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an Archive of all news items featured on the Joyland Books News Page between 1 August 2001
and 31 December 2001.
All the Fun of the Fair at Loughborough [23/12/01]
Two Volume Video of Coney Island: Available Now [16/12/01]
Texas Tornado Heads Up British Amusement Parks Video [14/12/01]
December on TheGalloper.com [13/12/01]
The December edition of TheGalloper.com, the Internet magazine devoted to the old-time fairground, is online now. World's Fair reporter Andrew McKinley ends the 2001 season in style at the Victorian extravaganza at Higham Ferrers.TheGalloper.com takes to the road with the Harris brothers at one of England's most ancient street fairs. And there is a look back over the 2001 season. Despite the Foot & Mouth epidemic that decimated the calender there was plenty to see. All this and more at www.thegalloper.com.
New Release: Fairground Art Step-by-Step [8/12/01]
Innovative New Thrill Ride Announced [8/12/01]
Interactive Rides, the recently-launched Utah-based rides manufacturer, has announced a major new thrill ride which simulates the effects of skateboarding. The SkySkater Extreme uses a skateboard look-alike vehicle on a pivoting driven track to simulate the motion of "skateboarding in a half-pipe." The press release states: "With 65 feet of track raising its passengers to 45 feet in the air at a 30° angle, the SkySkater Extreme dives at 30mph. The passengers see the end of the track disappear underneath them before stopping and reversing direction. Imagine the track extended over a cliff or over water, which is where the passengers sense they are going. The SkySkater Extreme is sure to thrill riders of all levels." A junior version of the ride, called simply the Sky Skater, has also been launched. Interactive Rides was formed by former staff of rival manufacturer S&S Power. More information on the SkySkater and SkySkater Extreme can be found here.
Alton Towers Angers Local B&Bs [29/11/01]
Alton Towers has been criticised by local Staffordshire businesses for its plans to build a new £35 million hotel at the theme park. Local hoteliers believe that it will be difficult to compete against the new hotel, and that trade will ultimately be lost as visitors choose to stay at the Tussaud's-owned park in favour of local hotels and guest houses. Members of the Alton and District Accommodation Providers for Tourism (ADAPT) are worried that many local B&Bs could be put out of business by the new hotel. The Alton Towers hotel, which was permitted earlier this year, will include 200 bedrooms, a swimming pool and conference centre and is set to open for the 2003 season. Other theme parks also planning new accommodation include Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which has received planning permission for a 150-bedroom hotel, and Camelot Theme Park at Chorley, which has received permission for a 75-unit holiday village.
Flamingo Land Faces Legal Battle [29/11/01]
Flamingo Land in North Yorkshire has been threatened with legal action over the siting of caravans at the theme park without planning permission. Planners from Ryedale District Council had noticed the 36 caravans on a routine visit to the site and had advised the park to submit a retrospective planning application or face enforcement action. Officers have, however, recommended that councillors refuse the application stating that the poorly screened caravans are a significant intrusion into the open countryside. If planning permission is refused, Rydale District Council can issue an enforcement notice requiring the caravans to be removed within a set time period. If the caravans are not removed, Flamingo Land will face legal action. The caravans are used to accommodate the park's seasonal workers.
Major Operator Quits Southport Pleasureland [29/11/01]
Silcock's, the major funfair operator, has relinquished all of its interests in the Pleasureland amusement park at Southport. The Company, which also operates the Funland amusement arcade at Southport Pier, has sold all of its rides at the park. The Pleasureland rides sold by Silcock's include the swirl and the dodgems. Silcock's has instead announced a £2m investment in Blackpool, with the purchase of the Carousel Amusement Centre, next door to the Company's existing Fun Palace. This creates the largest single frontage on the Golden Mile, and is believed to be a move to cash in on the forthcoming regeneration of Blackpool as a major Vegas-style casino and gambling destination.
