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I can't believe you could actually buy furniture at Alton in the 1980s! I bet that would have made for an awkward car journey home!
Out of interest, why did Tussauds get rid of this wide variety of shops?
It might also interest you to know that Towers Street apparently had somewhere that you could convert foreign currencies into pounds and vice versa back in the 1980s! If you're wondering where I got that from, it's from a Ladybird guide to Alton Towers from the 1980s that my parents gave me for Christmas one year!
Yep it was at the top of Towers Street where the cash machines are now. It was walk in building with a counter for exchanging cash and cashing cheques (ask your parents what that was ).
I believe the current coke refill station was also a Bureau de change back in the day. You used to actually see the small hole in the glass on one side where you would collect your money until last season when they refurbished it.
Have you got a link to the picture in question?Question: Those pictures that show a projector silhouetted against a red "sky"... It's clearly a different design of projector to the one in Oblivion's queue.
The one in those pictures is a single hemisphere "globe" with a panet cage. But the one we see today is of the "dumbell" design, with a globe at each end of the planet cage, for both northern and southern skies.
So either the projector was replaced at some point during the attraction's life, or the one in Oblivion's queue is not actually from Towers, or the pictures are not actually from Alton's planetarium.
(If anyone wants to geek over beautifull old opto-mechanical star projectors, by the way, please enjoy this link. )