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Alton Towers (Staffordshire)
Member Name: niklas89
Alton Towers (Staffordshire)
Advantages: Cheap& short wait times- im sure thats quite rare though!!!
I went to Alton Towers in September this year with my girlfriend and two friends. I was very excited as I have only been once before- when I was alot younger. Basicly it is a theme park/ waterpark and hotel resort. I drove up from Manchester and it was an hours drive, when we arrived I was surprised that the cost of parking was £5 (or £15 for priority) although it was only a pound each I have never paid to park at a theme park before. Once parked up you have to get on the monorail to the main park, which I thought was quite nice. Once you get to the park you go to one of the various cash desks to pay your entry fees, which are normally £38 I think, but on this day we had buy one get one free offer from moneysaving expert :-) so it worked out quite cheap considering the normal price. Service here was ok, although the staff did seem more concerned with talking to his mate than serving us. Here they give you your tickets and you pay for your parking as well, also you get money off vouchers for resturaunts and things in the park as well as a park map, which you definately need.
As you enter the park there are lots of food stores and shops and cash machines for your convenience. The first ride we came to was Spinball Wizard, and were told the wait time was 45 minutes which we decided not to go on it at this time, I did think that this was a sign of things to come. We then decided to head towards some of the main rides and went on Enterprise, which we were queing for around 15 minutes for and was a good ride. Then we went on a few other smaller rides which again were all fun. Then we decided to go for some lunch at KFC- which ironicly enough turned out to be the longest queing time of the whole day, and decided to go then straight to what is probably classed as the resorts main attraction, Oblivion, assuming that the que time would be long enough to allow our dinners to settle, we were so wrong, I was pleasently surprised that despite the 5 minute walk to the actual ride we got virtually straight on as we reached the front of the que. The ride was fantastic- one of the best rollercoasters I have ever been on in this country. Considering this was a reasonably nice Sunday I was quite surprised at the quite low que times of all the rides- I went on all the major rides such as Air, Nemisis and Rita and Rita was the only ride we had to wait more than 10-15 minutes for.
We then decided to chill out a little while and visited the Sealife aquarium, which contrary to other reviews I thought was very good and intersting, not to long but had all the sharks and things you could hope to see. Then I was persuaded by one so called 'friend' to go on the pirate ships, which is a childrens ride, whereby you ride a pirate ship, all of which are equipped with hand pump water gun cannons as well as the cannons all the way around the ride- so members of the general public could also fire water at you as well as the other boats, its safe to say as the only adult male on a childrens ride I found myself an easy target both for the other boats and the firing squads onshore and left this ride looking like I had taken a swim in the lake. I was very cold! :-(
After this we decided we might as well go on the log-flume, which made me even more wet. Then we decided t dry off a bit and head home.
All in all this was a great, bargain day out. It definately surpassed my expectations. I will certainly be going back again.
Summary: A great day out
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