American Adventure Park

Discussion in 'European Parks and Attractions' started by BigT, 26th Jan 2015.

  1. Spark

    Spark TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    621
    Likes Received:
    297
    Location:
    Sheffield
    Favourite Ride:
    Nemesis
    Anyone know during the season of the Diver Bomber ride where it actually was located? 1993 season
     
  2. WillPS

    WillPS TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    310
    Likes Received:
    387
    Snake Island wasn't it? Where the Flying Island would eventually go.
     
  3. jon81uk

    jon81uk TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    2,977
    Likes Received:
    1,978
    My only memory of American Adventure was meeting Hunter from Gladiators, the year the double looping Gladiator coaster opened.
     
  4. Ted

    Ted TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    3,360
    Likes Received:
    1,910
    Location:
    London
    Favourite Ride:
    Helix
    10 haunting photos taken moments before disaster
     
    DiogoJ42, jon81uk and Joel3 like this.
  5. djtruefitt

    djtruefitt TS Site Team Team Member

    Messages:
    3,472
    Likes Received:
    1,631
    Location:
    Loughborough
    I had no idea that the big arena actually had a show originally, I always have memories of it just housing the go kart track, which then moved to the other side of the lake a few years later and left a massive empty seating stand with no purpose.
     
  6. Spark

    Spark TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    621
    Likes Received:
    297
    Location:
    Sheffield
    Favourite Ride:
    Nemesis
    Cant find anything on the maps
     
  7. WillPS

    WillPS TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    310
    Likes Received:
    387
    The fact they didn't even redraw the map (just traced it in a flat chunky style) kind of says it all.
     
    Ted likes this.
  8. WillPS

    WillPS TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    310
    Likes Received:
    387
    For those interested in the park an absolute gem has been uploaded to Facebook - a 1986 documentary about Britannia Park:
     
    Rick, pluk, AT86 and 4 others like this.
  9. Spark

    Spark TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    621
    Likes Received:
    297
    Location:
    Sheffield
    Favourite Ride:
    Nemesis
    That is a great video
     
  10. Tim

    Tim TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    2,137
    Likes Received:
    1,661
    Location:
    Cambridge
    Favourite Ride:
    Air / Blue Fire
    That is fascinating.

    Had to laugh when they start talking about a bad operating season due to unexpectedly bad weather. Some stories never change!

    Feel so sorry for the local traders. They always advertise these projects as a great opportunity for local jobs. But the people who built Britania Park ended up with nothing.
     
  11. WillPS

    WillPS TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    310
    Likes Received:
    387
    A perfectly clement season would have made no difference. The park was insolvent the whole time it was open, the court case would later reveal. As you can see from that video, Kellard was a complete dreamer and should never have been responsible for the coffers of any business, leave alone a greenfield theme park project.

    There might have been a few more people through the gate and a few more pictures though. For a tourist attraction, pictures of Britannia Park are very *very* few and far between.

    It's fascinating to see brief glimpses of some of the buildings which lasted the full course of American Adventure's tenure, without their Americana overlay.
     
    Spark likes this.
  12. Rick

    Rick TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    4,303
    Likes Received:
    7,454
    Favourite Ride:
    Crux
    It was on the island as I recall. It will be on the maps I need to scan in.

    In the meantime, here is the Info Pack from 1991. I think I only visited the park maybe six or seven times, but my memories of it are so vivid, a great place in its day, despite the somewhat deserved derision in its final years.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    AT86, djtruefitt, Spark and 6 others like this.
  13. Funcone

    Funcone TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    523
    Likes Received:
    1,011
    It says, 'nothing is too much trouble'. It's a bit worrying that even doing nothing was too much trouble.
     
    DiogoJ42 and MattyH like this.
  14. Rick

    Rick TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    4,303
    Likes Received:
    7,454
    Favourite Ride:
    Crux
    Ian, AT86, Matt N and 3 others like this.
  15. siralgenon

    siralgenon TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    1,488
    Likes Received:
    1,079
    Location:
    The Sanctuary
    Nothing rattles me more than when Theme Parks say they have / had over 100 rides and attractions and they've actually got about 10 :rolleyes:
     
  16. Rick

    Rick TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    4,303
    Likes Received:
    7,454
    Favourite Ride:
    Crux
    In the same way a lot of UK parks did in the 1990s, there was quite a lot to do that wasn't riding rides, 100 is perhaps stretching it though, by any definition.

    On one trip I recall panning for gold longer than we spent on coasters, I am not sure there was any in there...
     
  17. WillPS

    WillPS TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    310
    Likes Received:
    387
    I'm not sure it's that much of a leap actually

    If you just look at the rides and shows and things to do - working around that map you have:
    1. The Railway
    2. Steamboats
    3. The Missile
    4. Black Hole
    5. Balloon Ride
    6. Astro Glide
    7. Augusta Golf Challenge
    8. Super Karts
    9. Rocky Mountain Rapids
    10. Fort Fun (play area - not sure if this had opened in '97)
    11. Runaway Train
    12. Nightmare Niagara
    13. Panning for Gold
    14. Lazy Lil's
    15. Pedalos
    16. Silver City Shootout
    17. High Sierra
    18. Yankee Clipper
    19. Junior Clipper
    20. Sooty Show
    21. Kids World (indoor play area)
    22. Rio Grande (little train ride)
    23. Canoes
    24. Carousel
    25. Motion Master
    26. Singing Bears ( <3 )
    27. Helter Skelter
    28. Octopus
    29. Farm
    30. Mini golf
    31. Skybowl/SkyCoaster
    32. Twin Looper
    33. Buffalo Stampede
    34. Snake Slide

    The park wasn't short of things to see in this time either, they still had all the lovely theming and photo ops. Presumably the 100 count includes all the various arcades, retail and catering stuff which is a bit of a stretch but that is invariably how parks come up with these figures.

    The selection highlighted on that map is weird though. It seems like they started by listing the areas but then added some random attractions. Note that Pier 49 is incorrectly listed as the walkway to Snake/Adventure Island.

    Also notable is that the leaflet features images which date back to 1987 of Pioneer Playland, which had been gone since 1994. Naughty.
     
  18. Spark

    Spark TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    621
    Likes Received:
    297
    Location:
    Sheffield
    Favourite Ride:
    Nemesis
    Half was still there was it not?
     
  19. WillPS

    WillPS TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    310
    Likes Received:
    387
    Yes, but definitely not the bit pictured with the train (which is on the map outside).
     
    Spark likes this.
  20. Themeparksandy1981

    Themeparksandy1981 TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    584
    Likes Received:
    576
    The main entrance was still there then so you had the bear band, shops and other units at the top of the park. When u the indoor play area they could have included every ramp and slide u went down. I bet they even included the arcade machines in that so it could say there was 100 things to do in the park.
     

Share This Page