Hi guys. I’ve noticed that while a number of the major roller coasters at the park have their own general discussion thread, Thirteen doesn’t have one, so I thought I’d start a discussion thread for the park’s 2010 Intamin Multi-Dimensional Coaster! So, what are everyone’s thoughts on Thirteen as a ride? Personally, it’s one that has grown on me over the years. I never used to think much to it, but I do think it’s really quite good fun these days! Each part of it is unique and fun in its own way; the outdoor section provides some nice twists and floater airtime pops, while the indoor section with the drop track is always fun, and the backwards section is surprisingly vigorous! I also think Thirteen has aged very well; it’s still blissfully smooth and comfortable, even at 11 years old! So on the whole, I think Thirteen is a solid, fun family roller coaster; my current 4th favourite coaster on park, and worthy of a solid 7/10! The other reason I made this thread was because I recently re-read Nick Sim’s brilliant book Tales from the Towers (definitely worth a read, if you haven’t read it already!), and until reading it, I never realised quite how insane Thirteen’s marketing campaign was. I knew it was somewhat out-there, but according to the book, they had all sorts of stunts for it, and hyped it up in all kinds of ways, including: They said that you could only ride once a day, and could only be between 16 and 55 to ride. They said you had to sign a waiver saying that you couldn’t sue the park if the ride caused psychological damage. They provided rubber pants for people riding in case of “unfortunate accidents” on board. They provided an option for health insurance with entry for £1 extra, so that you could see a medical professional near to Thirteen after having ridden if you felt the ride had caused you such strong psychological pain. They said that a builder was “paralysed by fear” while building it. They got Simon Cowell’s bodyguard to “guard” the ride’s construction. This sounds interesting, and incredibly different to any marketing campaign I’ve ever seen for a ride! It must have worked, though, given that the park pulled 2,750,000 guests in Thirteen’s opening year according to the TEA report; the most since 1994! For anyone who remembers Thirteen’s opening year, did the park ever follow through with any of these stunts?