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Is it worth the time?
Alton Towers (Staffordshire)
Member Name: abijo
Alton Towers (Staffordshire)
Advantages: excellent for thrill seekers and young children
Disadvantages: can have ENORMOUS queues which make you ask "is it worth it?"
I absolutely LOVE rides. My boyfriend thinks I'm crazy as I will ride ANYTHING. Unfortunately, I am a 19 year old student in Barnsley, so my choice of theme parks is limiting, and so far, Alton Towers is one of the furthest away parks I can get to.
I first visited Alton Towers when I was 16. I went on a school trip in June. Even though it was term time, on a school day, the park was packed. We queued 1 hour to actually get in the park, then each ride queue was 1 or 2 hours in length. I only got to ride the Log Flume, Nemesis and Oblivion. Sadly, I saw the day as a wasted day as £40 for 3 rides is a genuine rip off. However, I did want to go again and so when my friends asked if I fancied it, I jumped at the chance. We went April 2010, just after the opening of Th13rteen, the newest roller coaster. Fortunately, we had 2 4 1 tickets and so it was only half price entry, but again, it was almost an hour queuing to get in. When we did get in, the queues, although not up to 2 hours long, were 1 hour minimum again, so we opted for the best rides. We managed to ride Oblivion, the Rapids, Air, Nemesis and Rita. We spent 1 hour queueing for Rita for it to break down, so, being near the front, we decided to wait until it was fixed. This took 45 mins, so we had to wait 2 hours for a minute long ride.
After these two visits, I found myself thinking, is Alton Towers REALLY worth the time??
This year, I managed to get some 2 4 1 tickets again, and this time we went really early on in the year. In fact, we went the day after it opened for the season. This time, there were no queues for entry, we got straight in the park. The longest ride queue was 25 minutes. We managed to ride ALL of the rides, some even more than once. This experience made me think again about how much Alton Towers was worth.
The park itself is HUGE. It takes around 30minutes to walk from one side to the other. Fortunately, there is a lift in the form of the SkyRide which transports you from one side to the other in 5 minutes. Although the food, tickets and souvenirs are heavily overpriced, if you get 2 4 1 vouchers, take your own packed lunch, and go at a less crowded time of the year, you are hardly likely to go wrong.
There are lots of rides which are available for thrill seekers, as well as lots for children, although there is a lot of space available to make other rides less thrilling for those who can't handle the rollercoasters, for example, dodgems or waltzers. There is a LOT of unused space which would be perfect for rides like this.
The one bad thing I will say about Alton Towers, being an overweight girl, is that it does nothing for overweight people. I know people will have opinions about this, but firstly, there is hardly anywhere healthy to eat, the majority of stalls being chip shops, sweet shops, and snack shops. The Jacket Potato shop was a huge distance from where my friends were eating. Secondly, the rides are not built to accomodate overweight people. Most of my friends are size 10 and 12, but I'm not, and a lot of people aren't either. One of my friends is a size 16 on bottom and I am larger and we couldn't fit in Air. We had to go the special "fat chairs" which was hugely embarrassing.
Other than this, if you have the money and choose the right time to go, it is a excellent day out for most people.
Summary: can be a total waste of time or the perfect day out, depends when you go!
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