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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
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She reports on design and technical design, production and project management, industry trends and company culture. From 2005-2020 she ran communications and publications for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA and publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association, and has contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has lived in Detroit, New York, Oakland, and now Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts community.

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