Subscriptions to Antique Amusements Magazine Available Now [10/11/01]
Loudoun Castle Theme Park Secures Planning Permission [10/11/01]
Scotland's Loudoun Castle has successfully appealed against the decision of East Ayrshire District to refuse planning permission for a development of holiday lodges at the theme park. The park had received planning permission in 1997 for the lodges, but the permission lapsed after five years. When the theme park applied to have the permission renewed to allow them to develop the holiday village over the next five years, East Ayrshire Council refused permission, stating that it would harm the openness and visual amenity of the area. The Secretary of State overruled the Council's decision, stating that he considered that the development would result in minimal visual impact. A number of other theme parks plan to introduce on-site accommodation, including Camelot Theme Park, Chorley, and Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Amusement Park Jobs to Go [10/11/01]
Up to 875 jobs in the UK amusement parks and arcades industry are expected to be shed next year according to a report by Plimsoll (www.plimsoll.co.uk). The Plimsoll Portfolio Analysis looked at the financial performance of 298 companies, and revealed that 85 per cent of the industry will need to shed jobs in the next 12 months due to the rising cost of wages. The industry, which has been badly hit by foot and mouth and by the terrorist attacks of 11 September, has seen sales fall by nine per cent over the last three years. Over the same period the wage bill has risen by 21 per cent.
New Funfair Videos Released [7/11/01]
Excellent New Book Features Spanish City Amusement Park [7/11/01]
Thorpe Park Fined [6/11/01]
Thorpe Park has been fined £2600 after school children were found to be working illegally at the Surrey theme park. The fine was for more than 40 breaches in employment law relating to eight children. The breaches included children working without a permit and children working longer than the permitted number of hours. A statement for Thorpe Park said that the breaches were due to an administrative error. The park was also ordered to pay £60 costs.
Man Killed on Camelot Roller Coaster [22/10/01]
A man was killed at 2pm this afternoon on a roller coaster at the Camelot Theme Park, Chorley. The man, an employee, died when he was struck by a car on the Gauntlet roller coaster. The Gauntlet, a Pinfari looping coaster, was a new addition to the park for 2001, having moved from Dreamland amusement park at Margate, Kent. A full investigation has been launched by the Health and Safety Executive, and the park was immediately closed after the incident.
History of Southend Kursaal: New Book Announced [15/10/01]
Joyland Books is delighted to announce the forthcoming
release of a book telling the history of the Kursaal Amusement Park, Southend-on-Sea.
Written by Ken Crowe, in association with the Southend Museum, the book follows on from
the very successful exhibition on the history of the Kursaal which is currently on show at
Southend Museum. The Kursaal was the South's biggest amusement park, and included rides
such as the huge Cyclone wooden roller coaster and Caterpillar. The story of the Kursaal
has already been covered in the popular video By Its Dome
It's Known, still available from Joyland Books, but this will be the first time the
famous amusement park's history will have been the subject of a book. The publication will
be fully illustrated (Southend Museum was given the Kursaal photographic archive by
Kursaal Estates Ltd when the Kursaal closed in 1986), and will therefore be an important
addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in the history of British amusement parks,
roller coasters and fairgrounds. The release date of the book is November 2001 [Update 23/12/01: Release of this book is expected mid-2002]. As soon as the book is released we will post a further News item on this page.
New Release: The Third Video History of Belle Vue [13/10/01]
Now Available: The Story of New York's Coney Island [13/10/01]
Nottingham Goose Fair 2001 Now Available on Video [13/10/01]
No Dollywood Theme Park for the UK [8/10/01]
Joyland Books can
exclusively confirm that there will be no Dollywood Theme Park for the UK. We reported on
our News page on 23 September 2001 that Dollywood, the Tennessee theme park owned by
Islands in the Stream singer Dolly Parton, was searching for potential theme park sites in
the United Kingdom. A spokesperson for Dollywood has issued this statement: "We
did check into this and while
Special Offer: Save £9.36 Off the Price of Fairground Art CD-ROMs [7/10/01]
More Fantasy Island News [6/10/01]
Joyland Books has now received further news on the major new tourist attraction to be opened at Skegness by Blue Anchor Leisure, the Company which owns The Magical World of Fantasy Island, Ingoldmells. The new attraction will be a £5 million investment by John Woodward, the millionaire owner of Fantasy Island, and will be a leisure and retail development. The complex will be Victorian themed, and will include a children's amusement park. This investment is in addition to the recently announced £35 million investment into the Fantasy Island amusement park, which will include the installation of a Hammerhead Stall roller coaster. Woodward now awaits the decision on the Skegness planning application, which is expected to be announced on 31 October. Watch this space!
