Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Construction

///Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Construction
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Construction 2017-02-26T15:46:58+00:00

Toyland Tours closed during 2005 in order to receive a retheme and an extension which saw the ride transformed into a magical tour of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Take a look back at the construction of this family favourite ride based on the well known story by Roald Dahl.

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The old exterior of Toyland Tours is now well on its way to being removed.

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The old entrance to Toyland Tours, now stripped of its signage.

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The Toyland Tours elephant looks on mournfully, knowing that it too will soon be leaving the Towers.

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The cherry picker which has been used to strip the facade off Toyland Tours.

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The construction walls around the ride advertising the new attraction.

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Men at work stripping off the old Toyland Tours exterior. The brickwork facade of Doom and Sons can also be seen emerging from under the theming.

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Around the front another old ride emerges. The turrets and entry sign for Around the World in 80 Days are now clear to see.

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More demolition and a fetching green tarpaulin.

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Demolition continues at a pace, with whole facades now disappearing.

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The theming objects have been removed.

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The boats sitting in the sunshine.

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Not much left of the Toyland Tours facade.

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Plenty of ground work and a whole corner of the building has gone.

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Not much has happened to this side of the building – the old arch is still there.

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Not much has changed.

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A digger is clearing old theming and some of the old steel framework is visible.

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More groundwork, but not much has changed to this part of the building.

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The old Around the World in 80 Days theming has gone and so has the arch.

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Yet more of the old facade has gone.

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Another view of what was the front of Toyland Tours.

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The Toyland elephant is all that remains of the theme.

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Nothing is left! You can now see the building where the river boat ride of CATCF will be.

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Another view of a very lonely elephant.

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Another pink elephant looking very sad.

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The outdoor ele-coptor finally succumbs to removal.

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Some very battered looking Toyland Tours presents.

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You can’t keep a good soldier down – one of the “doll mixtures” stands guard over its fallen comrades and a large pile of teddies.

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Talking of teddies, here is a camp one driving down the railway tunnel. In the distance you can also see the TLT train, a piles of train track.

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All of the theming has gone now!

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The Elephant has gone!

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Some footings have started to appear.

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From a distance you can see how tall the new structure is, with the new facade starting to be put in place.

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Another closer look at the new facade which consists so far of two fans and a chimney.

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The entrance facade supports are in place. You can also see a bit of the repainted station.

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Another look at what will be the entrance to the ride.

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From a distance you can see how grand the entrance to this ride will be once it’s finished.

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One final look at the facade on the side of the lift building.

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The station area has been worked on – you can see the addition of newly added theming.

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The first piece of facade in full view – nothing new added here.

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The framework for the facade is coming along quickly.

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Various pieces of equipment lay littered on the ground in front of the attraction.

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A 3D style chimney has been erected. This is the 2nd piece of facade to be erected.

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The Mirror Maze section is starting to come together.

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Inventing Room theming in place.

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TBoats being painted. Note the old style in the background.

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Chocolate Room is looking scrumptious.

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More theming being pieced together and painted.

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Footer for one of the two lifts.

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Facade being painted ready for installation out the front of the attraction.

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Chimney being lifted into place.

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Lastly an overall view of the factory taking shape.

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Lots of facade work being carried out.

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A view showing how well the front has progressed. It’s now completely covered.

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Chimneys poking above the construction fence.

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Front of the ride completely covered.

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The whole of the ride is now protected with plastic sheeting.

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The chimney is now surrounded with scaffolding.

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A view towards the station of the ride.

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Wooden panels have appeared on the facade supports.

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Another piece of themed facade has been erected.

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Final look towards the front of the factory.

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Not much has changed since our last update. Except the addition of new theming to one of the factory entrances.

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There is still scaffolding around the chimney.

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As the factory is covered in plastic sheeting it is hard to see any changes.

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A look from further back.

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Final look with one of the largest chimneys in the centre.

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The factory is still all covered in plastic sheeting.

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A view from the side.

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Chimney still surrounded by scaffolding.

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Facade going up under the plastic.

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A view from further back.

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Base of one of the larger chimneys.