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Rita (formerly known as Rita: Queen of Speed) is an Intamin accelerator coaster located in the Dark Forest area of Alton Towers in Staffordshire Moorlands, England. Open since 2005, it accelerates to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. The ride is loosely based on drag racing, though this partly changed with the retheming of "Ug Land" into the "Dark Forest" in 2010. It now stands as an abandoned drag racer that is used as the escape cart to escape the Dark Forest. Riders must be over 1.4 m (55 in) tall to ride. In 2006 a similar coaster opened at Thorpe Park, called Stealth.

Rita

Rita (2005)

The ride was temporarily renamed "Camilla - Queen of Speed" on 9 April 2005 to celebrate the marriage of Prince Charles to Camilla Parker Bowles. This simply involved banner signage to notify guests of the name change.

HistoryEdit

In September 2004 UG Land was stripped of almost all of its attractions including The UG Bugs, The Bone Shaker and Lava Lump preparing for a major new ride. The only rides that remained were the Corkscrew and the UG Swinger.

On 1 April 2005 Rita Queen of Speed opened to the public and 'UG Land and the Thunder Rock Rally' was formed, incorporating the new ride, Corkscrew, and a number of other rides which would be removed in the following years.

In September 2008, Alton Towers took the decision to close the Corkscrew after 28 years of operation. Its final run came on 9 November 2008. Along with the departure of the Corkscrew, the UG Land theme followed in preparation for the new developments. In 2009, Alton Towers planned and built a new record breaking roller coaster on the Corkscrew's site and in 2010 the ride opened as Th13teen. With this ride came a substantial retheme of the area to the Dark Forest. In keeping with this, the Queen of Speed suffix was dropped from the ride's name, and Rita (as it is now simply known) received a retheme, with a redecorated entrance, queue line, station, control room and cars.