Alton Towers has announced the latest in a series of cost-cutting moves, this time introducing later opening times for some of its most popular attractions.
Towers Times reports that the park will open a number of rides at 11am, an hour after its gates open. The affected attractions will be the Air and Thirteen roller coasters, The Flume, Battle Galleons, Congo River Rapids, Skyride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Driving School. The delayed opening times will apply from Monday, June 18, 2012.
The reduced hours for Air and Thirteen, the latter of which only opened in 2010, are likely to prove particularly controversial with fans of Alton Towers. The coasters that sit alongside them, Nemesis and Rita, will continue to open at the same time as the park itself.
Alton Towers has made a number of cutbacks in recent months, although many of these have subsequently been reversed following complaints from fans. This included a decision to close the Skyride on all but the busiest days. While this was later dropped, the Skyride is also affected by the latest money-saving move.