If you drop into the woods today, you'd better not go alone ...
|Theme Park||Alton Towers|
|Park Area||Dark Forest|
|Audience||Older Families and Thrillseekeers|
|Opened||20 March 2010|
|Model||Family Drop Coaster|
|Max Speed||42 mph|
|Highest Drop||60 ft|
|Capacity||1100 riders per hour|
|Codename||Secret Weapon 6 (SW6)|
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Th13teen is a family rollercoaster set in the heart of the Dark Forest. Although often advertised as an experience only for the bravest thrillseekers, in reality the ride is fairly tame.
The first half of the coaster takes place in the woods nearby. Unfortunately the first drop is spoiled by a trim brake, but there are some nice swooping airtime hills after that - even if some of them also feature trim brakes.
Following the woodland section, the train makes its way up a second lift hill and enters a darkened room. Once the shutter door closes behind the train, it becomes obvious the room is in fact a crypt. There is the sound of splintering wood and the whole train judders, before plunging vertically downwards into a hidden part of the crypt. Riders in the front seats come face to face with a wraith, before the train quickly shoots backwards into the darkness. Eventually emerging into daylight, the train briefly pauses before being launched forwards again and back into the station.
When Th13teen first opened many riders knew nothing about the drop element, giving them a genuine fright and the rest of the riders on the train much amusement at their screams. Intamin have done a good job with the drop, which feels much more punchy than Zierer's version seen on rides like Polar X-plorer at Legoland Billund.
Sadly Th13teen suffered from a poorly devised marketing campaign when it first opened. The rollercoaster was advertised as a terrifying adrenaline filled experience and the world's first 'psychoaster' which had been designed to instil levels of psychological as well as physical fear. Guests expecting that were quickly disappointed by the family coaster they found. However, Th13teen is a good family ride, and as the initial marketing shenanigans have subsided it has bedded down into a great addition to Alton Towers' rollercoaster lineup.