If there has ever been a more apt name for a Live, I've yet to hear it. We didn't seem to do many rides - Nemesis about 4 times, Galactica once, Oblivion twice, the rapids (I got soaked!) and Duel. Rita was closed when we went to Dark Forest. Th13teen had an 80min queue. Smiler was 90mins all day (whenever we went to look) and, well, that's really all there is to do at Alton Towers at the moment. I rode Nemesis three times during the day (morning, afternoon and evening), and with the exception of the second row ride in the afternoon, I found it underwhelming. It's still by far the best coaster in the UK but perhaps the recent GhosterForce trip had spoiled me. I'm not saying I think it's crap - because it's not, it's brilliant - but it failed to thrill me in the same way it has done in the past. Oblivion's drop still excites me although I found the lift hill to be very vibratey. Never really noticed that before. Galactica....hmmm...best VR coaster I've been on so far but I prefer Air (See my soon to posted reply in the topic). The rapids were on point during the visit! I have never got so wet. A massive wave soaked me and I felt cold and damp for the rest of the day, but the Guniness I had a lunch kept me smiling through it. Duel was ok. I didn't bother shooting but enjoyed the ghost train aspect of it. The fireworks were amazing. Not as good as last year mind (because last year they were goony!) but they were still awesome. They were themed to a Galactica (urgh) and the story was a space captain's daughter (comically called Luna) accidentally blasts off into space and has to get back through worm holes, fighting bad guys (excellent reference to Space Invaders computer game though!) and blah blah. I cannot stand sickly, annoying children in films, shows, or anything I'm trying to enjoy. Whenever I watch Jurassic Park, I spend the entire time wanting to punch the girl in the face and don't get started on that lispy child bitch in Miracle on 34 Street (whatever it's called, the one with Father Christmas), so imo they could have done away with Luna and just had the astronaut fly the thing though space. But the fireworks themselves were excellent, and when the Hall of The Mountain King plays, it feels so magical. Lovely to see everybody as always, and to meet Tom and Howie's partners. I also enjoyed the evening at the AT Hotel and the couple of hours at the water park the following day. Alton Towers fireworks will now become a yearly thing, replacing UK GhosterForce. It's the best way to see out the season, and the rides (the few you can get on due to huge queues) do play second fiddle to the fireworks and faff I enjoy with CF.