Alton Towers has today unveiled a brand new ride for 2020 - Gangsta Granny.
The new attraction, due to open this Spring, brings to life David Walliams’ most popular children’s novel.
Gangsta Granny tells the story of Ben who discovers that his Granny is secretly an international jewel thief.
The thrilling new 4D ride experience will see guests join the main characters as they attempt the greatest heist in the history of the world: to steal the Crown Jewels.
On-board a Royal Carriage, guests will set off on a Crown Jewels tour only to be caught up in Ben and Granny’s audacious adventure. The ride will whizz, twist and spin passengers 360° through a series of scenes where they will see, feel, hear and even smell an electrifying and unique re-telling of the Gangsta Granny story.
Using state-of-the-art special effects, 3D projection-mapping and animation inspired by the artwork of Tony Ross, guests will descend with Ben and Granny into the sewers, be chased through the streets of London and even come face to face with the Queen: but will the madcap scheme succeed?
A whole area of the theme park will also be transformed, inspired by ‘The World of David Walliams’. As well as Gangsta Granny: The Ride, the themed area will feature a host of other rides and attractions where guests can:
- Pick up a crazy bargain in Raj’s Shop
- Race on a regal thoroughbred on the Royal Carousel
- Giggle with delight on Raj’s Bouncy Bottom Burp
- Encounter other surprises and twists along the way
David Walliams said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that Gangsta Granny is becoming a ride at Alton Towers.
“I never imagined it would happen so it’s a real delight to see my characters brought to life in a ride.
“I’ve worked really closely with the team at Alton Towers to make sure the ride is just as funny and exciting as the book. I think children and their parents … and even their grandparents! … are going to love it!”
John Burton, Creative Lead for Alton Towers Resort, said: “David’s stories are full of witty characters, intrigue and exhilaration so it’s been a fantastic challenge to build all that into a new ride experience. It’s the first time we’ve attempted such a complex combination of a physical ride experience, high-tech special effects and brilliant story-telling to ensure guests feel they are with Granny and Ben on every step of their adventure.”
‘The World of David Walliams’ and Gangsta Granny: The Ride arrive at Alton Towers as the Resort celebrates 40 years as the UK’s favourite theme park. Throughout 2020, Alton Towers will be inviting guests to celebrate four decades of the ‘Power of the Towers’ to thrill, delight and create millions of happy memories for visitors. More details will follow soon.
For more information on Gangsta Granny: The Ride and other new attractions inspired by the books of David Walliams please visit www.altontowers.com/Walliams.