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Fireworks Spectacular 2021

Alton Towers Fireworks

A special fireworks show to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Alton Towers...

Fireworks and lasers light up the night sky

Fireworks and lasers light up the night sky

In 2020, Alton Towers celebrated its 40th anniversary year, although sadly the end of season Fireworks event which should have been the culmination of the celebrations had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully the situation has improved and Alton Towers' Fireworks are back for 2021, with the park choosing to stage a spectacular show capturing the magic of the last 40 years of Alton Towers by taking visitors on a time travelling adventure.

The event was less busy than in previous years, with remaining Covid-precautions leading the park to sell only a limited number of tickets. While they claimed all three nights were sold out, Friday was quiet with an estimated 11000 people attending. As usual the Saturday was busiest with 18000 in the crowd, and there were 13000 visitors for the final day of the season on Sunday.

Unfortunately ride availability was very poor. The Smiler, Hex, Congo River Rapids and Sky Ride were down for the entire event. Th13teen had major problems leading to it closing whenever rain threatened, which was far from ideal and led to a lot of downtime over the warm but damp weekend.

The show itself was superb, and one of the best displays Alton Towers has ever put on. The audience was encouraged to stand on the Front Lawns - something made much more pleasant than the usual mudbath as special plastic matting had been laid. Those who did as suggested were well rewarded, with the show seemingly surrounding them. Six large towers, each supporting three display screens plus lights, lasers and CO2 cannons sat around the perimeter.

Although he was not explicitly named, the voice of Sir Algenon narrated the story and led the audience on a journey through time using the Power of the Towers to celebrate the park's 40th anniversary. The first section, set in 1850 as the Alton Towers mansion was completed, featured an orchestral rock soundtrack. Sir Algenon had only been intending to take us back to 1980, but the Towers had produced more energy than expected.

Screens and CO2 cannons

Screens and CO2 cannons

A second attempt successfully landed everyone in 1980, confirmed by some eighties hits and Sir Algenon's checklist: "Perms: check. Shoulder pads: check. Spandex: check." The highlight of this part of the show was The Power of Love accompanied by heart shaped fireworks.

Travelling forward in time, we arrived in the 1990s - both "the era that introduced the magic that never ends" and "the birth of thrill". The Nemesis theme was used to great effect here, and sounded amazing echoing around the Lawns. Controversially perhaps, Oblivion's theme was not used but Darude's Sandstorm provided the perfect substitute and the infamous "Don't Look Down" message was played loud and clear once more.

The 2000s section celebrated the arrival of both Rita: Queen of Speed and Th13teen, the latter covering the space with atmospheric green lasers.

As the final time travel journey brought us back to the present day, there was a beautiful emotion-filled reflective moment as the audience were invited to look back on the incredible memories we have created together over the last four decades. This though was interrupted by The Smiler, complete with its annoying soundtrack. Notable in its absence was Wicker Man which, aside from some exploding balls of flame, has yet to feature prominently in any Alton Towers Fireworks display.

Introducing the final section of the show, Sir Algenon thanked us for joining in the 40 year adventure and signed off with "Now Alton Towers, let's rewind!" This led into a megamix of songs from the last forty years, before the finale featuring a magnificent version of In the Hall of the Mountain King.

It may have come a year later than it should have, but Alton Towers' 40th Anniversary Fireworks Show was astounding!

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Music Track Listing

  • Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One Kiss (R3hab Remix)
  • Dyro & Julian Calor - Warp Speed
  • David Garrett - Toccata
  • Donna Summer - I Feel Love (Afrojack Remix)
  • Huey Lewis & The News - The Power of Love
  • Nemesis theme
  • Darude - Sandstorm
  • BeyoncĂ© - Run the World (Girls)
  • Th13teen theme
  • Davina Michelle - Someone You Loved
  • The Smiler theme
  • 2 Unlimited - Get Ready
  • LMFAO - Sexy and I Know It
  • Van Halen - Jump
  • Baauer - Harlem Shake
  • Eminem - My Name Is
  • Usher - Yeah!
  • Backstreet Boys - Everybody (Backstreet's Back)
  • Spice Girls - Wannabe
  • Kool and the Gang - Celebration
  • PSY - Gangnam Style
  • The Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger
  • The Rembrants - I'll be There For You
  • a-ha - Take On Me
  • The Weeknd - Blinding Lights
  • In the Hall of the Mountain King

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