Theme Parks; What’s New For 2017

January 27th, 2017 / Alton Towers, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Drayton Manor Theme Park, Gulliver's Theme Parks, Legoland Windsor, Thorpe Park / No Comments »

Theme Parks are always looking for ways to tempt customers back and there’s no better way than offering up a new attraction.  Who can resist the latest coaster calling your name or the magnetic pull of themed ride linked to your child’s favourite TV character!  Follow our round-up of the latest attractions coming to theme parks over the next few seasons.

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ADDED ELEMENT to Derren Brown's Ghost Train Photo credit: PIX.TIM ANDERSON

ADDED ELEMENT to Derren Brown’s Ghost Train Photo credit:


Thorpe Park; ADDED Element to Derren Brown’s Ghost Train

Thorpe Park have announced an added element for Derren Brown’s Ghost Train for 2017.  To be known as the Rise of the Demon, this latest project is promising to make your journey ‘deeper, darker and…more intense.’   Thorpe Park have recently released a teaser trailer about these adaptations to the world’s first psychological theme park experience.  To view the trailer plus more details can be found at Derren Brown’s Ghost Train; Rise of the Demon.

Drayton Manor; NEW Ride for Thomas Land

James & the Red Balloon will join 20 other themed rides & attractions within Thomas Land  at Drayton Manor this season.  Planned for opening on 1 April 2017, this gondola ride will offer young families a chance to reach the lofty heights of 1.5 metres above the ground for extensive views across the park.  Following a recent £2.5 million expansion to Thomas Land, this is an added bonus for Thomas fans everywhere.

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New ride for Drayton Manor

James and the Red Balloon at Drayton Manor Park, Artist’s Impression



A new interactive attraction is planned for LEGOLAND Windsor this year themed around those popular ninjas that children adore.  Planned to open on 1 May 2017, NINJAGO The Ride offers guests the chance to test out their ninja skills during a journey packed with 3D imagery, high tech sensors & 4D effects.  This signature ride takes top billing within the new NINJAGO World currently under construction.  You can find more details available at LEGOLAND WINDSOR; NINJAGO The Ride.

Look out for cheap tickets over on our LEGOLAND Windsor deals & discounts guide.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach; Construction 2018

Currently known as Construction 2018, Blackpool Pleasure Beach have big plans in place for the latest coaster to hit the theme park world.  This £16.5 million project will bring in the UK’s first ever double-launch coaster that will give the coaster not one but TWO powerful thrusts of acceleration during your ride experience.  Set to open in 2018 you can find out more information over at Blackpool Pleasure Beach; Construction 2018.

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Alton Towers grounds & castle ruins

Alton Towers, (photo; Phil Loach)


Alton Towers; 2 New Attractions for CBeebies Land

Look out for 2 NEW attractions for CBeebies Land opening in 2017 that are bound to go down a treat with younger guests.  Join Kyan, Xuli, Lars & Foz on the The Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom ride complete with interactive controls before joining characters for a new live interactive show based on the Furchester Hotel.  CBeebies Land is set within Alton Towers and is included within your standard theme park tickets.  Set to open in March 2017 you can find more information available at Alton Towers; New Attractions for CBeebies Land.

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NEW Theme Park for Gulliver’s

Plans have been submitted for a brand NEW Gulliver’s Theme Park to be located within Yorkshire.  This 250 acre site will include a new theme park, hotel accommodation, a 40m observation tower and even a creche for pets!  Gulliver’s Valley is set to built in stages with construction beginning sometime this year.  You can find more details over at Gulliver’s Theme Park; New Developments.

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Pirate ship ride for Gulliver's Theme Park

Gulliver’s Theme Park, (photo; Phil Loach)


Alton Towers SW8; NEW Coaster

Standing on the site of the former log flume site, the latest coaster planned for Alton Towers should be up & running for the 2018 theme park season.  Standing 196 metres high, this new wooden rollercoaster will include a number of ‘themed sound tunnels’ including one which will cover the entire first drop.  Known only as SW8 for now, aka secret weapon 8, you can find more details over at Alton Towers SW8; What We Know So Far.

Chessington World of Adventures; NEW Gruffalo Ride

Replacing the much-loved Bubbleworks at Chessington World of Adventures, look out for the new Guffalo themed attraction set to open in March 2017.  Based around Julia Donaldson’s best-selling story, join Mouse on a magical riverboat journey as you float down the lazy river.  More details available Chessington; The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure.

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