Alton Towers to open attraction and stargazing accommodation

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Alton Towers theme park have provided a sneak preview of the new Alton Towers Dungeon and Stargazing Pods which will be open to the public as of March 29th, 2019.

Three key characters from the Alton Towers Dungeon have been introduced- including The Judge, The Gatekeeper and The Torturer. There is also a spooky entrance where guests will take before experiencing five shows based on the UK’s most contentious deviants.

A release from the attraction states that visitors will be “screaming with laughter” while being sentenced by the Bishop of Strafford, enduring the plague, surviving The Torturer as well as visiting the Witch of Burslem’s haunted cottage.

The experience will last 45 minutes, and this will include a scary boat ride, with recommended age for guests 10 years and over and five actor-led shows.

The attraction began being built in September of 2018 and was completed in just 6 months.

Twenty-three actors have been employed to work in the dungeon and have undertaken 240 hours of training each.

The Stargazing Pods will open ahead of the Easter holidays, which will offer families a chance to spend more time outdoors and experience an exclusive overnight stay on the doorstep of the theme park.

The camping-style pods are minimally furnished and sleep up to four people. Families, couples and group of friends are now able to enjoy the outdoor adventure in the Staffordshire countryside sleeping just moments away from their favourite rides and attractions.

The camp will consist of 102 pods which will be situated next to the Enchanted Village at the South East corner of the Resort. Each pod will include one double bed and two single beds. They will also include heating, charging points and Wi-Fi as well as under-bed storage and a small terrace. The pods are located around “the green” where children can play or use the telescopes to educate themselves about the night sky. The public block offers toilets, accessible showers and baby changing facilities.

The Stargazing Pods will be available to book for Spring and Summer. The pods will be open as of 12th April for 149 days through-out peak Summer and school holiday periods.

Each pod takes around a day to build and weighs one tonne each. More than 250 people have worked on the project, with the first pods arriving on site in October 2018. The final pods were placed at the attraction in February 2019 ahead of the opening.

Whilst launching the Pods, Divisional Director of Alton Towers Resort, Ian Crabbe explained:

“More and more families are looking for affordable UK short-breaks where they can spend quality time together, try new things and enjoy their favourite destinations”.

“Alton Towers Stargazing Pods offer a truly unique experience: the chance to spend the night under the stars in our beautiful countryside setting and enjoy all that Alton Towers Resort has to offer”.

The Stargazing Pods connect with four other hotels at Alton Towers, this includes the world’s only CBeebies Land which opened in July 2017. These pods offer a more affordable way to stay at Alton Towers Resort as they are priced from just £88 per night off-peak and £123 in peak season. Guests that decide to stay overnight can get early entry to the theme park and enjoy the restaurants and entertainment across the whole of the theme park.