Ride into the 80s with the funky Retro Squad...
|Theme Park||Alton Towers|
|Park Area||Forbidden Valley|
|Audience||Older Families and Thrillseekeers|
|Opened||12 April 2021|
|Owner||David Irvin (2021)|
Funk'n'Fly is one of the three temporary "Retro Squad" rides originally brought to Alton Towers for the 2021 season.
With COVID-19 restrictions meaning several of the park's main rides were unable to operate at full capacity, the park tried to plug the gaps with some travelling fairground rides.
Funk'n'Fly is a Super Trooper that sits on the former site of Ripsaw in Forbidden Valley. It was originally hired from owner David Irvin, but it returned to the UK fair circuit at the end of the 2021 season. However, the park was able to hire in a similar version of the ride from another fair operator to allow Funk'n'Fly to return for 2022.
In common with all the Retro Squad rides, Funk'n'Fly has a minimum height requirement of 1.2 metres and is run on a less intense setting than would typically be seen at a travelling fair. Having said that, it is still the most spectacular of the three to see in operation, with its spinning arms rising into the air.
No attempt was made to make Funk'n'Fly fit into the Forbidden Valley theme - instead the Retro Squad rides were said to have been sent as an answer to a cry for help from Alton Towers in the 1980s, but they had got lost in time and finally landed at the park in 2021.
One of the Retro Squad rides
Funk'n'Fly sat on the former site of Ripsaw
Funk'n'Fly at night