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2008 News Roundup
With the new year just starting, everybody is eagerly looking forward to the 2008 season at Alton Towers - here's a quick reminder of everything that's going on. Monday 7th January 2008 - Alton Towers' 2008 season kicks off much earlier than normal this year. Half Term Hullabaloo sees the park open between the 9th and 24th February inclusive, offering a host of family friendly fun. Attractions scheduled to be available are:

The Blade
Haunted Hollow
Spinball Whizzer
The Beastie
There's Something in the Dung Heap
Old MacDonald's Tractor Ride
Singing Barn
Riverbank Eye Spy
Squirrel Nutty Ride
Berry Bish Bash
Doodle Doo Derby

Tickets cost £13 for adults and £7 for children. Family tickets are available for £35 when booked in advance. For the latest information, see our Special Events page.

Mutiny Bay, the parks brand new area which will be replacing Merrie England, is steadily taking shape in time for it's grand opening in March. Battle Galleons, the area's main attraction, has seen a lot of work carried out including the construction of a large themed pirate ship. The ride will feature eight galleons which will set sail upon the lake which used to hold the Splash Kart Challenge. Both riders and spectators have the chance to fire their water cannons at each other, with those choosing not to ride being able to view the attraction from a large pirate ship in amongst the action - although this is not yet confirmed.

The Tea Cups have also received some attention as they start to be transformed into Marauders Mayhem. The structure has started to be painted and new bars have been added to the archways to create a prison type effect. The new kids Rock n' Tug ride, named Heave-Ho, is yet to make it's appearance. To view our Mutiny Bay construction archive, click here.

Mutiny Bay isn't the only change for 2008 though, all McDonalds outlets are now being refurbished and it is strongly belived that Burger King will be the replacement. Picsolve also hope to debut their on-ride video system which will offer an alternative to YourDay. The cameras will be mounted to the ride that you are on, resulting in your facial expressions being recorded during the entire ride. This is different to YourDay which mixes stock footage with short clips captured by cameras placed at certain points of the ride. The system will initially be implemented on Oblivion, with a train already kitted out with the required equipment. Oblivion was tested with the new equipment and a sample clip can be found on Picsolve's website.


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