Carnival of Screams maze leaves Alton Towers

Carnival of Screams

The Carnival of Screams scare maze has left Alton Towers’ lineup of Halloween attractions, it has been announced.

The park’s annual Scarefest event this year runs between 18 October and 2 November and will feature a new attraction called Scary Tales.

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Review: Legend of the Chained Oak film

Legend of the Chained Oak

4stars

The Legend of the Chained Oak film has been a long time in the making, but after several aborted attempts it has now seen the light of day.

It is loosely based on the Staffordshire legend which inspired the magnificent Hex dark ride at Alton Towers.

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Alton Towers launches food discount vouchers

Pizza (generic image)Alton Towers has launched a number of discount vouchers for its fast food restaurants, following recent price increases.

The vouchers, which can be printed off by guests that visit the park’s website, offer discounts when between two and four meals are bought.

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Fantasy Island will open for 2015 season

The park features the UK's tallest Vekoma Suspended Looping Coaster, the Odyssey

Fantasy Island has confirmed that it will open for the 2015 season, despite the amusement park entering administration earlier this month.

The attraction confirmed via a posting on its Facebook page that it would open for business on 28 February next year, following the usual winter break.

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Whirlwind flat ride to leave Lightwater Valley

WhirlwindThe Whirlwind flat ride is to leave Lightwater Valley, following its placing on the market by the theme park.

It was installed at the North Yorkshire park for the 2011 season, after being on hire in the latter part of the previous year.

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Alton Towers Enchanted Village to open April 2015

Alton Towers Enchanted VillageAlton Towers’ new resort accommodation – the Enchanted Village – will open on 18 April 2015, it has been confirmed.

The Staffordshire theme park is currently constructing the new offering, which will feature ‘lodge’ and ‘treehouse’ accommodation.

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Operator ran Twister at ’50% above speed limit’

NewsA fairground ride operator has been accused of operating a Twister ride at 50% above its maximum recommended speed limit.

A hearing at Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard the claims following an accident on 3 November 2012 at the Hollowell Steam Rally and Heavy Horse Show.

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Welsh rides condemned for electrocution risk

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) logoTwo fairground rides based in Wales were condemned by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) earlier this year for presenting a risk of electrocution, it has emerged.

A travelling-type Formula 2000 ride, a children’s attraction featuring a number of different themed vehicles, was one of the affected rides.

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Asylum maze removed from Thorpe Park event

The AsylumA scare maze which attracted controversy last year due to its  mental health theme has been removed from Thorpe Park’s line-up of Halloween attractions.

The Surrey park was criticised by mental health campaigners last year, saying that the attraction stigmatised mental health.

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Family left on Adventure Island Big Wheel at close

Adventure Island's Big WheelA family has claimed that they were left stranded on Adventure Island’s Big Wheel ride when the park was closing for the night.

The alleged incident occurred at the amusement park in Southend-on-Sea and involved a couple and their three children.

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