Alton Towers, located in Staffordshire (UK), officially announced today on its facebook page, that they have had to make the difficult decision to postpone their new attraction, Gangsta Granny: The Ride, that headlines 'The World Of David Walliams', which was planned to open in March at the start of the 2020 season.
Gangsta Granny: The Ride, was supposed to be the new 4D Dark Ride for 2020, sitting centre stage in a new area of the theme park, formerly known as Cloud Cuckoo Land, which has been transformed into 'The World of David Walliams'. The new headliner attraction, Gangsta Granny: The Ride is housed in the former Wobble World building which was last used as the House of Monsters scare attraction during Scarefest in 2018.
The announcement simply says that they are "hugely disappointed, as we know many of you will be. So much hard work has gone into the design and build of what promises to be a brilliant, unique ride experience." They end by saying "We look forward to launching Gangsta Granny: The Ride and the other attractions in the brand-new area inspired by The World of David Walliams next year with all the fanfare they deserve."
The 'other attractions', that Alton Towers mentions in the official announcement, refer to a number of the existing rides in the area which have had a full make over to successfully submerse them in the theming of the new world. The Gallopers will become the Royal Carousel and the current Frog Hopper will be re-imagined as Raj's Bottom Burp which I can see will be a favourite amongst children, (and although many may not admit it) and parents alike. Finally, the Wobble World Cafe will become Raj's shop where bargains are promised to be found.
Gangsta Granny: The ride is the first of David Walliams' books to be made into a ride at Alton Towers. The attraction is promised to be packed full of special effects with twists and turns a plenty, as you set off in your royal carriage with Granny and Ben to the Tower of London to embark on a journey to try and pull off the greatest jewel heist in history. Guests will board moving cars which look to carry up to 8 passengers (2 rows of 4) and will travel along the track encountering 360 degree turns as well as amazing sights and smells to submerge you fully in the story.
2020 is Alton Towers 40th year and there was a very exciting line up of celebration events planned to take place throughout the year, to be kicked off with the opening of 'The World Of David Walliams'. We will have to wait and see if any of these special events planned for this season will actually be able to come to fruition?
News that 'Gangsta Granny: The Ride' and the New World of David Walliams has been officially postponed has received a mixed response on Facebook, with many fans agreeing that it is the right decision due to the current COVID-19 situation and some with the opinion that things won't be any different next year. Whatever your thoughts on this, there is something promised to be very special to look forward to for all Alton Towers fans in Spring 2021. Theme Park Tourist will be there to review its opening day, whenever that may be.
Earlier this week Alton Towers Announced The Guidelines That Guests Should Expect To Follow When They Reopen, with Alton Towers Health, Safety and Security Director, Jonathan Ellis outlining in detail the new safety measures that are currently planned to be implemented.
We are still waiting to hear official news as to when Alton Towers will actually reopen it's gates to welcome guests again as well as when Merlin's other UK theme parks, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures and LEGOLAND Windsor will reopen.
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