All the adult/teen rides were sold off after a petition from local residents said "The American adventure was far too noisy" making this a toddler friendly theme park and then complained after its closure "this would be a great loss to the area" well locals you fought for the loss of jobs and tourism and are still complaining the local council could build executive homes around the rather large lake. Thank you Locals !!!
i visited as a teenager and loved it, my fave was missle andthe snake slides where you climbed up the nets to the top. I then went again about 15 years later with my own daughter.the price was resonable but there was too many kiddies rides and not enough bigger rides food, drink and icecreams were very expensive.
The theme park has now ceased trading, and it comes as no surprise, they closed all the best rides in the last two years to make a childs park only, a terrible decision that we all knew would bring doom, and now it has.
The rides at the park are now being sold off and the site is the property of Derbyshire County Council when the lease ends.
A terrible shame, I was there one year careing for two younger children when one had an accident, a couple of staff stayed while wiating for a first aidder, who lent us a wheel chair for the day and was a great help. They really went the extra mile, even when the park flooded they managed to get it open by using diffrent ways to get in!
my family went to the american adventure in 2006 and how much had it changed....and not for the better ,gone are all the big rides and left are the smaller kids stuff,i used to go inthe 90s when you had to cue for rides this time there was no cueing and no people! iasked staff what happenened and heyeven slagged the park off!!! the park has changed hands so many times in the last few years that there is no direction for the park, what i think it needs is someone willing to spend money on it because its in bad need or i fear it will close for good . please please someone with imagination buy the park before its too late and restore it to its former glory
American Adventure - The age of some of the rides seem to let down the park, the attitude of the staff can very off-putting. The park itself had not been updated in quite some time, with no new major rides as such, the rocket is the only fair rollercoaster they have there, and that now is starting to show its age.
It's time for the park to be either put out of its misery, or to which I hope, have a lot of money spent on it with new rides, new facelift, etc. Many years ago they had the wild west shootouts which were fun to watch and a great crowd puller which have now gone, due to political correctness gone mad!
If you have never been to the park then you will find it a nice day out, but if you have been to it before, then you will find that it has become stagnant and lost its way. I just wish it could be revamped and new rides it could be such a great theme park, but only time will tell!
Oh, what have they done to the beloved American Adventure Theme Park? If you haven't visited this attraction within the last couple of years then I advise you to read this review before you set foot anywhere near it.
I live about 5 minutes drive away from the American Adventure and have visited the attraction on many occasions. I even remember when it was called Britannia Park - this was an ill-fated theme park which closed and went massively bankrupt within a year of its opening and it looks like the AA is soon to follow suit. A lot of my friends worked at the AA in its heyday in the early nineties. We loved going as students and would go at least three times during the season.
The Wild West shows were fantastic - unfortunately the gun culture soon took over and these were deemed to be politically incorrect, so the format of the shows were changed to more of a Stunt Riding Show, with a little bit of comedy thrown in. The guys still fell off the buildings onto "concealed" mattresses below, but this was little consolation. Nowadays the show is less than half an hour and the park must be making so little money that they can't even afford radio mikes for the (four) actors.
The other main attraction to the AA was the three major rides, namely The Missile (this is a loop - the loop rollercoaster, you go one way then all the way back in reverse), The Log Flume (re-named Niagraaaa Falls at one stage - this boasts the longest drop in Europe) and the Rapids ride (you know the one where you get soaking wet in a big round raft-type thing). Imagine my surprise when I visited the park in August of this year (2005) and I was told that the major rides had now closed! The reason for this is that the American Adventure is currently undergoing a period of change and the park will now be suitable for children aged under 12. In other words, NO "White Knuckle" rides of any kind.
This is fine, but Derbyshire already has a kiddies theme park called Gullivers Kingdom in Matlock Bath about half an hour away (which, incidentally, is far superior to the current AA). There's also Wicksteed, which at about 1 hour and a half away is well worth the petrol, and indeed Drayton Manor which again is a far superior full day out, with much more to do. There's no need for another kiddies theme park! People only went to the AA for the big rides!
The Log Flume is currently being bulldozed (I nearly cried when I went past in the train that circulates the park) and the whole area with the rapids ride and Missile (and some other attractions on that side of the park) are completely fenced off - the train just drives straight past. There are no plans at all to redevelop this area, in the words of the lady on the Reception desk, "It's all up in the air at the moment" - words which do not fill one with optimism.
OK, lets look on the positive side for the kiddies. It's £11.99 to get in, or if you get a "flyer" from our local libraries or tourist information offices, £9.99 for children (I'll come to the adult price in a minute). So what does little Johnny get for your hard-earned tenner? Well, the highlight of my daughter's trip (she is 6) was the indoor play area, which has a slide, which is almost vertical, as well as two other slides. However, this area is to be rebuilt in time for October half term, so this may make it better or worse, who knows. The new rides are also quite good, there's a Bouncing Buggies ride, a Space Shuttle ride, a weird ride where you get in a fire engine and have to put out a pretend fire with your water hose and finally, the ubiquitous Rockin' Tugboat ride, which I have seen in four different parks this year. Quite what all these new rides have to do with America (remember this is the "American" Adventure folks), I just don't know, I think they just got a cheap deal from the manufacturers in Italy, or are now just making it all up as they go along.
