Although John Broome is well known for opening Alton Towers as a theme park in 1980, his association with the park dates back to 1973 when he became a concessionaire of one of the ride franchises on the fairground.
At Alton Towers, the Wicker Man effigy that gives the ride its name is 57ft tall
At Alton Towers, there are 700 targets to shoot at in Duel, 50 of these are the higher scoring yellow targets
Alton Towers and Blackpool Pleasure Beach both opened skate parks in 1978, however both were short lived as the skateboarding craze came and went relatively quickly
Each of the three trains on Wicker Man at Alton Towers cost a staggering £450,000
If you ride the Battle Galleons at Alton Towers, don’t panic – that’s not lake water that people are squirting at you. Each boat has an onboard tank full of clean water that is used in the battle!
Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Alton Towers both opened Zierer ‘4 Man Bob’ coasters in 1984 and 1985 respectively. Alton Towers used the production name for their ride, the Pleasure Beach ride was located in the dark and was named Space…
1994 was dubbed ‘The Year of the Roller Coaster’ with the opening of Nemesis at Alton Towers, Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Shockwave at Drayton Manor.
Splash Landings Hotel at Alton Towers was originally going to be named Calypso Springs but it was changed prior to opening due to a trademark claim.
The cast from the hit 90s ITV show Gladiators were involved with three ride openings. Nemesis at Alton Towers, Skytrak at Granada Studios and Iron Wolf at American Adventure.