I posted on social media just over a week ago, that it was looking likely that the Tree Top Quest at Alton Towers Resort would soon be re-opening. There has been rumours aplenty, and images emerging of the area being tidied up. Today, Alton Towers Resort have confirmed the Tree Top Quest WILL be returning, for a short period of time in 2019. Want to know more? Then read on!
The Enchanted Forest Tree Top Quest opened in 2015 and allowed guests to take either a ‘High Rope’ or ‘Low Rope’ adventure in the Resort’s beautiful woodland. Me and Vicki went there to try it out in 2015 and had a blast. It was a LOT of fun, if a little terrifying at times! I wrote about it in a full review here. The Enchanted Forest Tree Top Quest then closed the following year – which was a shame. The reception for it then became the reception area for the Stargazing Pods, and, despite all the equipment still left in the trees, it didn’t look like it was returning.
The official press release seems to have dropped the ‘Enchanted Forest’ name from the attraction – it’s just referred to as the Tree Top Quest, so we’ll call it that instead.
When does the Tree Top Quest at Alton Towers Resort open again?
From July 13th you’ll be able to take on the Tree Top Quest at Alton Towers Resort. It will be operational until 1st September 2019. The opening times and days vary. Most days it will be open from 13.00 until 19.30, however, some days it’s from 15:00 until 18:00. For more information, it’s best to check this page.
I would HOPE that if the Tree Top Quest proves popular, we might see it stay open past the 1st September, but, who knows?
What’s the difference between the two courses on the Tree Top Quest at Alton Towers Resort?
As I mentioned above, when I reviewed it, there were two courses – these have been renamed to ‘Explorer’ and ‘Challenger’.
Explorer guests can swing from the trees and tackle 12 obstacles as they navigate their way around the course, set between 3.5m-5m above the ground. The Explorer course has thrills, challenge and adventure where participants can tackle a Burma bridge, traverse a climbing wall and conquer the giant spiders web.
The Explorer experience will last between 45 minutes to 1 hour. Participants must be at least 1m tall and 6 years old or over. Please note that each 6 or 7 year old will need to be supervised on the course by a full paying adult who is 18 years or over.
The Explorer Course has the capacity for 10 people per hour – starting on the half hour.
Challenger guests can swing from the trees and tackle 19 tree-top obstacles as they navigate their way around the course, set a dizzying 8m above the ground.
They’ll navigate across transverse nets, swing tyres, stepping stones and zip lines to complete the Challenger course. They’ll also fly through a tunnel and climb over rope bridges all before hurtling back down to earth on the thrilling 85m zip wire.
The Challenger experience will last up to 1 hour. Guests taking on the Challenger course must be at least 1.4m tall and 11 years or over. Please note that each 11 or 12 year old will need to be supervised on the course by a full paying adult who is 18 years or over.
The Challenger Course has the capacity for 10 people per hour – starting on the hour.
How much does the Tree Top Quest at Alton Towers Resort?
The cost depends on the course you’re doing, and if you’re a Merlin Passholder. The standard price is £18 per person for the Explorer course and £24 per person for the Challenger course. If you’re a Merlin Passholder then the Explorer course is £14.40 per person and the Challenger course is £19.20 per person.
If you want to try it out THIS WEEKEND (13-14th July) the price is £10 per person on the Explorer course and £15 per person on the Challenger course.
Announcing the opening of Tree Top Quest Francis Jackson, Operations Director for Alton Towers Resort, said:
“Tree Top Quest is a fantastic attraction which offers a great, outdoor experience for visitors of all abilities. As it’s next to our brand new Stargazing Pods, we hope visiting families can make the most of the great British outdoors when they stay at Alton Towers Resort this Summer.”
I’m REALLY pleased that Alton Towers Resort has resurrected the Tree Top Quest – it is a fantastic thing to do, and gives guests staying at the resort a little something different to try. As enthusiasts, we’re always so quick to get grumpy EVERYTHING that the UK Parks do, but I see this as a real positive. I wholeheartedly hope that it proves popular and stays open longer, and maybe even returns fully next year. It will only happen if people go and experience it and it is popular.
I’m hoping to get down there myself and provide an updated review – so, keep your eyes peeled for that!
For more information and to book tickets, check out the Tree Top Quest page.
How do you feel about the Tree Top Quest returning to Alton Towers Resort? Did you do try it the first time? Drop a comment and let me know!
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