Thirteen To Scare The Pants Off Of Unsuspecting Brits in 2010
UPDATE – 3/17 New videos reveal Thirteen’s theme, one-of-a-kind element, and some POV video footage. British news shows GMTV and ITV were on location to film the first footage of Thirteen, Alton Towers highly anticipated new roller coaster. Read the full post and watch the videos, but only if you don’t mind seeing the trick Thirteen has up its sleeve. Watch the Thirteen – Alton Towers Videos.

Thirteen Coming to Alton Towers in 2010 Alton Towers has announced the name of their 2010 roller coaster previously referred to as SW6 or Secret Weapon 6. The Intamin-designed ride will be called Thirteen and it will have a dark, horror-like theme. Details are still a bit scarce, but the ride will open in March 2010, so we’ll know a lot more soon.

For now, we know that theming will be a large part of the ride. So much so that Alton Towers is dubbing Thirteen Surrounded by Creepy Figures - Alton TowersThirteen the World’s first Psychoaster. Towers Almanac, an Alton Towers fan site, has a quote from ride consultant John Wardley that sheds a little bit more light on the psychoaster distinction: “Thirteen will be the first ride to play on emotional fear and something coaster fans will not be prepared for.”

Here are some details from the official web site.

Thirteen will be based on the discovery of an unearthed ancient burial site in an area of unexplored woodland known as the Dark Forest.

Built on the site of the old Corkscrew rollercoaster, visitors will be invited to take a petrifying ride on Thirteen, venturing into the seemingly living and breathing Dark Forest. There they will face an unknown horror that has been unleashed from the ancient crypt.

The ride has been developed with the world’s leading coaster and thrill consultants who have collaborated to combine the ultimate elements of physical and psychological fear – to create what experts are dubbing a ‘psychoaster’.

– Alton Towers Thirteen Web Site

Alton Towers is already home to the world’s first dive coaster (Oblivion), B&M’s first flying coaster (Air) and a critically acclaimed inverted coaster (Nemesis). It’s cool that Alton Towers could add another stand-out roller coaster to their lineup. And, I’m glad to see that they’re continuing to do something original.

Thirteen’s Waiver & Age Limitations
UPDATE – 12/12: This is unprecedented. According to a Sun article, Thirteen will be so scary that the park is going to have riders sign a waiver and be within a specified age limit. Here’s more from the article:

The £15million ride will be restricted to 16 to 55-year-olds only and visitors limited to one ride per day “due to concerns about emotional maturity and physical health”, resort bosses said.

Adrenaline junkies will also be required to sign a waiver which assures the resort of their physical and mental health “to avoid any resulting lawsuits”.

Read the full article.

The extra safety measures could have one of two purposes. It could be just a lot of hype to make the public believe that Thirteen’s the scariest ride known to man. Or it could be an honest effort to absolve the park from any lawsuits resulting from emotional distress cases. Either way, we won’t know until those first few ride reviews are posted in March.

UPDATE – 4/2010 Now that Thirteen has been open for a while, feel free to rate it using my Rating System and leave a short review or comment below.
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What’s Your Take?
What do you think about the name and theme for Alton Towers’ new  psychoaster Thirteen? How about the waiver and age limits? Do you think they’re needed or just for hype? Leave a comment below.

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85 Responses

  1. cirquedufunk

    Queued for 2 hrs yesterday, got off the ride an hour and a half after park closing time due to technical faults and ride only at half capacity, not enough time to give up and queue for Rita again. Spent entire time discussing with those around us whether the people coming off the ride actually looked scared, as the 'dark forest' build up is a let down in itself. Turns out they were only pale white because it's very cold in the dark forest section. Extremely brief ride, the crypt section is a bit of a laugh but not worth waiting more than 20 minutes for, which even at peak times is as long as you'd wait for Nemesis which is a million times better than Thirteen. Noticed on the way out there was still 40-60 minutes worth of people waiting to go on. Age restrictions and waivers etc are all marketing ploys to hype the ride up.

  2. Salma

    LOL went on this ride today!

    and as someone who is scared of rollercoasters this ride was a joke.. it lasted about a minute and wasnt even scary at all :/.. dont know what the hype is about it was rubbish not worth the queue at all..

