Editorials

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Editorial: Smoking bans mean nothing unenforced

A number of theme parks have now taken the populist approach of becoming ‘smoke free’, although the reality is somewhat different. Originating with the parks operated by Merlin Entertainments, smoking in queues has been ‘banned’…





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Editorial: Why theme parks should be classless

Theme parks thrived before the arrival of paid queue jumping and closer-to-entrance premium parking, so they could certainly survive without them now. The economic recession of the past five years has actually increased the amount…


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Editorial: How parks get caught in religious hate

Theme parks have recently become innocent victims in viral campaigns of religious hatred and fear. False reports of ‘Muslim only’ days at Alton Towers and Chessington World of Adventures have circulated on the internet on…


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Editorial: How paid queue jumps can spoil a day

Most of you who visit theme parks will be familiar with it in its various guises – Fastrack, Speedy Pass, Q-Bot, etc – but paid forms of queue jumping only serve to make everyone else’s time in queues longer.