UK theme parks from another point of view!

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Sazzle

Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:08 pm

My favourite area of the park is the gardens - ban me from everything else and I'd still happily spend a day in there!

I adore the new shows this season, Sir Algenon's Attic is *particularly* magical (shock, horror!). The Mutiny Bay show puts a smile on my face every single time I see it.. The slapstick comedy may be for kids, but I love it!

I HATE CORKSCREW, though this isn't really a confession - I squalk to all and sundry about my unrivalled distaste for the thing. Start of Alton Towers or not, its a 'dung heap'.

Every time I get into a seat on Rita I get a flutter of butterflies as the "Heads back..." announcement comes on.

Every time I walk through the Haunted Hollow I get excitement shivvers thinking about Scarefest.

My trip isn't complete without a can of Relentless and a cigarette in one of the designated smoking areas - its a rather strange habit I now have, which I feel compelled to do on every visit!

I don't trust Ripsaw. The whirring, the clicks, the bangs and the 'almost-stalled-but-not-quite' slow struggles all give me the creeps.

The newest addition to my little 'must-do' list is sitting on Towers Street at the end of the day, soaking up the atmosphere and paying silent thanks for the thousands of great memories the park has given me, and laugh about the not so great ones that I was once to angry or upset to think about. Dean nearly had his head bitten off this evening when I was in my little zone and he flicked water at me :lol: its serious business!
 
Kaycee

Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:28 am

Haha, seconded about the little 'quiet time' on one of the small lawns in Towers Street at the end of the day. I like to lean back (can of Relentless too, y'all, needing it at that point usually - get some Sugar-Free Red Bull, AT, you'll sell enough with me alone!!), soak up the view and the buzz, listen to the music and reflect on the day just gone and on the many days before. :D

If we have to leave straight away, I get a little bit sad. :( lol.
 
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Mon Sep 29, 2008 8:11 pm

"Mattia" wrote:
I actually don't see the big deal with Mutiny Bay :oops: captain black rambling on about speaking like a pirate clashes badly if one of the angel ride ops are on the flume playing the gorgeous music nice and loud. But, MB is a very nice and good addition, but its not a "WOW" kinda place for me...[/color]


I'll second that...
 
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Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:32 pm

I hate submition and call it stupidmission because it hurts my legs

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Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:46 pm

When you grow up? I thought you were already 107! More like waiting for your next life! :P

Why can't you waitr for Ripsaw to go?
 
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Tue Sep 30, 2008 11:05 pm

I confess that at the moment I am much preferring Alton Towers to BPB.

Very scary times indeed for me :lol:
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Kaycee

Tue Sep 30, 2008 11:58 pm

The thing I find with Ripsaw though - because I don't ride it all the time (despite enjoying the ride itself), because of the reason Mark pointed out - you have no control over whether you get wet or not or HOW wet you get and I like to remain dry and comfortable 75% of the time. But even without riding it, it does always form a part of my experience there (especially given half of TTF are obsessed with it :lol:), as I think it's hugely watchable, a real spectator ride.

I'll quite often happily arm myself with a jacket potato and/or coffee from the Ripsaw Cafe, sit on the stones opposite the ride and watch the ride for ages, even if it's a huge queue. :D I love seeing the riders' and other spectators' reactions to the ride and the fountains, it's hugely enjoyable. :D
 
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Wed Oct 01, 2008 5:41 pm

"Kaycee" wrote:
The thing I find with Ripsaw though - because I don't ride it all the time (despite enjoying the ride itself), because of the reason Mark pointed out - you have no control over whether you get wet or not or HOW wet you get and I like to remain dry and comfortable 75% of the time. But even without riding it, it does always form a part of my experience there (especially given half of TTF are obsessed with it :lol:), as I think it's hugely watchable, a real spectator ride.

I'll quite often happily arm myself with a jacket potato and/or coffee from the Ripsaw Cafe, sit on the stones opposite the ride and watch the ride for ages, even if it's a huge queue. :D I love seeing the riders' and other spectators' reactions to the ride and the fountains, it's hugely enjoyable. :D


Yeah, there always seems to be a nice big crowd around old Ripsaw, you can only just squeeze past when your heading over to Air! :)
 
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Wed Oct 01, 2008 6:35 pm

Im A Nemesissy! I love nemesis now and go on it atleast twice when i go but when i first qued i sat down pulled the restraint down and asked the woman to release it and i ran off!

