Alton Towers officially opens The World of David Walliams – and you love it!
David Walliams fans now have the chance to visit a whole new area of Alton Towers inspired by the bestselling author’s books.
David Walliams World officially launched on Saturday, with Gangsta Granny: The Ride as the main attraction.
The ride brings the story of Ben to life, who discovers that his grandmother is secretly an international jewelry thief.
Aimed at families and children ages 6 to 12, it sees visitors get into their own royal car as Granny and Ben enlist their help in making history’s greatest jewel theft – stealing the Crown Jewels. . Special effects used in the “multisensory experience” include lasers, smoke effects, bubbles, and even a smell of “cabbage soup trump”.
At the end, visitors are taken to Raj’s shop where they can purchase a souvenir.
Other rides in the area include the Royal Carousel, Flavio’s Fabulous Fandango, and Raj’s Bouncy Bottom Burp Bounce.
The opening day encountered a problem when the Gangsta Granny ride had to be closed for a while in the afternoon due to an outage. But visitors were impressed with the new area.
Rich and Danielle Urwin, from Trentham, visited their daughters Bella, seven, and Thea, three.
Rich said, “Girls like David Walliams and this neighborhood is really colorful and family friendly. We enjoyed the animations of the Beefeaters who added to the theme. This is very fun.”
Paul and Vikki Thomas, from Meir Park, were there with their children, including Jess, 16, and Noah, 9.
Paul said, “It looks really good. The kids read all the books so we can’t wait to come.
The launch also drew a few celebrity faces, with actor John Thomson, reality TV star Myleene Klass and soap opera stars Tina O’Brien, Charley Webb, Matthew Wolfenden and Jorgie Porter all accompanied by their young fans. by David Walliams.
Published in 2011, Gangsta Granny was David Walliams’ first children’s bestseller and topped the Sunday Times Top 10 for 24 weeks.
Overall sales are over 1.75 million in the UK alone and a TV adaptation first aired on BBC1 in 2013.
David Walliams’ World took two and a half years to complete, with over 100 Alton Towers employees and outside experts involved in the project.
Meanwhile, four rooms at the Alton Towers hotel also received the Gangsta Granny treatment.
Saturday also saw the start of the very first Mardi Gras-inspired takeover of the theme park, with special musical performances and international street food.
A trio of retro rides – Mixtape, Roller Disco and Funk’n’Fly – is also new for the 2021 season, giving guests a throwback to the 1980s.