The History Of Rita: The So Called Queen Of Speed | Expedition Alton Towers

The History Of Rita: The So Called Queen Of Speed | Expedition Alton Towers

July 27, 2019 35 By Kailee Schamberger



around the world launch rollercoasters offer some of the most thrilling experiences found some launch you over 400 feet into the air others offer multiple launches sending you on a highly detailed journey a few launcher backwards and some launching and loser queen of speed your best alternative us ride ever many visit Alton Towers are brave but to ride the Thunder looper you have to be very brave there are multiple different types of ways to launch a rollercoaster rather than the traditional left hill shuttle rollercoasters were some of the first to do so either using a winch powered by an electric motor to launch the trains forwards or backwards or a weighted drop to propel the Train in the early 2000s intamin would be a pioneer in a new type of launch an accelerator coaster using a hydraulic launch hydraulic fluid is pumped into several different hydraulic accumulators each with two compartments separated by a piston as the liquid is pumped into one compartment gas in the other is compressed at launch the fluid under pressure is used to drive a number of hydraulic motors which spin a large drum rewinding a cable that is attached to a catch car under the train to propel it forward in a matter of seconds providing a forceful launch and flinging it down the track unlike the now more commonly used Alai m or LS m magnetic launches it offers a consistent acceleration throughout the launch rather than a powerful start before dying off accelerator this coaster is known for that sensation of pure speed and that visual climbing straight into the sky that push you back in the seat heart pounding acceleration that's what accelerator is all about the first of these would be accelerator a Knott's Berry Farm which reached 82 miles per hour in 2.3 seconds as well as reaching 205 feet high the second Top Thrill Dragster will break records with zero to 120 miles per hour in four seconds during launch and reaching 420 feet high storm runner the third at Hersheypark one not as tall would still reach 75 miles per hour a 150 feet high this time with multiple inversions the next in two in launch coaster will be heading to the UK advertised as Europe's first hydraulic launch the same type of coaster as the current tallest coaster in the world was being built Alton Towers the land where fun began is now open located in the Auckland section of the park next to the iconic corkscrew work was began to go up in late 2004 with the removal of ugh bugs a Boneshaker and lava lamp along with this the website right Rita calm went live around the same time the new website offered a tease of the upcoming ride and a place to sign up for updates the image used to tease the new ride was an image of uma Thurman from the neck down with the words ride Rita over it fit in since the web site just a year before Alton Towers acquired err offered a very different kind of ride Rita you could call up and pay for the whole of Oakland was closed off for the construction of the new ride at the end of the 2004 season to try and open this new coaster in record-breaking time the only record it will break though was the first hydraulic launch coaster in Europe the rest was slightly underwhelming you said nothing could top nemesis you said not even oblivion or ear but we hadn't seen coming Rita queen of speed your best Alton Tom afraid ever it would not be a new secret weapon unlike the other hydronic launch coasters that came before it this one would have no inversions no top huh really not much of anything at all while not classed as a secret weapon the ride would cost 8 million pounds just formally in less than air which had opened three years earlier the real reason it wasn't a secret weapon was perhaps it wasn't that original and bigger along with better versions already existed or it could have been that it was during the period Alton was trying to get rid of its magical past more likely though is just the fact it was really rushed originally there was supposed to be a new secret weapon 6 designed by John Wardley for Auckland the story of Alton Towers and its wooden coasters though is for another time the ride was rumored to be called Rita many people thought the name was just a project name standing for Alton Towers intamin rocket Rita backwards as a rocket coaster was a name use for this type of launch coaster it was not a code name though and in 2005 you certainly could visit Alton Towers to ride the curves of Rita hmm wait this name was chosen because in the American sport of drag racing it was common for racers to give their cars female names sometimes your memories are all you got make sure they're good ones like being launched from zero to a hundred and 2.5 seconds on the new reader queen of speed ride at Alton Towers make some great memories you might need them someday the ride will be known as Rita queen of speed and open on April 1st 2005 what will you win you guys your brother's