It seemed a lot of people didn't like Drayton Manor. I think there are three reasons for this: #1 We didn't get to have any ERT and the park didn't give us any special perks. #2 It rained that day (thankfully this was the only day of rain on the entire Uk portion of the trip. #3 We had been to Alton Towers the day before, and for a lot of people, Alton was their favorite park. I think we spent the right amount of time at Drayton. I could appreciate that at one time they spent the money on theming the rides but didn't continue the maintanence of the rides. An example would be on the Disney ripoff Pirates Adventure, a lot of the figures were missing limbs! The poor woman that was opening and closing the window shutters on her face was missing half of her face! I did enjoy the reversing flume, and the madhouse attraction, The Haunting. Now I present Drayton Manor in all it's glory!
Day 4, our 5th park!
Gforce was a unique ride!
The restraints were really different.
The lift/loop was cool but kind of painful!
Little do Chuck, Jodi and Dave know what's in store for them on Shockwave.
Shockwave has got to be my least favorite stand-up. I still have a headache!
Cool water sign.
Storm Force was a very cool reverser flume. Ted, Paul and I got drenched!
I actually really enjoyed Maelstorm. Like most of the flats on this trip, they were new to me! We don't really have any type of cool flats in Florida.
I enjoyed Pleasureland for it's old seaside amusement park feel. It reminded me of a few places growing up in New England. The ERT in the funhouse was awesome! The 3 coasters we did go on were fun except King Solomon's Mine. That wooden mouse scared the crap out me!! Along with the wooden wild mouse at Blackpool the next day, these coasters almost made me give up riding coasters! I kid you not, I had too much airtime on these rides! I flew up a foot off the seat! During every turn I really thought my fat a@# was going to make the car fly off the track! Thankfully a half hour after the ride my heart stopped pounding in my head and I was able to enjoy the rest of my time at Pleasureland Southport!
Already for our hour of ERT in the funhouse and an hour on 2 of the coasters!
First up was the Funhouse, which was fun!!
I love the historical signs. In Florida, we really don't have any historic rides.
I have never been in a funhouse like this before!
I have only seen these type of funhouse wheels on theme park/ rollercoaster history specials.
Everyone on the tour got a lot closer on the wheel!
Unlike a lot of people, I was lucky, I came off the wheel with few bruises!
The Social Mixer was fun.
The Social Mixer was like a really early version of a Gravitron.
Everytime I see pictures of the funhouse at Southport it always makes me sad because it makes me think of the Funhouse in Blackpool. Basically for anybody that doesn't know Valhalla is built on the site of the legendary funhouse that burned down in 1991. Blackpools funhouse was bigger and better in everyway. Sadly there arn't many pictures on the net of it. Very sorely missed.
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