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.

Air

Through our micro site, sw5live, we extensively followed the construction of this prototype B&M masterpiece, which was a concept first thought up in 1994 by John Wardley and B&M.

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The Alton Towers Dungeon

Ahead of its grand opening, TowersTimes was invited to a special ‘Meet the Maker’ event to discover some of the secrets behind The Alton Towers Dungeon.

Battle Galleons

2008 saw a complete overhaul of the boating lake with the arrival of a brand new Splash Battle water ride with a pirate theme; aptly named ‘Battle Galleons’.

Black Hole

At the end of 1983, Dinosaur Land closed and 250,000 tonnes of earth was removed from the hillside, replaced by the Black Hole coaster,  covered with a huge green and yellow tent.

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CBeebies Land

When Old Macdonald’s Farmyard and Storybook Land were rethemed into CBeebies Land for May 2014, we documented its construction, including an aerial update from MI7!

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.

Congo River Rapids

Constructed over the 1985/86 closed season, the rapids at Alton Towers required large quantities of rocks to be blasted from the site, which was formerly a car park.

The Dung Heap

We followed the construction of the park’s new playground in 2007, which included a Spider ‘Springy Cobweb Climbing zone’ and a Mushroom maze, amongy several other features.

Dynamo

Dynamo was originally called ‘Astrodancer’ when it was installed in 1993, but received a new name when moved to Forbidden Valley in 2002, after being out of use during 2001.

Enterprise

Although the ride originally opened in 1984 in Festival Park, these images were taken when it was rethemed and relocated to X Sector for the 1998 season.

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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.

Gloomy Wood

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.

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Haunted Hollow

In 2007, spirits and ghouls moved into the pathway between Mutiny Bay and Gloomy Wood, partially along the route of the old miniature railway.

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.

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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.

Katanga Canyon

Alongside Gloomy Wood, this represented Tussauds’ big investment into the park as they began to construct some more highly themed areas.

Log Flume

One of the first major rides to be constructed at Alton Towers, the 886m course was constructed over the 1980/1981 closed season.

Monorail

Towards the end of the 1986 season guests entering Alton Towers could see the construction of the park’s new Monorail System, which originally operated at Expo 86 in Vancouver.

Mutiny Bay

For the 2008 season Merrie England was transformed into Mutiny Bay, with many shops and restaurants receiving a makeover to make them shipshape for the new land.

Nemesis

The park’s most famous ride was constructed over several years, with the initial blasting taking place in Winter of 1991 and the monster was unleashed on the world three years later.

Nemesis: Sub Terra

In 2012 the entrance to Forbidden Valley was changed forever as guests discovered What Lies Beneath, as the park revisited the legend surrounding Nemesis.