Thirteen roller coaster debuts at Alton Towers with vertically dropping track

Posted Wednesday, March 24, 2010 6:02 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Thirteen, despite having an almighty mountain of expectation to climb, does not disappoint. It's fast, it's frightening and it makes you scream. It is also accompanied by clever viral marketing, with builders and organisers telling us that not only is the terrifying Thirteen built on an unearthed ancient burial site - why weren't we told about this when the late Corkscrew ride was in its place? - but that the very name of the ride itself is intended to cast an irreversible spell on all Alton Towers' aficionados, making certain they will visit again.

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Friday, March 26, 2010 1:54 PM

I'll spare you all my writing parody coaster-themed lyrics to "You Gotta Get a Gimmick" from Gypsy. :)

Last edited by birdhombre, Friday, March 26, 2010 1:54 PM
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Friday, March 26, 2010 2:39 PM

Show tunes? And I thought I was gay! ;)

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Friday, March 26, 2010 3:11 PM

^You don't HAVE to like show tunes if you're gay ;) And vice-versa, I would think.

I was thinking about all this anticapointment over 13... and can't help but think how much more interesting it looks than just about every B&M that was built in the last 10 years.

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Friday, March 26, 2010 4:30 PM

CoasterDemon said:
...and can't help but think how much more interesting it looks than just about every B&M that was built in the last 10 years.

...and can't help but mention it every chance you get.

Is Coaster Demon/B&M the new Moosh/SFMM?

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Friday, March 26, 2010 5:06 PM

CoasterDemon said:
^You don't HAVE to like show tunes if you're gay ;) And vice-versa, I would think.

Wow, that's a relief...'cause ummm, I got rhythm... :)

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Friday, March 26, 2010 5:34 PM

Lord Gonchar said: Is Coaster Demon/B&M the new Moosh/SFMM?

I like to think of Coaster Demon/B&M as the new Lost Kause/Qbot :)

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Friday, March 26, 2010 5:38 PM

While I agree, Jeff, that an an over-marketed ride doesn't make it a sucky ride (Diamondback, imo), Th13teen still looks sucky to me.

Can you imagine going to the park to ride waht was advertised as the scariest coaster ever created only to experience that instead? Cry wolf much, Alton Towers?

Edit - Moosh snookered one in on me...

Run away, Demon. From this point on you will only know as "the crazy one". ;)

Last edited by LostKause, Friday, March 26, 2010 5:40 PM
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Friday, March 26, 2010 5:42 PM

Personally, it might be interesting to see faceless wraiths who look like "hunched monks with large cossacks pulled over their heads." Cool, a coaster themed to Taras Bulba! An authentic Russian Mountain? (I think she meant to say cassocks, but technically they don't have hoods either.)

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Friday, March 26, 2010 5:54 PM

Mamoosh said:
Show tunes? And I thought I was gay! ;)

Well, I'm not very flaming, so I have to fulfill my stereotype quota by doing a lot of theatre. ;)

I personally don't have a problem with gimmicky coasters either. I rather enjoy Italian Backstunt Job, for example. Although I miss having the splash effect at the end.

Last edited by birdhombre, Friday, March 26, 2010 5:55 PM
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Friday, March 26, 2010 6:03 PM

Mamoosh said:
I like to think of Coaster Demon/B&M as the new Lost Kause/Qbot :)

Yeah, I suppose that works too. :)

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Friday, March 26, 2010 6:06 PM

RatherGoodBear: Actually, I was hoping for "hassocks", making it the first coaster you can ride in a kneeling position.

--Dave Althoff, Jr

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Friday, March 26, 2010 6:49 PM

LostKause said: Moosh snookered one in on me...

In your dreams! ;)

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Friday, March 26, 2010 11:13 PM

I know you love me Moosh.

I wanted to say snuck, but it was underlined in red dots, which means that it really isn't a word according to Firefox (even though it really is a word), so instead of taking chances, I went with a more realler ( ;) ) sounding word, which really didn't mean exactly what I wanted it to mean. :p

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Friday, March 26, 2010 11:21 PM

Lord Gonchar said:

CoasterDemon said:
...and can't help but think how much more interesting it looks than just about every B&M that was built in the last 10 years.

...and can't help but mention it every chance you get.

Is Coaster Demon/B&M the new Moosh/SFMM?

I guess I do mention it a big much ;) Well, it's true, ain't it?

I think we all have our stuff we stand by - for me it's love of old Anton loopers and 'classic' woodies/tiredness of B&M sameness...

For some people, it's love of q bots/cut it line stuff, or the hate of it (that would be me).

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Friday, March 26, 2010 11:24 PM

LostKause said: I know you love me Moosh.

I'm your Betty White! ;)

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Friday, March 26, 2010 11:25 PM

Wow! I just watched the POV of Intimidator on youtube :) Looks amazing and steep, can't wait to ride that. A friend who was at media day told me it was good, but he said there was a lack of bunny hops and the end.

So I'm having to explain to him that B&M 'doesn't do' bunny hops. No speed hils/bunny hills. Just camel back hills. over and over and over and over...


Really, it really does look good. I've never been to Carowinds and haven't ridden one of the new staggered seating B&M's. Hope I can go soon.

AND I can't wait to ride 13 as well. I am more looking forward to that to be honest (not that I have plans to ride it soon!)

Last edited by CoasterDemon, Friday, March 26, 2010 11:33 PM
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Saturday, March 27, 2010 12:07 AM

Intimidator has lots of bunny hops...they're just larger than your friend is used to :)

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Saturday, March 27, 2010 12:36 AM

Mamoosh said:

LostKause said: I know you love me Moosh.

I'm your Betty White! ;)

Hopefully without the St. Olaf stories. :)

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Saturday, March 27, 2010 9:42 AM

I'd say Thir3een is an interesting ride concept at least. Not many people would expect that sensation on a roller coaster. That being said, I don't think it's anything for which they would need younger riders to sign a waiver to ride...

Last edited by D_vo, Saturday, March 27, 2010 9:42 AM
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Saturday, March 27, 2010 10:38 AM

RatherGoodBear said: Hopefully without the St. Olaf stories. :)

Did I ever tell you about the Great Herring War?

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