The 1992 season was a turning point for Alton Towers and represented the first real creative foray of the The Tussauds Group since they acquired the park. Under the direction of John Wardley, the park offered two brand new attractions for the new season, the Runaway Mine Train, an embellishment of a previous concept introduced at Chessington in 1987 and The Haunted House, a dark ride of epic proportions.
Both utilised ride systems manufactured by the German company Mack with theming provided by a number of vendors, including Sparks Creative.
The two epic projects provided the park with much needed capacity and laid the groundwork for a decade of changes that would transform Alton Towers. Additionally, there was another purpose, the huge efforts represented an opportunity to demonstrate to local planners, that they were able to develop the site within the confines of the tight restrictions that the park’s location demands.