The old faithful rides are still there, though for how much longer I don't know. The Runaway Train still survives for this season, though I don't think it will be there much longer. The Buffalo train is good, and the Wagon Wheel gives you great views of what used to be a fine theme park for all ages. The Mississippi Boat no longer sails across the reservoir, even the Pirate Ship was being taken to bits on my trip. The JCB ride (which is the Twin-Looper coaster in disguise, fact-fans) is still there, as are some JCB's for you to play on, but only half the quantity as they had before. The JCB's and the Sky Bouncers are now free, whereas you used to have to pay extra for them, so that's a good thing.
If you recall the AA in its glory days, you used to enter via the magnificent front entrance, with a quadrangle of fine shops and kids would pelt down the stairs to be first on the Log Flume. However, in recent years, this entrance closed due to mining subsidence and this whole area has also gone to ruin, as have the shops and bars along the "New England" area.
So basically, there's about half a theme park left now. For kids under 10, at £10 for the day (although we had finished all the rides by 2pm - the park opens at 10am) it's not too bad value. My daughter went on about 20 rides so this works out at 50p a ride, when you compare this to the Pier at Skeggy or Fantasy Island, that's good value. You also have to think that the indoor play area could cost about £4 if it was separate - this is of course a bonus if it rains as there's not a lot else to look at if it pours down.
However, it costs £14.99 per adult on top of that £10. My wife and I went, so that's another 30 quid = £40 for the day out. I went on The Runaway Train, the Buffallo, the Fire Engines and the train that takes you round the park. Now my Maths ain't great, but that's a heck of a lot more than 50p a ride. My wife went on the Runaway Train and the normal train ride - that's even less value for money. There's hardly anything for adults (or teenagers) to do in the park now, so why do we have to pay £15 each? At Wicksteed (a much more superior kids theme park) it costs £6 to park your car (fair enough - go with your mates in your people carrier) and then you just buy wristbands for the day or tokens - no charge for adults. Even with the petrol cost from Derbyshire it's much cheaper for a far better day out.
I, like many others think that the directors in charge of the AA are making a huge mistake and expect the park to close within the next year. The debate rages on our local BBC Radio Derby pages, with many postings giving extremely negative feedback. I would like to know what other Dooyoo users think of the AA, past or present, and it's chances of success.
One consolation is that we actually used our Tesco vouchers to get in, so the day cost us nowt in actual fact, but the point is that we could have used these to save money off a better tourist attraction! I shall be using my vouchers for Drayton Manor or Wicksteed next summer!
It was nearing the end of the school holidays 2002 when we went to this fantastic place as a well-deserved treat for all of the family, i'd been there before, but not since, they'd changed alot though. American Adventure, a little drive from my home town Nottingham, in Derby.
To start off we went on the Buffalo ride that is a roller coaster designed for younger children, it is next to the sky-coaster, which costs an extra £15s. In this three people, attached to strings, are sent flying from very high, not for the faint hearted and I didnt even go on it! Much as i wanted to.
Another big ride is the Missile, again a roller coaster. You are taken up very high, the exact height I have forgotten, and then sent down at 60 miles per hour! You go through a few twists, turns and loops, then you go up just as high and return to the platform backwards, what a thrill.
There are many more rides including Motion Master, in this attraction you go into a cinema style room and sit down on chairs, then you are taken on another roller coaster but on the screen. To make the journey realistic, or as realistic as it is possible to make a ride meant to be in outer space, the chairs move to the picture, not as good as the old one though, if anyone still remembers it? Another similar show is the 3D movie, also in a cinema but instead of the moving seats glasses instead, I was not so impressed with this as it seemed to have no real plot.
There is a good selection of rides, from the Niagara Falls to octopuses and New York to the Aztecs, there are also many places to spend money on souvenirs and lots of prises to be won by completing simple tasks, like climbing a ladder.
It is very expensive though for the lack of rides, and rises by 50p each year, so you may be better going for a day out at Alton Towers instead, but if your a local it makes sence for those boring summer holidays.
Having been here once each year for the past 3 years (using free passes twice) I can only say that the park only continues to get worse. There is what I can only describe as a generally shoddy feel to the whole place. In fact during my last visit there was Jet Ski racing most of the day which made the most awful racket which you just cannot get away from. Out of the amenities the food outlets are the worse, they are not very well decorated or maintained and some of the assistants seem very in experienced. Also, the range of fool/meals avilable is poor. Now for the attractions, I'll start with what I would recomend - JCB world, Starbase slide, Runaway train and Rocky mountain rapids. The kids also enjoyed 1 or 2 of the smaller rides and the shoot out at Lazy Lils. As for the rides I would not recomend; over my 3 visits I/we have been on most of the attractions and rides and have not been on impressed by any but those above.
