Closed Rides

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  1. andy33gmail

    andy33gmail TowersStreet Member

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    First post here - spent a good couple of hours reading through some of the threads :) . I've been to Alton Towers a few times, albeit well spread out. Had a great solo visit yesterday when it was quiet, rattling through at least a dozen rides (if you count riding the Nemesis three times in a row :-D )

    I don't have vivid memories of the corkscrew, although I'm sure I'd been on it without knowing its significance. Equally, I wasn't aware the log flume had been closed until I couldn't find it, checked the park map and then Googled it. I know the Black hole has closed, because Smiler's on top of it.

    There must be dozens of other rides closed over the years - I was curious as to whether there's a definitive list of these, as I'm sure some will bring back memories :)
     
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  2. skyscraper

    skyscraper TowersStreet Member

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    The park's Wikipedia page lists all the closed rides. Hope that helps. :)

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alton_Towers
     
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  4. andy33gmail

    andy33gmail TowersStreet Member

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    Thank you both. It’s surprising what you forget - like the Swan Rides - which were hardly subtle

    I wonder what motivates Merlin to close rides which at peak times might help spread demand - they’re hardly short of space. I guess operating costs? Or are they constrained in how many rides / how much of the park can be built on by their awkward neighbour?
     
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  5. DiogoJ42

    DiogoJ42 TowersStreet Member

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    It pretty much comes down to a case of, "how much can we get away with closing but still have people give us money?"
    Then it becomes a case of, "oh look, they've still given us money, so let's keep going!"

    Welcome, by the way. ;)
     
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    On a short note the atlantic locomotive called john that worked the scinic railway its now being restored in crew steam workshop ready for her trip back to the eskdale line
    Just wanted to share a little bit of history^^
     
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