Each November, the theme park closes to allow extensive maintenance work to be carried out on all the resort’s rides and attractions. Join us as we take a look behind the scenes at the preparation work for the oncoming season each year at Alton Towers Resort.

Closed Season 1988/89

Take a look back at Alton Towers’ first Christmas Festival, which were held during the late 80s, including the special Festive Parade.

Closed Season 2002/03

Both the Tweenies and Ribena Berry Bish Bash arrived at the park over this period, and the construction of Splash Landings Hotel continued.

Closed Season 2003/04

The iconic Swan Boat Ride made way for the Splash Kart Challenge, with Dynamo also being removed from the park during this closed season.

Closed Season 2004/05

This was the first closed season for the, what was then called, Flume Unplugged and there was also the addition of a Single Rider Queue for Nemesis.

Closed Season 2005/06

As one children’s ride left the park, another arrived in the form of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well as the construction of new food outlets.

Closed Season 2006/07

This was a very busy closed season, with the addition of new restaurants, the revamp of rides and the arrival of the YourDay souvenir option.

Closed Season 2007/08

Merrie England became Mutiny Bay with the construction of Battle Galleons, and the Skyride got some attention after the fire at the end of the season.

Closed Season 2008/09

Corkscrew was deconstructed in preparation for SW6, the 3D cinema made way for Sharkbait Reef and Cred Street became Cloud Cuckoo Land.

Closed Season 2009/10

The park opened to hotel guests on limited capacity, whilst Ug Land was turned into Dark Forest with the construction of TH13TEEN.

Closed Season 2010/11

This was one of the quietest closed seasons at the park, so our gallery mainly comprises of snowy pictures of the various rides and attractions.

Closed Season 2011/12

In the 2011 season Phalanx uncovered a nest of Nemesis eggs which led to the construction of Nemesis: Sub Terra, and Ice Age 4D came to Cloud Cuckoo Land.


Closed Season 2014/15

In January 2015, MI7 took to the skies to provide an update on the closed season developments across the theme park.


Closed Season 2016/17

This closed season saw the construction of a new Monorail evacuation platform and a rerouted entrance for Alton Towers Waterpark.