Around the World in Eighty Days was the first of Alton Towers’ iconic dark rides. Following the adventures of Phileas Fogg, this magical boat ride took passengers on a tour of the world, through many exciting scenes – each one a different country.

Fact File

Location: Talbot Street

Capacity per hour: 1600

Opening Year: 1981

Closing Year: 1993

The countries/cities visited in the ride included; Burma, Egypt, New York, Venice, Greenland, Las Vegas, Holland, Rio de Janeiro, Paris and of course London, the start of the voyage.

The attraction was quite popular in its time, but by 1994, when Talbot Street had been transformed into The Land Of Make Believe, the ride needed a revamp and so the scenes were ripped out and replaced by a fun toy factory, known as Toyland Tours, which followed exactly the same route.

The ride system still exists within the park today, although heavily modified, as the boat ride section of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.