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How the media reported on the Ultimate deer hit

Nothing quite fires the imagination of sensationalist British newspapers as a rollercoaster accident, and Final Destination-cum-Stephen King references can emerge. Last weekend, when a juvenile deer was sadly killed after being struck by The Ultimate…



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What next for Chessington World of Adventures?

It has traditionally been the mid-range, families with growing children, theme park in Merlin Entertainments’ portfolio of UK theme parks. But with Thorpe Park this year shunning its “thrill capital” approach and moving towards the…


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Nemesis: 20 years of a world class rollercoaster

It was built to redefine Britain’s most successful theme park. 20 years on, the Nemesis rollercoaster continues to set the standard at Alton Towers. From claiming countless pairs of loosely-fitted Nike Air Max trainers in…


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Merlin’s new VIP annual pass: Worthy of £500?

Merlin Entertainments has announced a £500 ‘VIP’ annual pass, which offers an extensive number of benefits at its attractions. But how popular will uptake of the product be? We take a closer look at the…


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Volunteers helping Dreamland rise from ashes

by Peter Andrews After months – and indeed years – of legal proceedings, court cases and appeals, Dreamland Margate opened its doors on 16 November after an emotional ribbon cutting ceremony.


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Could the Oblivion rollercoaster ever stall?

By all sensible definitions, it is the steepest rollercoaster in UK – and also has the fastest drop – but could Alton Towers’ Oblivion ever realistically stall? With a 180 foot (55 metre) drop and…


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The strange white paint on rollercoaster tracks

If you visit theme parks early in the season, you might have noticed that on some rides there are peculiar-looking patches of white spray paint. Particularly noticeable on Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s veteran Wild Mouse rollercoaster,…