Let it Snow at Alton Towers

Let it Snow at Alton Towers

IMG_2194What can I say about this weekend just gone?

It certainly did not go to plan with the cold temperatures, wind and snow halting most of the park from opening. However, I can now say I have experience Alton Towers in a blizzard. Seriously, the most surreal feeling was looking at a new rollercoaster whilst the snow fell really hard and turning myself into a snowwoman.

Yes, it was a pain that I drove 3 hours or so with a glimmer of hope that the new ride, Wicker Man would be open but, in all honesty, I thought this weekend was just as fun as a standard weekend at Towers. The snow added to the atmosphere and I must give a shout out to the Entertainments team for doing a smashing job in the freezing cold conditions. Especially when one of the Beoman’s told us ‘The Wicker Man’ was ill in the snow!

 

The number of geeks who had travelled to the park alongside myself were all in high spirits and had some hope that maybe the zero temperature would rise enough for the coasters to open! I don’t know what it is that makes visiting a theme park more fun in adverse weather, maybe it is the fact that it is unpredictable but it’s about the dedication from enthusiasts who still visit despite knowing what the weather would hold for us.

With the park open from 10am to 3pm, the only rides available were CBeebies Land, Sharkbait Reef, Mutiny Bay (Heave Ho and Marauders Mayhem) and Hex. Of course, with Hex being open, at least we got to ride something at the weekend? Their hotels were fully open along with the water park in Splash Landings and Rollercoaster Restaurant. I have to say; Alton Towers did a smashing job despite the crazy weather on Saturday. Yes, most of the park was shut but honestly, they did what they could and I’m sure, if the temperature was a bit milder, Wicker Man would have opened!

It was nice to see a few familiar faces during the weekend, including Jordan (Cupcakes and Coasters), TTSP, TowersNerd, Theme Park Guide etc. I will be back in a few weeks’ time so I can ride Wicker Man – that theming structure looks incredible! To those heading this weekend for the ‘grand opening’, hope you all have a smashing time!

That’s all for now!

LOTTIE TRAVELS

My Favourite Woodies

My Favourite Woodies

Since us UK geeks are getting incredibly excited about the Wicker Man opening next weekend (although some have been lucky enough to ride it already!), I thought I would dedicate a blog posts to the other woodies I have ridden. My first real memory of woodies was back in 2002 when I went to Florida and rode Gwazi… yeah, that ride was interesting to say the least. Now that I have ridden a good few woodies that are absolutely great, here’s a list of my favourites.

 

Wildfire | Kolmarden Zoo

My babe! This ride is just fab and you really need to get yourself to Kolmarden just for this. Wildfire ticks all the boxes for me. The inverted zero G stall element is my favourite part of the ride, quite simply for the fact I was like “What the hell?!” when I first rode it. The ride has everything you need for a thrilling coaster that is fun for all the family and I think the on-ride photo above proves that!

 

Troy | Toverland

This used to my all time favourite woodie before Wildfire came along, but you cannot deny that this is still a favourite among the theme park community. I heard great things about this before I even ventured to Toverland in 2013 and yep, it did not disappoint. The sheer speed of the ride is enough to keep me wanting more – especially if its a hot day.

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Tomahawk | PortAventura

Awwww, Tomahawk was a beaut to ride. I can’t really explain why I prefer this over Stampida. I think it’s the fact that the ride is so fun to ride and you got some real good airtime!

 

Joris En De Draak | Efteling

Joris is another favourite of mine, not quite at the same level of Troy and Wildfire in my opinion but I won’t turn down a ride on it when visiting Efteling. For some people, they do rate Joris over Troy. For me, Joris is more family orientated and with the racing element, it adds to the fun of the ride – especially when you are on the winning train!

 

Twister | Grona Lund

Grona Lund is insane enough with the whole compact nature of the park but Twister… Despite the fact that it doesn’t look like much, I really enjoyed the ride! Don’t be deceived into thinking it won’t be thrilling because of how small it is, honestly it is worth the queue! Plus, you might find a few recognisable images of woodies in the queue line.

 

White Lightning | Fun Spot Orlando

Go to Fun Spot on a quiet day and you can just re-ride White Lightning. Those bunny hops give you plenty of airtime – like seriously. I honestly would return to Fun Spot just to ride White Lightning again.

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Wodan | Europa Park

Okay, I have to say that I have ridden Wodan when it was running ‘slow’ and didn’t rate it highly. However, like with all coasters, when they have been operating for the whole day and if it’s been a hot day, Wodan pretty much packs a punch. I didn’t think it was going to show me that it can be just as good as Troy but it did. Don’t judge the ride if your first ride is slow, wait until the end of the day and it may just surprise you!

 

Megafobia | Oakwood

Probably one of the most iconic woodies we have in the UK (or Wales to be exact) at the moment. I can now see why all the geeks rave about this ride, especially as John Wardley designed it too! Back row is insane on the ride, I just wish it was closer to home so we could all give it more love.

Despite not being a huge lover of woodies, I have ridden a few that have shown me that they can be fun and thrilling. Maybe my early memories of Gwazi put me off for a while! Here’s to next weekend where I get the chance to ride The Wicker Man. Hope to see a few of you there!

That’s all for now!

LOTTIE TRAVELS