Monday, September 28, 2020

Tag: Theme Park

Gyrosaur opens at Gulliver’s Valley

Gyrosaur Gullivers
A new thrill-ride has opened at Gulliver’s Valley theme park in Rotherham, which its owners hope will round out the attraction’s appeal to families with older children.

Skill Cut Winner goes to the fair

Skill Cut Winner Electrocoin
Electrocoin’s Skill Cut Winner, which can be found at all major FECs, theme parks, bowling centres and single sites throughout the UK, is now a big winner with travelling fairs.

Mysterious new owner scoops up Pleasure Island

Pleasure Island Cleethorpes mystery new owner
A shuttered Lincolnshire theme park looks set to be resurrected in due course, with its owner claiming that the ink is already drying on an agreement which will soon see the attraction change hands.

“Scotland’s Theme Park” back in business

Scotland theme park
Scotland’s only major theme park has been resuscitated out of administration by what appears to be a new generation of the park’s former owner’s family.

Shanghai Disney paves way for re-opening of UK amusement parks?

Shanghai theme park
Disney’s theme park in mainland China is back open for business, with two major “new normal” Covidbusting measures which may well be copied closer to home. Will UK operators be ordering a Chinese takeaway this summer?

Ten parks nominated for first UK Theme Park of the Year

Thorpe Park rollercoaster ThemeParks-UK award nomination
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, ThemeParks-UK has launched the UK Theme Park Awards, celebrating the best British attractions in over 20 categories.

M&D defend asset purchase of collapsed company

M&D Lochview Theme Park new company
The directors of M&D Leisure have defended their decision to purchase part of the collapsed amusement park firm through a newly established company as “the best option” for the future.

“Scotland’s Theme Park” goes into administration

Scotland theme park closes
The list of economic victims of the coronavirus shutdown grew yet further last week, with the sad news that Scotland’s largest theme park had been forced into administration.

Seven zones planned for London’s long running saga of new theme park

London Resort
New images and details have been released of the massive new London theme park which has been billed as Britain’s home-grown version of Disneyland.

Drayton Manor refocuses in new ten-year strategy

Drayton Manor 10 Year strategy
One of the directors of the family-owned Drayton Manor theme park in Staffordshire has revealed details of a ten-year strategy plan which, so he hopes...

TripAdvisor names the best UK theme parks

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TripAdvisor has named the UK's top 10 theme parks, with Paulton's Park in Romsey coming out on top in a visitor vote. Paulton's Park has been named the top UK theme park by Tripadvisor users. To collate the Traveller's Choice Amusement and Water Park 2019 list, the ratings website took into account both quality and quantity of reviews. The top 10 UK...

Planning board call off Tayto Park’s €14m coaster

Tayto Park Planning
Ireland’s planning authority has refused permission for Tayto Park new E14m rollercoaster, dubbed ‘Coaster 2021’, in a decision that “may bring the longer..

Merlin Entertainments approves £6bn bid from Lego family

Legoland takeover Merlin Entertainments
Lego owner Kirkbi has agreed a £5.9bn acquisition of Merlin Entertainments, after the Thorpe Park operator’s board unanimously approved the bid, the..

London Resorts push for multiple licence partners

The seemingly perennial planning stage of the £3.5bn London Resorts theme park is rolling one once more with the release of new information around licence partnerships. The project had started under the banner of entertainment giants Paramount but a split between the company and developers London Resorts Company Holdings (LRCH) was announced last year. It is now understood that the group...

Flamingo Land reveal Loch Lomond plans

Loch Lomond
Flamingo Land has released its plans for the proposed development at Loch Lomond as the operator seeks “planning permission in principle” for the attraction. The blueprints include a 60 room hotel, 105 self-catering lodges, 20 houses, a monorail, a brewery, a leisure area, restaurants and retail areas,with the surrounding woodland to be used for forest adventure rides, tree top walks...

Kent theme park signs Thames ferry deal

Developers of the proposed London Resort theme park have signed an agreement with operators of the Thames Clippers service to ferry visitors between London and the amusement site in Kent.   Those wishing to visit the long-mooted London Resort theme park in Swanscombe, Kent may well be able to do so via a Thames ferry service, following the signing of an...

Waterworld Group receives green light for £10m expansion plan

Mo Chaudry, leisure entrepreneur and star of the Channel 4 TV show Secret Millionaire, has confirmed plans to start work on a £10m expansion and development plan of the Waterworld complex in Stoke-on-Trent.   The announcement comes as plans have been given the go ahead by Stoke-on-Trent City Council allowing his company, the Waterworld Group, to develop and expand the Waterworld...

