In Brief

In-brief updates of UK theme park stories reaching our news desk.

30 June 2018

  • Merlin Entertainments has submitted a UK trademark application for ‘Stargazing Pods’. It is expected to be the name of glass-roofed accommodation units being added at one or more of its UK theme parks in future.

7 May 2018

  • Flamingo Land has submitted a planning permission application to build a £30 million resort on the banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland. Daily Record

23 January 2018

  • Thorpe Park will open Derren Brown’s Ghost Train and other “actor-led” attractions at midday during the 2018 season.
  • The Loggers Leap flume ride will also remain closed throughout this year.

13 January 2018

  • Drayton Manor has removed its cable car ride, including all supports.

7 January 2018

  • Alton Towers has launched a £55 season pass for the 2018 season. It will allow early ride time, but excludes peak summer weekends, Scarefest, Fireworks and discounts on purchases.

4 December 2017

  • Thorpe Park has submitted a planning application to re-theme its X enclosed rollercoaster ride. Plans depict a watch tower and chained-wire fencing to the ride’s exterior, with no changes to the ride hardware planned.

26 November 2017

  • Merlin Entertainments faces demotion from the FTSE 100 share index when the London Stock Exchange listings are reshuffled following this Tuesday’s closing share prices.

17 November 2017

  • Alton Towers will be closed for 27 term-time weekdays during the 2018 season. Closed days are predominantly Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in September and October.

16 July 2017

  • Car parking at Thorpe Park has increased to £7 per day.

6 January 2017

  • Dreamland Margate has been given permission to borrow up to £10 million from an offshore hedge-fund. BBC News