Fantasy Island Gets Planning Permission for Huge New Coaster [5/10/01]
Fantasy Island at Ingoldmells has received planning permission for two massive new rides. The rides are to be added to the park following this year's installation of Jubilee Odyssey, the 233 feet high custom-designed multi-looping roller coaster which will open at the park in 2002. The new ride will be a 205 foot high Vekoma Hammerhead Stall coaster. The massive hyper coaster will launch riders in up the first 205 foot high tower, after which the car will then spin around, drop back down the tower and race up a 205-foot tower on the opposite side. The ride has received approval from the planners partly because it will be a full 8.5 metres lower than the Jubilee Odyssey coaster, which is also built by Vekoma. The new ride will take up 80 car parking spaces, but Fantasy Island plans to open a further area of car parking to compensate for this loss. To date there has been no installation of a Hammerhead Stall coaster at any park, although a prototype has been operating at Vekoma's testing ground. The second ride will be a Booster ride, similar to the one currently travelling the UK's fairgrounds. The ride resembles a giant propeller, with each of the two 25 metre arms (which both carries four passengers) suspended on a central spindle. This ride will be located in a completely new area of the park, to the north of the existing amusement park area. Whether the coaster installation will be affected by the collapse of coaster builder Vekoma is not known at the present time.
In a separate development, Fantasy Island owner John Woodward has been revealed as the developer behind a multi-million pound leisure scheme for a prime Skegness seafront site. Woodward's company, Blue Anchor Leisure, fought off opposing plans by three other developers. The details of the planned attraction have not yet been revealed, but Joyland Books will report the news as soon as it breaks. (With thanks to Steve Tipton)
New Range of Fairground Videos Available From Today [24/9/01]
Possible Dollywood Theme Park for UK [23/9/01]
British newspaper the Sunday Times reports today that Dolly Parton, the international country and western recording artist and owner of the Dollywood Theme Park, is searching for a site for a Dollywood park in the United Kingdom. A site in the Midlands is currently favourite for the first Dollywood theme park outside of the United States. Dollywood, which opened 15 years ago at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, covers 100 acres and has a selection of music, crafts, attractions, and rides. The biggest attraction at the US park is the Tennessee Tornado, a 163 foot high, double inversion steel coaster built by Arrow Dynamics in 1999 at a cost of $8 million.
Limited Support for Reopening of Spanish City Amusement Park [23/9/01]
Fantastic New Funfair Videos Available Now [19/9/01]
Kursaal Amusement Park: Special Offer [19/9/01]
Joyland Books is able to bring you a special offer on the audio history of Southend's famous Kursaal, the South of England's biggest amusement park. Produced as a radio series back in 1993 for Eastern Counties Radio, Let's all go to the Kursaal and We've all been to the Kursaal tell the full story of the amusement park from its early days when simple fairground rides were operated on the site by showmen, through its days as London's favourite playground, to its sad decline and eventual closure in the 1980s. These radio programmes have been released on two audio cassettes, and are available from Joyland Books as a special offer. Click here for details.
