Mini Trip Report to Alton Towers

Alton Towers: Alton Towers...busy busy!

From Kelly Muggleton
Posted July 9, 2013 at 3:27 PM
Its taken me a week but I thought I would submit a mini trip report for my 2 days at Alton Towers.
Fresh off the Formula One British GP (amazing race!) we set off the 100 miles to the Towers nice and early. We actually made it there by 10am so checked our bags and headed to the park. First line of the day was waiting to get the monorail there from the onsite hotels! We were very shocked that it was so busy.
On the first day I managed 2 new to me rides, Rita and Thirteen. I was pretty impressed with both!
I had slightly too high expectations for the line for Thirteen, but I did go via single rider line so I may have missed a bit.
Really enjoyed the 'surprise' element of it and the first drop was incredibly steep for a lapbar only ride.... Very exciting! :-)
Rita I thought was one of the best things in the park (one of - see later)! very short ride but the inital acceleration was amazing. It made me wonder if the F1 drivers I idolise feel anything similar, when they have the fast starts and G forces on them!

The rain hit so we headed over to try the Pirates live show. This was not for me - much more aimed at the kids. Main reaction - yes that line made me smile the first time, the 3rd time you say it...not so much.
We popped next door to the aquarium which I loved! Very attractive exhibits and a completely crazy shark in one tank that almost launched himself out in anticipation of feeding time!

The 2nd day was the day of the big hitters on early park entry, so it was Nemesis and Air (both twice) first thing. By now The Smiler wasnt even open and had a 2 hour wait time.
Managed to get on the back row for Air. This ride is hands down the best thing in the Park in my opinion. It still feels fresh with a lot of airtime (pardon the pun) and is a really smooth ride.
I decided to brave it and go to the single rider line of The Smiler. It was posting 100 minute waits, I was timed at 40 mins in the single line. The music....argh the music.... get out of my head!!!
All in all it was a very exhilarating ride, many ups and downs but was very rough, even forcing my head back it still shook me (or marmalised me maybe). I noticed a lot of non-Smilers coming off it while I waited.
I wish I could elaborate but it seemed to whizz by, and I dont think any explanation could do it justice. If you get the chance - just experience it.
Also we had a double run in the Runaway Mine Train (choo choo) which was fun. Duel (shoot em up haunted house) which got stuck so it was time for me to rack up my score (30,000+), also good fun.
Also saw the Ice Age 4D show....for a sit down and rest, but was entertaining for all ages.
Rode Hex, great storyline and build up but I heard a few remarks of 'is that it' afterwards. Very clever ride set up though.

I completely forgot to go onto Nemesis Sub Terra - very annoyed at myself. And Oblivion single rider line was closed at capacity so i left it - have been on it many times before and Sheikra is way better.

The most disappointing thing was the food in the parks - sub par and expensive for what it was.
We ate in the hotels which was much better.
The crowds were vast. I wasnt expecting it as the English schools havent started their summer break.
Can recommend the spa at the hotels for some adult time.
But in the end its what you make it and we had a very nice time!

From Mike Gallagher
Posted July 9, 2013 at 5:35 PM
Thanks for the report...Alton, Blackpool, and Thorpe are parks I'll probably never get to, but would love to be wrong.

Whenever I read trip reports from Alton, no one ever mentions the Charlie and The Chocolate Factory ride. Is it still there? Have you, or anyone else on TPI, ever been on it? If so, what's it like?

From Kelly Muggleton
Posted July 10, 2013 at 1:27 AM
Hi Mike
I realised as i sent it that I didnt mention Charlie!
Its still there and we did go on it. It has an initial boat ride which covers the golden ticket winners up to Mike Teevee.... this was nothing spectacular, I found the scenes to be a little sparse but very cute. Then you disembark for the TV room and the great glass elevator. The elevator was excellent! Definitely worth the boat trip to get to that. Lots of excellent effects in there and very immersive.
Although...Alton Towers have missed a trick not having a chocolate shop at the exit though - was all I wanted :-)

From Mike Gallagher
Posted July 10, 2013 at 4:21 AM
Kelly, you need to get over here and visit HersheyPark, if you haven't(and even if you have!) The Chocolate World ride-through showing how it's made would be right up your alley. And the exit ramp takes you into a MONSTROUS gift shop with MEGATONS of chocolate and other candy!

From Kelly Muggleton
Posted July 10, 2013 at 7:34 AM
I've been to Cadbury World here in England and we got so many samples etc it was great.
I'll just add Hersheypark to the list :-)

From Mike Gallagher
Posted July 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM
Hershey isn't free sample heaven. Each person exiting the Chocolate World tour gets a SMALL piece of Hershey candy. On my late June visit, it was miniature regular milk chocolate bars, which was a rarity. And I did ride twice :)

Ever plan on making it there, let me know!

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