Scared rider looking for reassuranceAlton Towers: First trip to Alton Towers coming up. Any advice?
From Amy ColemanI am off to Alton Towers end of oct. i've never really been a big fan of rides. But i said i'd go. they told me i'd go on every ride! I'm absolutely petrified of going on the oblivion and after all these stories i've been reading about rides breaking down upside down and on the edge of the drop, and some girl ending up in a coma, it makes me not want to go! any words of comfort for the scared s***tless??
Posted September 12, 2005 at 2:14 PM
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From nick powerhello there,
Posted September 13, 2005 at 1:22 AM
I just spent the weekend there!.
You have nothing to worry about the good rides are Rita and get to it early as the queue for it can be pretty long!!.
Air is another good ride and one worth getting a fast track pass to to avoid long queues the thing about Alton Towers is lots of the time you will be queueing the rest of the time walking as the park is spilt into many different themed areas all miles apart bring comfy shoes!! its worth it though honest!!. have fun let us know what your favourite ride was.
From Christopher CombsDont worry you are not the only one who is fraked out of big rides.we ought to start a club for riders like us.just a little joke.but here is some advice im using to help me.all these stories ur hearing are rare.remember the news only tells u bad news,cause bad news sales.just think those rides messed up once out of a thousand runs.the odds of something happening are very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very low.besides i think it is phsically impossible for a ride to stop upside down.u might want to check with another insider for that one.also the odds of u getting hurt are higher as u r driving on the road to the park.so think if u get there safe,ur riding day will be safe.
Posted September 13, 2005 at 1:05 PM
From Michael Cresswellamy just dont worry about it,look if it makes you feel better i was like you and i forced my self on oblivian,nemesis and the others and there nothing like what reviews say ignore the reviews.listen to me just enjoy all of them and just go on them once and if you dont like them you dont have to do it again do you
Posted March 4, 2006 at 2:52 PM
From weasel ferretI have actually never been there, but I am a 13 year old die-hard coaster fan and I have the secret to conquering any of your concerns. Here it is, ready? You have to trust the coaster and the brilliant masterminds behind it. Think about the men and women in the military. They jump out of airplanes! and I may like coasters, but I would personally be scared s***less if I had to do that! Suck it up and give it a shot. If you don't like it, then don't do it again. And, the most important thing is to have fun on the ride (no I'm not just cruel and honest, I ride rides to have fun(: ). Surrender your control and your emotions to the coaster and enjoy yourself. That's the idea behind today's monster coasters! Have a good trip!
Posted March 20, 2006 at 3:04 PM
From weasel ferretJust to add to my last response, as far as I know, it is physically impossible for a ride to stop upside down. Gravity wants those trains close to the ground.
Posted March 20, 2006 at 3:13 PM
From Gareth HYou would have to be very unlucky for it to stop upside down!! It happens but so rarely!! And then you have restraints which are not going to give away.
Posted March 20, 2006 at 5:19 PM
FYI, if anyones seen Final Destination 3, what a load of crap!! Could not happen. If you want to know why ask and I'll explain all the faults!
From Jen LubankoI did not see final Destination three. I saw the comercals with the roller coaster. I'd like to know the faults though. Just for fun.
Posted March 22, 2006 at 4:56 PM
From Gareth HOK, first things first. The only reason the coasters develops a fault is because a camera is dropped, from the ride, on to the track and is then run over by coater. OK, that part was the "Dream" The same person who carried the camera (Camera plays a MAJOR part in the story throughout) got off the coaster, therefore camera could not fall on track, causing crash.
Posted March 23, 2006 at 8:52 AM
In regards to the coaster itself. Coaster had shoulder harness's but no safety cord. So when the fluid lines were cut (Which wouldn't have happened, camera caused, etc) the shoulder bars opened mid ride making people fall out.. (Pretty sure that wouldn't happen to all the seats either)
Think thats a pretty good start to show the major flaws of the story line...
From chloe hugheswot did ya think
Posted June 8, 2007 at 9:33 AM
From miley cyrushey you shouldnt let stories stop you because all the rides bacically end in like 5 seconds then its over so dont worry about it!
Posted June 11, 2007 at 8:57 AM
From Daniel Hironsim going to alton towers and i went for 2 days and i went on oblivion twice its great dont be scared and allthe other rides are to
Posted August 6, 2010 at 12:59 AM
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