The decade is apparently over and as the entire world seems to be difining it with internet lists, I thought that I would jump on the bandwagon and see what people made of the last 10 years of AT history.
A lot has happened in the last 10 years. We've had 3 new coasters, a whole lot of legal battles, a new hotel and a waterpark, countless closed rides, fires and a change of ownership just to name a few.
The categories are as follows:
Best New Coaster
Best New Non-Coaster
Worst New Addition
Ride that created the best speculation
Park in general-
Best New Theming
Most Annoying New Addition
Most Epic Fail
Highlight of the Decade
Lowlight of the Decade
Look Back and Laugh moment
Best New Food Outlet
Worst New Food Outlet
It would be nice if there was some elaboration with each answer just to give the topic a bit more substance
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Here are mine
Best New Coaster- Air, the only coaster of the decade to have been properly thought through in terms of theming, location, landscaping and layout. It shows too when compared to the rushjobs that are Spinball and Rita. Air looks like it belongs at AT, the other two just look plonked there.
Air is also probably the last time the park will get anything as exciting in terms of coaster prototypes. I know that Thirteen has been labelled an SW but for some reason it just doesn't seem as exciting. Probably because it relies mainly on gimmicks and it's essentially a glorified kiddie coaster.
Best New Non-Coaster- Hex. The first new ride of the decade is still the best in terms of a fully rounded attraction. It's probably the best use of the Vekoma Madhouse there is. It has brilliant theming and music and is built inside a real victorian stately home upon which the story is based around. No other dark ride in the world can boast that.
Worst New Addition- Submission. Okay, I'll admit, I've never been on it, but there's only ever about 5 people riding it and without both sides working, it doesn't look particularly good either.
Ride that created the best speculation- A ride that was never built. Around 2004, we were all very excited because we thought that we would be getting a huge Wardley designed wooden coaster spanning the valley with up to 200 ft drops. What we got instead was Rita. Ah well.
Saddest Loss- Toyland Tours. Blackhole and to some extent Corkscrew were both very sad but TT was a ride I grew up with and a very good dark ride with characters and scenes that actually moved! The fact that it was replaced by the budget-stretched Charlie makes it even sadder.
Park in general-
Best Decision- Getting rid of the dreadful "square" maps
Worst Decision- Rita, a good ride but so out of place and lacking decent theming. It's hard to see how even an area retheme can make it fit in.
Best New Theming- Mutiny Bay. On the surface, not much has changed but a few key pieces of theming and the overall feel of the area is much better.
Most Annoying New Addition- The stall that completely blocks all of the amazing RMT theming.
Most Epic Fail- The Skyride catching fire...twice.
Highlight of the Decade- Merlin purchasing the park and getting it back on track
Lowlight of the Decade- The coach crash
Look Back and Laugh moment- When all of the music went away and was replaced by royalty free tracks. At the time it seemed completely disastrous but now it's back, the whole event doesn't seem so bad.
Best New Food Outlet- Rita's chicken n' Ribs
Worst New Food Outlet- Wherever I got the hotdog, see below. It might not have been new this decade but it wan't good.
Best Food- The Chicken Skewers/Ribs that I had last time..lovely
Worst Food- A hotdog I ate once...bleugh
Best Event- The 2002 Fireworks display, it was just epic. It managed to avoid the tackyness of the years that followed and contained some amazing effects.
Worst Event- Chocolate Towers. The name is stupid and there was nothing to the event, just a fibreglass volcano that pelted sweets at you.
Saddest Loss- The fireworks, someone invent silent fireworks so that they can be brought back