British tourists crowd the Orlando-area theme parks every summer. Heck, every holiday season, too. Okay, Brits are swarming Orlando pretty much every day of the year, anymore. But contrary to what you might infer from these observations, British tourists have some theme parks back home, too.
Alton Towers and Thorpe Park are two of the most widely known and visited theme parks in the United Kingdom. Thanks to Disney's design templates, many theme parks around the world now are built around big fake castles. But the castle at the heart of Alton Towers is real, the Alton Towers itself, which traces its heritage back to a 17th century hunting lodge.
(Alton Towers' site also appears to be one of my ancestral homes, as a genealogy search traced my family back to the Snows who lived on or near the current site of the theme park before emigrating to what became the Maryland colony in the early 1600s. Yes, I was born to be a theme park geek.)
Thorpe Park offers Britain's fastest roller coaster, Stealth, which reaches a top speed of 80 miles per hour. It also has developed some unique and innovative attractions, such as Derren Brown's Ghost Train.
We invite you to learn more about these parks, and to leave some ratings and reviews for their attractions, if you've visited:
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