Often overlooked in comparison to theme parks such as Alton Towers and Camelot, the American Adventure in Derby is one of the most enjoyable theme parks in the North. Reasonably cheap at around £15 for an adult and £13 for a child, and even less with a season pass, my Dad enjoys taking me and my brothers here on a fortnightly basis. We enjoy it too for the first three outings, but then it becomes quite a chore; however I shall endeavour to keep this review free of loathing. The American Adventure is, obviously, based on something of a Western theme however this has largely faded over the years. The rides and attractions are all situated around a vast lake, and while a section of the park is very distinctly based on the saloon and home-on-the-range motif, the rollercoasters slightly break the illusion. There are also some repetitive and historically inaccurate Mount Rushmore heads in the distance. There are also never any queues. In terms of the rides, there are several noteable examples that fall into the following intelligent categories: ADRENALINE JUNKIES: - The most impressive 'ride' greets visitors as soon as they enter, and is called SKYCOASTER. Apparently the tallest ride of its kind in Europe, this involves up to three people being harnessed and secured together and hoisted 200 feet into the air for a face-first freefall! Certainly not a ride for those with a heart condition, it even unnerves me when I see the tiny peoples' faces shrinking into obscurity and I've been on it at least thirty times. The problem with Skycoaster is that it costs extra; £15 for one fly, which means either splitting the cost between two or three people, or having some solo action. - The only truly enjoyable rollercoaster has existed at the park for over fifteen years and is called THE MISSILE. A quite basic track takes riders upside down and twisting before reaching the far side and doing it again in reverse. No impossibly high drops to terrify people like Blackpool's Pepsi Max 'Big One,' but it's a fun and consistent ride that can easily be enjoyed throughout the day. - TWIN LOOPER has now been painted yellow to tie in to the park's 'JCB World' attraction, but is still a lot of fun. Another simple rollercoaster, this one features two consecutive loop-de-loops and then is pretty boring for about two minutes. - SKY BOUNCER isn't really a ride, more a set of trampolines that you have to be tied up to bounce on. The enjoyment of this high-bouncing pull-fest really does hinge on the staff's experience as straps that are too loose can cause back ache, while straps that are too tight could severely damage my chances of ever conceiving children. - No park would be complete without a LOG FLUME, and the three-drop American Adventure version is by far the best I have been on. In my youth it was promoted as 'the tallest log flume in Europe' but I don't see that mentioned so much nowadays. There are also RIVER RAPIDS on which people still defeat the point and wear plastic overalls to protect their clothes; I feel my Dad's hostility. AHH, THAT'S NICE: - One of the main features of the park is its LIVE SHOW, which occur three times a day. People hired either for
their acting talent or their horse-riding ability - and certainly not a mixture of both - carry out quite a silly tale involving exploding barrels, jumping sound effects and a redneck man who cals his mother "Ma" a lot. Good to see the first time, but after that it loses its charm and is the same for the rest of the year. - The 3D CINEMA is a feature of many places and as long as you don't mind it being the same every time then you should be happy. There's a more aggressive MOTION MASTER that throws riders around in their seats which is more fun. - The BALLOON RIDE, or Beep-Beep, is a relaxing ride that basically consists of sitting in pretend hot air balloons that spin on an axis. Still, it's better than the deadly boring Wagon-train Big Wheel (I think they were going for the 'Wagon Wheel' joke but I'm not going to give them the satisfaction). I must also complement the park on its staff; much more easy-going and friendly than the average worker at Alton Towers, my Dad developed such close friendships with those working on Skycoaster that he negotiated a deal whereby he would pay for two 'flies' and receive a third later in the day for free. Those people you see on Claims adverts demanding all the money possible; that is my father. And of course some of the less communicative staff earn themselves nicknames. The American Adventure's 2004 season begins next Saturday, and my father already has the season tickets. I'd recommend this park to anyone who regularly visits Alton Towers, however be sure not to over-do it. Right Dad. Information on tickets and location can be found at www.americanadventure.co.uk
