American Adventure Theme Park

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The American Adventure is a theme park located in the Midlands quite close to both Nottingham and Derby on the edge of a small town called Ilkeston in the county of Derbyshire. The park for many years had a number of large white knuckle attractions, but in 2005 was re-themed as a ‘family’ park aimed at the under-14 market.

American Adventure is built on the site of an old coal mine and was originally opened in June 1987. A themed park called Britannia Park was opened on the site in 1985 but closed soon after due to a lack of visitors. In June 1987 the American Adventure opened heralded as ‘Britain’s Major New Theme Park. Initial attractions at the American Adventure included the two-drop log flume, the runaway mine train, the Buffalo Rollercoaster, a pirate ship, and a ferris wheel.

1989 saw the opening of the Missile rollercoaster which was at the time voted the number one rollercoaster in the UK! Shortly after that followed the addition of the Rocky Mountain Rapids. In 1994 the log-flume was extended to have a third drop and was renamed Nightmare Niagara. It was the tallest log-flume in the UK at its time of opening. In 1995 the Iron Wolf rollercoaster was installed, a themed double loop rollercoaster themed around the ITV gameshow Gladiators.

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