Had a trip yesterday to AT :)
Firstly, I'm going to cut to the chase. The ride th13teen was absolutely awesome. So anyone too lazy to read the rest of what I'm going to say, I think th13teen is amazing, brilliant, fantastic.
I thought the theming of the ride was excellent. When I went on there was only a wraith by the ride exit, and only the first time around, but in the queue I caught sight of a man dressed as a bush, although my friends did not believe me when I insisted he was there. Does anyone know what/who this is and what they were doing? I thought the queue was ok, bit of a random layout and I felt that it got you excited because you moved towards the building but then curled away again, often further than you were before. I liked the bus, and the graves with the hand were a good touch. Another question, there was this greenish wall that was visible for the early part of the queue, has that always been there or is it intentional and then 'aged'?
I also liked the distressed trees, but I felt that some areas could have had a little more forest. It would be nice for there to be other things like the graves to interest the people queuing. One thing I was fascinated by was the weird concrete slabs dotted around...forgot to count...was there thirteen? Will they be for wraiths come Scarefest? I'd like to see wraiths standing completely still, causing people to mistake them for statues and then BAM they move and hiss in someone's ear, causing them to jump far enough to get to the front of the queue.
However I did not like the badly and randomly placed food queue. Everyone was stopping at them, especially as the first time around I went on around lunchtime :( It caused the queue to get really stuck for long periods of time, but it did feel really good then being able to run through the queue a massive distance. I'm personally of the opinion that if you stop to buy food you either send one of your group to get one and then they catch you up (I have no real problem with that, only if said person has bought food from outside and entered the queue and then pushed right to the front. Half way through its not going to make much difference. If you can't do that, then no offence but you should let people go in front. It is not fair to make others wait and slow up the queue for ages so you can buy food. I don't mean to be harsh. I even offered to let the couple in front of us go in front of us return to the queue when they had bought the food but they effectively told us to shut up, eff off and stop complaining. :(
I always buy food before the queue and eat it during the queue if I know it is going to be long, but that's just me. I'm not saying you can't buy food, but it should be done better if you know what I mean...but I guess it does make a nice refreshment if you've been a queue for ages.
However when I started queuing it was out of the entrance and they said it was only an hour. Apart from diabetics, most people can wait that long.
OK, ranting over! Sorry if I've made anyone angry!
The building was amazing inside, really creep and quite subliminal. The tesla coil was very unsuspecting but I can't wait to see it working, hopefully by the time I go again this year it will be! The queue moved very quickly once we all got past the food stall, and the ride ops were very very nice, especially the one on the left platform near the front, was really friendly and calmed my friend down who by this time was near hyperventilating!
Really, really good fun. Unluckily, I ended up in second and first row the two times I rode it, but even there it was brilliant. Nothing thrilling as say nemesis, but it certainly built what some people are calling it, which is another RMT. It felt like air if you get me. Was most intrigued, second time around it felt super fast all of a sudden, much faster than the first time, even though I had actually moved forwards. Really puzzled by that, I know they can't have taken the trims off! It felt so much faster and I could barely feel the trims.
Good airtime too! Was a bit upset it had to end so soon, and it will be fantastic when the trees have grown back a bit more!
However, the trees were grown enough so that they covered almost all of it from public eye, and at no point I saw the switchback :)
The first drop was a little scary, made me jump and many of my friends were like "Is this iiiiiiiiiiit" because all of a sudden they've just dropped another 15ft and landed. The landing was perfect, nothing jolty or anything. Just as good as anything to do with Tower of Terror, and far bizarrer. Lots of screams all round and a few curses. After that the brilliant helix, took me completely by surprise even though I knew it was coming! Much faster, twistier and forceful than I thought it was.
Someone said in the queue "I reckon its rubbish because there are lap bars not overhead restraints but I even heard them screaming with delight at this bit, so a success!
The switchback was a little weird but being a nerd I loved watching the track change like that, and it was nice and speedy back to the station. As I said, the switchback was pretty unseen by anyone until they were on it, and many were terrified as they thought they would not be able to stop and just keep on going!
So I think although it isn't a Nemesis slayer, it's a great addition to the thrill family, and I don't like it being classed as a family ride. I see RMT and below as family. A child went on this ride and was crying on the way off. All the adults were cheering and laughing and smiling, just like they all do after the Big Four.
Personally I love it, could go on it again and again! Definitely my second favourite yesterday aft er Nemmy!
It was also one of the most reliable yesterday, so I'm glad. Nemesis and Rita were both down for a fair time.
On another note, Oblivion is looking really sad and grey. It's a class ride but it's tucked away in a corner without anything else to attract anyone over there, and I suppose it's one of those rides that people don't always want to make the trek over to after having been on it once. X Sector really needs something decent to make it an area you can go back to again and again. It just blends into the background too much now, does Oblivion, and it's only when you get closer you get thatfeeling
But a bit off topic, but I felt it had to be said :/
If anyone could answer my questions, I'd be glad!