Howdy pardner, nice of you to mosey on down to my neck of the woods. Why don't you pull up a log and stay for a while. It's mighty good of you to come a visiting us here in Silver City. I can see you want to do a bit of exploring, well you are in luck cos I am the best darn scout this little town has ever known. I'd be happy to show you around. Keep close my friend and watch out for those rogue arrows as I take you on your very own American Adventure. Well you've paid your dues and crossed the border into our little ol park. I hope you have your walking boots on, there is plenty to see and so much to do. Hold onto your hats boys, you might need yer sixshooter here.We are about to enter THE ALAMO. Originally named Misión San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo served as home to missionaries and their Indian converts for nearly seventy years.San Antonio and the Alamo played a critical role in the Texas Revolution. In December 1835, Ben Milam led Texian and Tejano volunteers against Mexican troops quartered in the city. Well as you can see from the state of the place today Amigo, those pesky Mexicans are still hanging around although if we mosey over to some of the great cook houses that are dotted around the joint, you will find that not all things Mexican are bad, you can buy a mean chilli dog, or some flaming hot Nachos, you can buy them all at the watering hole.Mind you I am not surprised that these crazy Mexicans eat such hot food, have you seen the transportation they are using these days? I think that you call them rides where you come from. BUFFALO STAMPEDE........A family rollercoaster. Not a tame ride, but not a breath-taker, no loops or heights, but some pretty mean curves.The sort of ride my hyperactive granny might enjoy. (Height restriction 1 metre ) TWIN LOOPER.......48 ft high.This coaster is not for the faint hearted my friend.Two loops to torture yourself with and at 30mph, this baby
rocks. (H/R 1.37 metres) SKYCOASTER......You have to pay extra for this ride, but I am told that it is worth it.This is a human catapult, where you and a friend if you want, can be taken up on a great big piece of elastic.....You then have to pull the rip cord and fly 200ft at speeds of 80/100 mph.This is the largest free fall ride of its kind outside the USA. (H/R 1.22 metres)This is a monster of a ride...(You can book in advance to ride this baby.) JCB WORLD....Test your driving skills, scoop, dig and load with the real thing at the only official JCB World in the UK. CRAZY GOLF......Watch out for those pesky golfers, I mean golphers. HELTERSKELTER.....Old favourite, great fun and best of all no height restrictions! If all thats not enough pardner, then how about visiting the Adventure Farm, where you can pet the animals and feed the chipmonks and parrots. Mind those spurs Amigo, we are about to enter....THE WATERFRONT. This is where we prospectors spend our hard earned gold.We come here to blow off steam, grab a whisky and kick off our boots. THE FUDGE KITCHEN....Where you can watch your sweets being made. NEW ORLEANS MALL.....For all your gifts to take home and enjoy. BLUE FIN FOOD KITCHEN....Whats your pleasure?.Fish and chips, pizza and pasta, jackets and cobs...The prices are a little high and you might fall off your horse waiting for your turn here. FRESCO WHARF....A watering hole for the men of the town. Is your stomach full and your thirst satisfied?....Then lets move on, its time to visit THE AZTEC KINGDOM. The Aztecs/Mexicas were the native American people who dominated northern México at the time of the Spanish conquest led by Hernan CORTES in the early 16th century. According to their own legends, they originated from a place called Aztlan, somewhere in north or northwest Mexico. Yep, thats right Amigo...More Mexicans.
The place is full of our sombrero wearing friends, but Aztec World is a place for the young and old.This is a place to let yer rootin tootin hair down for a while and let the young uns have a go. RIO GRANDE.....You have to be a very little indian to ride this minature train. VINTAGE CARS.....Another little indian ride, these tiny cars are a delight, although whether they belong here in Aztec World is something I would question. CAROUSEL....Ooooo...Fun for all the family here, but it does have a height restriction ( 1 mtre) Look up my friend, Mount Rushmore looms over us, with the heads of the presidents smiling, secretly. What secrets do they hold I hear you ask......Mosey on inside and I will show you. SOFT PLAY....For different ages and abilities, great fun for wet days. 3D CINEMA...Sit back and watch 15 minutes of 3D magic. HILLBILLIES AND PANCHOS PLACE.....Great venues for hungry braves. AMUSEMENTS....Hang onto your nuggets in here my friend.They have a habit of losing themselves. MOTION MASTER.....Take an amazing journey with this ride where the seats move along with the story. (H/R..1 metre) This is a good ride, because it seats a lot of people so the queues move very fast. Look here.I have had enough of Mexico and I can see the lights of Silver City in the distance. Come with me and let me show you how wild the west really can be. As you can see my friend, Silver City is a typical wild west town.There's the sheriffs office, the bank and of course lets not forget Lazy Lils saloon.Can you hear the piano playing?I can hear the whoops of the gals inside too, they must be up on the stage again, their legs a kicking and their skirts a dancing. Sure I can't buy you a beer or get ya something to eat?Are you sure?...There's some mighty pretty ladies in there. Oh, oh. Looks like trouble brewing.Must be time for.. THE SILVER
