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 follow suit in recent years.
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 Entertainments to immediately close Saw – The Ride at its sister attraction Thorpe Park.
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 at Alton Towers.
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 the Smiler at Alton Towers.
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 the individual ride could possibly recover from PR crash that inevitably followed.
The 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.
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 their stint in the Australian jungle.
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 another stage closer to welcoming visitors back through its doors, when tickets finally went on sale at Dreamland HQ on Friday 27 March.