The Thunder Looper used to be at
Alton Towers next to Nemesis in the space now taken by Blade and
Ripsaw. If a greater pair of roller coaster shave ever been found in
one park next to one another I'd be immensely surprised.
Despite it being nearly 20 years since I last got to ride, it has
still stuck in my memory. It was a simple design of coaster
consisting of a long strait of track the train was launched along,
that took you in to a giant loop. After the loop was a
of track the train travelled up, before the irresistible pull of
gravity would halt the train and it would travel backwards around
When I was 13 this was a scary prospect, and I was nervous waiting
in line with my dad, my mum and brother having opted out. After
sitting down and
a simple lap bar locked in place it was
time to ride. This saw an exhilarating launch, that was unlike
anything I'd ever ridden at the time, and it was 11 years before the
opening of Rita before I ever rode anything like it again.
Sadly the ride had to be removed shortly after I rode due to the
planning restrictions at Alton Towers. It was sold to a park called
Hopi Hari in Brazil, where it still resides, although Walibi Belgium
have recently refurnished their own version, so you don't have to
travel that far to ride a version of this classic today.