Every ride and attraction at Alton Towers Resort started off as a mound of dirt or several slabs of concrete. Dive into the construction process of many of the wonderful additions to the Resort and be blown away by just how much things sometimes change when a project on the drawing board becomes reality.
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.
‘Air’ and its former shop were together redeveloped into Galactica, the world’s first rollercoaster fully dedicated to virtual reality, and the UK’s first Rollercoaster Restaurant.
Hex was the first ride to make use of the Towers, when it opened in 2000. Although the main ride is in an external building, it still brings attention back to this historic building.
A cold front swept over the Cloud Cuckoo Land Theatre in 2012, plunging it back into the chilly climate of the Ice Age. Here’s a glimpse at the theatre’s snowy transformation.
During the Winter Weekends of 2006, the Cred Street Carousel and Vintage Cars remained mysteriously closed and it became clear that they were to be replaced by a ‘Driving School’.
In a major shake-up of park catering, both the Hogs Head and Nemesis Nosh were replaced with Rita’s Chicken and Ribs (now Woodcutters Bar and Grill) for the 2007 season.
In 2004 preparation began for an exciting new project, with rumours from a booster bike to a wooden coaster, but in April 2005 Rita opened as Europe’s first Intamin rocket coaster.
With an extension to the Alton Towers Hotel having been in the pipeline for several years, the plans were finally realised when the Resort opened the first ever CBeebies Land Hotel in July 2017.
Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Alton Towers Hotel, Tussauds decided to build a second hotel and a water park, as one of the first steps to becoming an all year round resort.
Construction of the Stargazing Pods began shortly after the plans were approved by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council in July 2018, with the development completed for their April 2019 opening.
At the end of November 2014, Alton Towers Resort submitted a planning application seeking permission for the addition of a high ropes course close, ready to open in May 2015.