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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,…


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Why has The Smiler had so many problems?

If you’ve been to Alton Towers this year and found its latest rollercoaster closed, you are far from alone. The Smiler opened more than two months behind schedule, but even then what was presented was…


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The best and worst of the TripAdvisor review

The end of the summer holiday period inches closer, and theme parks prepare to end their busiest time of year. This hive of activity is echoed by the surge in reviews on the travel website…


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Conversations with a ride structural engineer

Steve Buckley has been involved in Structural Engineering since leaving school at the age of 16 and today works on Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s famous rides. “Time flies”, he says as he recalls that was now…