Giant theme park opening pushed back

Humphrey Percy pushed back
The opening of a giant theme park in Kent has been pushed back for the fourth time, according to a release from developers.   London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH) first announced plans for its £3.2bn project in 2012, with an aim to be operational within seven years, but recent revelations now pushed back the opening to 2023. LRCH said that a final...

Pleasurewood Hills amusement park reveals year-round strategy

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Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft is set to build a new children’s indoor play area and develop a family Christmas show to attract visitors during the winter season.   The strategy is the brainchild of Adam Noble, who took over as general manager at Pleasurewood Hills amusement park in January this year. “It’s a shame that we have to close for much of...

Blackpool’s Resort Pass gets new white-knuckle thrill

Blackpool’s Resort Pass gets new white-knuckle thrill
Customers of VisitBlackpool’s Resort Pass will now be granted entry into the South Pier’s Adrenaline Zone. The pass gives visitors discounted admission to many of Blackpool’s attractions which now includes the spinning Skyscreamer and the Skycoaster, found in the zone. “This is a great opportunity for us to be able to partner with VisitBlackpool on the Resort Pass and we...

The Locker Network goes Banana’s in Colorado

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The Locker Network has continued its expansion into waterparks with a new installation at the Coconut Cove mini-waterpark at Banana’s Fun Park in Colorado.   Banana’s Fun Park has 150 keyless, electronic lockers in a mix of family and standard sizes which were installed free of charge by The Locker Network on a revenue share plan. The company also highlighted how the...

London Resort signs port deal for £3.2bn park project

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The firm behind an upcoming multi-billion pound leisure resort on the Swanscombe Peninsula have struck a deal with a major Essex port to facilitate the park’s construction.   The news comes just weeks after the company’s deal with major film studio Paramount fell through. "We have always spoken of our commitment to make use of the Thames both during construction and operation" London...

China amusement park could get very Messi

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Sky News is reporting that a consortium of Chinese firms is planning on opening an amusement park based on the world’s second best football player, Lionel Messi.   Set to span more than 80,000 sq metres, The Messi Experience Park will include more than 20 attractions at the site in Nanjing, eastern China. The park is set to open in early...

Leisure Island commits to being safe, not sorry

Coinslot - Leisure Island Canvey First Aid
The manager of Canvey’s Leisure Island theme park, who believes himself to have saved a man’s life, is planning to build a state-of-the-art first aid centre.   Scott Petty, 49, was working at the Leisure Island Fun Park, on Canvey seafront, when a woman ran in and asked for help after the 86-year-old tripped over his dog’s lead and injured himself. Mr...

DIY theme parks the next trends for toddlers?

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In trans-Atlantic related news, a two-year-old girl in the States has had her very own theme park built for her by her grandfather.   According to the Independent, Jimmy White, from Decatur, Texas, lives next door to his granddaughter, but had decided this proximity was not quite enough to strengthen their fledgling family relationship. When he found out that Sophia was on...

New ride brings a personal touch to theme park thrills

Coinslot - Ride Media Watch
A Dutch designer has invented a new theme park ride which purports to amend its scare level based on the rider’s heart rate and muscle tension   With new theme parks often comes new technologies, and New Atlas have reported this week that a Dutch designer has now invented a ride that changes speed based on how scared you are. Daniel de...

Chinese theme park causes Titanic outrage

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Media Watch explores the outrage caused by a Chinese theme park which as built a life-size replica of the fateful Titanic cruise liner.   The Sun has reported that plans for a life-size replica of the Titanic at a Chinese theme park has caused outrage among families of those on board the doomed liner. Chinese planners said the giant replica would be...

Disney upsets customers with ticket price hike

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Outrage from British public ensues following The Express' report of an increase from £1,768 to £2,316 in the cost of a 14 day Disney and Universal combo ticket, a rise of more than 30 percent in just 12 months. A basic two-week trip for two adults with two children over 10 with everything included, such as flights, hotels, car hire,...

Paramount theme park in Kent could open by 2022

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Plans for what’s being dubbed as Kent’s “Disneyland” are on track, according to the London Resort Company Holdings, and they are confident that they will be approved when the plans are submitted to the government.   The London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), the top bosses behind plans for a £3.5bn Paramount theme park in north Kent, insist the project is still...

Russia gets political with new patriotic theme park

Coinslot - Patriotic Russia Theme Park Reichstag
Media Watch explores the latest patriotic idea from Russia, a military themed playground for teenagers with a replica of Berlin’s Reichstag.   In a Media Watch story from another part of the world, this time via the Independent, is the bizarre news that the Russian military is building a replica of Berlin's Reichstag building as a playground for teenagers to attack...