Alton Towers Resort is set to launch a new ride experience Gangsta Granny: The Ride this Spring, a brand new family attraction that brings to life David Walliams’ most popular children’s novel. Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, Gangsta Granny tells the story of Ben who discovers that his Granny is secretly an international jewel thief. The new 4D experience will see guests joining the main characters as they attempt the greatest heist in the history of the world: to steal the Crown Jewels.
Guests will set off on a Crown Jewel 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 their way through this electrifying and unique re-telling of the Gangsta Granny story. The new family attraction uses 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.
A dedicated area of the theme park will 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 and encounter other surprises and twists along the way.
Fans of David’s books can also enjoy the ultimate sleepover with an overnight stay in one of four Gangsta Granny themed bedrooms in the Alton Towers Hotel.
David Walliams, comedian, actor and best-selling author comments, “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 storytelling to ensure guests feel they are with Granny and Ben on every step of their adventure.”
To celebrate the announcement of Gangsta Granny: The Ride, Alton Towers is also inviting children to bring their Granny (or Grandpa) for free in 2020.
For more information about the ride and other new attractions, please visit the website.