Oh and finally I haven't ridden CATCF, Battle Galleons or Hex yet. I HAVE been on Thirteen. :P
Sorry, you've been on Thirteen, but not Hex? CATCF and Battle Galleons OK, but not Hex? Seriously?
Scrap whatever plans you've got for tomorrow, mate, and get up to there and ride it. By-the-by, that's not a suggestion, more an order.
As for my top ten... well, hmm, tricky...
I feel some may find this controversial, as certain rides *coughnemmiecough* are perhaps lower than the positions others have given them. I shall explain all...
: What can I say. Sheer genius, and just amazing. When it's all working (crucial - was a bit pants when it all died a little last month), it truly is an amazing experience. I love the queue (how many rides can you honestly say that for?), the ambient soundtrack is just great. The pre-show film is well made, and the octagon (with the genny/lightning/old hag/billowing cloth etc.) is just brilliant. And as for the vault itself, wow. Really, I'm hyping Hex a hell of a lot, but I just think it deserves it. The only ride that tops it, in my opinion, is Disney's Tower of Terror (which to be fair is in a whole league of it's own).
: So many people mourn the loss of the Haunted House, but I never had the opportunity to ride it. Which for Duel is fortunate - I would guess that many/most of the Duel haters are only so inclined because
they miss the Haunted House, and refuse to accept Duel as-is (same as with CATCF). So, with that in mind, I find Duel to be superb in most respects. The theme tune is brilliant (it's my ring tone for my close contacts*), and the effects (when working) are great. I find it great fun to ride with the blasters (love to try and better my score - top score so far is 73600), but also equally fun to ride without touching them, allowing me to appreciate details. Hence when I go to AT, I make a point of riding Duel at least twice, and as such one of the female ride ops now recognises me, even though I've only visited AT three times now :P!
: Brilliant ride, with a lot of re-ride-ability. I love riding with people who haven't, and seeing how they react to the drop. Also, having been on the behind-the-scenes tour has given me a new respect for the ride. Yes, they could have done a lot more with the outside, and yes, the constant marketing BS is getting tiresome, but I still highly rate the ride.
: This was the first major AT ride I rode, and I love it. The theme is just so up my street - I love the 'secret government facility' feel, with massive machines (underneath the chain lift - just wow), a fantastically creepy guy, grey metal, concrete and fuzz lights. Described like that, it's an odd theme, but it works so
well. The ride itself: yeah, it's a bit of a one-trick pony, but it's a darn good trick.
: So, poor Nemmy is just a tad
lower than where most would rank her. Don't get me wrong, I think she's truly stunning, but it's just unfortunate (in a weird and ironic way) that Alton Towers has a few rides that I would personally rate above it. That doesn't mean that I don't rate it. It's by far the best inverted coaster I've ever ridden (which, err, rates it above Inferno, Vampire and the Christmas Coaster that was at Hyde Park last Christmas...). I do love the awesome forces Nemmy provides :)
: I love the mechanics behind this ride - the technology is rather awesome. It's a good ride too, only problem is that for me it can make me feel queasy quite easily, especially if I've recently eaten. Surprisingly comfortable, though, except
on the break run...
7) Congo River Rapids
: Nice long river rapids - longest I've been on. You get just the right amount of 'wet', unlike the flume. Great fun :D
8 ) Skyride
: OK, this one will be controversial, but I don't care :P. I really enjoy the trip between Main Drive and CCL - I love
how high it floats above the gardens. I'm also fascinated by the mechanics of the thing, especially as until last year I always assumed the gondolas were attached to the cable permanently. Didn't get to ride it the first time I visited AT... and then it promptly burnt down, again :|. Finally got my go this year, though, and I love it :).
: For similar reasons to Duel (i.e. I never rode Toyland Tours), I've never quite understood the hatred for this ride, and I feel that people fail to review it for it's own merit, and not for the fact that it replaced a well loved ride. Yes, it could be improved in so many ways, but taken on it's own merit, and considering the target audience, I feel it's a good, enjoyable pair of rides (and hey, how many attractions give you two rides in place of one?)
: In spot 10, yes, but still beat the likes of Spinball and the flume, so it's hardly doing bad. I wouldn't personally rate it as high as Stealth, but it's still fun, if not a little nauseating. Shame about the terrible queueline.
So, there we have it :). That only took an hour to write :P
* - incidentally, the Doll's House theme is my ringtone for unknown callers