We screamed with laughter whilst being sentenced by the Bishop of Stafford, before being condemned to a traitors boat ride down the Black River.
In these dark chambers, try to survive the plague, and endure humiliation as well as pain at the hand of the Torturer.
If you escape… stop at the local tavern, known to be one of Dick Turpin’s hideouts, he may even shoot by! Then visit the Witch of Burslem’s cottage... to come face to face with her ghost!
Miss it and you’ll be GUTTED!
I am going to bluntly and out-right say that I wasn't expecting major things from the Alton Towers Dungeon. I was not expecting the experience we received once inside!
The outside area is amazingly themed and is secluded down a small hill , which in a way I really like as it gives it an isolated feel. The theming of the entrance is amazing, one of the best I have seen yet.
The music in which plays around the Dungeon area is one of my favourite due to the uniqueness of the it. As like most other dungeons, the same music is used throughout different scenes in different dungeons.
In we go...
Venturing into the dungeon, once batched, an actor does a quick and normal routine safety speech. "No phones....' blah blah blah. Photos are then taken are a completely free of charge to download on PicSolve.com, compliments of Alton Towers. This is a nice little souvenir. It is also really good marketing on behalf of Merlin. People share the photo, people visit. It works both ways.
The dungeon is fully air-conditioned unlike many other dungeons and lighting is better in most rooms. This is purely due to modern technology and having so many more possibilities.
The boat ride
Wow, oh, wow! Although not having a drop or anything, the boat ride inside it eerier and actually really scary.
They have incorporated fear of the dark and fear of the unknown to create on of the best horror rides I have experienced. The effects on the boat ride is also more advance and makes that overall experience amazing.
In comparison to The London Dungeons, Alton Towers has the better and more scarier boat ride. However, London have that surprise drop - if you know what I mean! Alton Towers Dungeon boat ride is all on one level, yet do not fault it as it is amazing!
Scenes (no spoilers)
If you've ever been to more than one dungeon, you'll know it's almost a copy and paste job in terms of scenes. Most scenes are the same but changed to suit the appropriate place. I, however, do not think this is a bad thing. Each dungeon does each scene differently.
In terms of Alton Towers, many scenes are new, fresh and purely created for Alton Towers themselves. Many scenes are inspired by The London Dungeon, these being Dick Turpin - inspiring from Sweeney Todd -, The Plague Doctor - being the exact same, The Trail/Judge - being changed to suit Alton Towers and the time period amongst others.
Although heavily being inspired by The London Dungeons, the scenes have many new features, effects and have a fresh feel to them. Alton Towers, is one of my favourite dungeons however I believe London was funnier for what it is.
STAND OUT SCENE?
The stand out scene for all of us experiencing the attraction, definitely had to be the finale scene, Molly Leigh. Without saying too much, it is almost like Jack The Ripper at The London Dungeon yet much scarier and with more effects.
This scene stood out to me and genuinely scared me!
I thoroughly enjoyed the Alton Towers Dungeons and now stands at #2 on my Dungeons list. There is so much more space that can be used inside of the Dungeons and we have been told there may just be a seasonal show. I hope this happens!
I cannot stress enough, to visit and enjoy the dungeons whilst its there as it seems majorly temporary.
Overall Rating (Out Of 5 Stars)
Surrounding Area: ★★★★☆
Overall Experience: ★★★★☆