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The Flume: The day the plug was pulled


Located At Alton Towers, the flume was a log flume. It debuted in 1981 and had a theme change in 2004 to coincide with Imperial Leather’s sponsorship.

The Flume Station area ( Image: Mathew Wells / Flickr )

You climbed into your bathtub, flu down drops and through waterfalls before finishing off in the power shower.

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Prepare to be drenched ( Image: Mathew Wells / Flickr )

The ride was approximately six minutes long and was the longest log flume attraction in the world at the time of opening.

Leaving the station ( Image: Mathew Wells / Flickr )

After 34 years of soaking thrillseekers, Alton Towers confirmend in 2016 that the ride will not be opening that year.

A blog post on Alton Towers’ website said: “It is never an easy decision to take out rides, however, as we look to our long term future, it is essential that we continue to invest in thrilling new attractions and experiences and we’ll keep you posted with news of what will replace The Flume as soon as we can but for now, our exciting plans for the site are still top secret!

Lift Hill ( Image: Mathew Wells / Flickr )

The log flume’s closure meant the only water-based ride in the park was the Congo River Rapids.

The Flume queue entrance ( Image: Mathew Wells / Flickr )

The attraction closed in 2015 and was replaced by the Wicker Man rollercoaster.

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