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Nemesis inverted roller coaster is the popular choice for Alton Towers’ roller coaster "king"

Nemesis. Photo: Alton Towers

Nemesis was officially crowned ‘King of the Coasters’ at Alton Towers Resort on 29 August 2011, after 8 weeks of public voting in the ‘All Time Greats’ Rollercoaster Elections. The votes were registered over 8 weeks at the Resort and online, but Nemesis emerged victorious with 41% of the votes, followed by Oblivion (21%), Air (20%), TH13TEEN (10%) and Rita (8%).

The votes were registered over 8 weeks at the Resort and online, but Nemesis emerged victorious with 41% of the votes, followed by Oblivion (21%), Air (20%), TH13TEEN (10%) and Rita (8%).

Nemesis was Europe’s first inverted coaster when it launched in 1994 and was the oldest contender in the election. Over 50 million people have ridden it since it opened and experienced its top speed of 81km per hour and g force of 4.

Katherine Duckworth, head of consumer marketing at the Alton Towers Resort, comments, “Nemesis has always been a popular choice and the voting outcome just shows that it hasn’t lost its appeal, even 17 years after it launched. As Europe’s first inverted rollercoaster, Nemesis is still a groundbreaking ride and we are delighted to crown it King of the Coasters at the Alton Towers Resort.”

Alton Towers Resort was designated the Kingdom of Alton Towers Resort for the day to celebrate and the ride was officially crowned with a giant floating crowns. Riders wearing crowns marked the coronation.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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