now what's the body does it just look imperative that Cecilia Hartley yeah the adrenaline is something your blood pressure going up yeah and you're getting high okay the Oakland section of the park had a new edition with a funder Rock rally while the FEMA this ride will be drag racing it would attempt to fit him with a surrounding prehistoric era Oakland with an Oakland version of racing which was half-heartedly added to the ride in the area itself they will play the funder rock rally radio the best part of the whole thing the fake radio station blasted a selection of classic rock with loose connections to cars into the area the interview sections of the radio station though were pretty terrible big man Bratz what they call me darlin big house big car in a big big heart and last year you like had a problem cuz your your policy darlin that is a lie my posterior region was not our updated not too large Don Karl's too small I could only get one re to a take over the view of Oakland relegating the classic corkscrew to rumble along the track in the background the large entranceway was a burning tire where the words queen of speed marked the way into one of the largest cattle pen style cues Alton had ever created which then led into one of the more unimpressive non-covered station in the park perfect for the British weather reaches trains were fiend to 1950s hot rock cars nearly identical to the ones on accelerator very fitting for the prehistoric Auckland their restraints are a mix of lap bars with overhead collars which would definitely not needed even though earlier much taller versions in the US didn't even have these the best Wow really the only worthwhile section of the ride is the launch three-two-one off you go 0 to 100 in 2.5 seconds Wow 100 kilometers anyway which the park decided it would use this time even though it wasn't used in the UK obviously to make it sound faster it's 61 miles per hour slower than oblivion the launch at least does fill forceful and takes your breath away as you head full-speed into the first bank turn after this turn it goes into a hill from here though the Wrights slows down as it makes its way back to the station on its 25 second long ride yes 25 seconds and apart from the launch it really did not have that much to offer Ritu arrived at the star of Alton Towers media gimmick phase they marketed it using 20 drag queens to promote the ride along with it being reported it was being used for brass safety tests classy a year later in 2005 it was renamed for the day as Camilla queen of speed for the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla making the already popular double entendres even worse [Applause] with the closure of the corkscrew in 2008 our glans days were numbered as a new secret weapon was now coming the prehistoric carnival with its dragster themed launch coaster was about to find a new feat well Rita didn't make that much sense in Auckland it would have made much more sense with the new femi ver the dark forest in 2010 the trains were changed slightly from hot rod cars to somewhat old rusty cars the high-energy music from Thunder Rock rally radio would be removed for new audio and the new story would have Rita be in a last attempt to escape out of the dark forest the right station and sign was covered in moss and vines and the subtitle queen of speed was lost the countdown to the launch was also changed to a more spooky theme with keep your head back hold on tight yah Rita would them remain mostly the same ever since in 2012 the launch cables snap sure intestine and some modifications were made to make it safer to walk under the ride in the queue along with this QB and reduced in size Alton Towers can never build a ride like Top Thrill Dragster due to the tree line limit at the park this time though in their rush they would use a similar theme for an extremely watered-down version of it as a replacement for the unapproved original secret weapon 6 it was just fine you might think I dislike Rita but in fact I really have no feelings towards that at all the launch will always be fun and everything that comes after that is just kinda meh the ride was rushed in to offer something new in a land that it would never quite fit in hydraulic launches always feel powerful and I can see the appeal of it if it's the only version of the right storm or may experience for me though it's the weakest coaster our Alton Towers and that includes spinnable Whizzer which should have been in Auckland in the first place maybe phim it to Dino eggs or something like many other coasters our Alton Towers they once again focused on one great part of the ride and forgot to build anything substantial other than that if there is no weight though then it is definitely worth a ride on Rita hmm wait thank you so much for watching this episode of expedition Alton Towers if you enjoyed it make sure you subscribe to join the expedition what do you think of Rita let me know in the comments below for a limited time if you use the code Rita you can get 20% off an 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