Just returned from today's solo trip and thought I'd report back.
I was overall reasonably comfortable and mostly enjoyed the day. It was nice to take some photography around the gardens and get some geeky instagram snaps of the rides. I managed to see the satallite dish being lowered onto the marmaliser and I think I saw a TTF'er taking photos. I saw a helicopter circling which thought could be MI7?
Unfortunately I didn't meet anyone there
although in one uncomfortable moment the attractive host giving out the glasses on Ice Age took pity on me when she asked how many. My usual excuse of "my family's looking after small children" couldn't work there I thought.
Was awkward watching that alone. The sanctuary was brilliant and was at the back so got some good scares. The group in front of me were decent too. Disappointed that Rita has no single rider so only did it once near the end of the day. I did Nemmy around 20 times in a row.
I also paid a visit to the chained oak - easy to find.
Overall a good day but would prefer going with a friend. Hopefully someone will come when the Smiler opens. (I wanted a smiler car sticker but couldn't find one!)