Alton Tower’s Big 6 Challenge

Hi my Lovelies, I thought I’d share with you my most recent trip out at Alton Towers. I have seen so many vlogs and blog posts about people rating their ride experiences, doing the Big 6 Challenge and I thought I’d take part too.

Now due to the current global pandemic, Alton Towers has only just recently opened back up. There is certain rules that have been put into place to ensure the public and staffs safety such as limits to the amount of people that are allowed to enter the resort and also limits on people they’re allowed to put on rides due to social distancing rules.

Surprisingly the safety measures there were incredible and I felt safe the entire time I was there. There was hand sanitising stations at all rides, rides were also delayed at times so staff could clean down the rides after people have been on them. Even when queueing for rides everyone was socially distanced and it was compulsory you had to wear a mask on rides at all times otherwise you wouldn’t be allowed on.

If you’re anything like me an adrenaline junkie you’ll want to be on the biggest and fastest rides no matter what the queue time is. Now luckily the queues were 30 minutes max due to the reduced number of people in the resort and some of the rides only had a 10-15 minute wait such as Nemesis and Galactica.

Alton Towers is known for the “Big 6 Challenge” which challenges you to ride 6 of the UK’s biggest and fastest rollercoasters in one day. The Big 6 are the following rides:

  1. The Smiler
  2. Oblivion
  3. Nemesis
  4. Galactica
  5. Rita
  6. TH13TEEN

There was only one slight problem when it came to me completing this challenge. TH13TEEN was closed due to it being unable to safely open as riders have to be socially distanced, this would have made the ride unsafe as there is a compulsory weight that is needed for each carriage. However, I wasn’t going to let this stop me from trying to complete this challenge to the full extent, I did actually manage to ride the other 5 rollercoasters in the 4 hours I was there. I thought I’d share with you my ratings on the rides 1-5 (1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest).

  1. Oblivion. Now you’re probably wondering why I’ve put the world’s first vertical drop roller coaster with an intense 4.5G drop at the lowest of my list. This is purely because the queue time was around half an hour and the ride itself only lasts 1:15 seconds and the majority of that time is spent building up to the big drop. Yes it was very intense and super fun but I just think my experiences on the other 4 were much more worth it in my opinion. I don’t feel as though I would have queued again for it, it was one of those ones you only have to experience once.
  2. Rita. Rita itself is known as “The Queen of Speed” building up to 100 kmph in just 2.5 seconds. The ride itself is actually only 25 seconds but for me was so much more fun than Oblivion and that may be because I actually managed to get on the front of the ride. The intensity of going from 0-100 kmph within a matter of seconds made this ride in my opinion better than Oblivion. I was trying to pose for the camera but the force of the ride made it quite literally impossible to be ready, it really did capture the fear on my face. To give you an idea of how intense this ride was, I was literally gasping for breathe when I came off of it.
  3. Galactica. Coming in at number 3 is Galactica, originally known as ‘Air’ before it was rebranded in early 2016. I had been on ‘Air’ back when I was younger and I remember it being the best one I went on (and I hadn’t been on many at that point). It was still as incredible as I remembered it, it was known as one of the first ‘flying’ rollercoasters so you’re on your back looking down towards the floor. The whole ride experience is totally enjoyable and if I wasn’t trying to complete the ‘Big 6 Challenge’ I would have queued again.
  4. Nemesis. Nemesis is number 4 on my list. It was advertised as the world’s most intense rollercoaster and I have to say I can see why everyone thinks this. The twists and turns as well as the speed combined made it one of the most top rated rollercoasters within the park. The queue for this ride is usually 2 hours + but due to the capacity numbers in the resort reduced we only actually queued for 15 minutes. You race past rocks and rivers making it so intense as you feel so close to the ground. I came off the ride with one of the best adrenaline rushes I’d had all day.
  5. The Smiler. Finally my top rated ride for the day was The Smiler. The world’s first Gerstlauer Infinity Coaster and it also holds the world record for the most inversions on a rollercoaster (if you’re wondering there is a whopping 14 inversions on this coaster). This was the ride I was most terrified for as it had so many inversions and watching the ride go round and hearing loud screams was making my heart race through the roof. The queue was around half hour but I think it was totally worth it. The ride had different stopping/slowing down points where suspense was built and started the fear/excitement all over again. You didn’t know if you were upside down, on your side, or facing the right way as there was so many twists and turns. If I had to pick one ride where I had the most intense experience it would be The Smiler, even my finger tips and hands were tingling after this ride.

My overall Alton Towers experience was amazing especially considering the current world circumstances and I would 100% feel safe enough to go again (maybe after my whiplash heals).

Have you completed the Big 6 Challenge? Which one is your favourite Alton Towers ride?

See you soon,

K x

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