Archive for Features & Analysis

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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Questioning aspects of BBC’s Smiler coverage

The SmilerThe British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a world-renowned media organisation, particularly respected for its impartial news coverage.

However, it could be argued that the corporation has somewhat overindulged in the coverage of the Smiler accident at Alton Towers.

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How the media reported the Smiler accident

The Smiler logoSensationalism of accidents involving rides is common with the media, particularly the tabloid newspapers.

We take a look at some of the most memorable and unverified statements made in the wake of Tuesday’s accident on the Smiler at Alton Towers.

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Alton must tread carefully to avoid PR disaster

by Michael Mander
The Smiler 1When two carriages collided on The Smiler the park claimed their top priority was ensuring the safety of the guests.

It probably was. But close behind was, undoubtedly, how the park and the individual ride could possibly recover from PR crash that inevitably followed.

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The saddening decline of the chained oak tree

Chained OakThe old chained oak tree which lies close to Alton Towers – and is synonymous with local legend – has seen better days.

Its legend inspired the 2000-built Hex ride at the theme park, and many people have sought it out in the subsequent years.

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Thorpe Park Celebrity maze: What people say

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! mazeThorpe Park launched its new maze attraction based on the reality TV series I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! late last month.

It attempts to recreate the infamous ‘Bush Tucker Trials’ contestants endure during their stint in the Australian jungle.

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Dreamland moving closer to becoming a reality

by Peter Andrews
Scenic RailwayAfter a long and arduous journey, which has seen the Scenic Railway become a victim of a suspected arson attack, alongside many battles with the previous owners of the land, Dreamland moved another stage closer to welcoming visitors back through its doors, when tickets finally went on sale at Dreamland HQ on Friday 27 March.

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What we learned from Wardley and Varney Q&A

Nick VarneyDuring the recent celebrations for the Nemesis rollercoaster’s 21st anniversary, John Wardley and Nick Varney took questions from theme park enthusiasts.

The ride’s designer and the Merlin Entertainments chief executive – then a marketer for Alton Towers – revealed a number of interesting facts.

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