Update: Alton Towers’ response to maintenance inquiries.
Theme Park Investigator visited Alton Towers this past weekend, and we already covered the brand new CBeebies Land. Let’s jump straight into our trip report!
The Smiler. It’s so beautiful!
Oblivion is still mighty frightening!
The empty space left by Submission in X-Sector, removed at the end of last season. I wish they would have covered this up with foliage at least!
The Alton Towers Gardens are certainly beautiful.
Nemesis’ River of Blood running without its red dye. No idea why they got rid of this. Although ducks swimming in blood did always look bizarre 😉
The Blade! A very standard swinging ship ride, but fun none the less.
Nemesis: Sub-Terra had some new segments for this season, including an expanded ending (with scare actor) and more strobe effects. It was a lot of fun, and certainly an improvement on opening day!
Runaway Mine Train. Choo choo!
Ride wait times. The Smiler was down at this point, but queues were quiet all day, a culmination of Father’s Day in the UK, as well as the England World Cup game at 11pm the night before. Plenty of hangovers kept people away it seems!
The Skyride was down, thank goodness. I hate heights.
Well I wonder what’s going on here?
All of the branded fast food outlets were replaced in the Park a number of years ago.
Some people take no notice. A shame!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The Ride’s facade was looking pretty shabby. Not good seeing as the Park is just starting its summer season.
Look at the state of this sign. Not acceptable.
Good on them!
Alton Towers itself is stunning.
Sonic Spinball is still a fun ride.
Sonic Spinball’s games were not working. Very disappointing.
Not a bad little deal!
Some disappointing general maintenance issues at the Resort, considering we are heading into Summer.We spoke to Alton Towers regarding the Skyride, as well as the facade and sign issues in Cloud Cuckoo Land. Alton Towers Corporate Communications Manager Liz Greenwood said:
‘I can confirm that we have a planned maintenance schedule that runs throughout the year and this includes both technical and estates maintenance. It is therefore necessary from time to time to close rides or attractions to complete specific tasks, which was the case with the Skyride, and we will always try and communicate this in advance if we can. With regards general maintenance, this is also on-going and I am sure that the areas that you mention below will be addressed in due course’.
All in all though, Alton Towers is a great Park, and well worth a visit for its groundbreaking coasters and beauty. Have you been to Alton Towers recently? What did you think? Let us know in the comments. And don’t forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter too!