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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2014 Trivia: Quiz of the year’s news

QuizTry our quiz of 2014’s news and find out how much you were paying attention to the events of last year.

The answers are given at the bottom of the page – so find out if you were oblivious, air headed, a flying machine or an ultimate observer.

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Chessington admits failings following girl fall

Chessington World of Adventures logoChessington World of Adventures has admitted safety failings following an accident in 2012 which saw a girl suffer severe injuries.

The incident took place in the elevated queue line for the Tomb Blaster dark ride, where four-year-old Jessica Blake fell through fence panelling.

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What do you need to design and maintain rides?

Air at Alton TowersWith the news this week of Alton Towers teaming up with the Staffordshire University to offer a degree setting imaginations racing, we take a look at how you might be able to become intricately involved with theme park rides.

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach Holdings trims losses

Blackpool Pleasure BeachBlackpool Pleasure Beach (Holdings) Ltd has recorded a loss of £400,000 in the financial year to 23 March 2014.

Company accounts record this as being a £1.4 million reduction on the previous year’s losses.

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Is Merlin tiring of its annual pass holders?

ColossusThere was a time when Merlin Entertainments could not sell enough of its annual passes.

However, there is increasing evidence that the number of people that use them to visit attractions is seen as becoming a liability.

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