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 removes Wild Mouse

Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

The iconic Wild Mouse at Blackpool Pleasure Beach has been removed. Wild Mouse, which opened in 1958, was one of only four remaining wooden wild mouse coasters in the world. The coaster had been out of operation the final months of the 2017 season, but with the installation of new magnetic brakes earlier in the year it was hoped that Wild Mouse would undergo further refurbishment and reopen. However, its final closure and removal was announced in a press release by the park. 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.”