however its just a week away now. I have a premium merlin annual pass. My Dad wants to come with me, but is also a thrill seeker. 2 Years ago I chickened out of oblivion whilst he went on it twice . Besides, I was wondering if I could get some explanations and was wondering if anyone else wouldn't mind coming on that day? We plan on arriving there for early ride time. I was curious if you could take a friend with you for early ride time In early ride time, what is the normal line up? Baring in mind I'm going on a friday, is it worth buying fast passes in advance, or leaving them to be judged when we are in the park? What ride order would you recommend (I am desperate to do the smiler and RITA, as RITA was broken down for the whole day when I went, and the smiler looks insane!) What rides would you not recommend? I am also planning on visiting Thorpe park on the 29th, and Chessington on the 1st or 2nd. Im already planning to meet up with one person at chessy, it would be neat to meet people at thorpe! Thanks guys!