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Alton Towers reopening with 80s-style, retro pop-up rides

Alton Towers is reopening with three retro pop-up rides – Mixtape, Roller Disco and Funk’n’Fly – on April 12 and has shared a video of the ‘Retro Squad‘.

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The 80s-themed rides are known as the ‘Retro Squad’, with guests able to bounce, slide and fly on the temporary additions to Alton Towers Resort.

Mixtape, Roller Disco and Funk’n’Fly are all fairground-inspired attractions rather than the usual roller coasters found at Alton Towers.

Roller Disco can be found in the Dark Forest and is a “totally rad” spinning ride, while Mixtape is a bouncy offering offering “major retrotastic laughs” in X-Sector. Finally, Funk’n’Fly takes guests on a “thrillingly funktastic flight” in the Forbidden Valley.

To celebrate the retro attractions, Alton Towers released an 80s-style animated video detailing how the rides ‘arrived’ at the resort in Staffordshire.

Ride the ‘Retro Squad’

Alton Towers recently unveiled first-look images of Gangsta Granny: The Ride, which is opening as part of The World of David Walliams on May 17.

“The latest images really showcase the amazing production behind the ride and it’s a real delight to see my characters brought to life,” said David Walliams.

The World of David Walliams includes more attractions, such as Raj’s Shop, the Royal Carousel and Raj’s Bouncy Bottom Burp. Gangsta Granny-themed rooms are also launching at the Alton Towers Hotel.

Additionally, Alton Towers recently unveiled a chocolate factory-themed suite at the Alton Towers Hotel, painted in Cadbury purple with hidden chocolate bars.

Alton Towers reopens April 12

“We were really excited to partner with Cadbury to create our new chocolate room,” said Janet Gurr, hotels and accommodation development director at Alton Towers.

“After a fun-filled day of thrilling world-class roller coasters and splashtastic water rides, families can continue the magic in the chocolate factory themed suite and hunt for the hidden chocolate bars.

“We pride ourselves on creating thrilling, memorable and innovative experiences and we’re sure our guests will love the latest addition in our portfolio of unique themed suites.”

Alton Towers reopens in the UK on April 12. The Alton Towers Hotel and Alton Towers Waterpark will remain closed through May 17.

Images: Alton Towers

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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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