CITY SHOW. Once every hour,Silver City is roped off to make way for the famous American Adventure cowboys to do their show. Stunts and thrills galore, watch as the bank is robbed and the villains climb onto the roof of the old town and walk its timber edges.....Whoops, he shoots and falls, great stunt, great show. Then come the horsemen and the wonderful tricks and displays they perform as they circle the town. This show is a delight to watch and a ' must see' if you pay Silver City a visit. RIVERBOAT.....Enjoy the scenery as you take this delightful authentic pedal steamer across the lake that sits in the centre of our little bit of America. HIGH SIERRA......A big wheel with a difference, this wheel has a wagon attached to it.52.6m high, this is a great family ride. (H/R 1Metre) YANKEE CLIPPER.....A little indian ride, a pirate ship, american style of course. (No height restriction) Are you sure you want to go on?...You do?...Then hold onto your hats because we are travelling through indian territory now as we head for FORT ST LAWRENCE. NIGHTMARE NIAGRA.....This wonderful log flume is one of the tallest triple drop flumes in the world.The largest drop is a massive 60ft at a speed of 42mph, this is a white water ride that is not for the faint hearted.You get your photo taken on this one so smile if you can force those jaws apart. (H/R 1.22 metres ) The queues for this one are long, long , long. RUNAWAY TRAIN......And boy does it!The twists and turns of this high speed ride will have you screaming for more as it powers its way through Thunder mountain. (H/R 1.22 metres) BALLOON RIDE.......Forget the umberellas, this ride puts them to shame.It's an air balloon ride for all the family (H/R 1 metre ) ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAPIDS....You will get wet on this white water ride.Not the biggest I have seen, but loads of fun and the low height restriction means that you can take a f
ew little indians along for the ride. (H/R 1 metre ) CLAUDE AND MILLIES AND WISHBONES DINER.....For those of us who hunger for a little something American, the hotdogs and burgers are great. AMUSEMENTS......More nugget losers and gambling opportunities. Had enough of the West have you? Well I can take you to a place where the old world of America disapears into the roar of engines and rockets.Welcome to SPACE PORT. THE MISSILE.....125 ft high,a G force of 2.5 and a maximum speed of 45 mph this rollercoaster will blow you away.The fear as you are pulled up to 125ft and then released to rocket through 3 loops.Forwards or backwards, they are both as scary. Definately not for the faint hearted. (H/R 1.22 metres) SUPERCARTS....There is an extra charge for these, but they are a lot of fun and great for the big kids that we bring with us. Cars do 20mph. (H/R 1.40 metres) STARBASE SLIDE........Astrogliding, great fun.I love those bumpy slides...(H/R 1 metre) CYBERSTORM....... A Lazerquest fight on Dodgems, in the dark......Boys toys, great fun. (H/R 1.22 metres) ROCKET RETAIL......For all those pre- launch gifts LUNCH PAD......A self service restaurant I am definately able to recommmend. Phew.I have to tell you pardner, after all that walking I am saddle sore and ready for a siesta. Lets take the train back to the Alamo shall we? THE SANTA FE RAILWAY.....Runs around lake Reflexion, calling at all the park areas.They are large trains, with lots of seats. They accomodate pushchairs but I am not sure about wheelchairs....Its a long walk around the lake and the train is a great way to see it all. Well here we are back at the Alamo. Have I showed you everything you wanted to see? I do hope so. There are things I still need to tell you though so pull up a log and listen for a minute. There are lots of restrooms for your private little moments in
the park.I have taken to visiting one or two of them and I can tell you they are clean and well stocked with toilet paper. There are also plenty of places for changing your little baby indians and these too are clean and tidy. There are good sized toilets for disabled visitors too.I definately checked these out for you. The paths are flat and wide, although that there Fort Lawrence sits itself on a hill that may be a might tricky for you speedy little towns folk in your wheelchairs. Theres a really good first aid post, for all you cowboys silly enough to get an arrow to the butt. The park is clean and tidy and the staff, although very young, seem very nice and certainly follow the safety rules. I guess none of them want to spend the night in the sherriffs office along with the bad guys. There is a huge variety of food on offer here, though I have to tell you that it may cost you quite a bit of your gold to keep the young uns satisfied, what with the amusements and the shops and stores. The queues for the rides can get very long sometimes, don't be surprised if you have to wait an hour for some of the more popular rides, but the rides for the little ones seems to tick over quite fast. What else do you need to know? Oh yes, how do you find our little bit of Americana and how much of your hard earned gold is it gonna cost you to get in? Saddle up pardner, I'm gonna show you the way.... The American Adventure is easy to get to from the M1 junction 26, take the A610, proceed towards Heanor, following the A6007 towards Ilkeston for the approximately two miles and you will find us on the right hand side of the road. The park is open from 10 am daily, 12th April to 2nd November inclusive. You pay at the gate to ride all day..... 12 yrs and under.......£11.99 13 yrs and older......£14.99 Disabled Guests and Carer....£ 14.99 (Carer going free....Big thumbs up for this one
