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Theme Park for Thrill Seekers
Alton Towers (Staffordshire)
Member Name: lynzbfc
Alton Towers (Staffordshire)
Advantages: Massive choice of rides
Disadvantages: Long waits
I organised a trip to Alton Towers on the Saturday just gone, and took a coach full of over 20 people. Personally I am bit of a wimp when it comes to rides, but as one of my friends came with me, I felt obliged to go on some of the rides! There was a lot of traffic to get into the park in the morning, so we only actually got around 5 hours in the park, although we got tickets for nearly half price so it was only £19.50 each as opposed to £38.
One of the main problems with Alton Towers is the queues to get on the rides. If you want to try out all of the best ones, you will spend most of the day queuing, although you can pay £9 extra for a fastrack tickets - however, this simply lets you go on three of the rides once each (Nemesis, Oblivion and Air), so it still leaves plenty of other rides hat have hefty queues (plus if I had paid the full £38 admission price in, I would have been loathe to pay an additional £9 on top)
I personally didn't purchase the fast track ticket, and so didn't get the opportunity to try out all the best rides. We spent a lot of time queuing for Air - the wait time was supposed to be 60 minutes, but there was an announcement halfway through the queue saying there had been a temporary delay and they couldn't say when it would reopen. This added quite a bit of time to the queue, and we ended up waiting almost 90 minutes for a ride that felt less than 2 minutes! It was a good thrill ride, but as I stated previously I am not the biggest fan of rides and certainly wouldn't wait 90 minutes for it in future.
A number of rides seemed to have technically faults during the day and were closed for up to an hour - this included not just Air, but Oblivion and Thirteen, so we never got to go on these (to my relief!). I did go on Ripsaw, Blade, Submission and Enterprise, which had a more reasonable wait time of 15 minutes, and I probably enjoyed these more than Air - I managed to avoid getting wet on Ripsaw!
I also went on the River Rapids which is a much more chilled out ride for people like me who aren't big into the thrill rides!
Overall, I think we could have done with more time - you could easily have two days there and stop in the hotel as there is that much to get around. It is definitely worth going to for theme park lovers!
Summary: Worth going to if you like theme parks - big choice of rides
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