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Alton Towers is a theme park located in [[UsefulNotes/TheMidlands Staffordshire]], England. It is often voted the most popular theme park in Britain, just above Blackpool Pleasure Beach, and is one of the country's leading attractions. Currently being run by Merlin Entertainments Ltd, the park caters for the family market, edging on thrills and more or less, fun. The park was escalated notability in the 1990s thanks to John Wardley, ride concept designer for Tussauds and now Merlin's creative consultant who revolutionised the British theme park industry from the late 1980s to the early 2000s, who developed part of the park through theatrical brilliance.

The estate was originally owned by the Talbot family (otherwise known as the family peerage, Earl of Shrewsbury) until the 1920s. The Talbot family themselves have their [[TheThemeParkVersion heritage sewn into one of the rides]], specifically the legendary curse on the 15th Earl of Shrewsbury.

Aside from the obvious rides, rollercoasters and attractions, Alton Towers have the wonderful ability to show off the aging but [[SceneryPorn beautiful Towers complex complete with the utterly gorgeous gardens]]. The Towers ruins themselves are Gothic and reflective of the 1800s, as well as notable for hauntings and strange sightings.

The park is noted for it's "World First" rollercoasters:

* [[EldritchAbomination Nemesis]]: Themed around an extraterrestrial who seeks sanctuary on Earth but [[TooDumbToLive humans found it, worshipped it and soon made a B&M multi-inverted suspended rollercoaster chaining the poor thing in place]]. Notable for being built below ground level for avoidance of height restriction and is one of the park's most popular rollercoasters. Opened in 1994.
* Oblivion: The world's first (not truly) vertical drop rollercoaster. Utilizes [[PrimalFear vertigo]] effectively, through theming around a secret research facility that are testing the physical and psychological aspects of a rider pushed to their limit. Opened in 1998.
* Air: The world's first "flying" rollercoaster prototype. Sits next to Nemesis and themed (nearly) around a oasis. Opened in 2002.
* [[YouAreNumberSix Th13teen]]: Was unfortunately marketed as a thrill ride, "The Ultimate Rollercoaster", when it's meant for the family market. Themed around an unearthed crypt during the removal of the Corkscrew, alongside a dark forest, mysterious Wraiths and many other inconsistent aspects. Opened in 2010.
* The Smiler: The latest rollercoaster containing a world's first element, this time being the first coaster with fourteen loops. Also the last to be designed by John Wardley before his retirement. Like Oblivion, themed around a sinister research facility - this one designed to turn people into mindless grinning automatons. Opened in 2013.

Other notable rides include:

* Corkscrew: One of Alton Towers's first rollercoasters and the crux to the park's opening success. Opened in 1981 and finally closed in 2008. Infamous for banging riders heads around.
* Rita (formerly Rita, Queen of Speed): A hydraulic-launched rollercoaster. Very fast. Originally themed around racing then, with the arrival of Th13teen, re-themed as a spooky abandoned ruin.
* Runaway Mine Train: A rollercoaster themed around an African mining village, popular with families.
* The Haunted House/Duel: Originally a dark ride through a terrifying haunted Victorian mansion, Duel received a 'makeover'for 2003 with zombies and laser guns, and now challenges riders to attain the highest score possible as they blast their way through a heck of a lot of semi-comical animatronics.
* [[MindScrew Hex]]: A dark ride themed within the Towers ruins, based upon the legendary curse of the Talbot family. Also has what might be the most [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu5NQd7wYyc&feature=related atmospheric soundtrack ever recorded for a theme park ride.]]
* Nemesis Sub-Terra: Companion ride to Nemesis with the premise that Nemesis has laid an egg that's being monitored in a containment facility, from which riders must escape (through a maze filled with strobe effects and actors jumping out at you) when the egg "hatches." Re-worked after opening to poor reviews.
* Spinball Whizzer/[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogSpinball Sonic Spinball]]: Originally named Spinball Whizzer (a pun on the title "Pinball Wizard" awarded to the eponymous character in the rock opera ''Music/{{Tommy}}'' by Music/TheWho, later repainted and themed (under license from Creator/{{Sega}}) around ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''. Each train consists of a single car with seats facing each other, that spins freely 360 degrees 'round through most of the ride.
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Alton Towers is a theme park located in [[UsefulNotes/TheMidlands Staffordshire]], England. It is often voted the most popular theme park in Britain, just above Blackpool Pleasure Beach, and is one of the country's leading attractions. Currently being run by Merlin Entertainments Ltd, the park caters for the family market, edging on thrills and more or less, fun. The park was escalated notability in the 1990s thanks to John Wardley, ride concept designer for Tussauds and now Merlin's creative consultant who revolutionised the British theme park industry from the late 1980s to the early 2000s, who developed part of the park through theatrical brilliance.

