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Around the World in 80 Days (Alton Towers)

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Around the World in 80 Days was an attraction in the Talbot Street (now Cloud Cuckoo land) area of Alton Towers theme park, Staffordshire, England. The attraction opened in 1981, one year after the park first opened. It was the first dark ride at Alton Towers, one of the largest in the UK at the time, and was produced by Keith Sparks for the park's owner John Broome.

Around the World in 80 Days
Alton Towers
Opening date1981 (1981)
Closing date1993 (1993)
Replaced byToyland Tours
General statistics
Attraction typeDark boat ride
ManufacturerMack Rides
Capacity1000 riders per hour
Vehicle typeBoat
Vehicles10 boats
Riders per vehicle9
Riders per row3
Duration4 minutes

It was a 4-minute boat ride which followed the adventures of Phileas Fogg and was loosely based on Jules Verne's novel Around the World in Eighty Days and took riders through various different countries from around the world. Each boat could hold 9 people and there were 10 boats with 1,000 guests an hour. Each country had its own music and some animated characters. You could travel through London, Siam, Egypt, New York City, Venice, Greenland, Las Vegas, Vienna, Holland, Brazil, Paris, London Docks and Battersea. The ride station was themed around the London docks and featured an animated Phileas Fogg in a hot air balloon. Guests would board from the right hand side and exit on their left.

In 1991, at the end of the ride, was a model of the haunted house's facade, advertising the opening of the attraction in 1992.

The ride was popular in its time, but was closed in 1993 and received a complete overhaul after the Tussauds Group took over Alton Towers. The ride was replaced by Toyland Tours in 1994 and then Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Ride in 2006. The ride track and boats stayed much the same but with all new scenes.

In 2019, the ride system was reused once again as part of the Alton Towers Dungeon.[1]


  1. ^ "Alton Towers Dungeon: Boat ride confirmed". RideRater. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2019.

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