Had a great day at Alton Towers today. Here's a few of my thoughts.
- Love the Corkscrew momento, very nice touch
- Music blasting nice and loud around TS, goosebumps as I left.
- Nemesis blood looking really really pink... Ribena?
- Spinball looks rather fresh, but it's hardly a retheme. Rather a sponsor.
- Liking the new skyride station
- Sharkbait reef is great to just relax for a bit, theming is inspiring.
- Oblivion mist felt the coldest it's ever been, and made it a lot better.
- Duel is BORING...
- Thirteen, Rita, Air, all experienced lengthly downtime.
Dark Forest Th13teen & Rita
Like the entrance and I was greeted with loud music that set the mood. Didn't like the fact you cant really see th13teen as you walk in, only Rita. Rita looks decent, i liked what they did with the station building and the entrance, seems like it does fit in well - only gripe i would have would be that the Red track sticks out a bit but it wasn't really a problem. Ritas cars look brilliant, and it felt a lot quicker than usual with more airtime!?...
As for Th13teen, well I got to ride it twice, once first thing (20 min queue) and once later on (40 min queue)... thoughts...
The themeing is very good, the station building looks great from the outside, and i liked the alton van and the grave, though i think there should be a few more things added to keep you entertained apart from lots of broken wood. LOVING the theme music, the orchestra, it was spine tingling, considering it was raining as well which I actually enjoyed as it really set the mood before i got on the ride.
Not liking the cattle pens too much, theres nothing worse than queuing the opposite way to the ride.
Entering the building It was surprising how cramped and 'scary' it was. lovin the ambient lighting and the sound effects with the girl counting '1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13'... and the tesla coil will really frighten a lot of people when its working! Still think they could add some TV's in there, plenty of space!... its themed brilliantly, very dark, loving the vines and the cars as well, very comfortable lap bars...
The ride itself was good the first time. Start off reasonably fast out the station and up the lift hill, down the drop, which really caught me off guard. 'TRIM BREAKS'... or not... my stomach left me... both times. It was fast round the first corner and got a little bit of airtime but it did seem to slow down, but was very fun and seemed everyone else riding enjoyed the oustide section. ... Going into the crypt... Didnt really have much time to notice everything there was, so 2nd time tried to look before it dropped. And it caught me off guard with the air blast in my face. The drop felt a lot bigger the 2nd time for some reason. Noticed the Wraiths chained to the walls in the crypt, could it be there is 6 on either side then the wraith you see in front of you at the bottom is number 13? ... didnt have time to count. But loved the room lighting up green, and the sound effects were excellent (different both times? im sure of it?)... seemed like the effects were working better 2nd time. They really could do with a world class effect of some sort in there though. The backwards launch was mediocre but enjoyable and the helix was surreal to say the least.
Overall I would give it a solid 7.5 out of 10, a very good ride fun and thrilling for all ages. Alton Towers have been so clever to build this type of ride.
I was eager to hear the GP's opinion so was listening out a lot. Some of them didn't get the scaffolding theme, and as to why it was called 13. the best was as we entered the crypt, some cocky chav said 'Is that it? boring'... then when it dropped he basically screamed and it terrified him on the 2nd drop. Add in the backwards launch too.
It's the GP that will be the majority that ride this, and most of them wont know what goes on inside that building, thats the vibe that i got from today. And that is simply the emotional factor that I think they might have been getting at. I mean really, whats more scary than thinking a ride has finished and that happening? Or not being able to see hardly any of the ride?
I found myself wanting to ride it over and over again. Quality fun.