Nemesis Inferno, Thorpe Park, UK

copyright: Thorpe Park

copyright: Thorpe Park

Speed 3/5

Surprise factor 3/5

Fear factor 4/5

Vertigo factor 2/5

Overall 4/5


I think this ride was actually a bit better than the original Nemesis at Alton Towers because you know what’s coming – that makes you feel more excited. If you can’t see what’s coming, what’s the point? I also like this ride because they make it seem like you’re in a rainforest by growing tropical-looking plants. The fake fire is quite good too.


Launched 5 April 2003

Cost £6–10 million

Duration 1 min 43 secs

Maximum speed 50mph (80kph)

Maximum height 29 metres

Maximum drop 35 metres

G force 4.5

Inversions 4


Dæmonen, Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen



Speed 2/5

Surprise factor 2/5

Fear factor 3/5

Vertigo factor 3/5

Overall 3/5


Dæmonen was good because it felt a little bit like Air (see below), which is one of my favourite rollercoasters. I didn’t like the duration – it wasn’t long enough and it was over too quickly. I did like the inversions – an Immelman loop, a vertical loop and a zero-G roll.

For more on the Tivoli Gardens and Copenhagen, click here.


Launched 16 April 2004

Cost $12 million

Duration 1 min 46 secs

Maximum speed 48mph (77kph)

Maximum height 28 metres

Maximum drop 20 metres

G force 4

Inversions 3

Muntanya Russa, Tibidabo, Barcelona, Spain


Speed 3/5

Surprise factor 2/5

Fear factor 3/5

Vertigo factor 4/5

Overall 2/5


Tibidabo isn’t a themepark, it’s an amusement park overlooking Barcelona. The Muntanya Russa (which means ‘rollercoaster’ in Catalan) is on top of a big hill (so is the amusement park), so when you go down the drop, it looks like you’re gonna go WAAAGH down to crash into the city. Then it does a sharp turn and snakes though the woods very fast.

See more on Tibidabo and our family break in Barcelona.


Launched 23 December 2008

Cost €3 million

Duration 1 min 13 secs

Maximum speed 49.7mph (80kph)

Maximum height 25 metres (522 metres above sea level)

Maximum drop 31 metres

G force 3.5

Inversions 0