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From the Archives 2017-05-06T00:42:50+00:00

Delve into the TowersTimes archives and uncover some of our best articles and features on some of the resort’s most significant developments, from both before and during Alton Towers’ time as a recreational destination.

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A Park in Miniature

In the past, Alton Towers have comissioned the production of models of potential attraction concepts in order to gain an understanding of what it will look like and to identify any issues.

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Developing the Magic: The Secret Weapons

Ahead of SW6, or TH13TEEN as it came to be known, we took a look back at the history of the Secret Weapon series, providing an insight into the conceptual stage.

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The End of the Line

The Alton Towers Railway remained open at the resort for over 40 years, however as the park looked to expand with new attractions and introduced the Skyride, it was closed in 1996.

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Nickelodeon: Outta Action

Despite not having a confirmed reason behind this attraction’s closure after only a couple of seasons at the resort, we were given access to have a look around back in 2005.

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Review of the Year: 2002

Want to reminisce about Air’s opening season? At the end of the year, we reflected on some of our highlights with the addition of a variety of new attractions throughout 2002.

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Review of the Year: 2003

The construction of the Splash Landings Hotel and Waterpark, as well as the revamp of The Haunted House, were some of the most notable developments of 2003.

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Review of the Year: 2004

Perhaps one of Alton Towers’ most turbulent seasons, 2004 saw the closure of numerous rides, the resignation of the park’s manager and the Ropers’ court case.

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SW5Live

SW5Live documented the construction of Air, the world’s first flying rollercoaster, and is what the TowersTimes of today evolved from.

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SW6 Minisite

With it being 8 years since the Alton Towers’ last Secret Weapon, TowersTimes anxiously followed SW6, which we now know to be TH13TEEN, from its planning application to opening.

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The Battersea

John Broome envisioned the Battersea Power Station as the ideal location for a London theme park experience, but the idea never came to fruition due to financial restrictions.

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The Earls of Shrewsbury

The Earldom played an important part in Alton Towers’ history, with the 15th Earl creating the idea for The Towers and surrounding gardens.

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The Real Chained Oak

The story behind this mysterious tree served as the inspiration for Hex’s plot, although it was adapted for the attraction.

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Where the Merchandise Never Ends

Over the past 60 years, there has been a whole host of cuddly and quirky merchandise on sale at Alton Towers. Here’s our collection of souvenirs!

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YourDay

From 2007 to 2009, guests were able to purchase personalised footage of themselves experiencing the resort’s top rides, with the use of some of the latest technology.

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Year by Year

Follow the park’s annual development from 1980 to present day using our timeline indicating the addition, update or removal of any attractions.