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Journey Beyond!

Blast through an advanced launch portal to a dimension beyond your wildest imagination. Break free from Earth’s atmosphere and glide through the air on our iconic flying rollercoaster.

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The Story of Galactica

The year is 3019. Deep in Forbidden Valley, a pocket of cosmic energy has been discovered. A wormhole. After extensive testing, it was proven that this wormhole could be harnessed for travel to other dimensions.

The aerospace operating group, Galactica, developed pioneering launch portal technology. The wormhole can now take up to 28 civilian Galactinauts at a time further than they have ever imagined.

Board the AIR-WING 6000 craft, assume the position and commence the launch sequence… 3, 2, 1, blast off! Build up enough momentum to blast through the plasma of the launch portal and enter new realms of galaxies. As you soar over the Earth, you’ll spiral between the rugged vistas of Vega 10. Glide through the cosmic clouds of Espin on a sensational journey like no other.

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Experience Alton Towers’ iconic free fly rollercoaster.

Fly face down, close to the ground, and narrowly brush past the trees and theme park footpaths. From ‘lie to fly’ to ‘fly to lie’, you’ll experience two full 360 degree inversions. Flip onto your back in the world’s first ‘lying down’ ride position. Look up towards the vast expanse of space, the universe and the unknown.

Soar, spiral and glide, around the rollercoaster track that simulates the sensations of flight. Galactica is much more than a standard inverted roller coaster; it is a high g-force roller coaster where you can almost touch the ground and the sky. Embark on an exhilarating expedition to another dimension!

Ride Stats

  • Location Forbidden Valley

  • Maximum Height 20m

  • Top speed 75kph

  • G-Force +3.5G
  • Track Length 840m
  • Duration 1 min 40 seconds
  • Ride Features 2 inversions
  • Capacity 1500 riders per hour
  • Can you ride? You must be at least 1.4m to ride.

One of the best rides the country has to offer. As close to flying as you can get!

Birmingham Live

Did You Know?

  • Galactica was designed by John Wardley, who has created some of the world’s wildest rides, including Nemesis and Oblivion. Originally built as Secret Weapon 5, our ‘Aerial Inversion Ride’ (AIR) was the first flying roller coaster at Alton Towers Resort.
  • A reference to Galactica's previous name can be found in the ride's station - see if you can spot it! 
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Other Rides and Attractions

If you're a fan of Galactica, explore the other thrilling rides in the Forbidden Valley area of the park, such as the exhilarating twists and turns of Nemesis, or the zero gravity thrills of The Blade.

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.