Dare you venture deep into the woodlands that surround the gothic ruins of Alton Towers? If you do, you’d better not go alone…
Food & Drink
Woodcutter’s Bar & Grill
Fun & Games
Box Office – next to Rita photo counter, opposite its exit
Toilets – found in Fountain Square, opposite entrance to Dark Forest
Lockers – located next to Crypt Games
Since 2010 a mysterious force has arisen in the woodlands surrounding Alton Towers. Wraiths have been seen roaming the area, whilst an abandoned crypt has been uncovered in the proximity of Rita.
The park’s unluckiest attraction and penned ‘psycoaster’ will take guests on a winding journey into Alton Towers’ famous woodland surroundings before bringing them to a gruesome finale deep within the crypt at the centre of the attraction.
Your only hope of escape from the clutches of the Dark Forest is through riding Rita, a ride which launches riders with an exhilarating acceleration – 0 – 100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds! No one is quite sure what evil inhabits the crypt but if one thing’s for certain; you must escape!
Dark Forest is the area that started it all when the Corkscrew was installed here in 1980. Back then the area was known as the Talbot Centre and beside the coaster there were few attractions, mainly aimed at children.
The area quickly became one of the ‘thrill’ areas of the park with the addition of several flat rides some of which can still be found in the park today, such as the Enterprise or Twirling Toadstool (known then as the Wave Swinger). During this period from 1984 the area was known as Festival Park, and it remained one of the more fast paced areas of the park until in 1999 when it was re-themed into Ug Land, a prehistoric playground of fun for the family.
Towards the end of its time as Ug Land, Rita – Queen of Speed also found its home here in 2005, bringing with it the Thunder Rock Rally which dominated the area through to the end of 2009, when an ancient crypt was discovered during the removal of the Corkscrew.
It was then in 2010 that Secret Weapon 6, TH13TEEN was unveiled – the world’s first freefall drop rollercoaster, marking Ug Land’s transformation into Dark Forest, as the unleashed dark forces took over.