As a treat staff had a Corporate day at Alton Towers on Thursday 3rd July 2014, the day started with 18 members of staff getting picked up in Newtown at 8am to make their way to Oswestry to pick up the remaining 2 staff up who had got refreshments in hand from Subway which was a good start to the day. Everyone quiet for at least 5 minutes while eating their breakfast subs, the driver set off & we got on our way with a lot of chatter and laughter amongst everyone. We arrived at Alton Towers just after 10.30am and were met by our corporate host who escorted us to the Tower Suite.
The room was set up lovely for us and even had balloons on the tables in our corporate colours. We had light refreshments and were given our fast track tickets map for the park layout & magic money so it was time to let the screaming, laughing and whatever else begin.
Making our way through the park we headed towards the “Scream” rides and believe me the name is very apt, everyone went on “Nemesis” Europe’s first ever inverted roller coaster, reaching G-Forces greater than a space shuttle launch then we headed to the “Air” to feel the exhilaration of being weightless… You’re flying, riding in a prone position to experience the feeling of flying by ‘flying’ close to the ground, under footpaths and gliding narrowly past objects such as trees and rocks.
It was now 12.45ish and we had lunch booked for 1.45pm so we started heading back and on the way some went on “Duel” which was the haunted ghost train with laser guns to shoot at things on the way around and unbeknown a few of the party had given this a miss and gone for a second go on the Nemesis. Time for one more ride before lunch so the “Congo River Rapids” it was, were we going to get wet or be lucky enough to get all the way round and stay dry, you got it – we got wet.
So with us all back at the Tower Suite, lunch was served and very nice it was – burgers, ribs, chicken, hotdogs, vegetable pasta bake, jacket potatoes, salads and much more followed by two scrummy desserts – Carrot Cake or Lemon tart.
After lunch a power nap would have gone down a treat (I’m sure a couple of staff disappeared to give it a good go). With the day passing so quickly it was time to head to the “Oblivion” the world’s first vertical drop roller coaster, some gave this one a miss.
The Oblivion – a steady climb with a vertical drop
Next was the “Smiler” the world’s first 14 looping roller coaster which reaches speeds of approx. 85km/h. With a name like that, you certainly don’t come off the ride smiling!!!
After screaming & laughing so much, you would think enough was enough but no it was time to hold onto our eyeballs and get catapulted from 0-100km/ph in 2.5 seconds and go on “Rita” followed by “Thirteen” which is based on the discovery of an unearthed ancient burial site in an area of unexplored woodland known as the Dark Forest and it certainly had a few twists to it.
Chris thinking he is going to be the next Tiger Woods thought he could win a car be reaching the target which was in the middle of the lake and get a hole in one, his dream didn’t come true and had to come back home with us on the minibus.
After walking through the grounds from ride to ride, we covered a fair few miles throughout the day it was time to head back to the Tower Suite.
On the way back a few decided it was time to go on “The Flume” which was a good idea at the time but a different story when we got off and were wet.
After having an absolutely fantastic day the time had come to make our way to the minibus and go home. There a few subdued faces getting on the minibus along with 20 pairs of tired feet and within 15 or so minutes after leaving the park the majority were sleeping.