By Michael Mander
[notice] This is a developing story, and so some information may be inaccurate. Alton Towers have declined to comment, so all information is based on guest reports. [/notice]

Alton Towers suffered a power cut on 19th October, affecting much of the park.

Rides and mazes were unavailable during the power cut, which we believe lasted over an hour.

Twitter users complained of a lack of information and large queues, but Alton Towers are yet to comment.

The TH13TEEN queue line was evacuated, and The Smiler was closed until power was restored. All mazes stopped operating.

Areas around the Towers and Katanga Canyon were the first to restore power, with the rest of the park following. All power was restored by 6pm.

As far as we are aware, no one was stuck on any rides for prolonged periods of time.

The power cut has occurred on the first day of Scarefest, and will be an early blow to the park.

The screens in Burger King rebooting. (image source: Towers Nerd)

The Smiler closed (Image source: Towers Nerd)


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Michael Mander

I mainly cover Thorpe Park, Alton Towers, Adventure Island, Paramount London and other attractions in the south of England. Contact me at:


Amanda · 20th October 2013 at 3:20 pm

Guest services were a joke. No form of compensation offered for a theme park with no rides operating. Had been waiting in the queue for 13 for an hour and a half when they shut it!

Ruairidh · 20th October 2013 at 6:23 pm

we were on 13 when the power cut. had to be walked down from half way up with safety harnesses

Jen · 20th October 2013 at 8:22 pm

Was stuck on the smiler after waiting over 3 hours to get on it

Extreme lols · 16th December 2013 at 9:54 am

An interesting take by Thorpe Park there..

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