Details unveiled by Birmingham Mail reveal just some of what awaits guests in the Resort’s newest addition which the Resort describe as being ‘hilariously hideous’. As has been widely rumoured, The Alton Towers Dungeon will incorporate a ‘hideously scary boat ride’, which will see it use the ride system previously used as part of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Toyland Tours, and Around the World in 80 Days.
Also included will be five actor-actor led shows, including a visit to a plague doctor, a session with the torturer, and at least two shows based on local legends including being sentenced by the Bishop of Stafford, and a stop at the Witch of Burslem’s haunted cottage. The full experience will take 45 minutes, and will combine interactive shows, and cutting edge theming and technology.
The inclusion of a local legend follows the successful formula of Merlin’s other Dungeon attractions, each of which draw upon local history in at least one of their shows. According to local legend, Molly Leigh was a witch who brought terror to the people of Burslem (a town which now forms part of the wider Stoke on Trent area). According to local stories, Molly kept a pet blackbird as her familiar and used black magic to bring misfortune, illness, and bad luck to townsfolk, even using her powers to make the local vicar, Pastor Thomas Spencer, appear to be continually drunk for more than three weeks. The legend goes on to say that Molly’s ghost continued to haunt her cottage after her death.
Speaking to Birmingham Mail, a spokesperson for Alton Towers Resort said:
“Guests will be screaming with laughter whilst being sentenced by the Bishop of Stafford, surviving the plague, enduring the torturer and also making a stop at the Witch of Burslem’s haunted cottage.
“The Alton Towers Dungeon will draw on the best of the Dungeons’ brand and apply Alton Towers’ expertise in family entertainment to bring to life some of the spookiest tales from the local area.”
These latest details follow on from the announcement of the pricing for tickets to The Alton Towers Dungeon. Tickets purchased in advance will cost £5, whilst tickets purchased on the day will cost £7.50. Guests holding a Premium Alton Towers Season Pass will get one entry to the Dungeon per visit. In a move which has angered some guests, it has been confirmed via the Resort’s social media channels that Premium Merlin Annual Pass holders will not get The Alton Towers Dungeon included and will have to purchase a ticket.