) Children under 1 Metre.....FREE Senior citizens.....£4.99 LOW SEASON MIDWEEK PRICE......£9.99 Well pardner, I hope you enjoyed your American Adventure.I sure enjoyed having you along for the ride. I've gotta go now, that there gold aint gonna pan itself now is it? Take care of yourself and come back and see me sometime.YEEEEEE HHAAAAAA....! I really like it here.I get a lot for my money and there is plenty to see and do, even for those who choose not to ride.My only real grumble....Queues are long and quite slow, they might think about introducing the fast queue system that I have heard that other parks are now using. Check it out for yourself.... The American Adventure Ilkeston Derbyshire. Tel....0845 3302929 or check out www.americanadventure.co.uk Thanks for reading Mand xx
I visited The American Adventure theme park on Sunday 6th May 2002. The park is located Ilkeston Derbyshire. The weather was good. The park was empty, with Monday being bank holiday I was expecting more people. You could get on the rides with less then five minutes waiting. We got to the park at 9:55. I parked my car and waited for the main gates to open. The gates opened at 10:00am it was going to take another 15 mins before we got in, since we had vouchers for the park we got into the park straight away. It would be better if the gates open earlier and the rides started at 10am. Waiting for people to pay by cash/credit card takes time. Every year for the last few years around Feb/March The Daily/Sunday Mirror newspaper have offers where you collect vouchers from the newspaper. You then get entrance to theme parks for free. The American Adventure park has appeared on the list every year. The total cost for the newspaper vouchers and postage cost me about £5 for that I got seven vouchers One for American Adventure, Legoland and Drayton Manor Park. Two vouchers for Sea Life and Dungeon and Dragons. That is excellent value for money. Directions Get off at Junction 26 of the M1. You will have to travel about six miles from the motorway to get to the park. There are signposts for the park from the motorway. Look out for the many speed cameras as you travel to the park. The American Adventure Ilkeston Derbyshire. DE7 5SX For general information call 0845 3302929 Fax 01773 716140 Email: Sales@amercianadventure.co.uk Website: http://www.americanadventure.co.uk/ PRICES 13 years and over £13.99 12 years and under £10.99 Children under 1 meter Free Disabled Guest and Carer £13.99 Senior Citizens £3.50 Family ticket £42.50 (minimum of 2 persons 12 years and under) Low Season mid week price £8.99 (Low season mid week for Year 2002 is April 8th to May 3
rd, May 7th to May 31st and June 10th to June 21st) The park has six areas Alamo, Waterfront, Aztec Kingdom, Silver City, Forth St. Lawrence and USA Space Port. Some rides do have height restriction. If you are looking for white knuckle rides/scary you will not find many. There is a train moving around the park. The train has stops in all the areas. The area has a lake in the middle. Alamo Main rides in this area are twin looper ( 360 degrees twin loop rollercoaster), Buffalo Stampede (good family rollercoaster where carriages move on the tracks and does not reach any major heights) and Skycoaster (upto three people are strapped into a harness and are plummeted into the air from a very high tower) . The Skycoaster is scary it will cost you extra £5 each if there is three of you or £7.50 each if only two. Waterfront Main rides Yankee clipper (pirateship). Has a few rides ideal for children. Mississippi Boat Terminus (is a boat taking around the lake) Pedaloes (Paddle steamer riding on water) Aztec Kingdom Motion Master Cinema (you get strapped into a chair and film starts, get the thrills of rides without sitting on one). This area has few rides for children. Silver city The Wild West rodeo show was excellent. People riding horses doing stunts. The show lasts for 25 mins. Some of the tricks performed were very good. Nightmare Niagara (longfum is a good ride not really scary). The runaway train (This ride is very good mainly due to the speed the carriages around the tracks) Forth ST. Lawrence Ballon ride is a family ride (you many feel dizzy because you are going around in a circle). Rocky Mountain Ride (Sits upto 12 people good laugh, nothing to be scared about you only get wet) USA Space Port The Missile (This must be the best ride on the whole park. Top grade white knuckle ride. The rollercoaster with loops moves forward and then backwards. When movi
ng backwards it does make you excited). Supakarts (you have to pay extra £2.75 for the ride). Starbase slide (is good fun when you race down with your friends). Cyberstorm (bumping cars in the dark). Driving School is a good for children. This park may not be on the same level as it’s close neighbour Alton Towers. The rides are simple and exciting. The queues for the rides are none existence The Missile and the twin looper rides I walked on without having to queue. You can leave you lunch in the car and at dinnertime have a picnic on the lawn. The car park is close to the entrance. The park was kept clean. There are many toilets, which are clean. If you do not like white knuckle rides this park could be ideal for you. More suited for the family. Could do with more children rides. I will go again since I had a great time.
