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Lightwater Valley

Posted by monkeon on July 12, 2010

Lightwater Valley’s old website was a joy of Comic Sans, animated GIFs and ever changing page layouts. For example, nowadays you can’t even see their logo it is rendered so small. But in 1997 it was a fabulous flashing monstrosity…

The big mystery that greets us on the homepage is not why did Woman’s Own used to have a Top Theme Park award, but rather what on earth is this?

Another mystery is “Are they two Gladiators? I can’t quite tell with that low resolution, but if they are, what are they doing in the Toadhole?”

Sadly, neither of these images are ever contextualised and so must remain a mystery.

Each ride at the park is given its own page, unique layout and comparing then and now it is sad that they feel the need to market all the rides as high-octane excitement fests.

For example, now The Ladybird says….

Sounds exciting, yeah? But it just used to be slow and cute…

I don’t know if they’ve just increased the wattage and made it go faster.

One joy you can’t see in the above are the ‘animated’ ladybirds surrounding the page…

It’s interesting to see which features have either not survived or are no longer seen as big enough selling points to sport on their website.

This, for example, is no longer mentioned for some reason…

One thing that is still there is The Ultimate. This is their most famous roller-coaster. I’m not sure that this low-resolution image does it justice…

… which is why it is lucky that they have managed to perfectly capture the excitement in the form of an animated GIF.

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