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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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What is the future for independent theme parks?

Nemesis InfernoThe year is 2024 and Alton Towers is preparing to open its gates for the new season with its admission price of £69.

The park remains Britain’s most popular theme park, with over 3 million visitors coming through its gates last year to see the new £27 million world-first rollercoaster.

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Fantasy Island goes into administration

Fantasy IslandFantasy Island amusement park in Lincolnshire has gone into administration following a period of “financial difficulty”.

The Ingoldmells attraction, which includes a market and caravan park, will continue to operate as normal while the process is ongoing.

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