Seeing as though it was my 40th Birthday, my wife booked a weekend away for the two of us. We went to Nottingham and stayed in a hotel. This was on the 3rd/4th of August, last weekend to be precise. On the Saturday the sun was shining and we decided on a day out at The American Adventure Theme Park. We went trying not to compare it with the theme parks in America. The entrance fee was a discounted £8.5o each seeing as though we had a voucher from the hotel. Normally it would cost £13.50 each without the voucher. We got there about 10.15, the park opened at 10.00am, and there was hardly a car in sight on the car park. We got through the gates straightway as there were no queues. There were furry animals just past the gates waiting for people to have their photos taken with them. They ignored us, which was unusual as in America, everybody has their photos took, oops there I go comparing. After been given a map of the place, we set off to explore Alamo land. There was the twin looper roller coaster. there wasn't a queue so off i popped leaving my scared wife behind. She won't go on the looping coasters. The ride was ok, if not a little short. Obviously I was starting to compare other rides I'd been on, you can't help it. Then we walked a little further on to watch people on the Skycoaster. This was where one to three people are strapped into a harness and are plummeted into the air off a very high tower. You had to apy extra for this, I didn't bother. There was a buffalo stampede ride, where you had to sit in carriages in the shape of buffalos. The carriages went up and down a track, similar to a rollercoaster but no where near as high as one. We also gave this a miss. My wife wanted to go through the adventure farm, what a joke that was. There were a few Chipmunks in cages, a couple of rabbits and loads of hens and birds. What a load of rubbish
, that's not what I call a farm. There were loads of white doves which were flying round over your heads, my wife escaped quickly as she is scared of birds. Next you come to an area where you are meant to be able to get something to eat or drink. nothing was open, they should have named it ghost town instead. There were toilets though, they were ok, clean and had toilet roll. We walked along the waters edge, this park is featured round a massive lake, we noticed a paddle boat waiting in the wings to transport people round the lake. we thought we would go back to that later. There was a little train which you could go on , it took you from one end of the park to the other. Next we came to Aztec kingdom, there were a couple of childrens rides there, the girl assistant was eagerly waiting customers, nobody came. we went into the Amusement Arcade and had a quick game of air hockey, this cost a £1, and lasted about 5 minutes, not bad , I won again LOL. Then we saw the Motion Master Cinema, this is more like it we thought. we had been in these before, so we knew they were ok. We went in along with about five other people. we only took up the first row and that was all who went in. you get strapped into a moving chair, then a screen appears before you with a rollercoaster ride on. You are transported through the movie with the actions of the chair tossing you all over the place. You feel as though you are on the coaster itself. The only thing is i have seen this version about four times now and knew what to expect. it can knock you a bit sick. next we walked along to Silver City, this was ok, we saw a little show where there were people doing stunts on horses. There was a little sketch where they got a little boy out of the audience and made him the sherriff. The hoseback riders were excellent though, doing dangerous stunts. if you stand too near the front be carefu
l as the horses fly past you and kick sand onto your clothes. here is when it started to rain, good job we were under cover. We then popped into a show called lazy Lil's. This was a saloon bar, we had a drink and watched showgirls dancing and singing. don't sit too near the front if you don't want to be dragged up, they might make you wear a skirt!! Further along was Fort St. lawrence, there wasn't much here for us, there were water rides but we don't like them. Who needs then when it's already raining!! There were several burger bars and ice cream bars. We asked for a whippy ice cream but it wasn't working. We quickly walked through that area and came along to Space Port USA, I headed for The Missile, probably the most exciting part of the attractions. Here was a metal coaster with a loop and it went both forwards and backwards. The queuing time was nil, I went on and it lasted about two minutes. That was the best ride in the park. Next we both went on cyberstorm, these were just Dodgems in the dark, you got to fire lazers at peoples cars. It wasn't pitch black, you could see where you were going. They were ok, sometimes if somebody bumped you it felt uncomfortable. This was where the longest queue was and we only waited five minutes. About 1.30 we decided on something to eat, we chose the Frisco Wharf which just past Alamo land. The building looked Colonnial something like you would see in America. There were only two people eating in there. I picked up a tray and put it down again, they were all dirty. My wife went along to the refrigerated section and chose a salad, I got steak Pie, chips , peas and carrots. I tried to get a milkshake and the machine wasn't working. We chose two cokes instead, altogether it came to £9.00. My wife left most of the salad, she said it was too bland, my chips were soggy, the carrots were well overdone.
Still better than a burger, we thought. Later on in the day, we went and had a go at winning one of the massive cuddly toys. They were even letting you have a game for half price. The games started at about £1.00. My wife won a Digimon or something, but then again everybody left with a prize. We saw people who had won enormous snakes and Wizzards. We left about 3.0clock as the weather was getting worse, and we were getting bored. We would have looked around the few shops if they had been open. Talking to a taxi driver later, he said the park was really struggling. no wonder we thought, in areas it was dirty, tatty and need a good paint. For people unfortunate not to have visited America, this might seema decent park, but I'm sorry the Yanks have got it just right.
