Extraordinary Golf is now fully open
between Splash Landings and the Monorail station. Just a month
after the East Course opened the West Course is now complete as
well, featuring holes themed around Oblivion, Rita and the Farm,
As the course is now fully open the
regular pricing system is in place of £8/£7 for 18 holes or £5/£4
for 9 holes, though there are various special offers as well.
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Carrying on the
theme for the weekend it seems that the Skyride has now also
reopened for the season. It has received a fair amount of TLC over
the closed season, with the stations having been painted and the
gondolas cleaned. It is also sporting a new soundtrack.
In other news the
first 9 holes of Extraordinary Golf have now opened as well at £3
morning the Runaway Mine Train operated for the first time since it
crash in July last year. Since then the ride has undergone much
refurbishment before finally being ready to reopen to the public
today. Currently the ride is running a shortened train of only the
first 8 carriages, as the park is waiting for the last 4 to be
returned by Mack...
Last week we reported that the
Haunted Hollow hadn't yet opened for business, well one week on
The Dung Heap seems to have joined it. The new playground was due
to open today, but the park have now pushed the opening back to
the 30th. That means that neither new attraction is open yet,
though the park hope to have them both available by the end of the
March 29th 2007 :
Alton Towers Turns Easter on Its Head!
The park have
information about Chocolate Towers. It seems that this year they
will be turning the traditional Easter Egg hunt on its head, when the
chocolate comes looking for the guests. The park will also be home
to a chocolate circus during the event, where their pink Easter Bunnies will perform. Meanwhile the hotel will
walk-thru rabbit warren.
Despite being due to open on open
day the Haunted Hollow has not yet officially opened to the
public. It seems that the hold up is due to some of the
interactive effects not yet being interactive. Hopefully the
attraction will be open soon, in the mean time it has not been
unusual for the park to leave certain entrances open allowing
guests a sneak peak of the new attraction. Hop over to our Haunted
Hollow page for a look at what is in store for guests...
2007 : ALTON TOWERS OPEN FOR THE 2007 SEASON
That's right folks, the wait is
finally over, the Closed Season has finished and the park has
officially reopened for the 2007 season. The Haunted Hollow is the
only new attraction due to open today, with all of the other new
additions due to open in the coming month. The Skyride and Mine
Train are also currently shut. With the Mine Train due to re-open
at Easter after it's accident last year...
2007 : BLACKSTONE BUY TUSSAUDS FOR A BILLION POUNDS
The Blackstone Group have agreed to buy the Tussauds Group, owner of London's Madame Tussauds waxworks museum and Alton Towers Resort, for 1 billion pounds ($1.9 billion) to create the world's second-biggest operator of tourist attractions after the Walt Disney Company.
It seems like we will be seeing some
Winter Weekends at the park this closed season after all, as certain
areas of the park will be opened up to hotel guests in the weekends
running up to the new season...
2007 : NEW FOR 2007 UPDATED *Update* A small update,
in that we have now added much higher quality logos for both Haunted
Hollow and The Dung Heap. You can also now follow the construction of
all the new attractions for 2007 on TowersTimes.
24TH 2007 : BLACKHOLE DEPARTS AT LAST
The Blackhole, which closed in 2005, has finally left the X Sector
this week. It is not known where the ride is destined to end up, but
it is good to see the park finally remove the coaster which had spent
much of 2006 sitting in pieces outside of its tent.
When the The
Blackhole closed in 2005 it had thrilled riders for 21 years, being
one of the first coasters to be built at the park arriving in 1984.
22ND 2007 : NEW BROCHURE RELEASED
The park have this week launched their 2007 resort brochure. The
brochure makes strong use of the parks new Extraordinary Font, as well
as subtly interweaving the parks new stripy imagery.
course the brochure contains a little on the parks three new
attractions for 2007, as well as all the classic rides you'd expect to
2007 :NEW DIMENSION TO THE RIVERBANK EYE-SPY
News has been churning in Old MacDonald's farm so far this year, but
in case you haven't heard the Dung Heap is not the only thing to look
out for in 2007.