The estate was originally owned by the Talbot family (otherwise known as the family peerage, Earl of Shrewsbury) until the 1920s. The Talbot family themselves have their [[TheThemeParkVersion heritage sewn into one of the rides]], specifically the legendary curse on the 15th Earl of Shrewsbury.

Aside from the obvious rides, rollercoasters and attractions, Alton Towers have the wonderful ability to show off the aging but [[SceneryPorn beautiful Towers complex complete with the utterly gorgeous gardens]]. The Towers ruins themselves are Gothic and reflective of the 1800s, as well as notable for hauntings and strange sightings.

The park is noted for it's "World First" rollercoasters:

* [[EldritchAbomination Nemesis]]: Themed around an extraterrestrial who seeks sanctuary on Earth but [[TooDumbToLive humans found it, worshipped it and soon made a B&M multi-inverted suspended rollercoaster chaining the poor thing in place]]. Notable for being built below ground level for avoidance of height restriction and is one of the park's most popular rollercoasters. Opened in 1994.
* Oblivion: The world's first (not truly) vertical drop rollercoaster. Utilizes [[PrimalFear vertigo]] effectively, through theming around a secret research facility that are testing the physical and psychological aspects of a rider pushed to their limit. Opened in 1998.
* Air: The world's first "flying" rollercoaster prototype. Sits next to Nemesis and themed (nearly) around a oasis. Opened in 2002.
* [[YouAreNumberSix Th13teen]]: Was unfortunately marketed as a thrill ride, "The Ultimate Rollercoaster", when it's meant for the family market. Themed around an unearthed crypt during the removal of the Corkscrew, alongside a dark forest, mysterious Wraiths and many other inconsistent aspects. Opened in 2010.
* The Smiler: The latest rollercoaster containing a world's first element, this time being the first coaster with fourteen loops. Also the last to be designed by John Wardley before his retirement. Like Oblivion, themed around a sinister research facility - this one designed to turn people into mindless grinning automatons. Opened in 2013.

Other notable rides include:

* Corkscrew: One of Alton Towers's first rollercoasters and the crux to the park's opening success. Opened in 1981 and finally closed in 2008. Infamous for banging riders heads around.
* Rita (formerly Rita, Queen of Speed): A hydraulic-launched rollercoaster. Very fast. Originally themed around racing then, with the arrival of Th13teen, re-themed as a spooky abandoned ruin.
* Runaway Mine Train: A rollercoaster themed around an African mining village, popular with families.
* The Haunted House/Duel: Originally a dark ride through a terrifying haunted Victorian mansion, Duel received a 'makeover'for 2003 with zombies and laser guns, and now challenges riders to attain the highest score possible as they blast their way through a heck of a lot of semi-comical animatronics.
* [[MindScrew Hex]]: A dark ride themed within the Towers ruins, based upon the legendary curse of the Talbot family. Also has what might be the most [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu5NQd7wYyc&feature=related atmospheric soundtrack ever recorded for a theme park ride.]]
* Nemesis Sub-Terra: Companion ride to Nemesis with the premise that Nemesis has laid an egg that's being monitored in a containment facility, from which riders must escape (through a maze filled with strobe effects and actors jumping out at you) when the egg "hatches." Re-worked after opening to poor reviews.
* Spinball Whizzer/[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogSpinball Sonic Spinball]]: Originally named Spinball Whizzer (a pun on the title "Pinball Wizard" awarded to the eponymous character in the rock opera ''Music/{{Tommy}}'' by Music/TheWho, later repainted and themed (under license from Creator/{{Sega}}) around ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''. Each train consists of a single car with seats facing each other, that spins freely 360 degrees 'round through most of the ride.
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10th Nov '13 12:41:23 PM MarkLungo
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* Spinball Whizzer/[[SonicTheHedgehogSpinball Sonic Spinball]]: Originally named Spinball Whizzer (a pun on the title "Pinball Wizard" awarded to the eponymous character in the rock opera ''Music/{{Tommy}}'' by Music/TheWho, later repainted and themed (under license from Creator/{{Sega}}) around ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''. Each train consists of a single car with seats facing each other, that spins freely 360 degrees 'round through most of the ride.

