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Lightwater Valley has confirmed that it will install a permanent Mondial Topscan in 2011, with the ride set to retain the Whirlwind name that was used for a temporary version during the 2010 season.

The park revealed the news via its official Twitter feed, confirming persistent rumours that a Topscan would return to the park this year. The park has previously revealed that it will also open a new land, Skeleton Cove, in time for the new season.

The 2010 season saw a three-month stint at the park for a version of the Mondial ride, which was on loan from showman Alex Crow. Although it will reuse the Whirlwind name, the park is believed to be purchasing its own Topscan attraction to install in a new location between The Ultimate and Raptor Attack. Similar to Samurai at Thorpe Park, the Topscan sees guests sitting on rotating gondolas which rotate freely throughout the ride.

A video of the original Whirlwind in action prior to its removal in September is embedded below:

Full details of Skeleton Cove are yet to be revealed, although it is known that it will feature a pirate theme and will be located on the former site of Grand Prix Go Karts. It is believed that the area will be home multiple new rides aimed at a family audience, with Lightwater Valley rumoured to have bought up several attractions from the closed Loudoun Castle theme park in Scotland.

Lightwater Valley has introduced (and subsequently removed) a string of temporary attractions over the last few years, although it did invest £500,000 on retheming The Rat rollercoaster to become Raptor Attack in 2010.

You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new attractions through Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch" section.

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