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ALTON TOWERS
United Kingdom (Abbreviation: AT)
Merlin Entertainment Group

 

----    THE LATEST BUZZ    ----
    (9/23/22) Alton Towers Confirms Last Day To Ride Nemesis
    (9/.8/22) Duel has now been “Repossessed”
    (9/5/22) New Indoor Attraction Proposed

 

2022 - New CBeebies Land Attractions - (3/5/22) Alton Towers has confirmed that the three new attractions coming to CBeebies Land (themed to Hey Duggee, Andy’s Adventures and JoJo & Gran Gran) will be ready to open to guests on March 19. A few pictures from the park showing off the attractions getting the final touches applied can be found over at BlooLoop this week.
 
    (12/22/21) Alton Towers will add three new attractions to the park’s CBeebies Land for kids in time for the 2022 season. The new attractions will be called, “Hey Duggee’s Big Adventure Badge”, “Andy’s Adventures Dinosaur Dig” and “JoJo & Gran Gran At Home”.
    According to the explanation, the Hey Duggee’s attraction is described as a ‘play and adventure land’, while Andy’s Adventures will be a live interactive show experience. The JoJo & Gran Gran attraction will allow guests to explore Gran Gran’s house. Meanwhile the CBeebies Land Hotel will add a Hey Duggee themed live show called The Map Badge along with some ‘Bing’ themed bedrooms.

 

icon_STOP2023 - Duel / Haunted House Update - (9/8/22) Duel is now closed at Alton Towers and a sign has appeared on the closed gate outside that now says, “Property Repossessed”.

 
    (9/5/22) Some interesting things are starting to happen at Alton Towers it seems. For starters, something is happening within the Duel dark ride. According to the Towers Times a photo frame containing an odd message has now appeared within the queue, “06-09=The Duel is over” at the top in a proper print font, and below that in hand-written scrawl it says , “This is my house”.
    The assumption is that Duel may close for some kind of change on September 6th that could bring an end to the current form of the attraction. Duel did not open as it currently runs, as the article reports that the attraction first opened simply as “The Haunted House” back in 1992. In 2003 the attraction was upgraded with some new scenes and the addition of the interactive laser guns and zombie theme that it currently has, and promoted as “Duel - The Haunted House Strikes Back!”. What exactly Merlin has planned for Duel is anyone’s guess right now, as they could upgrade and keep the attraction as an interactive concept. However, as the message clearly states that “The Duel is over”, this could also signal a return of the attraction to being a pure dark ride experience, with the scares cranked up to 11.
    If that wasn’t enough, drop on tower to see what else may be taking place in the years to come during and after the proposed Nemesis rebuild.

 

icon_STOP2024 - Nemesis 2.0 - (9/23/22) Alton Towers has confirmed that you have until November 6th to ride Nemesis before they shut it down to undergo extensive track replacement. They have also confirmed that this renovation project will keep Nemesis closed for the entire 2023 season, and not see the coaster reopen until 2024.
 
    (1/25/22) Back when Universal Orlando chose to tear down and completely rebuild their Incredible Hulk coaster from B&M, it was somewhat of a unique event. At the time, no one had ever just kind of come out to say that they felt their coaster had reached the end of it’s lifespan so quickly and needed to be replaced, after opening in 1999 and then shutting down the original coaster in September 2015 to replace it with a new copy of Hulk that opened in August of 2016.
    While we’ve seen many coasters replace sections of track in the off-season over the years, a process especially well known to fans of The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, about the only other time I can recall a coaster being taken down and entirely rebuilt from the ground up would be when Disneyland did it to Space Mountain, closing the 1977 ride in 2003 and replacing it with a modern built version that opened in 2005.
    Now you are probably wondering why I am bringing all this up on our Alton Towers news page. This is because Merlin and Alton Towers have submitted plans to do nearly the same thing to the park’s extremely popular Nemesis coaster (also from B&M). Nemesis first opened in early 1994 and has now submitted plans to remove and replace the majority of Nemesis’ track (they are keeping just the station and lift hill) along with the majority of the ride’s support pieces.
    The layout will be kept the same, but the track pieces will be filled with sand this time, which is now a common method of making the coaster run quietly, which is sure to please the neighbors.
    Keep in mind that the application to perform this work was just submitted, so the park still needs final approval to go ahead with it. Assuming this is approved, and I don’t see why it wouldn’t, then if I had to guess we may need Nemesis close sometime later this year in order to get it rebuilt in time to reopen for the 2023 season if possible. Or at least we hope it will be ready to roll again in 2023. It took nearly a year to replace Hulk and given the way that Nemesis interacts with the ground and surrounding landscape, replacing it may end up being a bit more complex.

 

icon_STOP2024/2025/2026 - New Indoor Attraction / SW9 Development - (9/5/22) In other news it has come to light that Alton Towers will “hold a public exhibition event” on September 19th featuring proposals to add a new indoor attraction on the former site of Alton Mouse in the former Coaster Corner section of the park. According to the limited information in the leaflets, the proposal will be for a new attraction building on the site. As for the location, Towers Times mentions that guests have not had access to the former Coaster Corner area since 1992, following the removal of the 4 Man Bob and Alton Mouse from the area, and the relocation of Alton Beast to the Forbidden Valley area as “The New Beast”. Noise from the outdoor rides in this area was always an issue with the locals, so the area has sat unused for many years, so building a new indoor attraction should be a viable solution to breathe new life into the site. A new video on the CoasterChall channel also discusses this new development in further details (see below).
    In other news a post to Twitter shows off markings on the ground in the park said to be placed just outside of the Enterprise ride, hinting that it could be related to an SW9 project.
    Keep in mind that the park is also planning on closing Nemesis for a complete rebuild that will likely see Nemesis closed for all of 2023 to reopen in 2024, so between Nemesis, Duel, and this new indoor ride project, and whatever SW9 turns out to be… there a lot of activity being planned for Alton Towers all at once.


 

 

 

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2017 - Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom Ride in CBeebies Land

2016 - Galactica

2015 - Octonauts Coaster, Ice Age 4D: No time for Nuts

2014 - CBebbies Land

2013 - The Smiler

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