For my money, Alton Towers is the best:
- Great theming and escapism - a pleasure to be there always
- Good respite from the thrill rides, with family rides, gardens, Towers, sharkbait reef, Mutiny Bay shows
- Beautiful, truly stunning surroundings
- Fantastic, family atmosphere, spliced with a seam of magic
- Rides are maintained for smooth operation and great throughput
- Staff are really friendly and endeavour to make your day
And regarding the above conversations, Saw: The Ride is nothing
like Oblivion. So they share one similar element? Does that mean every steel coaster in existence, with a vertical loop, is a rip-off of American Revolution at Magic Mountain? Of course not!
And regarding Nemesis (N) vs. Nemesis Inferno (NI). I blow hot and cold on Nemesis Inferno (no pun intended :)) It's the same model with almost the same elements to it, but they are so very different. The last-but-one time I went to Thorpe, I actually enjoyed NI better than I remembered. However, on my last trip to Thorpe, which came shortly after a trip to AT, NI was again a big disappointment. On that day, its only redeeming feature was that it's much smoother than the other rides at Thorpe.
For me, plus points for Thorpe are:
- Good selection of thrill rides
- Very close by
I get bored of Thorpe by the end of a day there, after I've been on all the biggies a couple of times. I recently had a two-day trip to Alton, and could still have done another day. It's just a different world.
I'll also give Thorpe a couple of credits: on the last trip, I noticed that Amity Beach area is actually very well themed, probably as good as anything at Alton. Particularly the area around Stealth (I probably didn't notice last time as Stealth was closed!). It's just a shame that the rest of the park doesn't follow suit, notably Calypso Quay, which smacks too much of 'hint of car park'.
You could also say that the rides' proximity is a plus - but I find this makes the park boring after a bit. At Alton, it's a trek to get to another area, so you make the most of one area before going to another.
Here's another take on it, from a rides perspective. Now, I totally disagree with whoever above said that Alton doesn't have any thrilling rides! Nemesis and Oblivion are two of the most thrilling rides I've ever been on, anywhere. And its other main rides are decent thrill rides too. But that avoids the question I was going to pose: if you could pick up any of Thorpe's rides and plonk them at Alton, which would it be?
(or vice versa).
For me, I'd pick Saw: The Ride. The theming is really good and I just love the ride, it's very different to anything at AT. I love the dark section inside, for me this is the real winner of the ride; it has a great, very intense outdoor section; and it gets probably the best throughput at Thorpe, meaning it'd fit in well at Alton, complementing Alton's existing line-up quite well. I don't know where
you'd put it, but that's another thread :)