Discussion in 'European Parks and Attractions' started by BigT, 26th Jan 2015.
Anyone know during the season of the Diver Bomber ride where it actually was located? 1993 season
Snake Island wasn't it? Where the Flying Island would eventually go.
My only memory of American Adventure was meeting Hunter from Gladiators, the year the double looping Gladiator coaster opened.
10 haunting photos taken moments before disaster
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.
Cant find anything on the maps
The fact they didn't even redraw the map (just traced it in a flat chunky style) kind of says it all.
For those interested in the park an absolute gem has been uploaded to Facebook - a 1986 documentary about Britannia Park:
That is a great video
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.
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.
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.
It says, 'nothing is too much trouble'. It's a bit worrying that even doing nothing was too much trouble.
More stuff here.
Nothing rattles me more than when Theme Parks say they have / had over 100 rides and attractions and they've actually got about 10
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...
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:
Augusta Golf Challenge
Rocky Mountain Rapids
Fort Fun (play area - not sure if this had opened in '97)
Panning for Gold
Silver City Shootout
Kids World (indoor play area)
Rio Grande (little train ride)
Singing Bears ( <3 )
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.
Half was still there was it not?
Yes, but definitely not the bit pictured with the train (which is on the map outside).
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.
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