With the Black Hole going the way of
the Thunder Looper, the Alton Mouse and the Alton Beast this is now the
oldest operating roller coaster at Alton Towers. It feels slightly
ironic to see it share an area with Rita, one of the parks most modern
It does show it's age a little. It does feel a
little rough and shaky as you go round it. Personally I don't think
that's too bad, unless for some reason I haven't thought of you wanted
to do a large number of repeat rides on this the roughness isn't to
unpleasant, and I think it helps give the ride a good bit of character,
without spoiling the experience too much.
It is quite a big indication of how rides have
moved on, comparing today's standards to the days when some of the top
attractions where boomerangs and coasters like this. However this
coaster still provides a good thrilling ride as it maintains a good pace
round the track. It's one I'd want to have a go on when passing, as long
as the queue didn't get too long.
While this ride is immensely slagged off
as an awful ride i would disagree. I rode corky twice on my last visit.
Perhaps I chose a good seating arrangement.
Eg front and back. The back offered the
intense experience I was looking for, the front offered a weird
experience I was confused as to why I was accelerating at the bottom of
the drop. This offered excellent 'air' time on the first bunny hop. Whilst
its rough and themed badly I feel this site is wrong about lowering to
Submission and Big Ben which are crap. So join me in saying "Long
A lot of people who have rated
Corkscrew 1/5 perhaps are forgetting that, if it wasn't for this ride,
Alton Towers probably wouldn't be what it is today.
It is very rough and gives you a bad headache
and ear ache for a while afterwards, although the first drop of the ride
is quite enjoyable. It's great to see the park have repainted it for
this season (2005) and is now yellow again, instead of a horrible, murky
rusting yellowly-brown it has been for a while.
They should do something about making it more
comfy, and the seats are small and cramped, and make the ride less
Corkscrew should stay in the park for a couple
more years, however when riding becomes even more painful than it
already is, it'll be time to wave goodbye to this old classic.
When reviewing Corkscrew, I think it's
important to remember what a land mark ride it really is. Not only was
it the first double-looping coaster in the UK but it also paved the way
for Alton's expansion and such greats as Nemesis and Oblivion.
At the time, 25 years ago, it was
ground breaking and although the only things it seems to be breaking now
are skulls it is still a superb ride. The first drop has a lot of
airtime and the corkscrews are also quite intense.
Imagine where we would be without a
ride like this, Alton Towers may still be a landscaped garden and
Tussaud's might be stuck making waxworks. Not only is this ride fun, it
single-handedly established the British theme park industry and for
that, I salute thee. Nice.
terrible!! Our ears were slammed into the sides due to the ride being
far to rickety - not sure if it was the desired effect but it certainly
gave Becky a purple ear to be proud of later that night at home!! It
taught us never to go on a ride that our mum rode in the old days.
Abby and Becky
No ride in Ug Land is significant, and
I agree that the space could be better used. Alton Towers are stupid not
to have bulldozed the whole area and put in whatever SW5 will be where
the Corkscrew is. It is rough and boring.
donít know why everyone whinges about it. Sure Ug land is dire but the
corkscrew is still a good. Easily better than the Black Hole
wasnít going to make any comments about this ride I think most things
have been said, however I must comment about it now Iíve read everyone
else's. Yes it caused a storm. Itís part of the AT history. Itís a
classic. I think it was the majority of UK enthusiasts first major ride
(it was mine anyhow) BUT it needs to justify itís place in a
collection of otherwise outstanding rides. Itís painful, slow and
un-themed. AT need to make up their mind as to whether re-theme, invest
in, update or remove this piece of UK roller coaster history. After all,
Alton Towers cheerfully removed one of the UKís best-loved rides in
the Thunder Looper, what is stopping the Corkscrew from following the
same fate? Now prices have gone up, weíre being charged for parking
our cars etc etc, the least we deserve is a classic sit down roller
coaster delivering thrills for all the family. Something which The
Corkscrew no longer does
Is it just me or do the Corkscrew restraints really hurt your head?!
Once is defiantly enough!
I like Corkscrew. I'd like
it to get a extension on it. So it could be a bit more interesting.
Corkscrew is a very good
ride. The first drop gives a lot of air time. The corkscrews are nothing
special but the on ride photo point is great. A good ride but you will
come of with a head ache!
Nearly broke my neck! They
should take this ride down before anyone else gets hurt!
Ouch!!! Just went to AT the other day and rode
Corkscrew for the first time in 6 years. Seems a lot rougher than the
last time I rode it ( And It Was Pretty Bad Then) To be honest I don't
see the point in a decent park like AT keeping a piece of scrap metal
like the old Corkscrew! In my opinion they should demolish it... NOW!!!
(Wish I could Give It Zero!)
Even though I escaped
major league head banging, this coaster committed another cardinal sin:
it's boring. The first drop was too painful on the shoulders to enjoy
the air time, and the corkscrews themselves were thrilless. The ride
gives up after the second corkscrew and is completely unmemorable.
Rather than closing The Black Hole, Alton needs to put this ride out of