Having been to the American Adventure about twelve times, I can safely say that it is brilliant. The majority of people would say that it is simply a second class, cheaper alternative to going to Alton Towers but I think this is completely wrong (as I have told many of my friends when trying to convince them to go to here rather than the bigger theme park). Firstly, because it is relatively close to the Alton Towers, it means that the majority of people do go there rather than going to the American Adventure and therefore it is quite quiet on most days with few queues for the very best rides. Its not as though the rides here are any worse than the rides at the American adventure either - there are still upside down roller-coasters ie. the missile and the double looper. In fact, some of the rides are, in my opinion, far better. For example, you don't see a log flume with a huge 62 degree drop at Alton towers or any other theme park in England (its the biggest and steepest log flume in Europe). The American Adventure is also really easy to reach - it's sign-posted from the motorway and there is a much greater variety of rides there than at some other theme parks because it does not just specialise in huge stomach churning roller coasters that make you feel sick if you go on them too much but it has lots of other rides as well that you can go on. There are motion masters (giant simulators where you sit in chairs that whizz around and make you feel as though you are in the film), 3-D cinemas, a driving school and rapids..... I could go on for ages! When I last went a couple of weeks ago, I have to say that my favourite ride was the log flume or 'Nightmare Niagara' as it is so truly called. I ended up going on it seven times over the day but you definitely need a big cagoul as I learnt when I had to walk around in soaking wet trousers for the rest of the day! Also a picture is taken of you as you are going down the first wat
erfall which is quite amusing to buy and laugh at if you're not too embarrassed by the face you're pulling!
My sister got a job at American Adventure about 2 years ago (when she was 16) and she told me that they treat you like badly, the pay is poor (£2.60 per hr), they never gave you breaks and they let her operate rides which was illegal at her age. I have been many times to American Adventure and its a average theme park with loads of rides, but if you comare it with Alton towers there's no competition Alton Towers is better themed with more rides and attractions set in the beautiful Stafordshire countryside. So don't waste your money going to American Adventure, go to Alton Towers instead. :-)
One of my favourite theme parks is one called American Adventure situated at Ilkeston, Derbyshire. It is relatively flat, quite compact being set around a large lake. You can see across to all rides so it feels very open making it safe for children to run on ahead. It is better than Alton Towers in that respect, where paths twist round blind corners with a lot of walking involved. When we went in 2000 there was a party of four of us, three adults together with an eleven-year-old child. I had won four tickets in a competition in our local paper. Entrance to American Adventure would have otherwise cost us £54, which would have been a bit steep, but once inside almost all rides are free. (See Sky Coaster below) American Adventure Park might seem to be a poor relation when compared to such as Alton Towers but I'm sure that a visit here will soon convince you otherwise. There are several big rides, biggest of all being Missile, a roller coaster which drags you backwards to a great height, then fires you round a track twisting, turning you upside down, spinning you sideways, stopping before finally returning you backwards to where you started from! There is a double looping coaster called Iron Wolf, which has most seats facing forwards, together with a few facing backwards. What a horrible thought that is! Europe's highest Log Flume is also here at American Adventure. There are two ‘minor’ drops; I use ‘minor’ in its relative sense here, before a huge final drop spraying water in all directions. There are other rides such as Rapids, a Pirate Ship, go-karts, Bumping Cars, Buffalo Coaster, Big Wheel, complete with many others including some great children's rides too, with old favourites such as an helter skelter together with a set of gallopers. There is a motion cinema showing a great roller coaster type film so that even smaller (but braver) children can feel as th
ough they have joined in. You sit in chairs that move from side to side, backwards or forwards, in time with on screen action. They don’t move too far, but you do wear a safety belt to be safe, just in case! For a real terror ride try Sky Coaster! This ride is for one, two or three people at a time who are harnessed together on to a cable, which pulls them up to a height of about 200 feet, suspended between two poles. A member of staff at ground level shouts ‘Three, two, one fly!’ whereupon one person high above ground pulls a ripcord. This lets them go so that they swing like a huge version of a child’s playground swing, until they stop. You have to pay extra for this one presumably to cover costs of extra insurance, together with many extra staff involved to make sure that safety is paramount. Each flight is a standard price, £21 in 2000, so one person would pay £21 to fly alone, but three people flying together would only pay £7 each. I have to admit I am only brave enough watch this one, believe me that’s bad enough! A train is on hand for a ride from one area to another if you’re getting tired or there’s a paddle steamer if you prefer riding on water. There is a Wild West rodeo show every couple of hours at weekends, daily during high season, which are well worth a look. Superb horsemanship is displayed, with a witty MC who keeps everyone entertained. Entrance fee to American Adventure is about £12 for adults or £8 for children but keep your eyes peeled for special two for one offers in newspapers - it all helps to keep costs down. Car parks are easily accessible from where all rides are, so with a pass out you can return to your car to collect a packed lunch brought from home to make your day more economical. There are also plenty of toilets, which are kept extremely clean! All in all there aren't as many white-knuckle rides as there are at Alton Towe
rs but, then again, there aren’t as many queues either so you can have as many goes as you like!