Alton Towers changes ‘Early Ride Time’ offerings

NemesisAlton Towers has adjusted the line-up of rides and attractions available during its ‘Early Ride Time’ (ERT) period.

The Nemesis rollercoaster will now be the only thrill ride available from 9am – an hour before the park fully opens.

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Thorpe Park entry rises to £59.99 on ‘peak’ days

The SwarmOn-the-day admission prices to Thorpe park have increased by 20% to £59.99 for ‘peak’ days in 2015.

Last year’s entry price was £49.99 at the end of the season, and this price will remain for ‘off-peak’ days.

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Merlin Entertainments profits rise by 35%

Merlin EntertainmentsMerlin Entertainments has recorded a 34.6% rise in pre-tax profits during its first full year of public ownership.

The boost, which which slightly above analyst expectations, was put down to the effect of the Lego film released last year.

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A park five times more popular than Alton Towers

Paramount LondonIf all goes to plan, Britain could be on the verge of having a new theme park attracting 15 million people per year.

That’s the bold vision of those behind the ‘London’ Paramount project planned for Kent.

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Lightwater Valley plans 3D dinosaur simulator

Simworx Immersive TunnelLightwater Valley is to open a dinosaur-themed 3D simulation ride, it has emerged.

The EuroAmusement Professional magazine has reported that it will be an Immersive Tunnel model from the Simworx manufacturer.

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Paultons Park to open suspended coaster in 2016

Vekoma Suspended Family CoasterPaultons Park is to open a suspended rollercoaster for its 2016 season, the CoasterForce website has revealed.

It will be a Suspended Family Coaster from the Dutch manufacturer’s Vekoma, and operate under the name of Flight of the Pterosaur.

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Alpine rollercoaster coming to the UK

Alpine CoasterAn alpine rollercoaster at an unspecified location in the UK is heading towards the final stages of planning, organisers say.

Alpine Coaster UK is a project that has been set up to bring one the gravity-driven terrain rides to Britain.

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Drayton Manor outlines 10-year vision

ShockwaveDrayton Manor has outlined details of its plans for development in the next ten years, as part of a recent planning application.

Documents submitted to the local authorities in support of improved access to the park reveal that it hopes to increase ride capacity from 12,000 per hour to 15,000 per hour.

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Chessington fined £150,000 over 2012 girl fall

Chessington World of Adventures entranceChessington World of Adventures has been fined £150,000 following an accident in 2012.

A four-year-old girl fell around 4 metres from the elevated queue line for the Tomb Blaster ride, when rotten fencing gave way.

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“Merlin VIP pass good start faded into memory”

Back in December 2013, it was announced that Merlin Entertainments were to introduce another level to their popular annual pass. The VIP pass, at a princely sum of £500, was to include such features as unlimited fastrack and premium parking, but other than that, details were somewhat sketchy.

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