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Park News - (3/18/19) I'm told that Alton Towers has officially removed the VR system from their Galactica coaster for the 2019 season. The excuse is that it was being removed to improve guests requests and satisfaction ratings, but I'm also not surprised either, because the same style system was also removed from Kraken at SeaWorld Orlando a little over a year after it was first installed for similar reasons.
For the time being Galactica, formerly known as Air, will keep the Galactica name and themeing for the season, though what happens beyond 2019 is anyone's guess right now.
Alton Towers has also confirmed that their new on-site horror attraction, “The Alton Towers Dungeon” will open on March 23, 2019. There will be an additional charge to experience this attraction.
(10/11/18) A quick review and photos from Alton Tower’s Scarefest event have been posted to Themeparks-UK this week.
(7/19/18) According to a report at ThemeParks-UK, Alton Towers will add a new live-action scare maze this fall at Scarefest. For now they are just calling it Project 42, with a future announcement expected that will reveal the true theme. Project 42 will join returning favorites: Altonville Mine Tours: Uncover the Legend of the Skin Snatchers, Sub Species: The End Games and The Welcoming: Be Chosen. Don't forget to ride Wicker Man in the dark as well.
2018 - Wicker Man - (3/30/18) A new in-depth article about the creation of the new Wicker Man coaster has been posted to BlooLoop this week, along with a look at the behind the scenes development process that brought the concept of the Wicker Man theme to life.
(3/2/18) Some fun new aerial footage of Wicker Man at Alton Towers shows off the new wooden coaster in detail, including trains making test runs around the course at night, with the fire effects turned on. Check it out below.
(2/18/18) Want to see something really pretty? Check out the four promotional images Alton Towers has sent out of Wickerman at dusk with the smoke and fire-effects turned on. There is just something almost unreal about it... very creepy and so atmospheric and wonderful looking. Bravo!
(1/12/18) Alton Towers has confirmed that SW8 will be called “Wicker Man” and have added new details to their website about the new 2018 coaster. They are saying that this will be the “world’s first rollercoaster experience fusing fire and wood!”, as the train will pass through the giant Wicker Man figure who ignite into flames as the trains burst through the figure on three different occasions.
Honestly, I can wait to see how this looks when it opens, and it should be quite spectacular looking after dark as well. Now if only they had some kind of animated preview of this thing…
2019 - Alton Towers Dungeon - (3/19/19) I’ve got a bit more information about the new Dungeon attraction opening soon at Alton Towers. I’m told that the cost of visiting the attraction will be between £5-7 or about £38 for unlimited trips through The Dungeon for the day. As with the other Dungeon attraction, it will feature extensive use of real live actors.
According to an official description of the experience, ”You’ll be screaming with laughter whilst being sentenced by the Bishop of Stafford, before being condemned to a traitors boat ride down the Black River. In these dark chambers, try to survive the plague, and endure humiliation as well as pain at the hand of the Torturer. If you escape… stop at the local tavern, known to be one of Dick Turpin’s hideouts, he may even shoot by! Then visit the Witch of Burslem’s cottage... to come face to face with her ghost!”.
Elsewhere in the park I’m told they will add a pair of mini drop towers to CBeebies Land that will be themed as Peter Rabbit’s Hippity Hop. There will also be a Teletubbies Big Band Live show added sometime in April.
(10/12/18) Alton Towers and Merlin have announced that a brand new “Alton Towers Dungeon” attraction will be opening at the theme park in 2019. The exact location in the park isn’t known, though there has been some speculation that it could go into the building that was formerly home to the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory attraction that has been closed since 2015.