This construction is flying along :D
I for one dont care which park is better, Thorpe is a 2 hour drive and Alton is 3 so i go to both regularly, I never used to go to Thorpe until there rapid investement from 2002 onwards and i am very happy that Thorpe is now worth visiting aswell as Alton, I love both.
AT have features which are better than Thorpes and vice versa, for instance.
AT still have the upper hand on Coasters compared to thorpe but
Thorpe have a much better selection of flat rides.
Why have one when you can have both parks :D
All rides are what the individual parks can do with there available space, money and planning restrictions, Rita is what Alton could do with what was available and Stealth will be what Thorpe can do with theres.
Thorpes continued transformation from a joke to a real player is incredible if you look at the time frame its happened in, AT is quite rightly a fantastic park and this is partly due to how long it has been devoloping with being a world class theme park in mind, it was not that long ago that Thorpe was run by ready mix concrete with a very very limited budget.
Like other people have said, the parks have the same owners the Nemesis and Nemesis Inferno thing is a perfect example, its not really copying they are an extension of each other, designed so you can and hopefully visit both, the original nemesis is unique and superb, Thorpes is also unique with its tunnel before the lift hill.
If circumstances had been slighlty different Rita would not have appeared so early (such a late planning means they were after something else like a wooden coaster), this change of plan meant Rita appeared before Stealth rather than after and we could be saying Rita copied Thorpe.
I am excited about Stealth and Slammer and Rush were good additions this year, Rita was a good addition for AT and the future of AT is very exciting also although we know much less about what they are going to do, the X sector has a huge question mark over it with the loss of black hole and the "noisy" Oblivion there.
I only ever visited Alton up until a few years ago, now i visit both parks which is fantastic, they are both different experiences for me.
I reckon Stealth will be great, it may be similar to kingda ka but how often can you visit the USA and how often do the USA just make the biggest because they can rather than the best version.
The verdict will be in when its built, just becuase its not the biggest does not mean it wont deliver the goods.
As for themeing i think Stealth will fit much better into its area in Amity Cove than Rita does in Ugland, copy or no copy it will look better in that area of Thorpe than in AT, Dinosaurs and racing, ok :roll: