Maybe with a bigger budget and more time taken it would have been done better.
But then again if Alton Towers had more time and money we might not have seen Rita at all.
Agreed! My understanding is that Alton Towers were basically told they needed a new ride ASAP because of falling gate figures. Thus along comes Rita – The Lack Of Speed When It Works, squished and squeezed into an already crowded area which belonged to the legend that is Corkscrew! There’s no doubting the fact that Rita is the end result of a rushed, plan-less, effortless and heartless project.
But who’s really to blame for the installment of such a mediocre ride at a theme park which claims to be the UK’s best? Tussauds, or Alton Towers? I’m not too sure, so don’t quote me
, but I’m almost certain the cross valley woody project (something on the scale of Nemesis, but much bigger) was going to be the next biggest thing after Air/Spinball Whizzer? If is the case, Towers must of known about the dropping gate figures and that they needed a new ride soonish. Looking back at the amazing cross valley woody plans, the heart and effort required for the next biggest thing was most definitely there and so must of been the budget for such a huge project because the plan was actually submitted.
But it seems when Alton towers got the project rejected and then rejected again, they lost all hope and just simply couldn’t be bothered with anything thereafter. So thus they got a ticking off from Mr Big Tussauds big cheese for the dropping gate figures and nothing being done about it. So then along comes rushed, effortless and heartless mediocre Rita – The Lack Of Speed When It Works, erected within a few months! I’d say Rita is the pure result of Alton Towers’ own park management (at the time), whom seemed to just give up the fight against the council!Of course all that based on the cross valley woody project in the pipeline before Rita came along! Anobody clarify?
But even with that anything is possible, there is no such thing as “can’t” and there is no reason for Rita other than incompetence! Luckily the incompetent park management of that era has now long gone, and those that remain seemed to have learnt a valuable lesson in the proper planning of projects. Take for example Mutiny Bay, in terms of quality heart & soul it’s almost right at the other end of the scale when compared to Rita. SW6 seems to be heading pretty much the same way too, let’s hope so anyway and that Rita remains the only ‘blip’ in the parks history.
And on top of all that, I don’t actually think Rita is all that bad, because it isn’t! But it is true, in that it is very mediocre, but then I’m comparing it to the likes Nemesis, Air, Oblivion, Spinball Whizzer even. For a theme park, said to be the UK’s favourite, which brings us such amazing rides (and world firsts) Rita is only 2nd best and something you’d expect to find at Light Water Valley, Flamingo Land, American Adventure, Chessington World Of Adventures etc. Not, however at the land of all things fantastical - Alton Towers!