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Nemesis Sub-Terra at Alton TowersSubmitted by Nick on Monday, May 28, 2012 18:45
Located in the Forbidden Valley area of Alton Towers next to the original Nemesis roller coaster, Nemesis Sub-Terra is housed entirely indoors. The ride is designed to be a “horror experience”, with the backstory being told via video screens in its queue. This is an extension of the original Nemesis storyline, which was based around an alien that had been buried beneath the Earth's surface for 2 million years. A shadowy organisation known as The Phalanx has now taken over the site, and has discovered a further series of caves beneath the alien's subterranean home. Guests are about to enter these, in order to study an egg that has been found within.
Nemesis Sub-Terra’s ride operators are dressed in military-style Phalanx uniforms, and guide groups of up to 40 guests into the entrance area. This hosts two “elevators”, which take riders down to the mock caves below. Once inside, they are confronted by the egg, and strapped in for a ride experience that we won’t reveal in order to retain an element of surprise.Review:
Billed by the park as "your worst nightmare underground" and named after the legendary Nemesis roller coaster, Alton Towers' new ride for the 2012 season has some lofty expectations to live up to. With the park's marketing campaign having pulled in large crowds for its opening day, could Nemesis Sub-Terra possibly deliver, or would it prove to be a disappointment?
On the positive side, the use of video screens to tell the backstory works well, and the Phalanx uniforms for ride operators are a neat touch. Indeed, the most enthusiastic staff are arguably the best part of the experience, barking orders at unsuspecting guests.
Unfortunately, without giving too much away, the ride experience on Nemesis Sub-Terra is hugely underwhelming. Do not expect an underground version of Nemesis – this is something totally different, and on a much smaller scale. It’s certainly not worth queuing for a long time to ride it, but it does offer a fun little distraction on the way into or out of Forbidden Valley.Top Tip:
Although queues for Nemesis Sub-Terra move reasonably quickly, we strongly advise using the single-rider queue on busy days if you’re willing to be separated from the other members of your party. This may not operate during off-peak days.
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Fans praise updates to Nemesis Sub-Terra at Alton Towers
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 07:58
Alton Towers decision to make major updates to its new Nemesis Sub-Terra ride appear to have paid off, with positive early reviews from guests.
Nemesis Sub-Terra to close from May 21-25, 2012 at Alton Towers
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 07:37
Alton Towers will close its newest attraction, Nemesis Sub-Terra, from May 21-25, 2012, to enable the ride experience to be improved.
Nemesis Sub-Terra ride experience revealed ahead of opening day at Alton Towers
Friday, March 23, 2012 08:00
A new report has revealed details of the closely-guarded ride experience on Nemesis Sub-Terra, the new attraction at Alton Towers for the 2012 season.
Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures
We are not aware of any scheduled refurbishment periods for Nemesis Sub-Terra. Do you know of any upcoming "rehabs" that we're missing? If so - please contact us so that we can keep the list up-to-date.
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Reader reviews of Nemesis Sub-Terra
Are you scared of dropping?
Do you have no idea what is going to happen once inside, apart from a drop?
Are you scared of the dark or monsters?
If you answer yes to any of the above I would think you are going to enjoy this more. It's good to be scared and then overcome this ride. If you have read everything that is going to happen, there will be no surprise. Just like a film you've watched before, you might enjoy watching the film but it's always good that first experience.
If you've experience Thirteen or The London Dungeon: Extremis before you will know what to expect from the drop but have the added fear of not knowing when it will drop. It's all in the build up to the drop and it doesn't end there as you have to escape. With all the effects the whole thing is a thrill. You might walk out and say "Was that it?" Because you wanted the drop to be longer or you might be expecting to be frightened more. Maybe you will be kidding yourself or try to look like your not affected by what had happened.
As a full multi sensory experience this is a good thrill even if your not scared you can say you have done it. A good addition to Alton Towers. Good for people to get the story behind Nemesis. You might not want to ride this again depends how your feel about the experience because every one will have different fears or no fear.
A good thrill for any one brave enough.