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 rollercoaster at Lightwater Valley, there was a predictable flurry of headlines.
The year is 2024 and Alton Towers is preparing to open its gates for the new season with its admission price of £69.
The park remains Britain’s most popular theme park, with over 3 million visitors coming through its gates last year to see the new £27 million world-first rollercoaster.
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 family market, what could this mean for Chessington World of Adventures?
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 the mid 1990s, to spawning a spin-off ride last year, the ride continues to endure.
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 new pass and its offered benefits.
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.
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 a track length of 375 metres, it is difficult to imagine the ride stalling.
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, they are the remnants of off-season inspection activity.