Thursday, 15 May 2008

News from Alton Towers

Gurgle if you want to go faster!
Alton Towers Resort set to develop world’s first baby rollercoaster

Alton Towers, the UK’s No 1 short break destination for families has begun generating concepts to create the world’s first ever rollercoaster for babies. Currently in early stages of development, ‘The Giant Gurgle’ will transport babies and toddlers around their very own specially-created rollercoaster ride. Each carriage is designed to give mini riders maximum support and protection as they undulate around the track.

At just 2 metres off the ground, ‘The Giant Gurgle’ will also enable parents and carers to walk around the outside of the track as children aged 6 months and above experience their first ever baby G (for gurgle!) force. Travelling at a maximum speed of 2 mph, the ride will last 67 seconds and replicate the lulling motion of a pram.

Morwenna Angove, Sales and Marketing Director for the Alton Towers Resort explains:

“As the UK’s No 1, we are constantly evaluating a whole host of ride and attraction concepts to complement the fantastic combination of experiences already available at the Alton Towers Resort. Project ‘Giant Gurgle’ is the latest concept to be considered and would fit perfectly amongst attractions already aimed at our younger guests, such as the Driving School and Heave Ho”.

Child psychologist, Dorothy Einon comments:

“Babies love to be pushed around in prams and practice moving their little legs in babywalkers. So, the invention of The Giant Gurgle will enable them to experience their very first roller coaster ride which will not only be fun, but will also help stimulate their senses and development as they move around the track.”
Alton Towers, part of the Merlin Entertainments Group, is home to the UK's best loved theme park with 2 hotels, a waterpark, a spa, an extraordinary golf course, and nineteenth century gothic towers. It is located upon 500 acres of Staffordshire countryside and offers a unique combination of rides and attractions for all ages, from soft play areas for tiny toddlers to ground-breaking, world-first adrenalin inducing rollercoaster rides.

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