2016 has proven memorable in the UK theme park industry for a number of reasons.
The internet has relentlessly dented the aspirations of many a theme park for keeping new ride projects under wraps until they open.
It is a common basis for a newspaper feature – ‘person loses X stone after ride embarrassment’ – or something similar.
Media outlets are well-known for sensationalising routine theme park occurrences, and Monday’s stoppage of Alton Towers’ Galactica ride was no different.
The Smiler accident at Alton Towers crippled its visitor numbers in the second half of last year.
The Virginia Reel was one of the most exciting and untempered rollercoasters to have graced the world’s amusement parks.
A mobile phone application has been launched that could have a certain appeal to theme park enthusiasts.
The cost of admission to the UK’s major theme parks has once again risen considerably above the national rate of inflation.