Alton Towers has revealed its terrifying new attraction set to give visitors to the theme park a fright this year.
‘The Curse At Alton Manor’ will be the resort’s ‘most immersive dark ride to date’ when it opens at some point in spring this year.
And Alton Towers today revealed the first spine-tingling glimpse of the new haunted house, as excitement over the park’s latest addition ramps up on social media.
In a single image, a terrified family can be seen sat in a small vehicle heading towards the entrance of the creepy manor, with a young child covering her eyes as haunting clowns and dolls rise from the mist.
The spooktastic new ride will be opening in spring – with park bosses promising it will feature ‘special effects and visuals that have never been seen before from a UK theme park’
Park bosses have yet to confirm the exact opening date or theme of the ride, but have promised it will include ‘the backstory of the Manor’s sinister past’.
Those seeking to brave the attraction will be treated with ‘special effects and visuals that have never been seen before from a UK theme park’, Alton Towers added.
A notice on Staffordshire-based resort’s website adds: ‘The Curse at Alton Manor. A haunting dark ride, taking you on a hair-raising journey through the spectacular twist and turns of the cursed Manor.
‘Coming, ready or not! The abandoned Alton Manor, repossessed under mysterious circumstances, will be inviting you inside. Have your wits about you as you ride deeper into the historic Manor.’
The announcement of the new addition to Alton Towers has fuelled a wave of excitement on social media, with thrill-seekers admitting they ‘can’t wait’ to get on it.
News of the new attraction at Alton Town triggered a wave of excitement on social media
‘Incredible news to wake up to.. can’t wait to get in the haunted house in its freshened up form,’ tweeted one person.
Another said: ‘This looks amazing,’ while excited Harry Prideaux tweeted: ‘The original Haunted House was my favorite ride in the park along with Nemesis, so I’m chuffed to bits with this revamp!’
And to tease the opening, the park has been sending out spooky gifts to some people, which included a jack-in-the-box which pops open to reveal a ghostly-looking doll’s head – accompanied by an eerie note saying: ‘The countdown has begun.’
‘Just received this in the post from the good people at @altontowers… should I be worried? #TheCurse,’ said Richard Ault.
Video footage of the chilling gift shocked some on social media, with one man tweeting: ‘I’d burn it just to be sure it doesnt turn up on my pillow through the night. Thats terrifying.’
Explaining the new ride, Kate McBirnie, head of product excellence at Alton Towers Resort, said: ‘Let the countdown begin! The Curse at Alton Manor is no ordinary dark ride.
‘It has all the components of a supernatural tale – it’s dark, compelling and promises something thrilling and scary moments along the way. Fans of eerie rides will certainly appreciate this one.
‘More details on The Curse at Alton Manor will be revealed next month, so stay tuned for what’s to come.’
Alton Towers is expected to reveal more details about its new attraction soon. Pictured is the entrance to the resort
The Curse At Alton Manor will replace Duel, the popular ghost house that was closed last year. Pictured is the attraction’s frontage
The ride originally opened as The Haunted House in 1992 before being rebranded Duel in 2003. But it shut under mysterious circumstances in September 2022 with cryptic signs on the attraction saying it had been ‘repossessed… due to unnatural displays in the area’
The Curse At Alton Manor will replace Duel, which closed abruptly to the public in 2022 under mysterious circumstances.
First opening in 1992 as The Haunted House, it used to be Europe’s largest ghost train.
By 2003, the attraction had been overhauled and rebranded as ‘Duel’, which featured laser guns, a new soundtrack and a zombie theme.
But in August, the park started to give hints that the popular family ride would soon be closing up shop, with a sign reportedly saying: ’06 + 09 = The Duel is over. This is my house.’
Later, a statement on the ride’s official section on Alton Towers’ website read: ‘Property repossessed. Strictly no unwanted visitors. Due to unnatural displays in the area.’
It’s believed the Curse At Alton Manor is the latest iteration of the ghost train’s 31-year history at the theme park.
As well as closing Duel, Alton Towers also shut its iconic rollercoaster Nemesis in November.
With its 104ft-high drop and speeds hitting 50mph, the ride has been one of the most popular at the resort for years – having clinched the crown as Europe’s first inverted rollercoaster.
The alien-themed rollercoaster cost £10 million when it first opened to punters in 1994. It features a series of four hair-raising inversions, with riders experiencing up to 3.5Gs of force.
It is now undergoing a major revamp, with plans to reopen in 2024 – although Alton Towers haven’t confirmed an exact date yet.