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Flamingo Land plans expansion in Scarborough

Flamingo Land Coast [artist's impression]Flamingo Land is planning to expand its business by opening a small theme park on Scarborough seafront.

The working title of the project is currently Flamingo Land Coast, and would see rides and attractions installed on the site of the closed Futurist theatre in the North Yorkshire town.

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Blackpool to open Red Arrows-themed flat ride

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Project 2015Blackpool Pleasure Beach will open a Royal Air Force Red Arrows-themed flat ride in 2015.

The ride is widely-expected to be a Zamperla Air Race model, similar to that opened at Drayton Manor earlier this year.

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Chair-o-plane carousel ride ‘collapses’

NewsA chair-o-plane carousel ride collapsed at a funfair in Somerset last month, it has emerged.

A number of children were reportedly injured by the incident, which was reported in the local media initially.

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Merlin Annual Pass offered at £119 in new sale

New Merlin Annual Pass designMerlin Entertainments is offering its standard annual pass at a discounted price of £119 in a surprise sale.

Between 1 October and 9 November the product will be available at £50 less than its usual price of £169.

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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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