England coaster trip recommendations

Monday, April 8, 2002 9:44 AM
Hello fellow enthusaists. I am planning a summer trip to England and as part of the tour, would like to see Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, and perhaps Blackpook Pleasure Beach. I have never been to the United Kingdom, and would like to see what others would recommend in terms of flying (i.e., which airport to use), accommodations, park tips, etc.

Thanks

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Monday, April 8, 2002 9:58 AM

i can highly recommend alton towers, it certianly is the best park in the UK with 3 B&Ms, including one of the best inverted in the world, and one of only 2 dive machines in the world, and of course the new flyer. Blackpool pleasure beach isnt all that good. you have to pay for every ride you go on, and the only decent ride there is the arrow hypercoaster, the big one. drayton manor is an ok park with a nice intamin drop tower with a new stand up floorless car. it also has an intamin gyro swing opening in a few days, and a nice intamin stand up.
a few other parks you should visit are thorpe park. this is home to a new intamin 10 looper coaster as well as many other thrill rides, and a B&M inverted arriving next year. try to avoid the nearby chessington world of adventures as that only has 3 good rides which are an arrows suspended with new vekoma floorless trains, a top spin and a top scan. they are the only major rides, so it isnt really that great.
maybe you should also give fantasy island in skegness a visit as well, as it is currently having a 185ft SLC installed, and should be open in june/july time, and should be alright if vekoma can get over the usual issues with their rides.
the main airports are heathrow which is very near to thorpe park and chessington, but about 200 miles away from alton towers and drayton manor. and you cant really depend on the public transport in this country! if you only visit one park though, try to make it alton towers, and if you cant get there, go for thorpe park.
hope that helps you!

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Monday, April 8, 2002 11:37 AM

I thought the custom SLC at Fantasy Island was supposed to be 265 ft.... Am I just completely off?

How hard is it to drive from Alton to Thorpe, Fantasy Island, or Blackpool?

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Monday, April 8, 2002 11:49 AM
Laurence, thanks.

But which airport is best to get to Alton Towers?

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Monday, April 8, 2002 1:59 PM
Alton Towers is only about two and a half hours by train from London...
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Monday, April 8, 2002 2:37 PM

laurence said:

i can highly recommend alton towers, it certianly is the best park in the UK with 3 B&Ms, including one of the best inverted in the world, and one of only 2 dive machines in the world, and of course the new flyer. Blackpool pleasure beach isnt all that good. you have to pay for every ride you go on, and the only decent ride there is the arrow hypercoaster, the big one. drayton manor is an ok park with a nice intamin drop tower with a new stand up floorless car. it also has an intamin gyro swing opening in a few days, and a nice intamin stand up.
a few other parks you should visit are thorpe park. this is home to a new intamin 10 looper coaster as well as many other thrill rides, and a B&M inverted arriving next year. try to avoid the nearby chessington world of adventures as that only has 3 good rides which are an arrows suspended with new vekoma floorless trains, a top spin and a top scan. they are the only major rides, so it isnt really that great.
maybe you should also give fantasy island in skegness a visit as well, as it is currently having a 185ft SLC installed, and should be open in june/july time, and should be alright if vekoma can get over the usual issues with their rides.
the main airports are heathrow which is very near to thorpe park and chessington, but about 200 miles away from alton towers and drayton manor. and you cant really depend on the public transport in this country! if you only visit one park though, try to make it alton towers, and if you cant get there, go for thorpe park.
hope that helps you!



First off, some one hold me back while I punch this guy. BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH NOT THAT GOOD?!! PEPSI MAX:BIG ONE THE ONLY DECENT RIDE?!! Hello, did you just scam all these parks on RCDB before you made these obsurb comments. The Big One is probably the only undecent ride in the park. Also, how could you ignore four awsome woodies, including the only woodie I know without restraints, Roller Coaster. If you're saying Grand National, Vahalla, Ice Shot, Steeplechase, Avalanche and the neverending list of rides are undecent then you got problems.

Apocolypse is only stand up not floorless drop tower. You actually stand up on a floor kind off like an Intiman free fall(Demon Drop.) Drayton Manor is a sweet well themed park. With very unique ride such as Shockwave and the Buffalo. This park also features the best park firework show in the UK and should not be missed. Drayton Manor is one great park and you cant forget the water rides.

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Monday, April 8, 2002 4:35 PM

Great Britain is a small country with an excellent public transportation system. For longer distances in country, trains are the best bet unless you want to drive and see the country side. Because of the small size it doesn't make too much difference what airport you fly into, though I hear that Hethrow is a zoo. If you are like most of us, look for the airport that is cheapest to fly into. In fact, check what airport here is the cheapest to fly out of. Hear on the east coast there can often be many hundreds of dollars difference in air fare from two airports that are less than 100 miles apart.

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Monday, April 8, 2002 5:24 PM

Vertigo said: Apocolypse is only stand up not floorless drop tower. You actually stand up on a floor kind off like an Intiman free fall(Demon Drop.)

actually, a new side to the tower has been installed this year, being called the 5th element. this is a stand-up floorless car. and yes, i did over look the woodies at blackpool, sorry, i forgot about them!

the best airport for alton towers would be luton, but you might find it quite hard to get a flight to there, so i say land in heathrow, and then get to alton towers some other way.

*** This post was edited by laurence on 4/8/2002. ***

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