Alton Towers' 2017 end of season fireworks show was inspired by memories of the park as voiced by members of the public.
The theme of 2017's fireworks show centred around visitor's memories of Alton Towers, and featured pre-recorded vox-pop style contributions from members of the public played in between music and fireworks. The style was unfussy, without a big centrepiece which let the fireworks themselves take centre stage. The music selection fitted pretty well, the show felt "big", and the fireworks filled the sky much better than at last year's event.
The show was introduced by the voice of John Wardley explaining what he and the team wanted to achieve when they set out to create the Alton Towers we see today. He could also be heard at several other points during the show, interspersed with the public. Some of their views were more insightful than others ... apparently one visitor's favourite part of the theme park is the ice cream van!
The event itself underwent some changes this year: Alton Towers encouraged visitors to prebook, and offered a £5 ticket to guarantee entry to annual pass holders. The Saturday sold out a few days prior, and signs were put out on local roads for miles around the park advising those without prebooked tickets not to travel. The maximum capacity was much reduced compared to previous years, which made for a much more pleasant atmosphere in the park. Although effectively asking for people to pay extra to visit the Fireworks event proved controversial, it certainly seemed to work well.