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Have you been turned upside down, downside up, side to side within a short space of time? Have you been dropped from a great height into a dark hole? Have you assumed the position of a bird and glided through the sky? Sounds super cool or pretty scary right? That and more was what I experienced in Alton Towers, the first theme park I visited.
It was my first trip to the UK and I was excited, especially as I had cut and dyed my hair red for the trip. My friend mentioned the trip to Alton Towers before I left Nigeria and asked if I was game. Of course I said I was up for anything fun. It was to be a trip of firsts, first time in the UK and first visit to a theme park. The plan was a road trip to Alton Towers, spend the whole day enjoying the rides, stay at a hotel, and road trip to London the next day.
The road trip was interesting as we were a party of ten people in two cars. We had taken sandwiches and some beverages as we left quite early. The country side was really pretty to look at. That was one road trip I thoroughly enjoyed. I will do it again in a heartbeat.
When we arrived Alton towers, I was amazed at the crowd. It was raining and I thought that would at least deter some people, I thought wrong. We had to wait awhile for the rain to subside, then we saw someone who had raincoats for sale. It was the best business for the weather, as his products disappeared fast, cost notwithstanding. After being fully kitted we went for the first ride, Spinball Whizzer.
It was clearly stated that the wait time was 1 hour 30minutes, I remember laughing and asking my friend, “will we indeed stand for 1 hour 30minutes”? She said she wasn’t sure but we should however watch. When some other people in our party saw the wait time, they immediately paid for a fastrack ticket. I remember still being at the tail end of the queue and seeing them up in the ride about 7 minutes later. We meandered on the queue for 1hour 30minutes before it got to our turn, then we got on the ride, got securely fastened in, and the spin of a lifetime started. I was both exhilarated and pumped up after the ride.
We however decided to meander no more and bought our fastrack ticket for subsequent rides that day- pricey, but we got on more rides than we would have gotten on with our normal ticket. Another interestingly scary ride was “Oblivion”, with this ride we were dropped full speed from an amazing height hundreds of feet off the ground into a black hole. Then, the ride previously called AIR now known as Galactica. With this ride, you initially assumed the position of a bird about to take off, then suddenly you are spun 360 degrees so many times.
At first I was closing my eyes and missing out on all the fun, my friend noticed and told me that to really enjoy the ride I had to open my eyes. Opening my eyes meant I was screaming as loud as my lungs could allow me. We left Alton towers as they were closing, being among those in the last cable car. It was a fun filled day and I was upside down and downside up so many times I lost count.
So Travel Lover, are you an adrenaline junkie? Do you go to theme parks for the fast and furious rides or the slow and steady rides? Would you visit a theme park to test the power of your lungs?
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