Editorial: Merlin’s wood gamble worth taking

UploadMerlin Entertainments would appear to be finally taking the plunge and constructing a new wooden ride.

All signs in the plans for Alton Towers’ next major addition point to a wooden rollercoaster being the park’s next ‘Secret Weapon’ project.

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Alton Towers seeks permission for wooden ride

Alton Towers logoAlton Towers is seeking planning permission for an unspecified wooden ride, a new application shows.

The ride – described as “of timber truss construction” – will feature tunnels, ground level changes, a station and pre-show building.

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Alton Towers to convert Air shop into restaurant

UploadThe shop for the Air rollercoaster at Alton Towers is to be converted into a restaurant under new plans.

A planning application for the development was lodged with Staffordshire Moorlands Council earlier today.

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Pleasure Beach season pass valid at Spain parks

PortAventuraBlackpool Pleasure Beach has teamed up with two Spanish theme parks to allow one-off admission for its season pass holders.

Holders of the Lancashire attraction’s Platinum Season Pass can now gain one admission per year to both Isla Magica and PortAventura.

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The saddening decline of the chained oak tree

Chained OakThe old chained oak tree which lies close to Alton Towers – and is synonymous with local legend – has seen better days.

Its legend inspired the 2000-built Hex ride at the theme park, and many people have sought it out in the subsequent years.

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Easter Sunday police presence at Alton Towers

Alton Towers increased securityA considerable police presence and increased security is in place at Alton Towers during Easter Sunday.

The move is in-line with arrangements typically seen in recent years during Easter Sunday and also the first Sunday of the Halloween Scarefest event in October.

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Thorpe Park Celebrity maze: What people say

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! mazeThorpe Park launched its new maze attraction based on the reality TV series I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! late last month.

It attempts to recreate the infamous ‘Bush Tucker Trials’ contestants endure during their stint in the Australian jungle.

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Dreamland moving closer to becoming a reality

by Peter Andrews
Scenic RailwayAfter a long and arduous journey, which has seen the Scenic Railway become a victim of a suspected arson attack, alongside many battles with the previous owners of the land, Dreamland moved another stage closer to welcoming visitors back through its doors, when tickets finally went on sale at Dreamland HQ on Friday 27 March.

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Thompson ‘sticking by’ Pleasure Beach charge

Amanda ThompsonBlackpool Pleasure Beach owner Amanda Thompson has said that she is “sticking by” the £6 charge for admission to the park.

The amusement park historically was free admission with a pay-per-ride policy.

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What we learned from Wardley and Varney Q&A

Nick VarneyDuring the recent celebrations for the Nemesis rollercoaster’s 21st anniversary, John Wardley and Nick Varney took questions from theme park enthusiasts.

The ride’s designer and the Merlin Entertainments chief executive – then a marketer for Alton Towers – revealed a number of interesting facts.

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