South Coast Amusement Park to Remove Roller Coaster [16/9/01]
£300m Film Studio Theme Park Planned for South Wales [11/9/01]
Joyland Books can confirm that Britain's first film studio theme park is planned for an ex-quarry site at Llanilid near Cardiff, close to the M4 motorway. The proposal has been announced by developers JV Partnership (a joint venture between Westair and Fairfield Properties) and would include an international film academy and studio, a film tour, restaurants, bars, hotel and conference centre. The attraction is predicted to attract up to 1.2 million visitors a year and would create up to 2000 jobs. Theme park expert Nicholas James, editor of the eDreams UK Theme Parks site, said today: "This is exciting news for the UK theme park industry. There has been no shortage of proposals for studio-based theme parks, most notably the 1990s proposal for a Warner Brothers Movie World at Hillingdon, but sadly none have come to fruition. Following the closure of the Granada Studios Tour, the UK would really benefit from an attraction like this. But it is probably a case of 'first come, first served'. I don't see that there is a market for more than one such attraction." More news as it breaks.
The Story of Southend's Kursaal Amusement Park Available on Video [10/9/01]
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Boss Seeks Information on Old Rides [5/9/01]
Geoffrey Thompson, the Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, is seeking information on two of the vintage rides currently operating at his Pleasureland Amusement Park in Southport. In a letter printed in trade newspaper World's Fair, Thompson asks anyone who has information about the Caterpillar and Lighthouse Bowl Slide to write to him at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Thompson states that the Caterpillar was "previously operated at Southport by Sunnysands Amusements. We think it was manufactured some time in the early '20s." If you do have information on the history of these rides, contact details for the Pleasure Beach can be found on the Blackpool Pleasure Beach website, which is included in the Joyland Books Directory.
UK-First Water Ride Announced for Oakwood [2/9/01]
Oakwood Leisure Park in South West Wales has announced a major new water ride for 2002, which will be a UK first. The ride will be a Chute Ride, similar to the Perilous Plunge ride, which opened last year at Knotts Berry Farm, California. The ride will feature a near vertical drop of 75 degrees and a state-of-the-art magnetic braking system allowing operators to control the splash. It will use large boats capable of carrying 24 passengers and will feature an drop of around 100 feet.
Major New Rides Open at Welsh Amusement Park [23/8/01]
Two major new rides have opened at Tir Prince Raceway Amusement Park in Wales. This large permanent park at Towyn, near Rhyl, has now opened a Reverchon Log Flume and a Eurostar Giant Wheel. Both of the rides have been purchased from C&G Attractions and were previously travelled. Existing rides at the park include a Top Spin, Miami and Go-Karts. The park has also had general improvements to the layout and infrastructure. Details of how to get to this rapidly growing amusement park can be found at the park's official website, which is listed in the Joyland Books Directory.
New Fairground Art CD-ROMs Released [22/8/01]
Belle Vue Videos Now Available from Joyland Books [21/8/01]
Fun Fair History Book Now Available from Joyland Books [15/8/01]
Tussauds Group to Close Attraction [15/8/01]
Theme park giant, the Tussauds Group, has announced that it is to close one of its most famous attractions. The company, which includes Alton Towers and Thorpe Park in its portfolio of tourist destinations, is to close Rock Circus in London due to dwindling visitor numbers. The attraction has been a dominant feature of Piccadilly Circus since it opened in 1989, but in recent years has failed to pull in the crowds, despite a multi-million pound make-over in 2000. Tussauds has decided that it will close Rock Circus to allow it to focus more on its core attraction, Madame Tussauds. Tussauds has opened new Madame Tussauds museums in Las Vegas, Hong Kong and New York in the last two years. Rock Circus has attracted more than six million visitors since it opened, and will close in a matter of weeks.
Flamingo Land to Remove Roller Coaster [12/8/01]
New CD-ROM Available Exclusively From Joyland Books [11/8/01]
Nicola explains that further releases are just around the corner: "We have already commissioned series of CD-ROMs, which will be released over the next few months, covering a whole plethora of rides and amusement park attractions. Gallopers at the Amusement Park is a very strong first release, featuring these beautiful machines at no less than 41 British amusement parks." Click here for details on this first release.
