Welcome back!

On behalf of Airgates, I hope you’re having a great 2013 so far. Nearly one month into the new year with no adrenaline boosting rides, it’s just aswell closed season is nearly over! Through the Airgates is your weekly dose of theme park gossip and news which may have slipped through most mainstream industry websites.

An annual Adventure

On the East coast, fans of Adventure Island can now purchase an annual pass for the amusement park. For the first time, regular visitors can now choose the option as opposed to daily wristbands or ride tickets. Pricewise, a pass will equate to the price of three visits. Annual passes will become available on Adventure Island’s website from February 4th.

Ever so accommodating..

Whilst the parks are still closed, revenue is still generated through bookings at resort hotels. Included with closed season stays (especially at Merlin Entertainments destinations), a number of themed weekends are coming up. At Chessington World of Adventures, African Adventures weekends consists of several Madagascar-based activities in the resort Holiday Inn and Zoo.

Over at Alton Towers, there are a vast range of themed weekends for everyone to enjoy. Spy Weekends include activities for younger families, whilst the popular Caribbean Weekend is perfect for adults to relax indoors from the winter weather.

Further information regarding all these events can be found at the bottom of this article.

SW7 ‘The Smiler’ Update

Whilst the name, length, speed and concept art have been revealed for Alton Towers’ upcoming rollercoaster, the design and other details are very much at the centre of discussion for enthusiasts. However, the park have released an image this week showing progress at the North of the construction site. The photo appears to have been taken from dive coaster Oblivion‘s elevated queueline.

The Smiler, as of 27th January (courtesy of Alton Towers/Twitter)


Related Links: African Adventures at Chessington / Themed Weekends at Alton Towers


Adam James Whittaker

Adam James Whittaker is an aspiring marketer, who has worked in the theme park industry for a number of years. He believes in the preservation of amusement heritage and using marketing effectively to promote new attractions and investments.

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