Nemesis: A Legend A Masterpeice :D
 
Sazzle

Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:45 pm

I find Ripsaw comparable to an England football match.. Yes I know it sounds odd, but continue reading and you'll find out why!

When England win major games (I'm very reluctant to say the World Cup, as I very much doubt I'll see that day in my lifetime), everyone seems to walk around with huge smiles on their faces and a real sense of togetherness. Its like the majority of British citizens forget their differences and get along with each other, maybe only for a day, but they do. When everyone stands and watches Ripsaw, the crowd forget their worries and differences and all stand in unison - having a laugh at the poor souls clamped into their restraints getting soaked to the bone. Everyone's smiling and laughing, and talking to their neighbour about what they're seeing - they usually don't know who's stood next to them.

A spectator's ride it is indeed, and I've found this with Battle Galleons. Being an observant kind of person who 'analyses' atmospheres, its surprising to stand back and see everyone joining in with the fun and laughter no matter who they are or who they're with.

The exception being that time Tom nearly got his lights punched out by a chav family and was saved only by the hands of Pirate Pete and his muscle-eers :lol:.
 
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Thu Oct 02, 2008 5:27 pm

I love Ripsaw aswell as the atmosphere surrounding it. I am 6foot 2 and I find the restraints quite comfortable :) In fact it's my second favourite ride at Alton towers.

As for confession I rave on hex when the strobe lights go with me mates :P
 
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Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:06 am

I have never been in Cred Street except Charlie.
 
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Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:53 pm

My first coaster was Shockwave at DMP 6 years Ago

I went to Florida aged 14 and didn't go on a single coaster because I was chicken, not even a log flume. ET was the most adventurous ride I went on

I could ride Air all day but Mrs Rusty wont come on with me.

I always feel sick on Nemmy until I'm at the top of the lift hill, then I have the biggest smile

I always try to start the day at AT with Rita

I've never been on Oblivion despite being a pass holder for over a year! (I'm going to try and brave it on April 24th!)

Cornfields at night are more scary than I ever thought possible, even with 10 other people hanging on to you.
 
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Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:20 pm

I've not so much walked past the Adventure Land/Storybook Land/farm part of the park in many many years. I didn't know Spinball existed until last year.

Until discovering this site it hadn't dawned on me that the Vintage Cars were no more.

Despite not having seen it in so long, I think Squirrel Nutty is the best themed ride in the park.

Despite riding the Black Hole on many occasions I could not begin to describe what it's like to someone who never got to ride it.

I much preffered the Merrie England theming to Mutiny Bay.

I haven't yet brought myself to try out Duel yet as I just can't see me liking it more than Haunted House, which I adored as a kid.

On my way to see my beloved Shrewsbury Town play in the League 2 playoff final last season I had the Toyland Tours music on a constant loop on my ipod all the way from Shropshire to Wembley. I defy anyone to feel any sense of nerves (or sanity) after 3 hours of that.
 
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Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:37 pm

I have never been on Hex :/ My dad says it's a waste of time because all it dose is rock you backwards and forwards and it hurts you head. Also i screamed like hell in the terror of the towers at scarfest :oops:
 
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Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:51 pm

"Bubbaride" wrote:
I have never been on Hex :/ My dad says it's a waste of time because all it dose is rock you backwards and forwards and it hurts you head. Also i screamed like hell in the terror of the towers at scarfest :oops:


Whaaat?! Go on it next time you're there, that's an order! :lol:

But no - although technically it does just rock you back and forth, the whole point is that through a clever illusion it doesn't feel like it, so it's a great ride. Only way you'd hurt your head on it would be to smack it against the entrance doorway or something on the way in... worst you actually feel is ever so slightly dizzy.

My confession(1): Never been on Heave Ho or Squirrel Nutty... and (2) preferring the childish but naughty fun of soaking (and getting soaked) at Battle Galleons instead of riding the big SWs... :oops:
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Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:26 pm

Ive never been on Doodle Doo Derby :cry:

Blade makes me incredibly sick :oops: although I always go on it cos its fun

I dont like nemesis and air much (sorry) for the same reason as above - much prefer spimball, oblivion and rita
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Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:22 pm

I have never been on oblivion :oops:


OK! Im scared off it :(
 
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Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:33 pm

I take a travel sick tablet when I go so I don't feel dizzy or sick. Works a treat :oops:
 
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Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:48 pm

I always make my parents go on Charlie. ^ Even though my mum doesn't like chocolate. :P
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