Alton Towers was forced to evacuate all of its rides on Tuesday (April 13) after an hour-long power cut hit the resort.
Riders were evacuated from the park's 50 rides and attractions after the power cut, which also affected over 900 nearby homes as well as neighbouring farms. Power was restored by Central Networks within an hour, allowing the rides to reopen. Alton Towers extended its opening hours for the day by one hour to 6.30pm to compensate guests.
The theme park itself did not actually suffer a loss of power, with only the resort's hotels being plunged into darkness. However, standard operating procedure dictates that all of the rides are evacuated in the event of any power loss. No riders were injured during the evacuation process.
Alton Towers, which is located in rural Staffordshire, has been affected by power outages on several occasions in the past. Previous incidents, such as the loss of power in April last year, have also seen the park extend its opening hours to ensure that guests don't miss out on riding time.