  3. steve

    bring back the corkscrew. Its such a shame alton towers has wasted 15 million on a second rate kiddie roller coaster.

  4. fourteen

    well well.

    Actually managed to get on this ride last week. Queued for 90 minutes (stationary queue for 30 minutes due to 'safety testing'). What can i say…… Crap for a modern 'white knuckle' ride but i dont think towers were looking for another nemesis or oblivion. I did enjoy the ride, especially the reverse bit after the drop. Its just a shame the drop isnt something like 50 feet rather than about five.

    Marks out of ten, well i put 7 for 'good'. But have to say it only really deserves a queue of twenty minutes maximum.

    They should have left the corkscrew in place as well, not that i ever bothered with its neck jarring rubbish in the last 15 years but it did hoover up plenty of people from the other queues around the park.

    • Quil

      You don't know for sure that it won't. it may have just been a busy day.

  5. fourteen

    It wasnt quiet thats for sure. Lots of student types and possibly rollover from the previous days football skivers. But virtually zero under 16s.

    Its gonna be heaving at towers over the summer holidays if this weather continues.

  6. 16 year old

    I went to alton towers for my dads birthday at the end of june, mainly because we didn't want to get stuck at home doing nothing and wanted to check out the new 'thirteen' ride there.

    so my mum got us tickets via tesco vouchers (which saved us paying any money)

    All I can say is that we wasted 2 hours of waiting for the new thirteen ride to only be disappointed! it was terrible for my age range and higher. it wasn't exciting enough. maybe for small 8 year olds, yes. but it sucked!

    compared to other coasters in the country such as stealth and saw, it was a disappointment to say the least!

    if we had to pay the usual entry price of about £40pp for the four of us, it would've been a big waste and I feel sorry for those who did and were disappointed.

    Nemesis was the best ride of the day and the only ride worth going for.

    • 16 year old

      Also we discussed the rating we would give it on the ride home. the four of us decided a generous 2 out of 10 for 'thirteen'.

    • fourteen

      You must appreciate that rides can be built for say 10 year olds ?. For which i think thirteen would be a good scary type ride. The queues dont justify the ride granted, but the corkscrew was the same. I class thirteen in the same catergory as 'air', good for being what it is. But only if the queue is ten or twenty minutes would i go back on. The best three seconds of any ride in the country is on oblivion, its a shame they didnt look at this fact when designing thirteen, because if there was a 50 or 60 foot drop in that crypt we would be hearing very different reviews. Shame really but look at the positives, your ride on Nemisis definately happened sooner due to the queues on thirteen.

      If Nemesis was the only ride going for then i suggest you only go Thorpe park in the future. Their Nemesis is better, they have saw (which is bearable for the queue times), collossus and not forgetting stealth, which i managed to get on five times in the space of an hour.

  7. Alan Powell

    Queued for 3 hours to see what all the hype about 13 was, it kept breaking down. What a load of crap that was, the queues wont be as long when word gets about. They would probably be better demolishing it and bring the Swan Boats back.

    • vicky

      Went July 20th with mates. Disappointing day all round. I didnt even get to 13. Queue times were 90 mins +. We queued 120m for oblivion. So glad I didn't stand in line for 13 considering the disappointing reviews. Nothing was queues under 60 m except duel (which o love) and blade…lol. big waste of money!

  8. fourteen

    Towers really is a big waste of money. They dont have the ride capacity for the amount of people they let in.

  9. Cooney

    we visited Alton Towers 27/7/2010……we did the big rides and thought we would try the new ULTIMATE 13……..PILE OF PANTS….. to much HYpe for NOTHING…………..! Dissapointing

  10. 2CoasterCrazy

    the literally scared the HELL out of me in addition to that im only nine so i was TERRIFIED 8 out of 10 for me it is just too extreme and the drop stationery drop was too short still terrific coaster

  11. Bruce Duncan

    First time I went on it I went on the single riders and literally just walked right onto it, and I got to sit next to my mate. However the second time we queued for an hour only for it to break down. Ride was okay. Not worth 15 million. They should have spent it on a newer higher Oblivion or something, but that tree line rule really sucks.


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