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2016 UK theme park season ends

Stealth at Thorpe Park

The UK’s theme park season has ended, with most major attractions now closing until 2017.

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Pleasure Island theme park closes down

Boomerang rollercoaster, Pleasure Island

Pleasure Island theme park in Cleethorpes has closed down after more than 23 years of operation.

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Council criticised over Pleasure Island closure

Boomerang at Pleasure Island, Cleethorpes

The owner of the closing Pleasure Island theme park has accused the local council of a lack of support for tourism in Cleethorpes.

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London attractions ‘suppressing’ Merlin profits

London Eye, Merlin Entertainments

Merlin Entertainments has said the performance of its London attractions is “suppressing” company performance.

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Pleasure Beach announces Mack rollercoaster

Construction 2018, MXVIII, Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has confirmed details of a new double-launching rollercoaster opening in 2018, following earlier leaks.

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Alton Towers Smiler employee ‘under pressure’

The Smiler, Alton Towers

A ride consultant has described an environment of “pressure” relating to ride downtime at Alton Towers as being a relevant factor in the Smiler accident.

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Alton Towers fined record £5m over Smiler crash

The Smiler

Alton Towers operator Merlin Entertainments has been fined a record £5 million for the Smiler rollercoaster accident last year.

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Smiler operated above wind speed limit pre-crash

The Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers

Alton Towers personnel operated the Smiler rollercoaster in wind speeds exceeding manufacturer’s instructions the day the ride crashed last year.

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