english_peach (english_peach) wrote in alton_towers,

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Its has been confirmed that 'Rita - The Queen of Speed' will be the official name of Alton Towers' latest rollercoaster, opening in the early part of the 2005 season. Rita is a brand new launched coaster in UG Land - the home of Corkscrew. The ride will launch riders, sitting in 4 seater cars from 0 to 100kph in 2.8 seconds using a hydraulic launch from the station. The ride will be built and manufactured by Intamin. It is believed that the ride will be launched from the station, accelerating up a steep track to it's highest point (18m) and then speed around a 'figure of 8 track', flying through curved twists and helixes at high speed. There is no doubt that although the ride will be relatively short, it will be a high intensity ride at high intensity speeds. The ride has been codenamed 'RITA', but after Alton Towers displayed advertisements using the name 'RITA' - this could be the final name. The pictures below shows just how close 'Rita' will be to Corkscrew, maybe signalling a close end for the 25 year old 'head banger'!

Sad news that the Blackhole will not feature in the 2005 ride line up has also been confirmed. Although the ride is in operation for the Winter Weekends over the 'off season', the ride has required extreme maintenance work over the past few years and the need for new evacuation routes have been discussed as reasons for removal.
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Gutted! I've grown up going on that old bone breaker!

It was the first ride me and my ex ever went on, like ten minutes after we met as well so its all historical for me.

Awwwww. But you have to admit, it's a bit shite now that better rides have came out?
I dunno, I kinda like it. It's a bit of history. It's like the swans, I have *never* been on them but it's a travesty that they have gone!!!!

Btw, do you have any info on if the third hotel is still being built?

Cuz I work at Splash landings and all the managers seem really unsure as to what is going on lol.
The swans have gone??

Noooooooooo! :(
The swans went last season, its like a speed boat type ride now, but you have to pay for it and it looks ugly.
i would love to work there is it good
the black hole was crap. very old school.
Well I liked it, in fairness it wasn't the Nemesis, but it was good enough to pass a couple of minutes on if there wasn't a queue.
I liked it too. It was the most dangerous ride there! I remember when I was really young and I went on with my cousin and nutted him in the face when going down! I think the person sat behind always gets injured on that ride!
LOL And the lights shinning in your face! It's enough to give anyone a seizure!

That ride should have multiple health warnings.

oh. it has.
Lol. The epitome of the 80s!
I've been on Rita, and it was good.. better than it looks when you're queueing up for it. It's still not as good as Nemesis and Air though. :(
What's it all about? I MUST know!! :)
i enjoyed alton towers it is the best theme park around :)
Too bloody right! ;)
yeah i am gonna miss the black hole ride i did love it. Did you know that in 2006 alton towers are ment to be building a woodern roller coaster
Really? Was that not "Rita: Queen of Speed"

I think that's wooden.


August 23 2005, 17:23:04 UTC 11 years ago

no i dont think it is they said that next year that are gonna wooden one i think that it is there first one in the park i think that it will be a bit of a let down.
What makes you think it will be a let down?
because alton towers is such a big frill theme park and to have a wooden roller coaster???? i dont no i suppose they could make it good if it was a really big coaster what you think ?