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2013 Watch

After a year of Olympics, attention will wander from sporting arenas to theme park additions, with promising new attractions set to open at numerous locations in the United Kingdom. Here we will keep tally of what is and could be to come. Heard any news we’ve not covered? Drop us a line at airgates@live.co.uk .

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2013 Watch Key

Confirmed = Official press release acknowledged
Proposed = Planning permission / site activity
Unknown = Not known

2013 Watch’ UK theme and amusement parks

Adventure IslandConfirmed: The Time Machine spinning thrill ride
Alton TowersConfirmed: £18 Million ‘SW7′ Rollercoaster (on former Black Hole site)
Blackpool Pleasure Beach - Confirmed: Wallace and Gromit themed dark ride (on former Gold Mine site)
Camelot - Confirmed:Camelot has offically closed down, as confirmed by operator Knights Leisure.
Chessington World of Adventures - Confirmed: Zufari (vehicle based safari animal adventure)
Drayton Manor - Unknown
Fantasy Island – Unknown
Flamingo Land – Proposed: Compact Zamperla Volare flying coaster on former Corkscrew site.
Legoland Windsor - Confirmed: Duplo Valley Splash & Play – featuring water play area and ‘Brickville’.
Lightwater Valley – Confirmed: Eagles Rock Tractor ride,new children’s farm area, and Angry Birds activity park.
Gt. Yarmouth Pleasure Beach - Confirmed: Family Star compact junior spinning rollercoaster
Oakwood - Confirmed:£4million themed area with new rides, restaurant and shop.
Paulton’s Park - Confirmed: 4D Cinema experience and Jazz Street themed street
Pleasure Beach Blackpool – Confirmed: Wallace and Gromit themed dark ride (on former Gold Mine site)
Pleasurewood Hills – Confirmed:: A number of new flat ride additions, plus ‘Hobs Pit’ themed horror attraction.
Thorpe Park –  Confirmed: Selected seats facing backwards on The Swarm.
Confirmed: Also, ‘Crash Pad’ shipping container temporary accommodation.

Attraction Renovations

Blackpool Tower Dungeon - Confirmed: No new scenes for this year.
London Dungeon – Confirmed: To be relocated to County Hall from current location, with new/renovated scenes.
York Dungeon – Confirmed: Re-opens on 29th March with a refreshed look following flood damage last year.

  • Nickhutson

    Think you should add The London Dungeon relocation…?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001794186312 Adam Whittaker

      Will do that now, cheers Nick!

  • Joe

    Maybe you should add the recently flooded york dungeons to the renovations list.

    • http://www.airgates.co.uk Adam James

      Thanks for the reminder Joe – we’ll add it to the list.

  • Joe

    Another for new. Eagles creek with tractor ride and petting zoo. Also top secret investment

    • Online Editor

      Added Lightwater’s new tractor ride – thanks once again for your assistance!

  • Joe

    Might be becoming a bit of a nag but lightwaters adding an angry birds land

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