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American Adventure - Review

American Adventure

Park Info
Location: Ilkeston, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Status: Defunct
Opened: 1987 - 2006
Attractions: 22
Member Ratings
Park: 4.9/10 (21 votes)
Coasters: 0.0/10 (0 votes)
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    American Adventure - Review

    Review by: Webmaster | Last update: 26-Apr-2003 | Based on 1 visit in 07/91

    American Adventure is a 390 acre park set around a 32 acre lake located in the middle of an open cast coal mine. The park first opened in 1985 as Britannia Park, but closed after only three months of operation due to low attendance. It was then purchased by the Granada Group PLC and reopened as the American Adventure in June 1987 with a log flume, rapids ride, two kiddie coasters and few other attractions. The park was sold again in 1997 to its present owners Ventureworld Ltd.

    The park is split into six themed areas - The Alamo, Waterfront, Aztec Kingdom, Silver City, Fort St.Lawrence and Spaceport USA. The theming is somewhat inconsistent but the Silver City area is well themed as an old Wild west town where shows take place daily throughout July and August and at weekends in low season. The park is open daily, usually from the end of March through to the beginning of November. The park operates a low season, where the entrance fee is considerably cheaper during the week than at weekends or in the high season.

    American Adventure is one of my local parks, and I have only ever visited it once. The landscaping and theming are okay, but the problem with the park is with the attractions! They very rarely add any news rides, and there is nothing at the park worth returning for. The Log Flume and Rapids are okay, but the flat ride selection is poor and whenever they get anything new, it tends to replace something else, or disappear the next year! The roller coasters leave much to be desired, especially for guests used to the world-class coasters of nearby Alton Towers.

    Due to the park's location within the quarry, the park does benefit from somewhat relaxed height restrictions, making it an ideal park for a Six Flags take over. However, the constant protest by local residents about future developments probably means that any major development will never happen, therefore, the future of the park is somewhat sketchy. Whatever, something is needed because no one (myself included) is going to return to a park if they dont have anything worth returning for, or they don't add anything new.

    Coasters:  4/10
    Dark Rides:  N/A
    Flat Rides:  4/10
    Kiddie Rides:  5/10
    Water Rides:  6/10
    Cleanliness:  8/10
    Food:  N/A
    Landscaping:  6/10
    Theming:  6/10
    Staff Friendliness:  N/A
    Staff Efficiency:  N/A



    Ideas for Improvements
  • The park really needs some new rides and attractions.
    American Adventure Tips
  • Look out for discount offers in the local papers.
  • Visit during the week in the low season for discounted admission.

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    “my first and last visit to AA was in the summer of the 2005 season! the park layout reminds me...” Read More

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