Alton Towers reveals Wicker Man wooden coaster

Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK

Alton Towers reveals Wicker Man, a GCI wooden coaster set to open in spring 2018. Wicker Man, which will be the UK’s first wooden coaster in more than 20 years, has a height of 57.6 feet (17.5m) and a track length of 2,028 feet (618m). It is themed to a mystical group called the Beornen, and will feature fire effects. Click the headline for more information


Blackpool Pleasure Beach name new coaster

Blackpool, England, UK

Blackpool Pleasure Beach announced the name and unveiled the logo for their new-for-2018 Mack Rides double LSM launch coaster. Called Icon, the logo features a sword as the “I”, a Japanese Kanji character that means “speed” and has the tagline “Dare To Ride”.
Until now the £16.25 million ($20.8 million) project was simply called “Construction 2018”. The coaster will go over and around 15 of the park’s other rides, including The Big One. When it opens next spring, riders will experience the same acceleration as that felt by a Formula 1 driver, and will reach speeds of up to 80 mph (129 km/h). Click the headline for more information


Pleasure Island shuts gates for last time

Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, UK

After 23 years, Pleasure Island has closed its gates for what is, most likely, the last time. In September the park announced that the park was no longer commercially viable and it would close after a firework spectacular. 5,500 guests packed out the park for its final day on Saturday, October 29th. Owner Melanie Wood told the Grimsby Telegraph, “It is sad to see it closing but nice to see so many people. People have said how sad it is to see it closing. But it has not been enough. This is a lovely end to a long and happy time here at Pleasure Island.”