Project Horizon: Alton Towers consults on ‘attraction’

Alton Towers

Alton Towers held a public consultation on Friday where it outlined more details on a proposed ‘indoor attraction’.

Now dubbed ‘Project Horizon’ by planners, the indoor attraction would be housed within a 71 x 46-metre (233 x 151-foot) building.

A 40 x 10-metre (131 x 33-foot) extension will also feature to house queuing guests, which is likely to include pre-show elements.

While the building height is not yet clear, the proposed area would be similar to that of the main facade-fronted section of Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Valhalla dark ride.

Questionnaires handed out at Friday’s consultation contained a number of leading questions aimed at documenting public support.

Approximate location of the site suggested
Approximate location of the new building, situated to the West of the Alton Towers Dungeon

The form described how the building would be “darker coloured” in order to “minimise visibility” from outside of the park’s boundaries.

A planning application has been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, with documents expected to be visible online next week.

The proposed location of the attraction is stated as being the site of the former Alton Mouse rollercoaster, which closed in 1991.

It would lie to the west of the Alton Towers Dungeon, an area colloquially referred to as ‘Coaster Corner’.

The enclosed nature of the ride is likely to mean that minimal details of the engineering design will be released prior to its eventual opening.