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When I saw the notice on the park's website about Slammer, my first thoughts were "there is NO WAY I am going on that." On arrival to the park, I rode Detonator as a warm-up then joined the Slammer queue. The ride is massive - when in motion it is taller than Colossus right next to it, and it is probably scarier to watch than to ride. From the queue line you can see the terrified faces of the riders upside down. Unfortunately, there is no clear theming to speak of, but the ride itself makes up for it. When you sit down, you pull down your restraints, and then a voice says "Please allow the staff to tighten your restraints and save your life." Ah. Oh dear. Who said anything about life in danger? When the ride starts, loud, frantic music blasts in your ears, so by the time I got to the top, I was terrified.

Now, on a normal ride, you are peeing yourself on the build-up, but once the ride starts you are just enjoying yourself. Not so on Slammer...although it is as fun as hell, it is also as scary as hell. This was the first ride I'd ever ridden that sticks you upside down for obscene amounts of time, but it is by far the best. The intense g forces are constantly battering you, just as relentless as Nemesis Inferno just down the corner, although just as enjoyable as well. The best bit is finishing the first rotation when you turn to your neighbour and say "Wait a sec, wasn't that the slow loop...uh oh... AAAAAAH...!"

Overall Slammer is a brilliant ride, that keeps you entertained all the way through.

Pros: Scary, intense, fast, adrenaline-pumping

Cons: No theming, is no longer scary after first ride.

One final bit of advice: on the queue line, when it divides in 2, turn left, that way, you will go forwards first, then backwards, so it keeps you freaked out right the way through.


To say I was looking forward to this ride would be a gross understatement. My anticipation of the first ride was incredible, and is probably the biggest I have felt for any ride in my life. Mind you, you just have to watch the ride once to see why-it is absolutely spectacular. Whilst there is no real theming as such, the ride itself is good enough to watch, seeing the peoples faces as they rush past at a high speed is pure entertainment.

But once you get in the ride queue this is replaced by pure anxiety. This has to be one of the most intimidating rides in existence, which works to its advantage as it means queue times stay far shorter due to people being too scared to ride.

Once you're on the ride the anxiety doesn't go away-it increases 10-fold, and is the only ride I have constantly sworn on before it really gets going. But once it does get to the top and starts its first rotation, my god is it good. The feeling is intense but not uncomfortably so. Add to that the amazing sense of freedom provided by the restraints, plus the unique rotation, and you've got yourself a truly one-of-a-kind, world-class flat ride. The only complaint I have at the moment is the down time but I have no doubt that this will be sorted out by next season.

So all in all this ride is fantastic, and if you get the bottle to ride it I promise it's an experience you won't forget. Slammer: what's another word for awesome...?

Ollie Cook

This ride is pretty awesome. What is good about it is that it is not just a ride that spins around and around, it also means whilst one gondola is face up, one is face down. Also, the restraints feel very comfortable and make you feel free, but, you don't feel like you are about to fall out. The real bummer is that it only spins around 5 or 6 times, it could be so much longer.

David I Baillie

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