Alton Towers

Alton Towers
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amusement park
Location
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Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK
Status Operating
Opened April 4, 1980
Owner Nick Leslau, leased to Merlin Entertainments
Area 324 hectares (800 acres)
Website http://altontowers.com/
Park map
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The towers in 1880

Alton Towers is a theme park located in Staffordshire, England. They opened as a permanent theme park in 1980 and have been building world-renowned rides, such as Nemesis and Smiler, ever since. The park also has a children's section called CBeebies Land with licensed BBC characters.

History[edit | edit source]

The opening of the park in 2020 was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and the opening of the new Gangsta Granny: The Ride pushed back to 2021. On 6 June, the park opened its gardens. The park reopened fully on 4 July.[1]

Roller coasters[edit | edit source]

Present (10)[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Class Type Opened Status Secret Weapon
Galactica Bolliger & Mabillard Roller Flying March 16, 2002 Operating Secret Weapon 5
Nemesis Bolliger & Mabillard Roller Inverted March 19, 1994 Operating Secret Weapon 3
Oblivion Bolliger & Mabillard Roller Diving March 14, 1998 Operating Secret Weapon 4
Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure Zamperla Roller Sit-Down Family March 21, 2015 Operating
Rita Intamin Roller Launched April 1, 2005 Operating
Runaway Mine Train Mack Rides Powered Family 1992 Operating
Smiler Gerstlauer Roller Sit-Down May 31, 2013 Operating Secret Weapon 7
Spinball Whizzer Maurer AG Roller Spinning March 27, 2004 Operating
Thirteen Intamin Roller Sit-Down March 20, 2010 Operating Secret Weapon 6
Wicker Man Great Coasters International Roller Wooden March 20, 2018 Operating Secret Weapon 8

Past (8)[edit | edit source]

The New Beast in 1993
Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
4 Man Bob Zierer Sit-Down 1985 1990 Relocated to Pleasure Island Family Theme Park
Alton Mouse Vekoma Wild Mouse 1988 1991 Relocated to Idlewild & SoakZone
Beastie Pinfari Sit-Down Family 1983 2010 Relocated to Barry Island Pleasure Park
Black Hole Schwarzkopf Enclosed 1983 2005 Relocated to Furuvik
Corkscrew Vekoma Sit-Down 1980 2008 Scrapped
Mini Apple Pinfari Sit-Down Family 1982 1997 Relocated to Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
New Beast Schwarzkopf Sit-Down 1988 1997 Relocated to Divetido
Thunderlooper Schwarzkopf Shuttle 1990 1996 Relocated to Hopi Hari

Attractions[edit | edit source]

Operating[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened
Alton Towers Dungeon
Formerly Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Ride
Formerly Toyland Tours
Formerly Around the World in 80 days
Mack Rides Scenic Boat Ride 2019
Operated 2006 to 2015
Operated 1994 to 2005
Operated 1981 to 1993
Battle Galleons Mack Rides Splash Battle 2008
Blade HUSS Pirate Ship 1980
Congo River Rapids Intamin River Rapids 1986
Duel Mack Rides Dark ride, interactive 1992
Enterprise HUSS Enterprise 1984
Gallopers Carousel Bertazzon Gallopers 1991
Gangsta Granny: The Ride Garmendale Engineering Unknown 2021
Get Set Go Tree Top Adventure MSI Transportation Monorail 1996
Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom ride Garmendale Engineering Jets 2017
Heave Ho Zamperla Rockin' Tug 2008
Hex Vekoma Madhouse 2000
In The Night Garden Magical Boat Ride Mack Rides Scenic Boat Ride 1989
Marauder's Mayhem Mack Rides Teacups 1987
Monorail Von Roll Monorail 1987
Numtums Number-Go-Round MSI Transportation Roundabout 1995
Peter Rabbit Hippity Hop S&S Worldwide Junior Drop Tower 2000
Postman Pat Parcel Post Metallbau Emmeln Juvenile Track Ride 2014
Sky Ride POMA Ropeway 1987

Closed[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
1001 Nights Weber 1001 Nights 1984 1994 Unknown
Astroglide Bennett Astroglide 1970s 1992 Relocated to Pleasure Island Family Theme Park
Blue Carousel Unknown Roundabout 1981 1991 Relocated to Pleasure Island Family Theme Park
Boneshaker Mondial Super Nova 1995 2003 Relocated to Terra Mitica via Mondial
Bouncing Bugs Marcel Lutz Junior Jets 1981 2008 Scrapped
Cablecars British Ropeway Engineering Ropeway 1963 1986 Relocated to Flamingo Land
Chair-O-Plane Unknown Chair-O-Plane 1966 1978 Travelling U.K.
Cred Street Carousel Peter Petz Gallopers 2000 2005 Unknown
Crown Carousel Hennecke Roundabout 1985 1999 Unknown
Dodgems Orton & Spooner Dodgems 1960 1975 Travelling UK
Dynamo HUSS Breakdance 1993 2004 Travelling Netherlands via Mondial
Ferris Wheel Zierer Ferris Wheel 1984 1985 Relocated to M&D's Scotland's Theme Park
Flying Carpet Zierer Flying Carpet 1984 1985 Relocated to M&D's Scotland's Theme Park
Gallopers Savage Gallopers 1964 1978 Relocated to Clacton Pier
Ghost Train Hayes Fabrication Ghost Train 1976 1979 Travelling U.K.
Gravitron Vekoma Rotor 1990 1991 Relocated to Flamingo Land
Helter Skelter Supercar Slip/Helter Skelter 1960s 1973 Relocated to Ffrith Beach Fun Parc
Loop-O-Plane Lusse Loop-O-Plane 1962 1963 Travelling U.K.
Mississippi Showboat Robles Bouso Funhouse 1984 1991 Relocated to Brean Theme Park
Octopus F.A.H. Polyp 1984 1992 Travelling Netherlands
Old MacDonald's Tractor Ride MSI Transportation Juvenile Track Ride 1995 2013 Scrapped
Park Railway Unknown Miniature Railway 1963 1996 Scrapped
Ripsaw HUSS Top Spin 1997 2015 Scrapped
Space Boat Weber Ranger 1983 1983 Relocated to Atlas Park
Spider C.A.H. Polyp 1986 1991 Unknown
Submission Chance UK Inverter 2001 2012 Scrapped
Swan Boat Ride Intamin Tow Boat Ride 1987 2003 Scrapped
The Flume Mack Rides Log Flume 1981 2015 Scrapped
Tri-Star HUSS Tri-Star 1991 1992 Relocated to Pleasure Island Family Theme Park
Turbo Star HUSS Troika 1984 1989 Travelling Belgium
Vintage Cars Supercar Juvenile Track Ride 1983 2005 Scrapped
Waltzer Maxwell Waltzer 1979 1979 Relocated to Atlas Park
Water Chute Bennett Water Chute August 1979 1979 Relocated to Southport Pleasureland
Twirling Toadstool Zierer Waveswinger March 1984 November 2016 Stored

Photo Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]