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I can't remember it feeling any steeper than the final drop (which was pretty steep!). It could have been though.Is it just me but was the 2nd drop supposed to be one of the steepest on any log flume around? The one in the mountain that used to be the last drop before they extended it?
As promised, with the Gigolo Aunts in their rightful place. I seem to recall the song was playing as left the park the day it was shot, so I put it on the video.
There are a few dead spots in it and the quality is dreadful by modern standards (it's been ripped from analogue tape to PC, burnt to VCD and then ripped to MP4). I dare say I have the original video on a tape somewhere, so a re-edit is not impossible, one day.
It was shot with one of these bad ladsIt takes some balls to take a video camcorder on to Nightmare Niagara, but my gosh I'm so glad you did. (These things were not famed for their water resistance!)
You can see just how poor the state of repair on the Cherokee Falls sections of Nightmare Niagara was at this point in some of those pictures, particularly this one:There are two galleries on the site with photos shot that day (and other days) - I seem to recall the rapids were closed the day of the video, hence them not being featured.
The rapids in their as new configuration - these look different to the boats I remember and the ones in most publicity photos (and in the galleries Rick posted above) so they must have been changed pretty early on. The 1988 brochure has a photo of what must be a totally different ride somewhere else.
It must be but unlike the ones the pictured it only has one entry point (and 2 extra seats), so whichever ride it was intended for must have had some sort of positioning mechanism in the station (to ensure the boat was always aligned correctly). I can't actually find an example of such a boat actually in use.... Djurs Sommerland's is the closest but that has 6 seats and 3 entry points.
EDIT: looking at the image above, it appears that one of the handrails has an ad hoc repair with a piece of yellow tape. I therefore submit that the handles were weak and liable to snapping... thus necessitating the modified seat tops.
The American Adventure has to be the most missed theme park in the UK. It's a shame that poor choices and visitor attendance led to its closure because it once had so much potential. Now everyone's waiting for the housing development site to emerge on the site of all the missed rides from the Missile which still happily operates today to Nightmare Niagara one of the most missed rides in the whole of the UK. Did anyone ever get anything from the auction that was held when the park closed?I really did love American adventure m it was one of those parks like Alton where we went every year without fail, sometimes more than once if I had been with school.
The flog flume, rapids and mine train were highlights, I remember queuing ages for the log flume and getting soaked on the first drop way more than any of the others, plus there was that well themed (or what felt like fell themed) indoor section.
The mine train felt so fast as a child, and was a good decent lengths I always remember the bit just before the station felt really angled and felt like you were going to fall out.
Also I agree with someone about that the rapids and Canadian area was best themed area. As you entered the fort with its children restaurant, arcades and then rapids up he long winding ramp, across the bridge to the rapids.
Heres a few Photos of me at American Adventure as a child
And here’s some of the ORP sleeves
Great photos, thanks for sharing.American Adventure was my childhood park. Whilst I had been to Alton Towers and Drayton Manor (with the latter being only 20 mins away), we always went to American Adventure every year and loved it and wouldn't go back to Alton or Drayton until the late 90s
I'll never forget the feeling of I'm going to fall out of the Runaway Train, that forceful splashdown on the third and final drop of Nightmare Niagara (and the amazement that they put in that third drop in the early 90s). My last visit was in 2002 and I do regret not going after whilst it was open, if only for the nostalgia.
For those who haven't seen them and sorry for the self promotion, here are my photos that I scanned over, with some photos of the site as it looked several years later https://www.flickr.com/photos/coastermadmatt/albums/72157623890734458