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What we learned from Wardley and Varney Q&A

During 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…


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How theme park car parking charges compare

Having to pay for parking on top of admission is one of the theme park guest’s biggest gripes, but by how much do the charges vary? A significant number of smaller independent parks retain free…


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A park five times more popular than Alton Towers

If all goes to plan, Britain could be on the verge of having a new theme park attracting 15 million people per year. That’s the bold vision of those behind the ‘London’ Paramount project planned…


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2014 Trivia: Quiz of the year’s news

Try our quiz of 2014’s news and find out how much you were paying attention to the events of last year. The answers are given at the bottom of the page – so find out…


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What do you need to design and maintain rides?

With the news this week of Alton Towers teaming up with the Staffordshire University to offer a degree setting imaginations racing, we take a look at how you might be able to become intricately involved…


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Is Merlin tiring of its annual pass holders?

There was a time when Merlin Entertainments could not sell enough of its annual passes. However, there is increasing evidence that the number of people that use them to visit attractions is seen as becoming…


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Merlin: A year on from public ownership

Early next month will mark a year since Merlin Entertainments become a public company and floated on the London Stock Exchange. It was much talked about for years before it happened, with an aborted attempt…