Thursday 25th January 2018
Earlier this week Alton Towers updated their website with news about the park opening different attractions are various points in the day. This news of the theme park slow opening was met with negative responses on the parks social media channels. The park has since updated the website with a revised version of rides attractions opening when the park opens at 10 am. The park is now saying that over half of the rides will be available when the park opens at 10 am with the rest of them open by 11 am.
"We look forward to welcoming you to Alton Towers Theme Park. We offer early access to the theme park for Merlin Annual Pass holders and Resort Hotel guests with a selection of rides and attractions available for your enjoyment including our brand new ride for 2018 Wicker Man.
Theme Park opens to all other guests from 10am with over half our rides available, with all other rides and attractions to be open by 11am at the latest every day. Park open and close hours will always be flexible to ensure we can give our guests great experiences - if the park is busy we'll always do our best to stay open!"
This has improved the Alton Towers line up for this season however reduced hours are starting to happen across the Merlin Entertainments portfolio, It was announced the other day that Thorpe Park will be receiving reduced opening hours on all actor led experiences, such as Derron Brown's Ghost Train : Rise of the Demon and I'm a Celebrity.
There are rumours of further reductions across the Alton Towers resort, with Treetops quest being closed all year and rumours of counter service eateries being closed and a revised plaza area.