In this week's poll, we ask whether theme park rides should come with movie-style age ratings.
Pleasurewood Hills, a small regional park in Suffolk, England, has landed itself in the headlines this week with the news that its new dark ride, Hobs Pit, has been awarded a 12A certificate by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). Technically-speaking, this means that no guests under 12 should be allowed on the ride unless accompanied by an adult - although it remains to be seen whether the park will really enforce this rule.
Theme parks in the UK are under no obligation to gain a BBFC rating for their rides, and height restrictions (for safety reasons) are more common. Indeed, the 12A rating for Hobs Pit is quite transparently a PR stunt, and the park will have paid a fee to the BBFC in order to carry out its assessment. The same can be said for the only other ride in the UK to carry a 12A certificate, Nemesis Sub-Terra at Alton Towers.
With horror-themed attractions such as Hobs Pit and Halloween scare mazes become increasingly popular, though, is it time to consider a more widespread roll-out of age restrictions at theme parks? Or is parental common sense a more appropriate way of ensuring kids aren't exposed to things that they shouldn't be?
Do theme park rides such as Hobs Pit really need to come with an age rating?
Should theme park rides come with age restrictions?
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