Have you always heard the words, “Lets go to Alton Towers!” and then hear nothing after that? Well I have, many times and I got tired of waiting for someone to do something. So I took matters into my own hands and started organizing for the trip. There were 3 groups of friends who really wanted to go but only one I was certain could make it and has the money plus resources to. I therefore chose to organise it with/for them :)
First I had to see how many people I needed to plan for, this is so I knew how many rooms I need to book, carpooling and the amount of 1-for-1 tickets required. This took aaaaaaaaages as people weren’t really responsive; I sorta left it for a while until one friend called me up asking what was happening. This was when I ended up calling, texting, sending facebook and whatsapp messages to everyone so that I get their attention and, eventually, an answer to if they were available on the dates to come. It was tough but I managed to get a concrete ‘yes’ or ‘no’. So next came to hotel booking, I basically searched the cheap budget hotel sites which weren’t so cheap as it was only 2 weeks till the actual planned weekend. It was the last minute booking sites that really aided me. I love these comparison websites and I’m sure all the hotels love them too since they literally pool all the left over “stock” into one system and clearly displays to the user what they need. I confess that I did have some help with this because I couldn’t be looking at sites all day long and picking out hotels. We had found a few cheap ones and linked the group to the site. At first, we agreed to stay at a 3* hotel that was £17 per head, including breakfast. However, after checking reviews on TripAdvisor everyone mentioned not to stay at this place; it was dirty and unfriendly; the reviews were posted fairly recent too! So I did some more hunting and found the Ibis budget hotel available for £31 per room. Bargain! We immediately snapped them up.
The Ibis hotel was friendly and lovely. the room was an adequate size and had most things requires for one night stay. The only awkward thing is the bathroom is open plan and the shower room is rather small. There also isn’t much of a shower changing area so if you’re looking to share with a friend you would need to communicate and hide.
Alton Towers was so much fun! We drove up in the morning aiming to arrive at 10:30. However we met traffic at the bottom of Alton Towers hill due to two road accidents at the too. So we didn’t get there till 12 :( We should have taken the other route even though it was further for us.
The Smiler is a new ride for 2013 and I can assure you that it is amazing! The ride lasts over 2 minutes long and is separated into two parts filled with inversions, loops, corkscrews and a few drops. However I didn’t felt like I was falling out my seat when we went upside down. I managed to raise my arms for most of the ride ^_^ My friend on the other hand was really scared and had tears in her ears after the first half. She wanted to get off but I told her “no! You will finish this!” Harsh I know but I did not queue an hour and a half to get off mid-ride to comfort you! She enjoyed it and wanted to go again after anyway; then it’ll be a vicious cycle.