Alton Towers promise ‘out of this world’ year for 2016

The Staffordshire based resort have confirmed several major happenings taking place across the theme park next year.

Alongside the heavily rumoured virtual reality makeover for Air, the park officially confirmed their ‘very unique restaurant’ publicly for the first time, believed to be the Food Loop conversion of the current Air retail unit.

Other additions listed on the resort’s blog for next year include a new coffee shop and entertainment, with little details surrounding these two elements revealed.

Most notably is the resort’s dedication to sprucing up its general appearance. Under a programme named ‘Towers Loving Care’, the resort have promised the repaving of many pathways, improved signage and total redesigns of current rides and attractions.

TLC: The official logo for the improvement scheme
TLC: The official logo for the improvement scheme
Despite the forecast of new improvements set to take place across the theme park, the financial aftermath from The Smiler accident has taken its toll on the resort.

The February Half Term event has been abolished from the 2016 calendar completely, with popularity having dwindled over previous years and many fans of the park noting the lack of atmosphere. Instead, family based events will take place in the resort hotels.

The theme park will open for the 2016 season on Saturday 19 March, running through to Sunday 6 November. Unlike previous years however, the park will close on selected Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the season:

Subject to change: The Alton Towers Resort theme park operating dates for 2016.
Subject to change: The Alton Towers Resort theme park operating dates for 2016.
Scarefest will return in October after a radical change of maze line-up this season, appearing in a different format this year. Traditionally, the Halloween event commences on the third weekend of the month. For 2016 however, the event will take place over a series of weekends earlier in the month. 

Scarefest will begin on Saturday 8 October through Sunday 9 October, before returning the following weekend on Saturday 14 October and Sunday 15 October. The Halloween event will then run continuously from Friday 21 October until Monday 31 October – a total of 15 days.
Another change occurring to the 2016 schedule is the Fireworks display, shortened to two days as opposed to the traditional three. In previous years, the Fireworks event has begun on the last Friday of the season, running through to the Sunday. 

This year however, Alton Towers have confirmed their Fireworks display will only be shown for two days, taking place on  Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November.
The Smiler will also reopen alongside the theme park in 2016 after the accident on June 2.