Hi guys. Even though Alton Towers had forged successful foundations in the 1980s under John Broome, it was arguably propelled to its present position in the UK theme park ranks by the additions that Tussauds made, especially those made in the 1990s. But if you have ever read Tales from the Towers or listened to any interviews or Q&As with John Wardley, then you will most likely know that it was not Tussauds' original intention to purchase Alton Towers. Their original intention was to build an Alton Towers beater; a new ground-up theme park that would aim to compete with Alton Towers. So my question to you today is; what do you think Alton Towers would be like today if Tussauds had not acquired Alton Towers, and had instead been able to realise their original vision and been able to build a theme park on the grounds of Woburn Abbey or on the site of the Colby steelworks? In my opinion, I don't think that the park would have grown to quite the scale or have quite the public reputation that it has today, but I don't think that it would be a million miles from what it is today. The park had already built incredibly solid foundations and gained a considerable customer base in the 1980s; as well as this, it still had many attractions, among which were quite a few substantial and iconic rides. My personal prediction is that the park would probably be one of the more prominent non-Merlin theme parks in the country in terms of size and guest figures; maybe not quite Blackpool Pleasure Beach level, but I easily think that it would be fairly prominent; perhaps on the level of somewhere like Drayton Manor or Flamingo Land. I reckon that the park would still have built more major thrill rides, but I think that these would likely have been less frequent and/or less expensive, with one of these most probably being the unbuilt Schwarzkopf coaster in what is now Dark Forest. But where do you guys think that Alton Towers would be today if it had not been acquired by Tussauds in 1990?