Alton Towers partially reverses operational cuts

Congo River Rapids at Alton Towers

Alton Towers has partially scaled back operational cuts revealed earlier this week, following a strong public backlash.

The Gloomy Wood and Forbidden Valley areas will no open at 11:00 this season, an hour earlier than the midday opening announced earlier this week.

The Sky Ride cable car will also open at 11:00, earlier than the 11:30 stated on Monday.

Following this week’s earlier announcement, there was a strong public backlash on social media.

The Congo River Rapids water ride was announced as opening between 26 May and 4 September only in 2018.

References to this curtailment have now been removed from the Alton Towers website, with a statement saying “all rides and attractions” will be open by 11:00 “at the latest every day”.

Announced changes to Early Ride Time, which see the benefit removed from those booking online in advance (but not from hotel guests and Merlin Annual Pass holders), remain unchanged.