After the extremely successful launch of Wicker Man in 2018, the 2019 season would be important to Alton Towers in terms of retaining and capitalising on those successes and re-assert itself as the nation’s theme park. With the opening of The Alton Towers Dungeon, Peter Rabbit Hippity Hop and the Stargazing Pods, alongside its seasonal event offerings, we take a look back at everything from the previous twelve months.
During the close season Alton Towers unveiled a new slogan, “Power of the Towers”, that would be the driving force and recurring theme used throughout the year, highlighting the magic that Alton Towers can bring. For families, it was announced that Peter Rabbit Hippity Hop would join CBeebies Land, a pair of frog hopper style rides, themed around the adventures of Peter Rabbit. Additionally, the Teletubbies would be joining in the entertainment with their Big Fun Show Time performance. Away from the family fun, The Alton Towers Dungeon opened its gates to the public taking traitors on a trip down Staffordshire’s darkest memories. Whilst outside the theme park, the latest in onsite accommodation in the form of Stargazing Pods opened in April, providing another choice in overnight accommodation.
Throughout the season, the Resort saw multiple events take place including celebrating Nemesis’s 25th birthday with extended ride time and meet-and-greets with designer John Wardley, a competition called Meme Your Scream that involved guests creating their own imaginative photos around the park for a change to win a prize, and CBeebies’s Land celebrating its 5th birthday at the Resort. During the summer, Enterprise had reopened after a long awaited absence due to ride maintenance, bringing back another flat ride to the attraction line up. Away from the rides and attractions, the Battle of the Burgers was launched at Rollercoaster Restaurant with several ride themed meals for guests to enjoy. In addition, guests could vote for their favourite dish with the winner receiving a permanent place on the 2020 menu.
The season wouldn’t be complete without the end of year events, Scarefest and the annual Fireworks Spectacular. At Scarefest 2 new mazes were added to the line-up, Darkest Depths and The Attic: Terror Of The Towers, which complemented the other returning heart pounding scare mazes, whilst family fun was maintained at the event with shows and roaming flash mobs. Whilst topping off the season was the annual Fireworks Spectacular, taking place over 3 nights for the first time since 2015, with more lazers, bigger set pieces and of course bigger fireworks to round off the 2019 season in style, all based around the idea: the Power of the Towers.
What did you think of Alton Towers in 2019? Did you brave the Alton Towers Dungeon? Did you discover the secrets of The Attic: Terror Of The Towers? What was your personal highlight from 2019 at the Resort?