The Alton Towers Dungeon

It’s time for a new season and with that comes a new set of additions to the UK’s theme parks. As a part of this Alton Towers have opened the Alton Towers Dungeon, which is the latest addition to the dungeons chain, which includes Warwick Castle, London, York and Blackpool to name but a few.

The Alton Towers Dungeon sits in the former Charlie and the chocolate factory, which has also housed Toyland Tours, and Around the World in 80 days.

The attraction is a £5 upcharge online or £7.50 on the day, and features your key dungeons scenes, although in a different order to other dungeons attractions.

With the attraction opening into the court scene the attraction starts with a dark tone of hilarity, before heading into the dark depths of the black river. The black river utilises the former boat ride within the building and used many of the same features from Charlie and the chocolate factory, most noticeably the mirrors in the final section of the ride. Despite this the ride features some very unique and dark special effects, by far the most gruesome and terrifying visuals of any Dungeons so far, and certainly sets the tone for many of the scenes ahead.

The former Mike TV section has been transformed into Alton Castle, a new and unique scene to the attraction – and this is where the creativity shines in the dungeons.

After this you have a lot of what feels in many ways like a copy and paste of the “best bits” of existing dungeons with subtle story changes, as per the torturer scene is the same humiliating scene it always has been, and if you wish to ‘pull out the bits’ the plague doctor will help you there. While I won’t name specific scenes now as I don’t wish to spoil the attraction for those who wish to experience it, one of the unique scenes is very similar to the London Dungeon’s barber shop scene with Sweeney Todd, and another scene is reminiscent of Warwick Castle’s finale scene.

What is evident throughout the dungeons is how much detail has been put into the actual scenes themselves, providing immersive settings to back the dark horrible background within. Unfortunately the corridors in between do not have this and instead are pure black corridors with LED lights to point the way.

Overall the attraction is very consistent with the style of the other Dungeons attractions.

The free digital photograph included with the Dungeon is a very nice touch and a fantastic return on the initial entry price. The Alton Towers Dungeon is worth a visit for anyone who’s a big fan of horror or The Dungeons chain, and is sure to provide a laugh (and a scream or 2) for all!

7.5/10

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