Alton Towers (Interesting Park)

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Wednesday, August 15, 2001 5:32 AM
My rating system: 1 smile=worst, 5 smiles=best.

Getting to this park is an amazing feat. From London, we boarded Virgin Trains for the two hour long ride to Stoke-On-Trent. Then we took a 30 minute cab ride through Staffordshire, and finally to Alto towers. The road to get there is literally as wide as some bike paths. The area is extremely beautiful, but it sure seems like you are in the middle of nowhere.

As we entered the park, I wanted to go to Nemesis first, but we ended up in UgLand. Our first ride was Corkscrew.

Corkscrew (1 lap):
Positive:Decent themeing, funny music in line, neat looking trains.
Negative:Rough, needs a paint job in the worst way, very slow.
Bottom Line:Very uninteresting ride. :) :)

We took Skyride over to Forbidden Valley. It gives a great view of these mysterious gardens. The gardens are huge.

Nemesis (2 laps):
Positive:Extremely good themeing (yes blood red water), many footchoppers, great first corkscrew, hugs ground, extremely tight twists and turns, pits and tunnels.
Negative:Very dirty queue line.
Bottom Line:Thrilling B&M inverted that constantly dives into tunnels. Very unique ride. :) :) :) :) :)

After Nemesis we watched Ripsaw’s riders get soaked. Good fun. Then we walked down to Katanga Canyon.

Runaway Mine Train (2 laps):
Positive:Surprising tunnel, two times around (!), wave to people on Congo River Rapids!
Negative:Can’t complain too much.
Bottom Line:Good Mine Train. :) :)

Next we took a long walk over to X-Sector.

Oblivion (1 lap):
Positive:Steep lift hill, loved the slow first turn (can you say anticipation?), freefall-type drop, misty tunnel, throw your gum into Oblivion!
Negative:Way, way, way too short, needs more elements.
Bottom Line:The drop is great, but that’s it. :) :) :)

Black Hole (1 lap):
Positive:Unique train design, good laterals, long curved lift hill, dark.
Negative:Wouldn’t hurt to be a little longer.
Bottom Line:Reminds me of space mountain(Magic Kingdom). :) :) :)

Overall, Alton Towers is an extremely unique park. It is the most beautiful park I have ever been to. BGW does an amazing job at recreating Europe, but this is the real thing! I didn’t have time to go to the castle (yes, there is a castle in the middle of the park), so I was wondering what was in there. Anyone know? Oh, and what is Hex? Anyway, Alton Towers is a great park. Don’t miss it.
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Parks for 2001: SFEG, Lakeside,Funtown USA, Palace Playland, HP,BGW,PKD,Alton Towers.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2001 10:15 PM
Good TR. I wish I could cross the pond to experience some non-U.S. parks. How are the employees and the dispatch times on the coasters?

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Chitowns 6 year old daughter says "Daddy, Dippin Dots are nasty!!" I must say that I agree!!
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Thursday, August 16, 2001 4:32 AM
Oblivion had a strange way of dealing with capacity, but it worked. I think there were a total of six trains. They would load three and send them all out at the same time. I don't know if that is correct, but whatever they did, it worked.

Nemesis's line moved along with two trains and the employees were efficient. They weren't the most friendly people, but they did there job.
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Parks for 2001: SFEG, Lakeside,Funtown USA, Palace Playland, HP,BGW,PKD,Alton Towers.
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Thursday, August 16, 2001 12:05 PM
Oblivion can actually Load just 2 Trains at a time, this is due to the very useful Double Queue Line with techniclly 2 Stations, Trains are dispatched about every 20-30 seconds(When One Train leaves and gets to the top, The Next One is allowed to leave)

Hex is a Haunted Swing Ride, You Sit in Rows and Sit Side by Side, and The Room Moves Around you, It can disorinate you and you actually do think you go upside down, Possibly the Best Haunted Swing Ride in the World, its themeing is Amazing.

The Castle you speak off is actually the Towers, There is nothing really in them, but if you make the Trip to the Top, you can get some Great Views of the Park

Also, Did you try any other rides besides the ones you listed Like The Haunted House,EnterPrise,Submission(New Ride this year) and Bone Shaker which was Engergizer last year???????
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Thursday, August 16, 2001 12:18 PM
Nope, I didn't have time. We only had three hours. :(
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Parks for 2001: SFEG, Lakeside,Funtown USA, Palace Playland, HP,BGW,PKD,Alton Towers.
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Friday, February 28, 2003 6:56 PM
alton towers monorail is from where i live it was part of expo86 it was soposed to stay but jerks made it go up for sale i talked to alton towers amusement and they said that they would put something on the monorail on the website but they dident it has been a year
*** This post was edited by fatkat61 3/1/2003 9:34:11 PM ***
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Sunday, March 2, 2003 5:54 PM
Wow, you searched that deep to post a response like that? Talk about too much time on your hands...

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Track Record: 164
Favorite Wood: Phoenix at Knoebels
Favorite Steel: Millennium Force at Cedar Point

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Sunday, March 2, 2003 6:03 PM
Don't worry, next fall he'll be in Kindergarden where they will teach spelling and grammar.

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- "I used to be in the audio/visual club, but I was kicked out because of my views on Vietnam........and I was stealing projectors" - Homer Simpson

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Monday, March 3, 2003 5:13 AM

No Air? :( So is Oblivion's blocking system like TTD's will be?
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Monday, March 3, 2003 5:23 AM
Look at the date of the original post, Andy.

Fatkat was trying to teach us spelling I "sopose".

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- "I used to be in the audio/visual club, but I was kicked out because of my views on Vietnam........and I was stealing projectors" - Homer Simpson

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Monday, March 3, 2003 5:46 AM
Haha, it's embarrassing reading my crappy old trip reports. ;) I guess I was too lazy to actually type sentences.
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You are about to discover what lies beyond the 5th dimension, beyond the deepest, darkest corner of the imagination in the Tower Of Terror.
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Monday, March 3, 2003 11:58 AM
I do like the smile rating system though, good thought!

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Track Record: 164
Favorite Wood: Phoenix at Knoebels
Favorite Steel: Millennium Force at Cedar Point

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 9:02 PM
Did you ride AIR????

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If you haven't rode Raging Bull in the back row you haven't lived. The feeling on that first drop cannot be explained in words!

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 9:19 PM
look at the date backseat buller
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