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Alton Towers Debuts the Static 20-Minute Dangle Experience

Alton Towers rollercoaster The Smiler – which wiped the smiles off everyone's faces in 2015 when it horrifically injured several passengers – has got itself in trouble again, although this time the end result was nearer the mild discomfort end of the spectrum. Read More >>

Alton Towers Sells Old Art, Signs and Log Flume Boats

Ever wanted your own log flume? That dream can come true now, subject to local planning approval, as theme park Alton Towers is selling off some of its outdated stock of log flume boats. Read More >>

Alton Towers’ Galactica VR Ride Malfunctions, Leaving Riders Suspended in Midair

Alton Towers experienced another major boo-boo yesterday, but thankfully nobody was injured in the incident. The theme park’s Galactica VR rollercoaster broke down at the top of a loop during heavy rain, leaving 28 riders stuck upside down for half an hour. Read More >>

The Smiler Crash: Merlin Admits Alton Towers’ Guilt in Health and Safety Breaches

Alton Towers owner Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd faces heavy fines after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety Act. The Smiler rollercoaster was involved in a horrific crash in June last year, leaving five passengers seriously injured. Two of those have had to undergo leg amputations. Read More >>

Alton Towers Criticised for Reopening Smiler Ahead of Crash Hearing

Alton Towers opens its gates to the public this weekend, signalling the approach of summer and the return of the now infamous Smiler. The roller coaster, which was involved in a horrific crash last June, has been closed for over nine months, and Vicky Balch -- who lost her right leg as a result of the incident -- has described the timing of the move as ‘inappropriate’. Read More >>

Chris Hadfield: NASA Could Learn a Thing or Two From Roller Coasters

This week, I got to indulge my inner child and try out Alton Towers’ Galactica VR roller coaster ahead of opening. I enjoyed it, though there’s plenty of room for improvement too. Also checking out the theme park’s big new attraction was none other than retired, now-celebrity, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. Read More >>

Alton Towers’ Galactica VR Roller Coaster Delighted and Frustrated Me

If you’re already sick of virtual reality, I apologise in advance. The thing is, VR is the future of roller coasters. Alton Towers’ soon-to-be flagship attraction, Galactica, confirmed it when I jumped aboard this week, just ahead of launch. However, there’s lots of room for improvement. Read More >>

Merlin Will Be Prosecuted Over the Smiler Crash at Alton Towers

Alton Towers owner Merlin Attractions Operation Ltd is due in court this April, and faces prosecution after last year's devastating rollercoaster crash. Five people were seriously injured when their carriage smashed into a stationary carriage on the Smiler in June, with two of those losing a leg as a result of the accident. Read More >>

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World’s First Virtual Reality Rollercoaster Ready For Lift Off at Alton Towers

If the thought of donning a virtual reality headset at a desk makes you feel queasy, consider doing the same on a super-fast roller coaster. But the ride designers at Alton Towers have done just that, and believe they've cracked a fundamental issue concerning VR nausea in the process. Galactica will ride the wave of interest in space travel by taking passengers on an intergalactic adventure at the Alton Towers theme park in April 2016, when it will open as "the world's first" virtual reality rollercoaster. Read More >>

Alton Towers Rollercoaster Accident Set to Cost Owners Big Money

Merlin Entertainments, which owns Alton Towers, has said that it is expecting a huge drop in profits following the accident on the park's Smiler rollercoaster on 2nd June. Read More >>

Alton Towers Smiler Roller Coaster Crash Leaves Four Seriously Injured

A serious accident has occurred at Alton Towers, one of the UK's leading theme parks. Read More >>

Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Is Your Alton-Towers-Creator Deal of the Day

Who here among us doesn't yearn to dedicate their lives to the world of rollercoasters (or as the experts call them, rolly-coasters)? Read More >>

Nationwide Sheep Mutilation Campaign Orchestrated by Alton Towers

The mystery of the "creepy sheep" with evil faces painted on their sides that was allegedly creating some sort of low-level mystery among social network users, has been solved. It was an Alton Towers PR stunt. Read More >>

This Awesome Optical Illusion Makes Me Lose My Pants

When it comes to lifts, I can't help but think back to the Die Hard films, especially with John McClane hanging by a thread in an elevator shaft in the first film. Which brings me to a recent stunt by Alton Towers, who's promoting its upcoming Nemesis Sub-Terra ride by scaring the be-jesus out of prospective shoppers at Southside Shopping Centre in Wandsworth. Read More >>