From the back cover:
"Everything you want to know about one
of the world's great leisure parks is covered in this guide. From
the history of the stately home to technical specifications for the
big rides. You cannot see everything at Alton Towers in a day, so
use the guide to plan your visit in advance. Suggestions for a short
holiday (with up-to-date hotel information) complement the story of
the park. This essential guide is also a colourful souvenir."
This is an unbelievably detailed
book, providing a clear and colourful picture of the Alton Towers of
1987. It includes the following chapters:
Getting Around: Information on the
park transportation systems, the Monorail, Skyride, Miniature
Railway, with technical information on the first two.
The Themed Areas: Information on
Festival Park, Talbot Street, Fantasy World, Kiddies Kingdom,
Aqualand, Towers Street, The Towers and The Gardens.
Alton Towers in the Past: A brief
history of the Towers and estate.
Alton Towers Today and Tomorrow:
About John Broome, how he started the park and his future plans.
Nature Trails: Information on the
various walks around the grounds.
Shopping: Information on the
various retail areas and outlets, including Towers Street (featuring
elevations of all the shop units).
Eating: Descriptions of all the
major restaurants on the park, with photographs, including Bagshaw's
Restaurant, Talbot Restaurant, Springfield Restaurant, Talbot Tea
Shoppe, Pizza Place, Railcar Steak Bar.
Kiddies Kingdom: Tells you about
how this area was developed and what it contains, with lots of
Live Entertainment: Photographs and
background information on the park's various shows, including: the
Circus; Mississippi Jazz Band; Minstrels, Clowns & Jugglers; Cuddly
Animals; Alton Theatre.
Exhibitions: Photographs and
information on the various exhibitions and museums around the park:
Dolls Exhibition; Model Railway; Doom & Sons Haunted House;
Planetarium; Space 1999; Mississippi Showboat Fun House; Wedgewood
Natural History: The various animal
displays around the park, including: Enchanted Parrots; Wildlife
The 'Little' Rides and More (with
technical information for some of the rides): Junior Apple
Rollercoaster; Swan Ride; Around the World in 80 Days; Mini Dragon;
Vintage Cars; Adventure Playground; Fun Bouncer; baby Flug; The
Barrel; Blue Carousel; Astroglide; Adventureland Railway; Rowing
Boats and Red Indian Canoes; Splash Cats; Miniature Golf; Radio
Models; Water Cannon; Arcades.
The Big Rides: Information and
photographs of the major rides, with specifications, facts and
figures: Grand Canyon Rapids; Log Flume and Dinosaurs; Four Man Bob;
Teacups; Pirate Ship; Wave Swinger; 1001 Nights; Enterprise; Black
Hole; Corkscrew; Turbo Star; Octopus & Spider.
Behind the Scenes: Fascinating
chapter with behind the scenes photographs, and the story of how the
park builds a major ride (using the rapids ride as an example).
Cinemas: Cinema 2000; Cinema 360.
At the back of the book is a
fold-out map of the park in 1987.
Condition: Very good, with some
minor marks on front cover - click image above for close-up.
Fold-out map intact.