Smiler operated above wind speed limit pre-crash

The Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers

Alton Towers personnel operated the Smiler rollercoaster in wind speeds exceeding manufacturer’s instructions the day the ride crashed last year.

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Pleasure Island theme park to close down

Boomerang at Pleasure Island, Cleethorpes

Pleasure Island theme park in Cleethorpes is to close down at the end of this season, owners have announced.

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Ayr fairground ride accident injures five

Move It Tagada

Five children have been injured when a ride seat reportedly detached at a fairground in Ayr.

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“Awful day for my autistic son at Drayton Manor”

from Jane Jones

I sent my autistic son to Drayton Manor with his carer on Tuesday. The day before, I rang to ask if I could buy disabled tickets at the gate, and how much they were. I was told £18 each, which was fine. When they went to buy the tickets they charged them £27 each, and did not even ask what disability my son had.

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Planning permission given for Alton Towers SW8

GCI wooden rollercoaster (generic)

Planning permission has been granted for Alton Towers’ wooden rollercoaster, which is due to open in 2018.

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Madame Tussauds moving away from waxworks

Madame Tussauds

Waxwork museum Madame Tussauds has revealed that it shifting its focus away from the celebrity figures.

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489 injuries reported at theme parks last year

Fairground

489 injuries were reported at theme parks and fairgrounds during a 12-month period spanning 2014 and 2015, it has emerged.

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Review: Galactica rollercoaster at Alton Towers

4stars

Galactica at Alton Towers

Alton Towers has relaunched its flying rollercoaster Air as the virtual-reality based Galactica for the 2016 season.

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