£9 minimum wage – good for the park industry?

MoneyOver the next five years, the minimum wage will rise to £9 an hour, the UK government has said.

Given the tendency for most UK theme parks to pay the minimum wage, how will such a significant rise affect the industry?

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Saw rollercoaster reopens at Thorpe Park

Saw - The RideThorpe Park has reopened its ‘Saw – The Ride’ rollercoaster, which had remained closed since the Smiler crash at Alton Towers last month.

The Gerstlauer-manufactured ride reopened to guests of the Surrey theme park this afternoon.

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The Daily Mirror’s obsession with Alton Towers

Daily Mirror Alton TowersSince the accident on the Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers, the tabloid newspaper Daily Mirror has become obsessed with the theme park.

Virtually every opportunity of a negative story about the attraction has been seized upon to the maximum extent.

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Spinball ‘walking pace’ collision at Alton Towers

Sonic SpinballA “walking pace” collision occurred on the Sonic Spinball rollercoaster at Alton Towers on Tuesday, it has emerged.

The park described the coming together of two ride cars in the loading station as a “nudge”.

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Second Smiler crash victim has leg amputated

The SmilerA second person seriously injured on the Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers has had their leg amputated.

Vicky Balch, 20, was riding the front row of the ride when it collided with an empty train on 2 June.

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How to become a Halloween scare maze actor

The SanctuaryThe American-influenced concept of walk-through scare attractions is an increasing presence at UK theme parks during Halloween.

Thorpe Park and Alton Towers now have numerous scare mazes, and smaller independent theme parks have attempted to follow suit in recent years.

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Why has Rage stayed open while Saw has closed?

Rage and SawThere are two UK rollercoasters of similar design to The Smiler at Alton Towers, and while one has closed, the other has remained open.

The accident on Alton Towers’ ride earlier this month led Merlin Entertainments to immediately close Saw – The Ride at its sister attraction Thorpe Park.

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Dreamland Margate reopens after 10 years

Dreamland Margate helter skelterDreamland Margate has reopened under the banner of a “re-imagined” historical theme park after 10 years.

Dating from the 1920s, when the park’s Scenic Railway ride was opened, the park closed in 2005.

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