Fairground Heritage Series Comes Exclusively to Joyland Books [5/8/01]
Fairground enthusiasts are in for a treat as Joyland Books adds the entire Fairground Heritage Series to its line-up. This series of quality, colour publications are brought to you by the family behind Carter's Royal Berkshire Steam Fair, the most famous vintage fairground in the United Kingdom, and Joyland Books is the only place on the Internet you will find them! Pick from books about Steam Gallopers, Swings, Arcades and Slot Machines and the fantastic history of showman's living wagons, A Palace on Wheels. Also on the subject of fairground history, our bumper new line-up of books includes Heart of England Fairs by Vanessa Toulmin, Fairground Strollers and Showfolk by Frances Brown and The Billy Butlin Story. This adds to our already impressive list of fairground books; click here to browse our fairground titles.
Belle Vue History Book Available Now [5/8/01]
Following the success of The Belle Vue Story and Looking Back at Belle Vue, Joyland Books is now pleased to add a further book on the history of Manchester's famous amusement park and zoo. Called simply Belle Vue, the book tells the history of this legendary park in photographs. "Those interested in vintage roller coasters will be particularly impressed by the stunning pictures of the Figure Eight, Scenic Railway and, most notably of all, the legendary Belle Vue Bobs roller coasters", said Joyland Books spokesperson Nicola Laister. "We expect this book to be a big seller." Click here for details.
Joyland Books Now Accepts Credit Cards [28/7/01]
Joyland Books is delighted to announce that as of today you can buy books on-line using your credit card. The system is very easy to use, explains Joyland Books spokesperson Nicola Laister: "We are very pleased to be able to introduce our new-look website. To buy a book, simply click the 'Buy Now' link next to any book and you will be taken to your Shopping Basket. You can either proceed to the secure server to checkout, or you can browse around the site further. Your book will still be there when you go back to your Shopping Basket. A 'View Shopping Basket' button is visible towards the top right-hand corner of most pages." According to Nicola Laister, security has been a major consideration in the site's upgrade. "I firmly believe that the Internet is the safest way to shop. And Joyland Books uses the most advanced encryption technology available. Shopping at Joyland Books really is totally secure." For more information about paying by credit card, visit our How to use your Shopping Basket Guide. Joyland Books accepts VISA, Mastercard, Delta, JCB and Switch. Any customer still wishing to pay back cheque can print out an order form by clicking the link adjacent to each of the books, which can be found against each book's details.
New BBC Drama Set at Welsh Amusement Park [28/7/01]
A new three-part drama series from the BBC is to be set at Coney Beach Amusement Park in Wales. Tales from the Pleasure Beach, as the new series will be called, will feature a self-contained story each episode, and charts the relationships of a different trio of people each week set against the backdrop of the funfair. The series begins at 9.50pm on Thursday 2 August and will air on BBC2. Each episode will run for 40 minutes.
Merlin's Magic Land Puts All Its Rides Up For Sale [21/7/01]
Twin-Track Racing Coaster Permitted at Chessington [19/7/01]
Chessington World of Adventures has been granted planning permission for a twin-track racing roller coaster. First announced in July 1998, the ride will be part of the further development of the new Beano Land, on the site of the former Circus World area. The planning permission allows for the "redevelopment of circusworld to provide twin track coaster ride, dodgems ride, round ride, show venue building with ancillary catering, retail and games buildings, landscaping and water features." The park now has five years in which to install the ride before the permission lapses.
New Ride Opens at Luna Park [19/7/01]
Funeral for Roller Coaster Victim [8/7/01]
A date has been announced for the
funeral of Gemma Louise Savage, the student who suffered fatal injuries following the
crash on Lightwater Valley's new Treetop Twister roller coaster ride two weeks ago. Her
funeral will take place at Swinton's St Margaret's Church, near Rotherham, on 10 July at
12.45pm. The cause of the accident has still not been established and Police are now
anxious to speak to two men who were in the car in front of Miss Savage at the time of the
crash. Meanwhile, the inquest into Miss Savage's death has suffered a setback after
coroner Jeremy Cave, who was to have opened the investigation in Harrogate last week, has
been suspended on charges of fraud.
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