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.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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.
Galactica & Rollercoaster Restaurant
‘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.
As part of Tussauds’ first big development at Alton Towers, the construction of Gloomy Wood along with Katanga Canyon gave guests an insight into the big plans they had for the park.
Hex: Legend of the Towers
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.
Ice Age: The 4D Experience
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.
Oblivion was the 2nd B&M coaster to be built at Alton Towers and the first of its kind. This rollercoaster opened in 1998 and remains to be one of the park’s biggest thrill attractions!
Peugeot 207 Driving School
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’.
Rita’s Chicken & Ribs / Woodcutters
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.
Rita – Queen of Speed
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.
In 2007 the ride received an overhaul with the 2D scenery, added in 1999, being replaced by brand new 3D models, similar to those found in the popular Driving School attraction.
Spinball Whizzer/Sonic Spinball
In 2004, a new family roller coaster opened in Adventure land, located next to the corporate hospitality marquee and manufactured by the German company; Maurer Söhne.
In the 80s the park began to expand in size, by building on the former grass car parks. Take an aerial look at Towers Street under construction and the area prior to any development.
Covering a period of just over a year, follow the full construction process of Secret Weapon 7 from removal of the remnants of Black Hole through to the installation of all record-breaking fourteen inversions!
Commencing in late 2016, we said goodbye to The Flume for the construction of Alton Towers Resort’s first wooden coaster, and the first wooden coaster in the UK for over twenty years, Secret Weapon 8.
CBeebies Land Hotel
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.
Splash Landings and Cariba Creek
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.
Enchanted Forest Tree Top Quest
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.