It was just last year about the 10th October 2012.
I had been wanting to go for years and years (I was watching video after video of Alton Towers since I was about 8!) I went with the RCCGB (Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain)
so we had exclusive ride time (ERS), meaning they 'rented' out a ride for a whole hour just for the club! We all met at 8AM
at the entrance (long before the public was allowed in the park!) and we had an ERS on Oblivion, I got probably 5/6 goes in quick succession. Then we moved to Rita for an ERS straight after, but found it was closed/broken, so we had an ERS on TH13TEEN instead. Got probably 4/5 goes on that! Then we did whatever we wanted for a while. I don't know the order but I did:
Skyride (of course!)
Congo River Rapids (x1)
The Flume (x1)
Sonic Spinball (x1)
We had an exclusive club lunch in the conference tent halfway through the day; a complete buffet and a chat with some sort of project manager of The Smiler!
At the end of the day (at 5:30 when the park closes) we met up and had a whole hour after the park closes to go on Nemesis! I got on Nemesis 16
times within the hour! The back row, far right was crowned my favourite seat by far. The G-forces, and near misses are excellent in this seat! After that, we exited to the car park through a staff/vehicle/back exit and went home. I had been up since 3 AM
that morning, and had put my body through a lot of pressure that day, so I slept the whole way home! (3 hrs away!) I think its safe to say my first trip to Alton was pretty damn awesome.