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Alton Towers shares exclusive video of Gangsta Granny: The Ride

Alton Towers Resort has shared exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Gangsta Granny: The Ride, which is scheduled to launch in 2021.

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Gangsta Granny: The Ride brings to life the popular children’s novel by David Walliams. Alton Towers previously postponed the opening until spring 2021 due to COVID-19.

In the footage, Merlin creative lead John Burton takes viewers on a tour of the ride’s construction work, also revealing what visitors can expect when they join the main characters to steal the Crown Jewels.

The tour unveils the dark ride’s state-of-the-art special effects and cutting-edge animation. It also includes an interview with Walliams, who has provided voiceovers for characters of Gangsta Granny.

Gangsta Granny tour

“What I really wanted was the ride to be truthful to the book and the characters,” said Walliams. “I’m thrilled there’s going to be a Gangsta Granny ride at Alton Towers.

“I never thought that would happen. I didn’t sit down writing the book and think one day it would be a ride,” added Walliams. “I can’t reveal it all yet, but all will be revealed very soon.”

Gangsta Granny riders will board a Royal Carriage before taking a tour of the Crown Jewels. They soon find themselves in the middle of Ben and Granny’s adventure, descending into the sewers and through the streets of London.

The ride will twist and spin passengers 360 degrees through various scenes. They will see, feel, hear and smell elements of the story. Gangsta Granny features 3D projection-mapping and animation inspired by the artwork of Tony Ross.

David Walliams voiceover

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In addition, The World of David Walliams is a new area heading to Alton Towers. It will include Raj’s Shop, the Royal Carousel, and Raj’s Bouncy Bottom Burp.

Elsewhere, Merlin has partnered with Hasbro to open the world’s first stand-alone Peppa Pig Theme Park at Legoland Florida Resort in 2022.

The Peppa Pig Theme Park will be the ultimate attraction for children. It will house various rides, interactive attractions, themed playscapes and water play areas.

Images: Merlin Entertainments

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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