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  1. Alsty

    Alsty TowersStreet Member

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    I thought it might be good to have a thread for those Alton Towers memories that don't deserve their own thread.

    A couple of competely random things to get us started:

    Who can remember the chip vending machines near to the Forbidden Valley skyride station? I think there was also a toasted sandwich vending machine. I'm guessing they were grim as they never survived for long.

    And back in the good old days™, wasn't there a Henry the Hound by the rapids camera? I'm sure he used to say "smile for the camera" for every boat, but maybe I'm imagining it.
     
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  2. AT86

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    Yes! I think the wooden platform he stood on is still there? Just after the waterfalls on the left.
     
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    The lion bar sponsored coaster challenge with a free t shirt for riding them all. T shirt displayed different forms of soiled pants based on the coasters intensity. I must have been about 10 so around 2000?

    Wish I still had that t shirt!
     
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    Log Flume's Dennis TowersStreet Member

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    There also used to be Pot Noodle vending machines by the FV sky ride station
     
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  5. Alsty

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    I think I got one of those t-shirts too (but funnily enough it's not something I ever wore or kept). It could have been as early as 1998. I'm sure Oblivion was one of the coasters you had to complete. I think Ripsaw might have even been on the list?
     
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    I *think* it was Nemesis, Ripsaw, Black Hole, Corkscrew and Oblivion?
     
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    Yep I think that's spot on. There must be a photo about somewhere.
     
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    I remember visiting as a young child and noticing a particular attraction in Merrie England. I don't know what it was called for certain (perhaps Knight's Challenge or something), but I don't seem to be able to find anything about it online. I remember people would sit in a few tiered rows facing outwards and maybe watching a screen or something?

    Sorry this is vague, but perhaps someone knows what it was! :)
     
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    If it’s what I remember it was a VR game, from the early 2000s time I think? Opposite Eastern Express in the corner.
     
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    Yes, I would say about 2002/2003. I think it was a game (upcharge) where you donned VR headsets and then were encouraged to do weird chanting. I never went on it but presumably it was things like riding a horse, charging a castle and stuff like that.
     
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    That was it! Thought I remembered VR.
     
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    It'll never catch on.
     
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    I have a vague memory of a generic older relative telling me, "No, we're NOT going to waste our time going to Atlon Towers. It's just a bunch of tacky rollercoasters ruining a nice old stately home. Not like Chessington..."
    (For clarity, this was before most of you were born ;) )
     
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  14. Rick

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    It's perhaps not that unfair then!
     
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    :( .I’m that old I remember nothing. Other than laying on the floor in Cine2000 and getting trampled by people :rolleyes:
     
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    lol yes I remember that in Cine 2000 - and the area at the very front of the seats which were like reclined chairs set into the floor! Happy days!
     
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    I remember the scary stuffed animal tableau...all dressed up in Victorian clothing.
    Used to be in a funny shed near Corky.
    Bring it back!
     
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    The Cred Street McDonalds had a car on the roof with Ronald McDonald in it. Every 5-10 minutes or so it'd go "beep beep, wahoo!" (or something like that)
     
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    No you are correct, it was beep beep wahoo. Got on your nerves after a while lol
     
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    More like every 5 to 10 seconds, as I recall. That was a very well-themed McDonalds. It seemed quite inspired by Muppetvision in terms of humour and had at least one killer pun on the wall, although I'm struggling to recall it right now.
     
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