Alton Towers to relaunch Air ride as Galactica


Alton Towers has confirmed that the Air rollercoaster is to be relaunched with virtual reality technology, under the name of Galactica.

Based on a theme of outer space, the attraction was announced at the Science Museum in London this morning.

The Bolliger & Mallibard flying-type rollercoaster, which originally opened at Alton Towers in 2002, will reopen in its new form at a currently unspecified date in April.

It was described by the park as “the world’s first rollercoaster fully dedicated to virtual reality”.

Riders will be able to ride without wearing the virtual reality headsets if they so wished.

The ride’s launch will be accompanied by a new ‘Rollercoaster Restaurant’, which will see diners have their meals delivered to their tables via miniature rollercoaster.

The venue replaces the former Air shop, through which riders exited until the end of last season.