Alton Towers offers place on 2013 ride ‘design council’

Alton Towers has launched a competition in which one person will win a place on its ‘design council’ for the new rollercoaster planned for 2013.

Dubbed Secret Weapon Seven (SW7), the ride will be the first of its kind in the world and the park is offering the chance to effectively be a consultant in part of the ride’s development.

Terms and conditions for the competition state: “Prize includes involvement to be arranged by the promoter including discussions, focus groups and other activities deemed necessary by the promoter.”

Specifics regarding the actual depth of involvement are not clear, but it would appear that some level of consultancy is being offered.

Entry is via, with applicants needing to be aged 18 years or older.

The competition launched at 2200 on Tuesday, and closes on 31 August.

‘All Time Greats’ poll

Alton Towers has simultaneously launched a vote on its greatest ride, with options of Nemesis, Oblivion, Air, Rita and Thirteen.

The scheme coincides with the launch of a new television commercial featuring footage of all five of the rollercoasters’ original TV adverts.

A promotional video featuring former Member of Parliament Neil Hamilton and his wife Christine also features on the park’s website.

One vote per hour can be recorded on, with each vote also acting as an entry into a daily prize draw for hotel stays at the park.