On Saturday, March 20th, 2010, the highly anticipated coaster Thirteen (Often spelled Th13teen) opened at Alton Towers amusement park. The park has kept the ride under extreme security through the ride's construction under the code name "Secret Weapon 6". When the perennial favorite Corkscrew was removed in 2007, people wondered what kind of ride would replace it. Now, after months track arriving, the park teasing, and lots of speculation about what secrets this ride holds that earned it the rumored title of being the World's First Psychoaster, it has finally been revealed.
The ride begins with a nerve-racking climb up the lift hill. After a brief moment at the top, the train plummets towards the earth, followed by a hard right turn leading you through a trip through the woods with twists, turns, and empty seat airtime to fulfill a thrill seeker's desires.
However, when the train runs out of speed and pulls into a warehouse, where most rides would end, this ride is far from over. After passing some spooky scenery that caused this ride to be dubbed a "Psychoaster" (Which was, oddly enough, not operating during the grand opening), the ride has a world first. The train comes to a stop, and instead of slowly crawling foreword or having a ride operator say the ride is over, the train lurches downward a few feet, installing terror in the unlucky passengers. After a brief moment, the train is propelled downward in a world first, a free fall drop on a roller coaster.
It doesn't end there, though, as then the train is launched backwards into some twists and turns, though this time inside dark tunnels. Afterwards, the ride enters some switch track and pull into the station for the next unlucky victims ride Thirteen.
So if you are in the Alton area or are planning a large coaster riding trip and will end up in the UK, you should stop by and experience Thirteen.