The Alton Towers Experience
by John Secombe
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ISBN Number: 0948513187
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Publication Date: 1987
Sunflower Books

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 photographs.

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 Exhibition.

Natural History: The various animal displays around the park, including: Enchanted Parrots; Wildlife Museum; Aquarium.

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.

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