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Forbidden Valley

The Blade

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Cutting Edge Fun

In just a few swings, you'll reach zero gravity. Leave your stomach in the air as you fly near vertical on this swinging ship ride!

We’re sorry that Blade is currently unavailable to guests due to essential maintenance work. There are lots of other family rides and pirate adventures for guests to enjoy at Alton Towers Resort this Autumn.

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Swing Into Action!

This huge shard of rusty metal was discarded during the Nemesis excavation.

It was found by one of the workers of the Phalanx, and crafted into a swinging blade that cuts through the Forbidden Valley.

As it swings through the air, back and forth, The Blade reaches a zero gravity moment. Float free from your seat and leave your stomach floating somewhere above you! As it flies back and forth, this pendulum swing reaches near-vertical angles.

Dare you sit right at the back of this swinging ship ride?!

Ride Stats

  • Location Forbidden Valley
  • Maximum Height 20m
  • Peak Angle 75 degrees
  • Top speed 19kph
  • Duration 1 min 30 seconds
  • Capacity 45 riders at a time. 
  • Can you ride?You must be at least 1.0 metre tall to ride The Blade. If you are under 1.3 metres, you must be accompanied by an adult.

This ride provides a unique feeling in your body (especially your stomach) like no other ride on the park.

Did You Know?

  • This ride has been delighting theme park fanatics since Alton Towers Resort opened in 1980!

  • The Blade opened as Pirate Ship in the Fantasy World area of the park (now known as X-Sector).
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For a Tamer Experience...

For a tamer pirate ship experience, head to Mutiny Bay and climb aboard the decks of Heave Ho.

Unlike The Blade, this pirate ship stays firmly on the ground - or the high seas!

A rock ‘n’ tug family favourite, Heave Ho is a great alternative for those who aren’t feeling brave enough to tackle the thrilling pendulum action of The Blade.