Alton Towers gives behind the scenes look of new dark ride

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Artwork of Gangsta Granny: The Ride, published by Alton Towers

This spring, the British Alton Towers Theme Park plans to open their newest themed area to public. This area, ‘The World of David Walliams’, contains several rides themed after the children’s books by the author David Walliams. The major ride in the area will be Gangsta Granny: The Ride, a completely new dark ride. Today, the park published a new video in which they give a behind-the-scenes-look of this new ride.

The video shows many shots from inside the new ride, revealing some scenes and showing the construction works in the building. Designer John Burton, Creative Lead of Merlin Magic Making, shows the viewers some of the scenes and explains the story that will be told in the ride. Riders join Gangsta Granny and her grandson Ben as they attempt the greatest heist in the history of the world. While following Granny and Ben, riders face many effects en scenes, as well as some projections showing the main characters of the ride.

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View of the ride in an early construction phase. Still from the video by Alton Towers

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Construction works on one of the scenes. Still from the video by Alton Towers

The video also reveals some of the animation work done to create these projections. The author of the original book, David Walliams, is also featured in the video and is working closely together with the design team to create the ride. “What I really wanted was the ride to be truthful to the book,” as he says. The author also lends his voice for some of the characters in the ride.

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Animating Gangsta Granny and Ben. Still from the video by Alton Towers

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David Walliams lends his voice to some of the characters in the ride. Still from the video by Alton Towers

Gangsta Granny: The Ride is designed by Merlin Magic Making, the division designing and creating new rides for the Merlin Entertainment parks. The ride system is delivered by the English manufacturer Garmendale. The ride was originally set to open in 2020, but due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the opening was postponed to spring 2021.