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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Alton Towers reopens rides following accident

The Smiler entranceAlton Towers has reopened some of its rides that were closed as a result of the accident on The Smiler rollercoaster.

The X Sector area of the park – where the Smiler is located – reopened today, although the ride itself remains closed.

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Alton Towers crash 999 call delay ‘unforgivable’

The SmilerOne of those injured on Alton Towers’ Smiler ride has described the delay in contacting the emergency services as “unforgivable”.

Two of the rollercoaster’s trains collided on 2 June, seriously injuring five of those on board.

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Review: Sky Force at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach continued its traditional embracing of all things British when it announced a Red Arrows-theme ride.

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