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  • Saturday March 12th 2016
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  • Laura

View of Oblivion at Alton Towers Resort's drop, the world's first vertical drop rollercoaster

As we get ready for the theme park to open on the 19th March, our final preparations are well underway for an ‘out of this world’ season!

Over the next week in a series of mini-blogs we will be giving you a behind-the-scenes insight into the immense preparations we undertake every year to ensure that our Theme Park is ready for the new season ahead.

It takes 165 full time technical employees over 120,000 hours to make sure that our rides and attractions are ready for the season. Every winter we change over 2,000 wheels and check over 50,000 bolts on our rollercoasters as well as stripping down every single ride and checking every element before re-building them again.


  • Each ride must pass a thorough annual inspection during close season – it’s a bit like an MOT, but our Engineers call it an ‘ADIPS’, either way it takes ages, Galactica took 3 weeks to complete!
  • Every morning our bigger rollercoasters go through up to 8 man hours of checks before we even open!

Come back tomorrow to find out more about preparations for the launch of Galactica!

Have a short break booked before 25th April? We can move your stay date with no extra cost!

Further to recent updates from the Government on the response to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, we have taken the very difficult decision to close Alton Towers Resort as a precautionary measure.

For guests with short breaks arriving up to and including 25th April 2020, we have relaxed our usual terms and conditions so you can now reschedule your break to another date in the 2020 season with no additional cost*

Please visit the Manage My Booking site and complete the booking amendment form, including your booking reference and the preferred date you would like to rearrange your booking to. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to welcoming you to Alton Towers Resort soon. Thank you for your patience.

*Subject to availability, please provide 3 alternative dates in order of preference, dates allocated on a first come first served basis. Please note – if you have booked a partner Hotel (a Hotel off site), most will honour the price you booked at, however there are a small number which cannot, we will let you know based on the dates you choose.