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* Spinball Whizzer/[[SonicTheHedgehogSpinball Whizzer/[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogSpinball Sonic Spinball]]: Originally named Spinball Whizzer (a pun on the title "Pinball Wizard" awarded to the eponymous character in the rock opera ''Music/{{Tommy}}'' by Music/TheWho, later repainted and themed (under license from Creator/{{Sega}}) around ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''. Each train consists of a single car with seats facing each other, that spins freely 360 degrees 'round through most of the ride.
10th Nov '13 12:40:30 PM MarkLungo
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Alton Towers is a theme park located in [[TheMidlands Staffordshire]], England. It is often voted the most popular theme park in Britain, just above Blackpool Pleasure Beach, and is one of the country's leading attractions. Currently being run by Merlin Entertainments Ltd, the park caters for the family market, edging on thrills and more or less, fun. The park was escalated notability in the 1990s thanks to John Wardley, ride concept designer for Tussauds and now Merlin's creative consultant who revolutionised the British theme park industry from the late 1980s to the early 2000s, who developed part of the park through theatrical brilliance.

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Alton Towers is a theme park located in [[TheMidlands [[UsefulNotes/TheMidlands Staffordshire]], England. It is often voted the most popular theme park in Britain, just above Blackpool Pleasure Beach, and is one of the country's leading attractions. Currently being run by Merlin Entertainments Ltd, the park caters for the family market, edging on thrills and more or less, fun. The park was escalated notability in the 1990s thanks to John Wardley, ride concept designer for Tussauds and now Merlin's creative consultant who revolutionised the British theme park industry from the late 1980s to the early 2000s, who developed part of the park through theatrical brilliance.



* Spinball Whizzer / [[SonicTheHedgehogSpinball Sonic Spinball]]: Originally named Spinball Whizzer (a pun on the title "Pinball Wizard" awarded to the eponymous character in the rock opera "Tommy" by TheWho, later repainted and themed (Under license from Sega) around Sonic the Hedgehog. Each train consists of a single car with seats facing each other, that spins freely 360 degrees 'round through most of the ride.

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* Spinball Whizzer / [[SonicTheHedgehogSpinball Whizzer/[[SonicTheHedgehogSpinball Sonic Spinball]]: Originally named Spinball Whizzer (a pun on the title "Pinball Wizard" awarded to the eponymous character in the rock opera "Tommy" ''Music/{{Tommy}}'' by TheWho, Music/TheWho, later repainted and themed (Under (under license from Sega) Creator/{{Sega}}) around Sonic the Hedgehog. ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''. Each train consists of a single car with seats facing each other, that spins freely 360 degrees 'round through most of the ride.ride.
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2nd Jun '13 4:53:13 AM JillBug
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* The Smiler: The latest rollercoaster containing a world's first element, this time being the first coaster with fourteen inversions. Also the last to be designed by John Wardley before his retirement. Like Oblivion, themed around a sinister research facility - this one designed to turn people into mindless grinning automatons. Due to open in 2013.

to:

* The Smiler: The latest rollercoaster containing a world's first element, this time being the first coaster with fourteen inversions.loops. Also the last to be designed by John Wardley before his retirement. Like Oblivion, themed around a sinister research facility - this one designed to turn people into mindless grinning automatons. Due to open Opened in 2013.
10th May '13 11:19:56 AM JillBug
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* Corkscrew: One of Alton Towers first rollercoasters and the crux to the park's opening success. Opened in 1981 and finally closed in 2008. Infamous for banging riders heads around.
* Rita (formerly Rita, Queen of Speed): A hydraulic-launched rollercoaster. Very fast.

