My Least Favourite B&M Coasters

My Least Favourite B&M Coasters

Another controversial post is due, and yes, I’m tackling my bae of a manufacturer, B&M. I love B&M coasters. That has never changed but that doesn’t mean that I have ridden certain B&Ms and not enjoyed them as much as I would like. I am biased towards B&M, always have been. When I visit a new park and it has a B&M, I squee at the thought of riding ‘perfection’ – if that exists!

I have ridden a small handful of B&M’s in my time and there have been many which I’ve loved and will ride and ride again. But there is a small cluster which is on my list of maybe ride once during a trip, even if it is a return trip after I have got the cred but is not enough for me to want to ride again and again. Everyone has their preference for ride enjoyment and these B&M just didn’t make the cut for me.

MANTA | SEAWORLD ORLANDO

Manta, Seaworld OrlandoSource

I really wanted to like Manta, I really did. I don’t know if I found it too intense for me. I love flying coasters, Air/Galactica at Alton Towers, is a favourite of mine but Manta… I wasn’t overly impressed and didn’t get the hype. I love the colour scheme, don’t get me wrong, but that pretzel loop just made me feel uneasy for the rest of the ride experience, and it is probably going to be a one time ride when I next visit Seaworld, Orlando.

DRAGON KHAN | PORTAVENTURA

Dragon Khan, PortAventuraSource

I just get flashbacks to when I had stupidly bad sunburn and with it being hot when I last visited, I was sticking to the hard, plastic restraints which really made me hate the ride experience. Yes, self inflicted I know but I do also find that sit down B&M’s are not a huge favourite of mine in general. Again, it could be down to intensity but it just doesn’t do it for me when it comes to sharing my love B&M. Especially when it is next door to my bae, Shambhala.

KRAKEN | SEAWORLD ORLANDO

Kraken, Seaworld OrlandoSource

You know what, I still can’t quite put my finger on why I don’t particularly like Kraken. Yet, I just don’t feel a need for riding it repeatedly. It’s very much a one-time ride per visit to Florida. For me, every time I have ridden Kraken, I don’t have that feeling of ‘wow, that’s a good ride’ – and that’s not me saying it’s boring because it isn’t that. I just don’t really find it exciting for me as a coaster, especially compared to other B&M’s I have ridden. I’ll give Kraken some credit, the colour of the track is fab.

BARON 1898 | EFTELING

Baron 1898, EftelingSource

Okay, I know that this ride is in my top 10. Whoa, say what? Let me explain. The coaster layout of this ride is somewhat meh. It’s a short layout which in my opinion, I wish it was a bit longer. You cannot deny that the theming of this ride is what makes it into a truly wonderful experience but if I were to strip it of its theming and storyline, this ride would be pretty average and it wouldn’t do much for me in terms of enjoyment. The theming is part of the reason why I have made it my number 10 coaster – as my personal opinion, I rate rides based on the whole experience.

SILVER STAR | EUROPA PARK

Silver Star, Europa ParkSource

Oh Silver Star, you tried to be awesome but instead became a bit of a mediocre ride. Maybe I set my expectations too high and ended up disappointed when I rode you. It’s a personal preference for me but I just feel like Silver Star isn’t quite as good as it should be. You know, when you look at a coaster and it looks awesome but then you come to ride it, and you end feeling disappointed and sad. I don’t really want to compare Silver Star to the likes of Shambhala as both are two different ride experiences, but I really wanted to love Silver Star like I do with Shambhala. It’s somewhat fun but I wouldn’t be rushing to ride it all the time – especially when you’ve got Blue Fire or Wodan at Europa, which in my opinion, are better! I just didn’t get the love for it compared to other B&M’s I have ridden.

Are you a lover of B&Ms? Are there any that you feel are your least favourite from the bunch? Let me know in the comments below.

That’s all for now!

LOTTIE TRAVELS

Nemesis Inferno is just as good as Nemesis

Nemesis Inferno is just as good as Nemesis
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Ooooh, controversial post time. Well, it’s not going to be too controversial but I’m sure there are a few geeks in the theme park community who might say I’m wrong for thinking this. Before I begin, I rate Nemesis much higher than Inferno, however I think it’s very underrated out of the 2 B&M invert’s in the UK.

Personally, I love riding Nemesis Inferno and I don’t see why people should knock it down just because part of its name is shared with pretty much the UK’s top coaster, Nemesis. I love the ride experience of Inferno, that first drop into the volcano was the main draw for me when I first went on the ride in 2003. The smoke, the red lighting, that B&M roar echoing inside the tunnel, what’s not to love about that!

The volcano makes a great theming element to the ride – okay, it’s looking a little worse for wear now but back in 2003, it looked great. I was so excited to have a B&M invert at one of the Southern parks, saves me a long and sometimes tedious 3-and-a-half-hour drive to Alton Towers for Nemesis!

