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Alton Towers cancels Thirteen preview weekend

Alton Towers has cancelled the preview weekend for its Thirteen rollercoaster, sparking fears that the ride may not be ready for the opening day of the park's season on March 20.

The park has contacted guests with bookings for the preview weekend to offer them a full refund. In addition, the

Fireworks set to return at Alton Towers for 2010?

Visitors to Alton Towers' half-term event have reported that the park is promoting the return of its popular fireworks event for 2010.

Posters to the Towers Times forums claim that the recorded audio on the park's monorail is trumpeting "the return of our spectacular fireworks". No fireworks

Video, images released of Thirteen test run at Alton Towers

New footage has been released online showing Alton Towers' highly-anticipated Thirteen rollercoaster undergoing testing prior to its March opening.

The video, along with several new images of the ride in action, was posted to the ride's official blog and is embedded below. It reveals few new

Sonic Spinball to open at Alton Towers this weekend

The first riders will experience the newly-rethemed Sonic Spinball rollercoaster at Alton Towers this weekend, as the park begins its half-term opening period.

The event precedes the official start of the 2010 season, with the park open daily from 10am to 4pm for the week of February 13-21. The

Thirteen train images, video offer clues to plot of new Alton Towers coaster

The trains for Alton Tower's upcoming Thirteen rollercoaster have been revealed in images and video released on the ride's official blog.

The train is shown in promotional materials for the park's Ultimate Fan contest, the winner of which will be among the first riders on Thirteen. Although the

Retheming of Rita underway at Alton Towers

Alton Towers has begun updating its Rita: Queen of Speed rollercoaster to ensure that it fits with the "Dark Forest" theme of Thirteen, which will open in March.

New pictures released on Alton Towers' Flickr site suggest that much of Rita's original "race track" theming will remain, but that it

Alton Towers confirms Early Ride Time attractions for 2010 season

Alton Towers has confirmed the line-up of attractions that will be open during its Early Ride Time hour during 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

Sonic Spinball name confirmed as Sega signs deal with Alton Towers

Sega has signed a three-year deal with Alton Towers that will see the Spinball Whizzer rollercoaster renamed as Sonic Spinball.

The deal gives Sega "exclusive videogame rights" at the resort. As TPT reported earlier this month, Spinball Whizzer will be re-themed around Sega's famous Sonic the

Sonic the Hedgehog coming to Alton Towers in 2010

The Spinball Whizzer rollercoaster at Alton Towers is to be re-themed around Sega's famous Sonic the Hedgehog character for the 2010 season.

Towers Times broke the news, which was revealed in information packs in hotels at the resort. Promotional pictures of the ride show a Spinball Whizzer car

Water park hours cut at Alton Towers for 2010

Alton Towers has made swinging cuts to the opening hours of its Water Park for the 2010 season.

Towers Times reports that the park, attached to the Splash Landings hotel, will now open for up to 15 hours less per week during the bulk of the main theme park season (March - October).

The new

Alton Towers plans Corkscrew tribute

Alton Towers has submitted plans to install the loops from its famous Corkscrew rollercoaster as a feature of the park's entrance plaza.

The park's application can be viewed through the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's website. Drawings submitted with the plans show that the coaster's

Alton Towers reveals new coaster name as Thirteen, claims "scariest in UK"

Alton Towers has revealed the name of its new rollercoaster as Thirteen, claiming that it will be the "scariest ride in the UK".

The announcement ends months of speculation around the name for the £15 million ride, which has previously only been known by codename "Secret Weapon 6". The park

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