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Not as good as I remember it being!
Alton Towers (Staffordshire)
Member Name: blazeybug
Alton Towers (Staffordshire)
Date: 20/07/09, updated on 02/08/11 (133 review reads)
Advantages: My Brother Loved It
Disadvantages: Most rides not suitable for overweight people
Remembering how much I loved Alton Towers when I was younger I decided to take my younger brother and cousin last year. My Dad offered to drive us there and in return I paid for his ticket.
The park is in Staffordshire and the costs of entry to the park are now £29 per adult and £22 per child. (these may have gone up again by now)
The park itself is great, we all know the rides etc so I will not bother to list them all. They have many different places to eat and rest.
The one ride that sticks out in my mind is Oblivion. I recall loving rollercoasters...and now after going on Oblivion I really don't plan to ever go on one again! The ride slowly takes you to a great height and then stops at the top of a very big vertical drop. Okay... now I am scared.... but then the actual carriage tips toward so that your face is directed to the ground.... Okay... now terrified. Then you are dropped into a black hole very fast. At this point I needed fresh underwear. I got off frantically looking for a medic, certain that I was going into cardiac arrest (no, I really am not kidding) and must have had palpitations for the next 20 mins. After that I did not go on anything other than the tea cups!
The park layout is extensive and will easily take a whole day to go round. They have great shops, with Alton Towers gifts starting for just a few pounds... so it's great for the kids.
They have one HUGE flaw with the park in my opinion. My Dad is 18 stone and was quite looking forward to the day out and when we got there he was hardly able to go on any rides due to his weight (there is a tester seat and none of the harnesses would lock over him). I was really gutted as my Dad doesn't often look forward to things and he spent the day unable to have fun and was pretty glum and humilated actually. It was also a total waste of £25 quid!
Also after waiting 40 minutes to go on Rita: Queen of Speed my brother and cousin were left unable to ride on it as it broke down with people still stuck on it. This did not really fill me with confidence!
It is nowhere as good as I remember it being and I don't plan to return.
Summary: I won't be going back
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