The Enterprise flat ride at Alton Towers, which has been out of action for some weeks, has finally returned to operations.
The ride underwent a major renovation during the off-season, but this hasn't prevented it from suffering from a lengthy period of downtime. Its reopening will add much needed capacity to the X-Sector area, which hosts the new The Smiler roller coaster. This has been attracting lengthy queues ever since its debut in late May.
A classic Huss Enterprise attraction, the Alton Towers version is identical to those seen in other theme parks and travelling funfairs all over the world.
Enterprise is one of Alton Towers' oldest attractions, having made its debut in the Festival Park area in 1984. It was relocated in 1998 to become part of the new X-Sector area alongside the Oblivion rollercoaster.
Riders are seated in pods hanging from a wheel, which starts in a horizontal position. Initially, it spins close to the ground, causing riders' pods to swing outwards. It is then raised to a vertical position, with the forces generated pinning riders into their seats as they travel upside down before the wheel is gradually lowered back to a horizontal position.