Re: England's Lost Theme Parks
I remember Alton Towers when it was still just a beautiful park (the lower part with stream, forests, orangerie and magnificent plants is still very much untouched- and this is where I always disappeared for peace and quiet when taking school groups of kids for the end of the year trip. We lived in Staffs in the early 70s, when it was one of our favourite Sunday walks- there was one old-fashioned merry-go-round by the ruins.
As we have 2 lots of friends who still live Alton village- we still go from time to time, as we can get free entrance- and go straight to the woods, during week and out of season! A lovely village- but oh they have suffered with traffic, especially 1000s of large buses daily in season!
Alton Towers is still very much open and alive though.
American Adventure was always a dump though- and I think that has gone belly-up. Not sure about Draycott either?