Major theme parks re-opening this weekend

This weekend marks the re-opening of two of Britain’s biggest theme parks for the first time in 2012.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach will open its gates with most of its rides expected to be running, while Alton Towers will operate its three trademark Bolliger & Mabillard rollercoasters among a selection of other rides.

However, Alton Towers is warning that some rides may be unavailable or open later than advertised due to the recent “extremely low temperatures.”

The park lists all of its scheduled-to-be-open rollercoasters as being potentially affected, but stated: “We will of course do our very best to get these rides safely operational as early as possible,” on its website.

Half-price entry entry compared to the usual high season, featuring all rides, is on offer at both Pleasure Beach and Alton Towers.

In Blackpool, the Valhalla dark ride and Revolution rollercoaster are still undergoing face lifts, while at Alton Towers, Rita and Thirteen will remain closed until the start of the park’s main season in March.

Adventure Island enters its second weekend of opening, having opened its gates last Saturday.