Information! The toadstool has twirled for the final time. The park originally stated the ride's closure was due to refurbishment as part of the TLC project but Twirling Toadstool has since been removed from the official website and is not now expected to reopen.
Putting the fun into fungus is no mean feat, but the Twirling Toadstool does it with mushroom to spare! When entering Cloud Cuckoo Land it is impossible to miss the giant red and white canopy of the stylised mushroom sitting at the top of the area.
Chairswings have graced fairgrounds across the world for over 100 years but the Alton Towers' own unique take sees this classic ride transformed to fit in the whimsical world it inhabits. With nothing more than chains and lap bar to secure you, the Twirling Toadstool offers mild thrills that are perfect for all the family whilst offer spectacular views across Cloud Cuckoo Land.
The ride originally opened in 1984 within Festival Park (now Dark Forest) as the Wave Swinger alongside other classics including Corkscrew and Enterprise. At this time the ride had no real theme, and looked like a standard Wave Swinger attraction with its fine, traditional paintings.
In 1999 however, Festival Park was rethemed to Ug Land and to fit in with this new land the Wave Swinger received a prehistoric facelift, taking on a new colour scheme and was renamed "Ug Swinger". The new look gave the old ride a new lease of life, including a re-imagined frieze which depicted a running T Rex when the ride was in motion.
Later, the Ug Swinger was one of the rides that survived the arrival of the Thunder Rock Rally in Ug Land in 2005, though the ride direction was reversed and it was slightly relocated to accommodate the first helix of Rita - Queen Of Speed. The supports of the new coaster also added new thrills to the Ug Swinger by adding a "near miss" element the ride had not previously had.
As Ug Land's time in the park came to an end, the Ug Swinger left the area in 2009, when the ride was relocated to Cloud Cuckoo Land to be transformed into the Twirling Toadstool.