 

 

 

The queue line doesn’t really have much to be desired but in some ways, you can imagine yourself walking in the jungles, whilst you see the ride in its glory above you. The great thing about the landscaping of the queue line is the parts of the ride that you can’t really see – adding to the anticipation of what is to come, especially with the final helix before the brake run.

Back to the ride experience, I have already explained how good the first drop from the station into the volcano is. Most other B&M inverts have your standard exit from the station into the lift hill – Nemesis Inferno does it differently. Once you reach the lift hill after you wind through the volcano tunnel, your adrenaline really kicks in.

 

 

 

The whole ride experience is great, the loop, the zero-G roll, the intertwined corkscrews and that final helix. It’s nothing too thrilling compared to other coasters in the UK but it can certainly be up there with the ‘big boys’ of the UK coaster collection. One of my all time favourite ride experiences on Nemesis Inferno was during Fright Nights in 2012/13 (I can’t really remember the exact year!) and it had been running all day whilst raining, honestly… IT WAS BRILLIANT!

I always find that coasters, each ride experience is different because it all depends on the weather, how long the ride had been running for etc. Trust me, Nemesis Inferno pretty much showed me that evening that it could pack a punch and be up there with it’s older counterpart, Nemesis. Perhaps that is why I do enjoy the ride, and the fact is a B&M (B&M fangirl right here!)

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Let me know what you guys think of Nemesis Inferno. Do you like it or do you loathe it? Feel free to leave a comment below! You can find Nemesis Inferno at Thorpe Park – open season is here so why not go and give it some love!

Thorpe Park, fancy giving it a fresh lick of paint… *wink*

That’s all for now!

LOTTIE TRAVELS

Feed the Flames at Alton Towers

Feed the Flames at Alton Towers

IMG_2315Guys, I did it!

I went on the Wicker Man, after admiring the ride in a blizzard two weekends ago. And boy, I am impressed.

Alton Towers have done themselves proud to make this ride a great addition to the line-up. I would even put it up there with Nemesis, and that is saying something! It’s definitely been a long time coming since we got a woodie in this country. GCI (Great Coasters International) do make some impressive wooden coasters: Troy and Wodan, I am looking at you. I was very much looking forward to experiencing this for the first time.

 

“FIRST IMPRESSIONS – WOW!”

Obviously, I have already admired the coaster in it’s ‘glory’ whilst the snow fell very hard during ‘opening’ weekend. But when you have the audio in the area as well as the effects of the theming element, you start to feel immersed in the experience. The theming of the fences in the area and the Wicker Man entrance sign – LOVE IT! Also worth noting that the area does get very smokey.

The theming details inside the building was fantastic, the walls are made of actual wicker! It is just like being transported into another realm – and as a theme park enthusiast, we like this sort of immersion and detail. The flame effects of the fire torches are a nice touch too. Once you get into the pre-show area, I enjoyed it. I’m not going to post any spoilers but seeing the reactions from the General Public, it really adds to the anticipation and enjoyment of the experience.

Now don’t get my started on THAT station. In a good way I might add! Honestly, it was on par with some European parks in my opinion. Seriously, Merlin has done a great job with this ride and really making it as detailed as possible. The lighting within the station, I do like me some good lighting at a theme park.

 

“GREAT JOB TO THE RIDE TEAM!”

One thing I did notice that affected throughputs is the number of guests that are perhaps a little ‘large’ for the ride. Not too sure why this is a significant problem – certainly didn’t see this as a problem at European parks with the likes of Troy at Toverland and Wodan at Europa Park. Unless I am very much mistaken, please do correct me if I am wrong.

Hopefully with the addition of the test seat, this may help to avoid this issue becoming a significant. I must praise the ride team for doing their utmost best to get every guest on the ride but sometimes, safety does come first. Fab job guys, despite the breakdowns that the ride experienced during the course of the weekend, you were amazing!

In total I managed to get 7 rides on Wicker Man across Saturday and Easter Sunday, that just shows you how much I enjoyed it. I managed to get myself as close to the back as I could and front row – I think riding towards the back gives you the best chance of airtime however I did enjoy riding front row, just to experience all the elements coming right at you.

 

Just one more thing, that downwards S-bend after the second airtime hill… FAVOURITE ELEMENT OF THE WHOLE RIDE. 

I didn’t get a chance to go in the main queue line, and I know there are some good theming elements and photo opportunities of the ride but I hope to go through it at some point when I make a return trip. Yep, Alton Towers has given me more reason to make a return visit before Scarefest! I actually cannot wait to ride this in the dark – yes, I have seen some spoilers of the lighting within the area and WOW, October can’t come around soon enough.

That’s all for now!

LOTTIE TRAVELS