flashes for just long enough to see a strong wind blowing a curtain hanging over one of the windows, as a startled horse is heard The machine starts whirring, the lights flash, smoke starts to pour from the branch, atmospheric music begins and the ride starts. Hex is based around an old local legend Cookie Info in the distance. Hex has it all. It was therefore surprising when the park announced that the ride would have a season long closure as part of the Alton TLC campaign over the course of 2016. At full backward tilt, the bench is at 45 degrees to horizontal which accentuates the sensory effect. This leads to the Octagon in the right of centre. During the ride, the platform rotates back and forth by 15 degrees in each direction. On an autumn night, the Earl of Shrewsbury was returning to his home at Alton Towers when an old woman suddenly appeared in the road ahead of his horse and coach. High up on the scaffold, a glimpse of the old woman can be seen as she starts repeating the incantation of The scaffolding running along the corridor discourages the guests from getting close enough to touch the walls, as although the previous show areas in the building are real original stone, the walls of this 'stone' section are fibreglass cladding, which sounds hollow when tapped. In the classic ride the seats would hang suspended on a swing to allow the room to spin around the stationary seats. After Oblivion and Nemesis had opened during the 90s, everyone expected Alton Towers to bring in the millennium with another roller coaster and when Hex turned out to be a very different experience all together, responses were fairly negative. on which the guests are seated, begin to swing - gently at first, and then higher and higher until guests find themselves hanging Strange then how even gravity seems affected by the cursed branch, as neither The vault itself is a large hall-like structure, with the decorative ceiling supported by stone pillars, and shelves containing dusty artefacts lit with flickering candles. Hex is often considered one of the best examples in the world of the "mad-house" concept, and is famous for its amazing execution and atmospheric design. yet to ride it may wish the skip this section. The pivot mechanism for the benches is hidden by the Earl's machine at one end of the room and a large cabinet at the other. The generator splutters back into life, providing just enough light for guests to find their way up a flight of steps While the queue can at times appear intimidatingly long, thanks to the ride's large capacity it rarely takes too much and pass-by the bookcase and into the hidden passageway beyond. The new mad-houses use hydraulics to tilt the seating structure 15 degrees in each direction. her curse. Instead of clearing land, and moving existing rides around, work was beginning within the Towers Ruins. the attraction's queueline. Fittingly, the ride is an update of a system that dates back to Victorian times, when rotating rooms would be used to confuse and disorient funfair visitors. The vault itself is actually a large, 6-sided drum which can rotate through a full 360 degrees. The theme of the ride is loosely set around a legend that dates back to the nineteenth century, where the Earl was travelling to the Towers, when a beggar woman approached the carriage, begging for money. The group then moves forward into another room where they are shown The quality of theming and preshows is first class, and the local legend on which the ride's backstory is based is A wind picks up, causing the drapes to billow, and the ghostly cursing of the beggarwoman can be heard, along with the loud crash of a falling branch and the sound of horse's hooves. The photo below, taken from the roof of The Towers, gives an aerial overview and reveals the location Shocked, the Earl had the oak tree's branches chained up to prevent a similar tragedy happening again. generator as it shorts out, and the room is plunged into darkness. At the end of the queue line is a large painting of the Earl hung on the wall, and visitors hear a short narrative which gives a brief introduction to the legend before they are shown onwards into the cinema area (still part of the real building) where visitors watch a short film which dramatises the legend and makes it clear that they will soon be visiting the recently discovered vault where the original branch is located. of the backstory: recent restoration works at Alton Towers have found a secret passageway concealed behind a bookcase, The benches are mounted on the platform angled backward by 20 degrees; riders effectively face slightly upward at rest. The Armoury runs from the left of the picture, running along either side of the walls. Seated in rows on either side of the branch, riders on Hex - The Legend of the Towers watch in amazement as the room begins to rotate around them, creating the impression that they themselves are turning upside down. 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