The heritage amusement park reopened today after a ten year closure.

The park hosted an official opening ceremony and ribbon cutting, attended by relatives of those who originally founded the park back in 1920 as well as an original brakeman on the Scenic Railway.

The event was extensively covered by various media and press outlets, and the coverage went well into late evening.

Hundreds of guests cheered as they were granted access to the site for the first time since 2005, getting the chance to see the refreshed penny arcade and roller disco shortly before the amusement park reopened.

Several of the new rides and attractions remained closed throughout the day, including the Big Wheel, Kiss Me Quick, Monotopia and the Counter Culture Caterpillar.

The Scenic Railway also remain closed as announced last week, but looked remarkably fresh and received positive comments regarding its aesthetic visuals from plenty of guests.

Despite the Scenic Railway closure, plenty of salvaged merchandise made from old wood belonging to the roller coaster was stacked on the shelves of the Emporium gift shops.

The park is far from complete however, only at the end of its first phase of redevelopment. The future holds further expansions for the park, new rides and the closure of the temporary Crazy Mouse spinning roller coaster.

Meesham’s Wall of Death¬†also made an appearance at the park, with frequent shows taking place every half an hour.

With all the staff showing an enthusiastic passion for the redeveloped heritage amusement park, it’s clear that the future for Dreamland can only be brighter.

Dan Wright

Dan is a graduate Journalism student who has been writing for Airgates since 2015. His passion and knowledge for the theme park industry sees him visiting theme parks across the world each year, mainly in Europe. Dan has appeared on behalf of Airgates on BBC Radio 5Live and BBC Radio Sheffield to part with his theme park/roller coaster knowledge to a public audience.

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