The Smiler tries to take over and destroy visitor's memories of Alton Towers that have been carefully guarded for centuries by The Gatekeeper...
Alton Towers' spectacular end of season fireworks took place on three nights between Friday 8th and Sunday 10th October 2013, and featured a storyline based around a celebration of memories of the theme park.
At the beginning of the show the audience was introduced to The Gatekeeper, the guardian of every memory ever created at the Alton Towers Resort. Memories have been carefully stored away and protected within the enchanted stately home, and the Gatekeeper wants to unleash them as part of a spectacular celebration.
Starting over 150 years ago with the building of the gothic estate, time is soon fast-forwarded to the 1980s and a section celebrating The Corkscrew with fireworks to the sounds of Dead or Alive's You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).
Slowing the pace slightly, next was an acknowledgement that while we can celebrate the amazing rollercoasters and rides of today's Alton Towers, sometimes the best memories are created through shared experiences: "The people you love. Your friends. Your family. Look around you ... these are the people who create the real magic."
After that heart-tugging interlude, The Gatekeeper was keen to introduce "the latest creation in memory extraction" - The Smiler. Unfortunately things quickly went out of control, I Love It (I Don't Care) by Icona Pop playing in the background as smiley face shaped fireworks filled the sky and The Smiler took control, replacing visitors' memories with its own.
Despite his best efforts, The Gatekeeper could do nothing: "A lifetime of memories. Gone. Erased. As a guardian I have failed you. I am sorry." But of course there always has to be a happy ending at Alton Towers Fireworks, and the Gatekeeper realised that since the memories were the audience's they were protected within them too. As the first bars of the In the Hall of the Mountain King finale were heard, the memories came back: "The magic is still alive!"
The Ultimate Fireworks Spectacular
Alton Towers entrance
The Front Lawns
Over the lake
Back to Towers Street
Crowds in Dark Forest
The enchanted stately home
Fireworks over the lake
Curtain of fireworks
Exploding in the night sky
The Smiler takes over
Great balls of fire
Lasers and fireworks
In the Hall of the Mountain King
After the show
Towers in blue
Queuing for Th13teen
Saturday night rain
Nemesis in the dark