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06-19-2001, 12:16 PM
I am going to be visiting the Ireland/wales/England area next summer with my family, and I was wondering which park in this area I should visit if I only get to visit one(my family said I can go to at least one, MAYBE more...oh please God, let them say more <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif">). Anyway, which park is the best keeping in mind quality, quantity, and excitement factor? My favorite rides in the states are Ghostrider, Goliath, Texas Giant, Roar, and any invert. Thanks!

06-19-2001, 01:09 PM
You know, England, Ireland and Wales is one <i>huge</i> area. You sure will cover a lot of ground!

But as to which parks you should go to, that's down to three, I believe:

<u>Alton Towers, Staffordshire, England</u>
Has a fantastic B&M Invert, Nemesis. It has sustained Gs and speed, you dive through pits and tunnels and rush past walls of rock. It's awesome. Alton Towers has 500 acres of parkland and is pleasant to explore. The 2nd-best thrill ride there is Oblivion, 180 foot almost-vertical dive into a hole.

<u>Oakwood, Wales</u>
Oakwood is a nice woodland park home to the UK's best wooden coaster, Megafobia.

<u>Blackpool Pleasure Beach</u>
This amusement park packs an incredible amount of rides into just 42 acres. Highlights are 5 woodies (4 of them adult sized), Avalanche (fast bobsled ride) and the Pepsi Max Big One.

It's just a matter of taste as to which ones you pick!

06-19-2001, 01:10 PM
Well if only one park then it has to be Alton Towers.
<BR>With Nemesis - inverted, Oblivion - B&M Dive Machine and AIR - B&M's prototype flying coaster this is excellent park with many unique rides.
<BR>If you can visit two then goto Blackpool Pleasure Beach aswell, this park has many classic rides and an atmosphere to die for <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif">

06-19-2001, 01:12 PM
Oh man, I forgot about AIR!

06-19-2001, 01:27 PM
Although BPB is good but next year you have to go to alton towers just to ride the B&M flying coaster.

06-19-2001, 01:32 PM
BPB, Its just ace!
<BR>Best selection of rides I have ever come across, short Q's the majority of the staff are good.
<BR>plus, more coasters than any other park in the UK!

Andy Rathe
06-19-2001, 02:23 PM
If you must visit only one, it has to be Alton Towers! Best coaster themeing anywhere (Nemesis), vertical drop (Oblivion) plus the first B&M flying coaster!

Gareth Lewis
06-19-2001, 03:56 PM
Two words - Loudoun Castle

06-20-2001, 10:55 AM
one word ALTON-TOWERS.

06-20-2001, 11:54 AM
Man it's been so long since I last visited Blackpool Pleasure Beach! What's the atmosphere like these days, cus it was always great when I visited it as a kid!

06-21-2001, 03:29 PM
its still ace! the best in atmosphere out of all the parks in the UK!

06-25-2001, 10:22 AM
No Question. Blackpool Pleasure Beach is the greatest amusement park in Europe if not the world. Apart from its 11 coasters, it also has a dozen classic dark rides (including the awesome Valhalla), plus various other thrill machines. The queues are short and sometimes non-existent, and you'll pack much, much more into your day here than anywhere else. Alton Towers is ok - but the queues are horrendous and you have to walk for ages to get between the two biggies (Nemesis and Oblivion) Of course AIR will be opened next year, which will be amazing i am sure, but again you will spend half the day queueing for it.
<BR>Aside from Nemesis and Oblivion AT doesn't have much else to recommend it - mostly overthemed flatrides that you can find in most touring funfairs.(And don't have to queueu half an hour for.)

Nicholas James
06-25-2001, 11:13 AM
For the best overall day out it has to be Blackpool Pleasure Beach. No other park can offer you such a vast quantity of really good wooden and steel coasters. They are also pretty good at doing dark rides (Valhalla has to be seen to be believed). As Fraser said, because there are so many rides (more than any other park in the world, I believe) queues are shorter than other major parks such as Alton Towers. The atmosphere at BPB is electric. The food is great, better than any other park I have visited. It has amazing shows. And it stays open much later than most other parks, so your riding can go on longer. The only problem is packing it all into a single day. BPB has my recommendation.
<BR>If you can visit another park, make it Alton Towers. This park has two relaly great rides (Nemesis and Oblivion). It has beautiful gardens, and the themeing in the park i escellent.

06-25-2001, 11:18 AM
Thanks for the help everybody. Sounds like I'll have to convince my parents to go to both Alton Towers and BPPB!

06-26-2001, 03:12 AM
Well, if you can convince your parents to go to both AT and BPB - which - in American terms are quite close to each other -then you could also convinve them to take you to Drayton Manor Park (near AT with stand-up coaster and stand up freefall) and Pleasureland in Southport (just down the coast from BPB with Vekoma SLC and excellent woodie).

06-26-2001, 10:25 AM
Now you're just complicating things, Fraser! <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif">

06-27-2001, 05:42 PM

06-29-2001, 10:10 AM
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07-03-2001, 02:25 AM
Well by that time AIR should be open so id say you should visit it

07-03-2001, 03:08 AM
Alton Towers for sure...B & M wouldn't build 2 prototypes just anywhere...they are there for a reason <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif">
<BR>Top 10:
<BR>1. Apollo's Chariot
<BR>2. Hypersonic XLC
<BR>3. Alpengeist
<BR>4. Millennium Force
<BR>5. Magnum XL-200
<BR>6. The Villan
<BR>7. Batman: Knight Flight
<BR>8. Raptor
<BR>9. Top Gun: The Jet Coaster
<BR>10. Mean Streak<BR><BR><font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: kingtut on 2001-07-03 03:08 ]</font>

07-03-2001, 03:46 PM
The answer's simple - if you like B+Ms go to Alton Towers, cos there ain't much else of any interest there. If you like woodies and dark rides and hate queueing go to Blackpool.

Honan Beetch
07-04-2001, 11:23 AM
Any park with a B&M coaster is worth it!

Andy Rathe
10-20-2001, 06:30 PM
Moving to World Travel Tips.

10-29-2001, 07:01 AM
One thing: BPPB has long queues. There was a TV program on it and a person on the program waited 2hrs to ride The Big One, and AT won the shortest queues. Also, if you book over the internet, you can get cut prices and Xclusive Ride Time at Alton!

Oh, and you have to pay per ride at Blackpool too, which is a little annoying.

Andy Rathe
10-29-2001, 09:53 AM
Originally posted by Coasterking2k
One thing: BPPB has long queues. There was a TV program on it and a person on the program waited 2hrs to ride The Big One, and AT won the shortest queues. Also, if you book over the internet, you can get cut prices and Xclusive Ride Time at Alton!

Oh, and you have to pay per ride at Blackpool too, which is a little annoying.

It depends when you go. I've been to both parks when they've been horrendously busy and almost empty. Also, Blackpool have introduced an unlimited rides wristband for 25, which is excellent value if you go on a quiet day.

Ben Rathe
11-04-2001, 01:54 PM
if i had to choose i would definitely go for AT because of Nemesis and AIR will be open when you go as well. That is my opinion