my first visit was 1995 when i was only 10.. still managed to get on Nemesis and was lucky enough to get a ride on thunder looper too!... dont remember much of it tho which is a shame. Heh, i even rode blade and dynamo when they were next to the black hole!
ive been to the park pretty much every year since except last year where I didnt go atall.
i think Alton started to loose its magic with the introduction of the fast food outlets. Ok, it always had fast food outlets but i meant macdonalds, KFC and Pizzahut. I remember eating (and being waited on) in the restaurant opposite the RMT... now a KFC. Surely, the whole point of a theme park is to make you feel like you really are in an african village, or on a futuristic military base, but when everywhere you turn is a macdonalds sign or KFC right in your face, it kinda ruins it.
Anyway, a little off topic :P