Saturday 27th February 2016
Preparations are underway at Alton Towers as the theme park season is due to start in just under 3 weeks. With the launch of the Towers Loving Care programme and Galactica opening on 24th March 2016 is set to be a big year for the park. However this year also sees the end of two classic rides, The Flume has shut after 34 years of soaking guests. Also Ripsaw has been cut as the park looks at a “complete regeneration” of Forbidden Valley.
The park has commented about the redevelopment of The Flume site and has said “It is essential that we continue to invest in thrilling new attractions and experiences and we’ll keep you posted with news of what will replace The Flume as soon as we can but for now, our exciting plans for the site are still top secret!” Could this be the future site of a new rollercoaster?
From The Alton Towers Website:
Goodbye to some old favourites
As the Resort prepares for even more exciting new developments, this means we do have to say goodbye to some classic rides. After 34 years of soaking our guests, it’s time for The Flume to retire. It is never an easy decision to take out rides, however, as we look to our long term future, it is essential that we continue to invest in thrilling new attractions and experiences and we’ll keep you posted with news of what will replace The Flume as soon as we can but for now, our exciting plans for the site are still top secret! We would like you to share your memories of The Flume with us so send us your pictures and memories using #goodbyeflume.
As Forbidden Valley gets a makeover with the arrival of Galactica, Rollercoaster Restaurant and a brand new coffee shop, we will also be saying goodbye to Ripsaw. As we look at a complete regeneration of this area, we are extremely excited about the new developments coming to the Valley.
Towers Loving Care update
Last year we brought you news of our new initiative which is being rolled out during the season. We are committed to providing our guests with the best possible experience which includes continued investment. We have been around the Resort with a fine tooth comb, reviewing areas where investment is needed and putting our guests at the heart of this. We have an extensive plan of work to complete including revitalising areas such as the Dark Forest and Cloud Cuckoo Land, adding an extra sprinkle of magic to all the areas that need a bit of TLC.
We are well underway with a complete re-paint of the Nemesis track. We have brought in a specialist company who were able to shot blast the whole track, right back to the base metal. An anti-corrosion paint was first applied before we then gave Nemmy a further two coats of specialist track paint to get her looking as good as new! Meanwhile, we have commenced with the first stage of a two year station monster refurbishment, with the front elevation of the station being restored to its original themed concept.