Archive for Features & Analysis

London Paramount: Will it happen?

London Paramount

Announcement after announcement, delay after delay – you’d be forgiven for thinking that the London Paramount project was nothing more than a pipe dream.

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2016: The year in review

2016: The year in review

2016 has proven memorable in the UK theme park industry for a number of reasons.

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SW8: Alton Towers’ not so Secret Weapon

Alton Towers SW8

The internet has relentlessly dented the aspirations of many a theme park for keeping new ride projects under wraps until they open.

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How rollercoaster rejection inspires weight loss

Cobra

It is a common basis for a newspaper feature – ‘person loses X stone after ride embarrassment’ – or something similar.

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Galactica stoppage: How the media responded

Galactica stoppage, 2 May 2016

Media outlets are well-known for sensationalising routine theme park occurrences, and Monday’s stoppage of Alton Towers’ Galactica ride was no different.

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Will Alton Towers recover from the Smiler crash?

Nemesis rollercoaster

The Smiler accident at Alton Towers crippled its visitor numbers in the second half of last year.

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Virginia Reel: The rollercoaster that time forgot

Virginia Reel

The Virginia Reel was one of the most exciting and untempered rollercoasters to have graced the world’s amusement parks.

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An app that counts the rides you’ve been on

Auto Ride Count app

A mobile phone application has been launched that could have a certain appeal to theme park enthusiasts.

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