Archive for Features & Analysis

The rapid acceleration of theme park prices

Rage at Adventure Island

The cost of admission to the UK’s major theme parks has once again risen considerably above the national rate of inflation.

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The extended family of Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Nigel Buchanan enjoyed working as a ride operator at Blackpool Pleasure Beach so much, he has just returned to the park for a second season.

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Quiz of 2015 – were you paying attention?

The Smiler

2015 was one of the most eventful and memorable – sadly for many wrong reasons – years in the history of UK theme parks.

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The progress of Fantasy Island in administration

Millennium rollercoasterFantasy Island is very much an amusement park for which the old Marmite cliché is valid.

Certainly it splits the theme park enthusiast community considerably, with many looking down on it with almost snobbishness.

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Merlin Entertainments far from dead in the water

Nick VarneyMerlin Entertainments is continuing to press ahead with major investments at its theme parks, despite recent setbacks.

The accident that seriously hurt five people at Alton Towers last month has had a huge effect on the company’s theme parks, that is unquestionable.

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£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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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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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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