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Chessington prosecuted over 2012 girl fall

Tomb Blaster entrance [©Tim Griffiths/Theme Park Junkies]Chessington World of Adventures is to be prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following a girl falling and being serious injured in 2012.

Park operators Merlin Entertainments have been summoned to appear at Redhill Magistrates’ Court on 4 November.

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Deer struck by Ultimate rollercoaster

The UltimateA deer was “killed instantly” when a train from Lightwater Valley’s Ultimate rollercoaster hit a deer over the weekend.

A spokeswoman told the Darlington & Stockton Times: “We can confirm a young deer did unfortunately get hit by the Ultimate train yesterday and was killed instantly.

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‘2,000 safety defects’ identified at Chessington

Chessington World of Adventures logoA surveyor that identified ‘2,000 safety defects’ at Chessington World of Adventures failed in a bid to prevent the park opening in 2013, it has emerged.

Dr Peter Cave and his consultancy company Peer Egerton were commissioned by park operators Merlin Entertainments to assess the park following an accident in 2012.

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Carnival of Screams maze leaves Alton Towers

Carnival of Screams

The Carnival of Screams scare maze has left Alton Towers’ lineup of Halloween attractions, it has been announced.

The park’s annual Scarefest event this year runs between 18 October and 2 November and will feature a new attraction called Scary Tales.

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Alton Towers launches food discount vouchers

Pizza (generic image)Alton Towers has launched a number of discount vouchers for its fast food restaurants, following recent price increases.

The vouchers, which can be printed off by guests that visit the park’s website, offer discounts when between two and four meals are bought.

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Fantasy Island will open for 2015 season

The park features the UK's tallest Vekoma Suspended Looping Coaster, the Odyssey

Fantasy Island has confirmed that it will open for the 2015 season, despite the amusement park entering administration earlier this month.

The attraction confirmed via a posting on its Facebook page that it would open for business on 28 February next year, following the usual winter break.

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Whirlwind flat ride to leave Lightwater Valley

WhirlwindThe Whirlwind flat ride is to leave Lightwater Valley, following its placing on the market by the theme park.

It was installed at the North Yorkshire park for the 2011 season, after being on hire in the latter part of the previous year.

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Alton Towers Enchanted Village to open April 2015

Alton Towers Enchanted VillageAlton Towers’ new resort accommodation – the Enchanted Village – will open on 18 April 2015, it has been confirmed.

The Staffordshire theme park is currently constructing the new offering, which will feature ‘lodge’ and ‘treehouse’ accommodation.

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Operator ran Twister at ‘50% above speed limit’

NewsA fairground ride operator has been accused of operating a Twister ride at 50% above its maximum recommended speed limit.

A hearing at Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard the claims following an accident on 3 November 2012 at the Hollowell Steam Rally and Heavy Horse Show.

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Welsh rides condemned for electrocution risk

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) logoTwo fairground rides based in Wales were condemned by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) earlier this year for presenting a risk of electrocution, it has emerged.

A travelling-type Formula 2000 ride, a children’s attraction featuring a number of different themed vehicles, was one of the affected rides.

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