Alton Towers cuts 26 days from 2016 season

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Alton Towers has cut 26 days from its 2016 operating calendar, following a year of heavy visitor losses caused by the Smiler accident.

The theme park will remain closed during term-time Tuesdays and Wednesdays in April, May, September, October and November.

It has also been confirmed that the Staffordshire attraction will not open its doors during February half-term for the first time in several years.

The fireworks event, typically stretching over the final three days of the season, will also not take place on the Friday, becoming a two-day event.

The park will instead remain closed between 1 and 4 November, before ending its season with fireworks on 5 and 6 of the month.

The Halloween Scarefest event will also not return during the first term-time week seen in previous years, instead operating during the weekends of 8/9 and 15/16 October, followed by the half-term week of 21-31 October.

Actual opening hours for each day of the theme park’s operating calendar have not yet been confirmed.

The cuts are similar to those already announced at fellow Merlin Entertainments-operated theme parks Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park.

The company has seen considerable falls in attendances at its UK theme parks following the Smiler rollercoaster accident at Alton Towers on 2 June, which seriously injured five people.

Alton Towers 2016 in-season closure dates in full

April: 19, 20, 26, 27
May: 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
September: 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
October: 4, 5, 11, 12
November: 1, 2, 3, 4

7 comments

  1. Stuart says:

    This TBH is a joke a utter joke. they want people to pay £50 to get in and then £6 to park your car yet they chop chop chop. The MAP is fast becoming a no go for most people as its now starting to become not value for money. As for ATR. Joke what a joke just what are merlin playing at.
    ATR also have forgot to say at the same time as all these closed dates – Feb half term has been scrapped another joke in itself. And then on to the 6 rides that will be closed in 2016 which is

    Nemesis Sub-Terra
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Hex
    Driving School
    Ripsaw
    The Flume
    It has been suggested that The Flume and Ripsaw will be closed and removed entirely.

    And all this and we still have the open and closing times TBC which if they get the chop too like everything else i,ll hit the roof

    All i have to say is its a utter joke and im not impressed at all.

  2. Owen says:

    The U.K. Is spoiled when it comes to theme parks I’m from Ireland (where we’ve got none) AT and Thorpe park are really good parks and challenge many of those in Europe hope these theme parks don’t get taken for granted as I have enjoyed many good holidays at them and hope to enjoy many more

  3. Pandagal says:

    Add to this the poor quality of food now that it’s all done ‘in house’. They are becoming cheap and nasty.

    Such a shame. It used to be somewhere for a day of total abandonment and fun. Now it’s nigh on unaffordable, the food is utter tripe and it will be closed on days that people typically took advantage of as being a little quieter.

    What a shame :(

  4. whatever says:

    shall not be visiting next year save my money and go elsewhere

  5. Mark lewis says:

    Yes and this wont help bring them back the uk theme parks are starting to become a joke stuff it i will stick to going to Oakwood and blackpool to ride there wood coaster AT only got one good ride and thats nemesis season pass for Europa park it is then next year

  6. Nick says:

    Least we forget the closure of flume, ripsaw, hex etc etc