Alton Towers is launching three new 80s-themed rides and they open next week

Alton Towers is set to serve up a major dose of 80s nostalgia when it reopens next week with THREE brand new rides for the summer season.

Nicknamed the ‘Retro Squad’, there are three new rides – Roller Disco, Mixtape and Funk’n’Fly – but rather than being rollercoasters, they look more like the rides you’d find in a fairground.

On Roller Disco, riders will get to slide and swirl while being spun at high speeds, while Mixtape will see guests harnessed in as they’re bounced up and down on the ride.

As for Funk’n’Fly, this will be a flight-style ride where guests will be taken on a ‘funktastic’ journey.

A rendering of the Mixtape ride at Alton Towers
Mixtape

To celebrate the launch of the new rides Alton Towers released an 80s-style animated video (fans of the theme park may also recognise the song playing in the background, a synthesized version of Hall of the Mountain King which plays throughout the theme park).

All three rides will be included in the price of admission to the resort.

A rendering of the pop-up Funk’n’Fly ride at Alton Towers
Funk’n’Fly

They won’t be the only new additions at the theme park this summer. The resort is also due to open brand new land The World of David Walliams complete with a brand new Gangsta Granny ride, a Royal Carousel, Raj’s Bouncy Bottom Burp and Raj’s Shop.

In fact, it’s one of our top picks of the best new theme park rides and lands opening in 2021, alongside new lands in the likes of Legoland and Paultons Park.

A rendering of the new Roller Disco at Alton Towers
Roller Disco

The theme park will reopen from April 12 in line with Step 2 of England’s lockdown roadmap, alongside some of the resort’s self-contained accommodation.

The Alton Towers Hotel, waterpark and spa will all remain closed until May 17, the next step in the roadmap plans.

When the hotel does reopen, there will be some fun new suites on offer for guests.

Alton Towers theme park entrance
Alton Towers theme park entrance

For a start there will be four new Gangsta Granny themed rooms to fit in with the new land and ride, decked out in London skyline artwork and other nods to the beloved book.

However for those with a sweet tooth, the hotel’s brand new Cadbury suite is sure to be a hit. Not only is the entire suite designed to look like a chocolate factory, but there are chocolates hidden throughout the room for visitors to discover, as well as clues that can help you unlock the in-room safe filled with some more goodies!

What do you think of the three 80s-themed rides? Let us know in the comments below.




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