Head to World of David Walliams at Alton Towers and enjoy Gangsta Granny: The Ride
ALTON Towers captured the wacky, the wild and downright silly in David Walliams’ New World with the flagship attraction Gangsta Granny: The Ride, based on his bestselling book.
Fans will have a blast spotting all the references to the silly Walliams history. Raj’s Sweet Shop on Wallibums Way is a fantastic tribute to everyone’s favorite character, Raj, and his questionable marketing techniques.
The storefront is full of fun rajisms – from sweet, half-chewed offerings to “three for four” offerings.
The comedian’s books have always been a big hit in our house, one of the few that my nine-year-old daughter Willow will read on her own. In these days of TikTok, YouTube, and Roblox, it’s no small feat!
So Willow and her sisters Heidi, 12, and Rosita, 14, were desperate to see how the Gangsta Granny story would come to life.
The ride takes you on an immersive tour that condenses the best bits of Gangsta Granny history in which Ben and his international jewelry-stealing grandmother undertake one final heist – to steal the crown jewels.
It uses the latest technology to deliver a fun multi-sensory experience from the moment you board small cars to whisk you through the sewers of London.
It’s soft, so good for little ones, but with cool special effects and a quick absorbing flow for older kids.
12-year-old Heidi was impressed with the design, pictures and silly Gangsta Granny references in the queue. There’s even a cute dog entry for David Walliams’ own dogs, Bert and Ernie, to squeeze in.
The World of David Walliams area itself provides a welcome respite from the adrenaline-filled rides throughout the rest of the park.
There are regular shows performed by the Queen’s Guard – full of absurd and restless dances. And all ages will love traditional funfair-style rides like Flavio’s Fabulous Fandango. It made us spin so fast that I crushed my partner – much to my amusement, but strangely not his.
In addition to Raj’s boutique, take a look at the Royal Carousel and Raj’s Bottom Burp – again, all perfectly themed. The theme park has significantly expanded its options to extend your visit with an overnight stay.
In addition to Alton Towers, Splash Landings, and CBeebies Land, there are Stargazing Pods, Woodland Lodges, and luxury treehouses.
But mega-fans will want to reserve one of the three Gangsta Granny-themed rooms at the Alton Towers Hotel. These themed rooms, which can accommodate a family of up to five people, are equipped with a motorized scooter, a safe and Crown Jewels to find.
Of course, a living room includes a copy of the book and the TV in the corner of the children’s bunk beds, along with a DVD of the TV adaptation of the book. It’s a lot of fun and the kids loved all the special design touches, but it doesn’t come cheap – expect to pay a premium for this privilege.
The rest of the day at Alton Towers was a blur chasing my daughters as they searched for the ultimate and scariest run.
The Smiler roller coaster made them howl (and my stomach rolls over) and the innocently named roller coaster knocked them out in silence as it took off at breakneck speed.
GO TO: ALTON TOWERS
GO / STAY THERE: Tickets for Alton Towers start at £ 34 per person when booked in advance online. Children under three are free.
Short breaks start at £ 88 for a family of four and include overnight accommodation, breakfast, evening entertainment, early access to selected theme park and an amazing nine-hole round of golf.
A stay in the Gangsta Granny Room starts at £ 86 per person, per night, including free copy of the book.
I loved the Wicker Man, the terrifying rattling wooden roller coaster, reminiscent of old school theme parks but with modern speed and twists.
There are plenty of other gems if roller coasters aren’t your thing.
My favorite experience was Hex, a disorienting multisensory experience that like the best magic leaves you totally confused and takes place in the heart of the ruins of the original Alton Towers.
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There will be carnival-style celebrations throughout the park until June 20, as well as special food trucks featuring treats from around the world – think stone-baked pizzas, Greek wraps, Chinese noodles and more.
When I got home, my phone informed me that I had walked over 25,000 steps and my tired legs confirmed it.
Maybe next time I’ll grab a sheet of Gangsta Granny’s book and borrow her motorized scooter to explore the park.