Chessington prosecuted over 2012 girl fall

Tomb Blaster entrance [©Tim Griffiths/Theme Park Junkies]Chessington World of Adventures is to be prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following a girl falling and being serious injured in 2012.

Park operators Merlin Entertainments have been summoned to appear at Redhill Magistrates’ Court on 4 November.

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“Is being turned away from rides that harsh?”

There have been many complaints, articles and campaigns against park staff not allowing people with certain disabilities to ride certain attractions at parks. A recent article was brought to my attention, and I would like to share my opinion on the matter.

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How the media reported on the Ultimate deer hit

The UltimateNothing quite fires the imagination of sensationalist British newspapers as a rollercoaster accident, and Final Destination-cum-Stephen King references can emerge.

Last weekend, when a juvenile deer was sadly killed after being struck by The Ultimate rollercoaster at Lightwater Valley, there was a predictable flurry of headlines.

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Deer struck by Ultimate rollercoaster

The UltimateA deer was “killed instantly” when a train from Lightwater Valley’s Ultimate rollercoaster hit a deer over the weekend.

A spokeswoman told the Darlington & Stockton Times: “We can confirm a young deer did unfortunately get hit by the Ultimate train yesterday and was killed instantly.

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“Would a woodie not see an investment return?”

It really makes me giggle when Merlin Entertainments comment about how the public don’t “get” wooden coasters, when they conduct their customer surveys.

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‘2,000 safety defects’ identified at Chessington

Chessington World of Adventures logoA surveyor that identified ‘2,000 safety defects’ at Chessington World of Adventures failed in a bid to prevent the park opening in 2013, it has emerged.

Dr Peter Cave and his consultancy company Peer Egerton were commissioned by park operators Merlin Entertainments to assess the park following an accident in 2012.

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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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