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How to become a Halloween scare maze actor

The 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…


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Why has Rage stayed open while Saw has closed?

There 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…


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Questioning aspects of BBC’s Smiler coverage

The 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…


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How the media reported the Smiler accident

Sensationalism 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…


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Alton must tread carefully to avoid PR disaster

by Michael Mander When 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…



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Thorpe Park Celebrity maze: What people say

Thorpe 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…


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Dreamland moving closer to becoming a reality

by Peter Andrews After 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…