The Riverbank Eye-Spy is going 3D for the new season, as the old 2D
theming is replaced with all new models, in a style similar to that
seen on the Driving School. Farming has never looked so good...
2007 : CHOCOLATE TOWERS RETURNS
For the second year in a row the Towers will be hosting their Easter
event, Chocolate Towers. This year the event promises to be a
choctastic as even, even including an appearance by the Easter Bunny
15TH 2007 : THE ALTON TOWERS FEARFEST!
After the recent announcement that the
Halloween event would return to the park after several years absence,
more information has now come to light about the event, thanks to
Haunted Attractions UK.
The event is to run from
13th October to 4th November and is promising to be a scarefest for the
young and a fearfest for the fearless...
2007 : ADRENALIN WEEK UPDATE
The park has now announced the price of tickets for the Adrenalin Week
event which will run from Monday March 19th to Friday March 23rd.
Tickets are available from the
official website from just £20 for adults and £12 for children...
14TH 2007 : THE PERFECT WAY TO SAY YOU LOVE THEM!
Nothing says 'I love you' quite like an
annual pass, and this year sees the return of the Alton Towers Annual
pass, after several years absence.
This year, if you don't fancy splashing
out for a Tussauds Annual pass you can get one just for the Towers for
as little as £65, good value in anyone's book...
13TH 2007 : YOURDAY EXPLAINED One of the big news
items this closed season has been the parks new souvenir option, which
offers guests a DVD of their day. So far the YourDay scheme has seen
new cameras popping up all over the park, as well as some excellent
new film footage of the park emerge.
The park has now also released some
information concerning the YourDay DVDs, including an FAQ about the
4TH 2007 : ADRENALIN WEEK RETURNS!
Another Alton Towers favourite will be returning to the park in 2007.
The ever popular Adrenalin Week, is back for the new season with a
will be running from Monday March 19th to Friday March 23rd, featuring
a Triple Ride Promise. The park is guaranteeing that all guests,
height restrictions permitting, will get onto
onto four of its most popular rides at
least three times in one day. A brave pledge, if ever we heard one!
JANUARY 25TH 2007 : ALTON TOWERS ON MOST HAUNTED
Alton Towers is to feature on an upcoming episode of the popular
Living TV show, Most Haunted. The episode is to be aired on Tuesday
30th January at 9pm and promises to be filled with unexplained bumps
and bangs, as the team explore the ruins, as well as Hex...
JANUARY 25TH 2007 : TOWERS, TREATS AND TRAILS UPDATE
It now looks like Oblivion will also be open for the Towers Treats and
Trails event, which is to take place over the February half term.
There is no word yet as to whether guests will have to pay to ride the
*Update* There will be a charge for riding Oblivion!
For a full line up for the event, please see our Towers Treats and
JANUARY 24TH 2007 : NEMESIS ROCKS MITCH HAWKER'S SOCKS!
Proving itself a
worthy foe for even the most modern of rollercoasters, Nemesis has
been voted as the world's third best Steel Rollercoaster in 2006, by
the Mitch Hawker poll, despite being over 10 years old ...
JANUARY 17TH 2007 : RECRUITMENT POLICY SHAKEUP
2007 will see Alton Towers using new methods to recruit staff using
centres" instead of interviews in order to ensure a high quality
intake of staff for the new season. For more information please check
forum where Phil Sterne, the Strategic Recruitment Manager for
Alton Towers, has provided an FAQ for getting a job at the Towers in
JANUARY 17TH 2007 : NEW FOR 2007
As the Towers get busy preparing for the new season and their February
half term 'Towers Treats and Trails' event, TowersTimes thought we
would have a look at what we can look forward to in 2007 from the UK's
number one theme park...
JANUARY 10TH 2007 : TOWERS, TREATS AND TRAILS
During the February half term, Alton Towers will be hosting a brand
new event aimed at the youngsters who will be off school. Towers,
Treats and Trails will be a fun event for all the family, with a wide
range of attractions open, including Old MacDonald's Farm, the Ruins
and Gardens and an old fashioned Steam Fair...