In October 2019 the park announced that long-rumoured The World of David Walliams would be opening in 2020, as a replacement for Cloud Cuckoo Land. A pandemic wave or two might have meant some delays but the new area is now due to open on May 17th 2021.
The headliner for The World of David Walliams is Gangsta Granny: The Ride, a brand new tracked dark ride, taking over the former Wobble World/House of Monsters building. The Gallopers and Frog Hopper will also be part of the new area, becoming the Royal Carousel and Raj’s Bouncy Bottom Burp.
During its first season The World of David Walliams will also be home to Flavio’s Fabulous Fandango,
a temporary Twist ride, which will operate as a pop-up attraction much like the Retro Squad additions.
The new area will not include the 4D Cinema nor the Driving School, though the popular assumption is that these attractions will join the area’s line-up during a future expansion. In the meantime, the driving school will continue to operate as Cuckoo Cars.
For more information checkout our development archive.
The Retro Squad
2021 will see a group of pop-up temporary attractions added to the park to bolster the ride line-up whilst Covid restrictions have left many mainstay attractions either closed or with significantly reduced capacities. The pop-up rides will be located at various points around the park, taking up spots formerly occupied by flat rides that have been removed over the past ten years.
As temporary additions, the rides won’t follow the theme of the areas they are located in. Instead three of the attractions form The Retro Squad, a team of fictional 1980s heroes from out of space. Based loosely on the Transformers, The Retro Squad have travelled from their home planet of Retrograde to bring some much need retro vibes to the park. The Retro Squad are:
- Funk’n’Fly located in Forbidden Valley
- Mixtape located in X-Sector
- Roller Disco located in the Dark Forest.
For more information on The Retro Squad, check out our news article. There is a fourth temporary ride, a Twist in The World of David Walliams, but the park have yet to confirm details of the ride or what theme it will have.
Alton Towers are promising that 2021 will be a year filled with live entertainment, celebrations and festivities. One new event that is already confirmed is Mardi Gras, based on the worldwide carnival phenomenon. The traditional time for Mardi Gras may be February, but Alton Towers have chosen to have their month-long celebration during May and June starting on 22nd.
Oktoberfest will also return for a second season as well as the ever-popular Scarefest. And 2021 will also see the return of the fireworks after their hiatus last season.
Run Alton Towers
Another new event for 2021 is Run Alton Towers in November, a new running event that will allow guests to compete in either a 5k, 10k or half marathon within the park.
What Sites are Available?
There are several sites around the park that are currently available for redevelopment. Here we take a look at some of the sites where we can expect to see new attractions built in the coming years.
The World of David Walliams
Most of the buildings on one side of the area are no longer open to the public from the shuttered 4D Cinema and Toy Shop at one end through to the old Nickelodeon building at the other. We can expect the area to expand over the coming years to incorporate these unused spaces, and not forgetting the Driving School, which is likely to be rethemed in the near future.
2021 has seen the end of The Submission Memorial Garden to make way for Mixtape. However, once the pop-up attraction leaves the former site of Submission, perhaps it will be time for the Ministry of Joy to add a new experiment and bolster the park’s dwindling flat ride line-up.
The Dark Forest is brimming with potential for future development, most notably on the former site of the Ug Swinger, which will be home to Roller Disco during 2021 but will once again become vacant when the pop-up rides depart.
When the area was Festival Park in the 90s, the area around Th13teen’s entrance played host to several other rides, including The Beastie and Enterprise, so there is potential for more then one attraction in this under-used area. Perhaps the park could re-visit plans for the Robo-Arms that were considered as part of the Dark Forest development.
Equally it is worth mentioning that the site that currently houses the Dark Forest Lockers was once site of the Magic Carpet and later The Spider. Whilst the site itself is compact, the queues for these attractions once ran through the neighbouring woodland, with some evidence of the site’s past still visible today.
Funk’n’Fly has arrived in Forbidden Valley the site left vacant by the removal of Ripsaw in 2015 is a prime location for a new headliner for the park’s flat ride line-up. In 20