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Alton Towers has added the Sonic Spinball rollercoaster to the list of attractions that will be open during its Early Ride Time hour for the rest of the 2010 season.

Early Ride Time operates during the park's summer season, which falls between March 20 and October 15 this year. On those days, qualifying guests can enter the park at 9am - an hour before its official opening time. To be eligible for Early Ride Time, guests must either pre-book their tickets through the Alton Towers website, hold an Alton Towers or Merlin Annual Pass, or stay at one of the resort's hotels.

The only change to the previously announced Early Ride Time line-up for 2010 is the addition of the newly-rethemed Sonic Spinball. The full line-up is as below:

  • Sonic Spinball
  • Oblivion
  • Nemesis
  • Marauder's Mayhem
  • Heave Ho!
  • Runaway Mine Train
  • Hex
  • Sharkbait Reef by SEA LIFE

Sonic Spinball often attracts large queues due to its proximity to the park's entrance and relatively low capacity. Riding the during coaster during Early Ride Time presents guests with an opportunity to save waiting time, and may also contribute to reducing demand later in the day.

Notable absentees from the Early Ride Time list include new rollercoaster Thirteen and nearby Rita, which will continue to open at 10am with the rest of Alton Towers' attractions.

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