The Smiler – News Roundup

Now the dust has settled on the exciting announcement of the name of SW7, The Smiler, TowersTimes rounds up the last few days of news. The Name: As you may have noticed TowersTimes has for a while now been bringing aerial updates of The Smiler construction to keep everyone updated on progress, However last night [...]

2013-01-22T20:55:24+00:00January 22nd, 2013|

The Smiler

Alton Towers Resort have officially confirmed the name of the new for 2013 rollercoaster as The Smiler National press, along with fansites such as TowersTimes have been authorised to reveal the name of this attraction today. The first major news article that has gone online is centered around the earlier reported #CreepySheep promotion stunt. You [...]

2013-01-21T02:15:27+00:00January 21st, 2013|

SW7 + X Sector Update

Earlier this week news broke in the enthusiast community that the X Sector area of the park was due for a makeover, including a full repaint of Oblivion. TowersTimes has been authorised by Alton Towers Resort to reveal the news from the confidential staff magazine 'The Pulse'. This week, the Pulse can exclusively announce that [...]

2013-01-14T13:40:46+00:00January 13th, 2013|

Track and Components Arrive

At the start of this week, The Alton Towers Resort began to receive track, supports and ride components for the brand new 2013 ride, codenamed SW7. Currently being stored on a Staff Carpark behind the Gloomy Wood area, many of the rides supports and certain track elements have started to appear. A big [...]

2016-05-28T19:39:19+00:00November 3rd, 2012|

Alton Towers releases SW7 Update

Alton Towers has issued a press release which confirms a few unknown details about the ride. Interesting the ride is now confirmed to feature a new design of ride train with 16 riders positioned in 4 rows of 4. The press release also confirms the opening date to be 16th March 2013. We have included [...]

2012-10-17T17:04:08+00:00October 17th, 2012|

Be one of the first to ride SW7!

Alton Towers Resort are currently asking guests to sign up for SW7 updates with a chance to ride SW7 before anyone else! What's more, it's free and so easy! If you are out and about at the Resort any time soon, you may want to keep your eyes peeled and your smart phone handy. [...]

2012-08-09T19:15:56+00:00August 9th, 2012|

Construction Updates!

Hello and welcome to the brand new TowersTimes SW7 mini-site! As you can see, we have had a little make-over! And we have also added a brand new addition, our Construction Blog! There you can view all the latest construction photos and get the very latest gossip from the construction site! Look out for weekly(ish) [...]

2012-08-09T10:55:01+00:00June 26th, 2012|

Farewell to the Black Hole Tent

After 24 years stood proudly at the Alton Towers Resort, the Black Hole tent has started to be demolished to make way for Secret Weapon 7. The Black Hole tent that until 2005 housed the popular Black Hole indoor rollercoaster, is finally making its exit from the resort after standing empty for the last 7 [...]

2012-06-28T22:14:45+00:00April 12th, 2012|

New SW7 Promotional Material Released

With the 2012 season now well underway Alton Towers has released new marketing material for the 2013 Secret Weapon 7 project, including posters and a new dedicated mini site. Alton Towers have today released more information on their new 2013 roller coaster project codenamed  Secret Weapon 7. Posters have been put up on the fences [...]

2012-06-28T22:17:07+00:00April 11th, 2012|

Planning Permission Granted for Secret Weapon 7

Staffordshire Moorlands Council have today granted planning permission for the multi-million pound SW7 rollercoaster, opening in 2013. Alton Towers Resort fans today breathed a sigh of relief as Staffordshire Moorlands Council granted planning permission for the world-first rollercoaster opening in 2013 on the site of the Blackhole Tent in X-Sector, despite strong opposition from Alton [...]

2012-06-28T22:18:38+00:00March 15th, 2012|


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