Alton Towers moves opening time to 10:30

Alton Towers has moved its daily opening time back by 30 minutes, with the park now fully opening at 10:30 each day.

Off-peak weekdays will see the park close at 16:30, with the peak summer holiday period seeing 18:00 closures.

The extensive midweek closures, introduced last year as cost saving measures following the Smiler accident, have largely been reverted.

The theme park will however be closed on selected Wednesdays during off-peak periods.

It will also remain closed between 1 and 3 November, the three weekdays prior to the closing fireworks weekend.

The ‘early ride time’ (ERT) period will still feature one hour prior to opening, beginning at 09:30 each day outside of the fireworks and Halloween Scarefest periods.

Alton Towers has not yet confirmed the ERT ride lineup for the 2017 season, which begins on 25 March.

It is also not yet clear which rides will operate during the year, with the Hex, Nemesis Sub-Terra and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory dark rides having remained closed throughout 2016.

The park’s entry price has risen by £1.20 to £52.80 for 2017.