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Rita at Alton TowersLast updated by Nick on Friday, March 29, 2013 13:56
Submitted by Nick on Monday, May 28, 2012 18:45
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Apr 1, 2005
Originally named Rita: Queen of Speed, Rita was opened in 2005 at a cost of £8 million. Located in the Dark Forest area of Alton Towers (previously known as Ug Land), the ride is an Intamin accelerator rollercoaster. Its opening launch section fires riders up to a top speed of 62mph in 2.2 seconds, sending them into a series of high speed corners and hills - with the ride completing its circuit in just 50 seconds.
When it opened, the coaster featured a drag-racing theme - a strange fit with the "prehistoric" Ug Land. Following the conversion of the area into the Dark Forest, Rita was given an updated theme that saw creeping branches attached to its exterior elements and a new, darker paint job for its trains. The storyline behind the theme is not completely clear, although a voiceover telling riders that they must "escape" suggests that the high-speed cars are being used to help people evacuate the forest.Review:
Rita is very similar in style to Stealth at Thorpe Park, which we rate as one of the UK’s best roller coasters. However, whereas part of the thrill of riding Stealth comes from being blasted up a 205-feet-tall tower and plummeting back to earth, Rita’s height is severely constrained by the planning restrictions applied to Alton Towers.
While the anticipation ahead of Rita’s launch section, and the launch itself, are still incredibly exciting, the lack of height does impact on the overall experience. A number of other twists are turns are designed to compensate for this, and do so to some degree. Despite the opening of Thirteen in 2010, we rate Rita as the strongest coaster in the Dark Forest area, but a notch below classics such as Nemesis and Oblivion.Top Tip:
Rita’s limited capacity can lead to extensive queues throughout the day. We advise making it your first stop in the park.
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Latest news on Rita:
Rita roller coaster closed at Alton Towers after launch cable snaps
Thursday, July 26, 2012 07:45
The Rita roller coaster at Alton Towers is currently out of action, after the cable used to launch the ride's train snapped during a test run.
Retheming of Rita underway at Alton Towers
Monday, February 1, 2010 17:52
Alton Towers has begun updating its Rita: Queen of Speed rollercoaster to ensure that it fits with the "Dark Forest" theme of Thirteen, which will open in March.
Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures
We are not aware of any scheduled refurbishment periods for Rita. Do you know of any upcoming "rehabs" that we're missing? If so - please contact us so that we can keep the list up-to-date.
Photos of Rita
Reader reviews of Rita
Although not as thrilling as Stealth down in Thorpe Park, Rita is still a great ride. There's something incredible about whipping past the trees at 60 miles an hour and the acceleration still feels incredible. Queues tend to get rather lengthy, so I would recommend going down the single rider route for this one.