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Alton Towers Resort
Slogan Escape to the Alton Towers Resort
Location Alton, Staffordshire, England
Coordinates 52°59′15″N 1°53′27″W / 52.9875°N 1.89083°W / 52.9875; -1.89083Coordinates: 52°59′15″N 1°53′27″W / 52.9875°N 1.89083°W / 52.9875; -1.89083
Owner Merlin Entertainments Group
Operated by Alton Towers Resort Operations Ltd.
General manager Ian Crabbe
(Divisional Director)
Opened 13 April 1860 (1860-04-13) (as country estate)
4 April 1980 (1980-04-04) (as theme park)
Previous names Alton Towers
Alton Abbey
Operating season Theme Park
Main season: mid March–early November
Santas Sleepovers: Late November-Early January
Alton Towers Hotel
Year-round
Splash Landings Hotel
May - October (2017)
Enchanted Village
Year-round
CBeebies Land Hotel
Year-round
Alton Towers Waterpark
Year-round
Alton Towers Hotel Spa
Year-round
Conference Centre
Year-round
Enchanted Forest Tree Top Quest
February–November (2017)
Extraordinary Golf
Year-round
Visitors per annum Increase 1.980 million (2016)
Area 910 acres (370 ha) (total combined resort area)
Attractions
Total 37
Roller coasters 10
Water rides 2
Website www.altontowers.com

Alton Towers is a theme park in Staffordshire, England. It is near the town Alton.

It has seven large roller coasters and three smaller roller coasters.

Theme: Escapism or escaping normal life

Roller coasters

  • Galactica - riders fly under the track. First flying roller coaster built by Bolliger & Mabillard.
  • Nemesis - riders sit under the track.
  • Oblivion - first vertical drop roller coaster [ 87 degrees drop ]
  • Rita - 61 mph launched roller coaster.
  • The Smiler - first roller coaster that turns riders upside down 14 times.
  • Thirteen - riders travel forwards and backwards., and also has the first free fall drop.
  • Wickerman - wooden roller coaster with fire effects.

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