In 1990, Thunder Looper was
added into an isolated area of the park close to the car parks.
Although advertised as being part of the AquaLand line-up,
the ride was not accessible on foot, unless you fancied a
long, tiring walk through the gardens. The only way was via
the cable car system that ran from the bottom of Towers Street,
or Festival Park.
When AquaLand was split into Merrie England, Katanga Canyon
and Gloomy Wood in 1992, Thunder Looper got pride of place
in a brand new themed area called Thunder Valley, complete
with a new footpath that ran through Katanga Canyon and Gloomy
Valley stayed like this for the next couple of years, with
the introduction of the New Beast into the area in 1992, and
then in 1994 the extremely popular Nemesis rollercoaster.
Thunder Valley was now fast becoming one of the most frequented
areas of the park, and in 1994, the area received a name change.
Then in 1997, with Thunder Looper now removed, the area got
two new attractions, Blade, which was the old Pirate Ship
from Fantasy World, and Ripsaw, a brand new Top Spin ride.
Now, its 2002, and
a major new rollercoaster has been built in Forbidden Valley.