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* Corkscrew: One of Alton Towers Towers's first rollercoasters and the crux to the park's opening success. Opened in 1981 and finally closed in 2008. Infamous for banging riders heads around.
* Rita (formerly Rita, Queen of Speed): A hydraulic-launched rollercoaster. Very fast. Originally themed around racing then, with the arrival of Th13teen, re-themed as a spooky abandoned ruin.
10th May '13 11:17:58 AM JillBug
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* The Smiler: The latest rollercoaster containing a world's first element, which hasn't been revealed yet, but is rumored to be that it breaks the record for most inversions. Like Oblivion, themed around a sinister research facility - this one designed to turn people into mindless grinning automatons. Due to open in 2013.

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* The Smiler: The latest rollercoaster containing a world's first element, which hasn't been revealed yet, but is rumored this time being the first coaster with fourteen inversions. Also the last to be that it breaks the record for most inversions.designed by John Wardley before his retirement. Like Oblivion, themed around a sinister research facility - this one designed to turn people into mindless grinning automatons. Due to open in 2013.
12th Mar '13 1:04:05 PM TurboJ
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* Spinball Whizzer / SonicTheHedgehogSpinball: Originally named Spinball Whizzer (a pun on the title "Pinball Wizard" awarded to the eponymous character in the rock opera "Tommy" by TheWho, later repainted and themed (Under license from Sega) around Sonic the Hedgehog. Each train consists of a single car with seats facing each other, that spins freely 360 degrees 'round through most of the ride.

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* Spinball Whizzer / SonicTheHedgehogSpinball: [[SonicTheHedgehogSpinball Sonic Spinball]]: Originally named Spinball Whizzer (a pun on the title "Pinball Wizard" awarded to the eponymous character in the rock opera "Tommy" by TheWho, later repainted and themed (Under license from Sega) around Sonic the Hedgehog. Each train consists of a single car with seats facing each other, that spins freely 360 degrees 'round through most of the ride.
27th Feb '13 8:02:25 AM StevieC
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* Nemesis Sub-Terra: Companion ride to Nemesis with the premise that Nemesis has laid an egg that's being monitored in a containment facility, from which riders must escape (through a maze filled with strobe effects and actors jumping out at you) when the egg "hatches." Re-worked after opening to poor reviews.

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* Nemesis Sub-Terra: Companion ride to Nemesis with the premise that Nemesis has laid an egg that's being monitored in a containment facility, from which riders must escape (through a maze filled with strobe effects and actors jumping out at you) when the egg "hatches." Re-worked after opening to poor reviews.reviews.
* Spinball Whizzer / SonicTheHedgehogSpinball: Originally named Spinball Whizzer (a pun on the title "Pinball Wizard" awarded to the eponymous character in the rock opera "Tommy" by TheWho, later repainted and themed (Under license from Sega) around Sonic the Hedgehog. Each train consists of a single car with seats facing each other, that spins freely 360 degrees 'round through most of the ride.
22nd Jan '13 2:59:14 AM JillBug
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* [[MindScrew Hex]]: A dark ride themed within the Towers ruins, based upon the legendary curse of the Talbot family. Also has what might be the most [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu5NQd7wYyc&feature=related atomspheric soundtrack ever recorded for a theme park ride.]]

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* [[MindScrew Hex]]: A dark ride themed within the Towers ruins, based upon the legendary curse of the Talbot family. Also has what might be the most [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu5NQd7wYyc&feature=related atomspheric atmospheric soundtrack ever recorded for a theme park ride.]]
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