For me, the 2013 season has been an incredibly interesting once. Realistically, I should have seen the omen coming in advance when I couldn’t complete a Hotel stay at the resort early on due to huge amounts of snow. However, the frost and snow that plagued the British Isles led to one of my first posts on this forum; something I’ve not regretted since.
Having followed the construction via TowersTimes, I began to watch the delayed work being carried out on resort ; camped out at the fences with fellow enthusiasts, peering through holes in boards for any sign of development. At last however, the weekend of The Smilers opening loomed, and I booked a B&B with fellow members and we headed down the day before for a forum meet. Excitement bubbled as we once again headed towards the construction site the day before opening. What greeted us however, was an unfinished rollercoaster and a construction site still in full operation. With less than 20 hours to go, the resort announced The Smiler would not be opening. Disappointment and confusion took over. For me, this was one of the lowest points of the 2013 season as a result of the resorts continued refusal to openly admit the coaster wouldn’t be ready, therefore resulting in the spending of money by guests. Thankfully, being part of the TT community allowed us to drown our sorrows at the Hotel bars.
Eventually, The Smiler opened and passed without fanfare. In my opinion, it sort of opened one day, with the resort hopping people forget it was massively delayed. However, by the beginning of June, Michelle and I had queued two hours for The Smiler and had ridden it. I walked off the world’s first 14 ‘looping’ coaster that I had spent too many hours following with a feeling of disappointment. For me, The Smiler is simply a coaster. There’s no need for me to discuss my opinion and disappointment of The Smiler, both as rollercoaster and an experience as I have documented it well on the forums.
In terms of trips to the resort this year, I’ve most definitely had a fantastical time thanks to this site. Between our two major events; Summer Sizzler and Scaremazing Halloween, I’ve experienced more exclusives than ever before. The season itself towards the first half was incredibly quiet, as a result meaning I’ve got a brilliant ride count with very limited queues. The resort itself has employed some brilliant staff once again, and some of the male staff are very talented
. There are several major disappointing moments I’ve had on park this year, but guest services have tried their best. The season for me was spoilt by a serious incident towards the end of the season, that I know some of you are aware of. Personally however, the highlight for me was ending the last day of the season with the brilliantly done fireworks. It was lovely to see a theme back, and for me entertainments have shone beyond belief this year.
I’ve met some lovely people through TowersTimes, who I really do now value as friends. I never expected when I signed up to be embraced into a community like I have been, and I am really honoured that I’m able to do the same in return to new members. Being part of the team has allowed to me interact with so many of our fantastic community, and I could never name you all. However, what I can say is it is you
, the TT community that has made this season for me. I look forward to 2014 at Alton Towers, Port Aventura, Thorpe Park and goodness knows wherelse we end up.TT – Thank you