Alton Towers offers once in a lifetime chance to ride Nemesis with its creator
Tuesday 18th October 2022
Alton Towers Resort is putting thrillseeking rollercoaster fans at the forefront of its plans for the world famous Nemesis ride by offering them the chance to be on the very last ride, along with its creative originator John Wardley.
The ride, which is due to close for an exciting revamp on 6th November and return in 2024, is now under the control of The Phalanx, a secret organisation tasked with keeping the beast under control.
This elite organisation claims Nemesis (the beast that the ride pins down) is behaving abnormally, they are seeking last riders which they call ‘final test specimens’ to assist with investigations, and they are refusing to comment any further at this point.
The final test specimens selected to brave Nemesis will be awarded a jaw-dropping prize including park access, Fastrack Gold passes, as well as a chance to meet the creator of Nemesis, John Wardley, and take part in the final ride on 6th November.
Kate McBirnie, Head of Guest Excellence at Alton Towers Resort, said: “We know that a place on Nemesis’ last ride is much-coveted. It’s a moment in history for the famous ride and we can’t think of a better way to honour this occasion than giving fans the opportunity to be part of this special event. As you’d expect we will be delivering ‘thrilliant’ surprises during the day.”
Visitors to the park who ride Nemesis on the final day will also be able to get their hands on a limited edition photo.
If thrillseekers think they have what it takes to face Nemesis one last time, they are invited to nominate themselves as a final ride ‘test specimen’, via www.altontowers.com/nemesislastride.
Nemesis was Europe’s first inverted roller coaster when it launched in 1994 and remains one of the UK’s best-loved rollercoasters today. Riders experience 3.5 G-force as they race past the rocks and rivers of the theme park’s Forbidden Valley at speeds of up to 50mph.
Nemesis will return in 2024 following its exciting transformation. Details of the transformation are being kept under wraps for now with more information to be revealed nearer the time.
Alton Towers Resort is renowned for providing world-class roller coasters and attractions for guests of all ages, including Wicker Man, the UK’s first wooden roller coaster to be built in over 20 years, Oblivion, the world’s first vertical drop roller coaster and The Smiler, the world’s first 14 loop rollercoaster, to name a few. The Staffordshire based theme park continues to welcome millions of guests from across the globe, delivering memorable and unique experiences and events each season.
Alton Towers Announces Nemesis Closing
Wednesday 21st September 2022
Alton Towers Resort’s legendary Nemesis rollercoaster is set to close later this year, meaning thrillseekers have a matter of weeks left to enjoy its heart-pounding and exhilarating twists and turns.
Nemesis, Europe’s first inverted rollercoaster will return in 2024 after an exciting revamp. Until then, visitors to the theme park will have just a few more weeks to enjoy its corkscrews and loops before it starts its transformation this winter.
Park visitors were alerted to the plans after posters appeared on park announcing the closure by order of the Phalanx, the special organisation assembled to control the alien Nemesis beast by laying the rollercoaster track over it back in 1994.
Details of the transformation are being kept under wraps for now with more information to be revealed nearer the time.
Kate McBirnie, Head of Product Excellence at Alton Towers Resort, said: “Nemesis is Europe’s first ever inverted rollercoaster, which has been exciting thrillseekers since 1994.
“The legendary rollercoaster is loved by thrillseekers across the UK and beyond, and we want to give fans of the ride the opportunity to experience Nemesis in its current form before it closes on November 6.”
Nemesis cost £10m and was crowned Europe’s first inverted rollercoaster when it opened in 1994. Riders experience 3.5 G-force as they race past the rocks and rivers of the theme park’s Forbidden Valley at speeds of up to 50mph.
It carries dangling thrill seekers along numerous twists, turns with four inversions, and has attracted people from across the globe to the Staffordshire theme park.
Alton Towers Resort is renowned for providing world-class rollercoasters and attractions for guests of all ages, including Wicker Man, the UK’s first wooden rollercoaster to be built in over 20 years, Oblivion, the world’s first vertical drop rollercoaster and The Smiler, the world’s first 14 loop rollercoaster, to name a few. The Staffordshire based theme park continues to welcome millions of guests from across the globe, delivering memorable and unique experiences and events each season.
To keep up to date with the latest news and buy tickets to ride Nemesis before 6 November, visit altontowers.com.
Alton Towers has announced on social media and via emails that Nemesis will be closing on 6th November 2022. The ride will be closed for the 2023 season whilst the old track is removed and replaced like for like. With the Phalanx logo on the image and posters around the park, could we be seeing Nemesis Sub Terra return next year in the place of the ride?
By order of the Phalanx
Nemesis is closing.
You have until 6th November to ride.
Book now: www.altontowers.com/tickets-passes/
Please make your way to Alton Towers Resort in an orderly fashion.
Nemesis Retrack Plans Approved By Council
Wednesday 23rd March 2022
Plans submitted by Alton Towers to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for maintenance and re-tracking of the rollercoaster Nemesis have been approved!
This now means the park can proceed with the re-tracking of the rollercoaster. Our thoughts on this are that the park could close the ride before the end of this years theme park season.
With the park selling sections of Rita's launch cable last year, we wonder if they might sell sections of the Nemesis track when it's dismantled.
Alton Towers Reveals Plans To Re Track Nemesis Rollercoaster
Monday 24th January 2022
Following on from Friday's planning application submittal pertaining to the lawfulness of maintenance works to the 'Nemesis' ride, further, documentation has been uploaded, showing off changes suggested and more information into the work that will be involved.
In the proposed works plan, it is shown that all of the track layout will be replaced with the exception of the brake run, station, and lift hill. As well as that, several foundations will be strengthened or even having additional foundations added. There will be no changes to any other part of the ride, apart from minor theming restorations.
In terms of the track itself, there is mention of the track pieces being filled with sand to create less noise around the area.
89 of the 117 supports will be replaced
Removal of 636 bolts, which will be replaced and re-grouted
Minor maintenance to the theming and buildings, as required
It is currently unknown when these changes were planned to happen, should they get approved but we expect to see Nemesis closed over a prolonged period of time. There is a date on one of the architectural drawings of 01/12/2022 so potentially we could see work begin then.
Alton Towers Submits Planning Application For Nemesis Changes
Friday 21st January 2022
Alton Towers has applied for planning permission about the lawfulness of maintenance works on Nemesis.
Could this be the start of a retrack of the ride and possibly SW9?
"The application seeks to confirm the lawfulness of maintenance works to the 'Nemesis' ride, an existing roller coaster at Alton Towers Resort."