2016 UK theme park season ends

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

Alton Towers ended its season with its annual fireworks displays, held this evening and on Saturday, where the park reached its 28,000 capacity and was forced to turn people away.

The Staffordshire theme park this year reduced the length of the events by one day, following a programme of cost savings being implemented following 2015’s Smiler accident.

Operator Merlin Entertainments was fined last month for the crash.

The company’s other UK theme parks ended their seasons earlier in the week, following the completion of Halloween-type events.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach held a fireworks event on Saturday, which also saw the park open until 10pm.

Most independent theme parks closed last weekend, including Pleasure Island, who have taken the decision to close the park permanently.


No major new rides in the UK have been announced for 2017 as of yet.

It is also unknown if Alton Towers will reopen rides it closed as part of cost saving measures implemented throughout the 2016 season.

The park has also this year been closed during some term-time weekdays for the first time in recent memory.

Chessington Bubbleworks dark ride closed earlier this season, and is expected to receive a new theme based on the Gruffalo children’s character.