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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…



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How Merlin’s parks might change after flotation

As Merlin Entertainments prepares to become a public company within just a few months’ time, the pressure of shareholders will have wide-ranging impact. The impending stock market flotation will consolidate the expectation of year-on-year continuous…


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Why is it big when rollercoasters break down?

When rollercoasters break down – or stop on their lift hills – it is usually made a big deal of by tabloids and news organisations. Usually explained by power cuts or safety systems stopping the…