By Michael Mander
It’s been a jam-packed year for the theme park industry – but how much can you remember? Pens and paper at the ready: it’s time for the Theme Park Quiz of the Year!
Round 1 – Special Announcements
Q1) Following the announcement of a revamped experience, which ride was described by a Facebook commenter as “a logistical nightmare”?
Q2) Where did Alton Towers unusually reveal the logo of The Smiler using specially recruited farmers?
Q3) What explanation was given for the change of X at Thorpe Park that lead to it going forward?
Q4) Oakwood recruited KD Theming Technologies to aid with the creation of what new land?
Q5) Which park announced a £1million Angry Birds Activity Park in March?
Q6) In August, a set of figures were created for a permanent exhibition in Madame Tussauds London. Who did the figures depict?
Answers at the end of quiz
Round 2 – Births, Deaths and Birthdays
Q1) Which leisure personality passed away in September?
Q2) In February, which UK attraction announced the arrival of Chambered Nautilus, Monocentris Japonica and some sexy shrimp?
Q3) What is the name of the new spinning coaster opened at Great Yarmouth in March?
Q4) Paulton’s Park were forced to delete the Facebook page of which popular children’s character, after a hacking left posts describing fans as “you little bi****s”?
Q5) The National Lobster Hatchery welcomed an unusual lobster in July this year. What colour was it?
Q6) How many dimensions do Minehead Butlins promise from their new simulator?
Round 3 – Breaking News
Q1) Which Chessington World of Adventures ride left 40 people stuck in their restraints until 7.30pm?
Q2) Lynne Skeels was quoted in many national newspapers thanks to a Tweet she tent. Which notorious event had she witnessed in July?
Q3) Following a major UK Storm in October, name one of the three UK parks that could not open.
Q4) What caused an evacuation of TH13TEEN, all mazes to stop operating and The Smiler to close on the very first day of Alton Tower’s Scarefest?
Q5) Which theme park was the first to adopt photo-sharing service Snapchat?
Q6) The editor of which UK Theme Park news site sparked debate when an article criticised the Asylum NO campaign?
Round 4 – Special Report
Q1) Airgates was the first media outlet to publish a report on the Asylum NO campaign. However, were the following individuals, organisations and websites Asylum NO or Asylum YES when we interviewed them:
- Katie Sutton
- Claire Thomas
Q2) In a special report that received mixed response: which park was accused of taking ‘A Joke Too Far’ by dropping bolts on the floor and telling riders to ‘Hold on tight!’?
Q3) According to the first of four ’10 Things’ reports, what links Edvard Grieg, King Ceolred of Mercia and 200 abandoned gnomes?
Q4) In a children’s book entitled ‘Roller Coaster’, by David Glover, which type of roller coasters were claimed to have caused many fatal accidents, commonly caught on fire and now be banned in the UK?
Q5) In the special report ‘Are British Theme Parks the Best in the World?’, what were UK parks said to lack?
Q6) In a special ‘talkthrough’ review, which ride was described as “a true blast of nostalga for the many fans of the original film that started it all”?
Round 5 – Picture Round
Decipher the pictures to reveal an Airgates headline of 2013:
Round 6 – Missing Word
Fill in the blank of each of these Airgates headlines from 2013:
Q1) The __ Leaves Many Frowning
Q2) From __ to Resort as accommodation permission is gained
Q3) ‘__ Print’ Clothing Banned by Chessington
Q4/5) Thorpe Park Trial ‘__ and __’
Q6) __ Theme Park Halloween Interview
Q1) The Swarm
Q2) On sheep
Q3) Limit rider sickness
Q5) Lightwater Valley
Q6) One Direction
Q1) George Bryan
Q2) Sea-Life, Southend-on-Sea
Q3) Family Star
Q4) Peppa Pig
Q5) Bright Orange
Q1) Rameses Revenge
Q2) The Smiler ‘bolt incident’
Q3) Pleasurewood Hills, Drusillas Park or Brean Leisure Park
Q4) Park-wide power cut
Q5) Pleasurewood Hills
- Sectioned – Asylum NO
- ScareTourUK – Asylum YES
- Katie Sutton – Asylum NO
- Claire Thomas – Asylum YES
Q3) Alton Towers
Q4) Wooden coasters
Q6) Wallace and Gromit: Thrill-O-Matic
Lego – O – Land – Traffic – Kay – Oz
Legoland Traffic ‘Chaos’