The UK Needs Some New Dark Rides!
Last weekâ€™s announcement that the construction of Disneyland Parisâ€™ new Ratatouille themed Dark Ride is due to start soon got me thinking. The UK needs some new Dark Rides. This year it has been 12 years since the opening of two of the UKâ€™s most popular and celebrated Dark Rides: â€˜Hex â€“ the Legend of the Towersâ€™ at Alton Towers, and â€˜Valhallaâ€™ at Pleasure Beach Blackpool. Since then there has been little investment into major Dark Rides in the UK, with one of the latest stand out additions being Legoland Windsorâ€™s â€˜Atlantis Submarine Voyageâ€™. But when you compare our Dark Ride offerings to those found at other Theme Parks across the Globe, our roster of rides seems to be a bit thin on the ground.
Some of todayâ€™s most popular international Dark Rides include Disneyâ€™s classic timeless â€˜Pirates of the Caribbeanâ€™ and â€˜Haunted Mansionâ€™ rides, Universalâ€™s technologically ground breaking â€˜The Amazing Adventures of Spidermanâ€™ and â€˜Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journeyâ€™. Universal is currently upgrading itâ€™s already trailblazing Spiderman ride to HD this year and with more top class Dark Rides due to open over the next couple of years, such as Disneyâ€™s trackless â€˜Ratatouille Kitchen Calamityâ€™ and Universalâ€™s second high tech Transformers ride, this is one sector of the Theme Park industry where the UK is starting to seriously fall behind.
But with the March opening of Alton Towersâ€™ new â€˜Nemesis Sub-Terraâ€™ attraction, could we finally be seeing a very welcome return to heavily themed indoor rides? Whether â€˜Nemesis Sub-Terraâ€™ will live up to fans expectations is yet to be seen. And although (if rumours are true) the ride will not be a traditional style Dark Ride I see it as a great step in the right direction towards the opening of some more major Dark Rides at UK parks and attractions.