The American Adventure, UK, 1987-2006

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The American Adventure, UK, 1987-2006

Postby Arran82 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:44 am

I'm not sure how many people on here are from the UK, but many of you will likely remember The American Adventure. A theme park in the midlands that was based around the US wild west, cowboys and indians etc. As a kid it was by far my favourite place to visit, The Missile was the very first proper adult coaster I ever went on, probably around 12 years old at the time, and so for that reason will always hold great memories for me.

Anyway, the park had a turbulent time after the first decade or so, didn't know what it wanted to be, tried to re-brand itself etc. This article I just read brought back some massive nostalgia, thought some of you might like it.

nothingbutnostalgia.com/the-american-adventure-theme-park/

After reading the article, and hearing what's happening to the site, I've actually just decided I am heading to it today for the first time in...22 years, as i am off work for the day and would like a look around, even though most of its blocked by security. Only an hour and 15 minutes drive, one last look before it becomes another housing estate.

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Re: The American Adventure, UK, 1987-2006

Postby scottjenkins » Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:16 am

Loved this mate, can't wait to see your pics from today.

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Re: The American Adventure, UK, 1987-2006

Postby Arran82 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:07 am

scottjenkins wrote:Loved this mate, can't wait to see your pics from today.

Well i've been...and got the photos to prove it. Quite sad...ill post them later today when my in-laws have gone home.

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Re: The American Adventure, UK, 1987-2006

Postby robbalvey » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:49 am

I've actually been to that park many times. Loved the log flume and the backwards seat on the looper. It was also one of the first Sky Coasters I've ridden. I know I have some old photos around somewhere of my visits, but it was before I started taking a lot of video or blogging so I don't have that much.

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Re: The American Adventure, UK, 1987-2006

Postby Arran82 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:06 pm

So I went today......here are a few pics, not sure how to resize them, but I'll do what I can.

This is how the park looked around the time it closed.....

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And here is one of the maps from the park, although i'm not 100% what year it is....

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First thing you'll notice is that nature has reclaimed much of the site, the reeds, bushed etc are so high in places it's like a maze.

This is the road in, their used to be a sign on the left welcoming you but that is long gone, it was half demolished about 10 years ago according to the article I linked to.

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All the car parks are still there, being slowly reclaimed by nature.

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The main path to the entrance.

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The old entrance, photo taken over the metal fence.

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The coal thingy is the only building still standing.

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The base of a hut like building but I'm having trouble working out what it was.

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The Augusta Golf Challenge Tee, where you could win huge prizes if you got a hole in one.

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The area near where the twin looper once stood

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This shipping container is the only structure on the entire park (apart from the coal building), I thought it might have been a security office, but it was just a closed shipping container.

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People are not happy about the houses which are going to be built on the land next year....

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A random track wheel....no idea what it came off, but it was in the twin looper area.

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Can't really read the words now, but it's something along the line of 'stand behind the white line' as the train track is directly in front of it.

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The base of silver city....where all the cowboys and indian shows took place.

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Pier 49, now long gone....

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The area of the Yankee Clipper and High Sierra

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A small piece of remaining train track.

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The main steps

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View from the top of the main steps

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Site of the Aztec City

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The Go-Kart track

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The site of the old log flume, at one time the largest in Eruope

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Re: The American Adventure, UK, 1987-2006

Postby robbalvey » Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:21 pm

This looks nothing like an amusement park anymore. You can't even recognize it that it used to be a park. They might as well just build houses or a shopping mall on top of it.

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Re: The American Adventure, UK, 1987-2006

Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:19 pm

Kind of crazy to see how much the slate has been wiped clean of what was once in that plot of land... Thanks for sharing this update!
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