Very rare and detailed 1986 book about
Alton Towers, which is an excellent snapshot of the park in the
From the back cover:
"Alton Towers, the leisure park
that is the nearest equivalent in Britain to Disneyland, is the most
popular paid-admission attraction outside London.
This book serves both as a guide
for anyone planning to visit the park and as a comprehensive
souvenir for those wanting a memento of their visit. It's official -
written with the full co-operation of the management, but is
completely independent in its views and recommendations.
It contains nearly 100 colour
illustrations and a great deal to interest enthusiasts and the
general public alike. Using it will help you make the most of your
time and will greatly increase your enjoyment of a visit to this
famous leisure park."
It includes the following chapters:
- General Information
- Kiddies Kingdom
- Alton Towers Today
- Alton Towers in the Past
- Nature Trails
- Live Entertainment: Circus
Hassani; Mississippi Jazz Band; Minstrels, Clowns & Jugglers; Cuddly
Bears; Alton Theatre; Rupert Bear Magic Show.
- Exhibitions, etc: Dolls Exhibition; Model Railway; Doom & Sons Haunted House;
Planetarium; Space 1999; Mississippi Showboat Fun House; Around the
World in 80 Days.
- Natural History: Sea Lions; Enchanted Parrots; Wildlife
- The 'Little' Rides and More (with
technical information for some of the rides): Junior Apple
Rollercoaster; Mini Dragon; Vintage Cars; Adventure Playground; The
Barrel; Blue Carousel; Astroglide; Alpine Bobsleigh; Baby Flug; Fun
Bouncer and Ball pool; Adventureland Railway; Splash Cats;
Rowing Boats and Red Indian Canoes; 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;
Ferris Wheel; Octopus; Spider; Pirate Ship; Wave Swinger; 1001
Nights; Enterprise; Black Hole; Corkscrew; Turbo Star.
- 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).
- Mini Holidays
- Facilities & Restaurant menus
At the back of the book is a
fold-out map of the park in 1986.
Please note: This book differs
substantially from the 1987
Sunflower Guide. This is a second edition book, and differs
also from the 1985
edition, with several different pages and different content.
Condition: Book in very good
condition. Fold-out map as new. This is an extremely rare copy of
the book because the ISBN and price on the back cover relate to the
higher priced 1985 version, but the inside cover clearly states it
is the 1986 version. We have not come across one of these before,
which seems to sit between two editions. There are the remains of a
sticky label at the bottom of the back cover.