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Alton Towers reveals opening dates and hours for 2011 season

Alton Towers has confirmed its operating dates and opening hours for 2011, with the first day of the full season set to be Saturday, March 26.

Prior to that, the park will open from 10-4pm during the February half term week (which runs from February 19-27). During the spring, the park will open

Merlin clarifies changes to parking charges for Annual Passholders at UK parks

Merlin Entertainments Group has moved to clarify issues raised by its decision to introduce parking charges for Annual Passholders across its range of UK theme parks.

The company enraged existing passholders when it revealed the plans to begin charging Standard Annual Passholders for parking at

Merlin plans parking charge for Annual Passholders

Merlin Entertainments Group plans to introduce a parking charge for Annual Passholders across its range of UK theme parks, including Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, LEGOLAND Windsor and Chessington World of Adventures.

Towers Times reports that terms and conditions have been added to the Standard Me

Rumor: Dreamworks dispute forces Alton Towers to drop plans for Shrek 4-D in 2011

Plans to add a version of the popular Shrek 4-D attraction to Alton Towers have been scrapped, according to the latest rumour on the park's plans for 2011.

The rumour has been widely reported online, with Dreamworks (the production house behind the four Shrek movies) claimed to be behind the

Alton Towers prepares for 2010's "Ultimate Fireworks" events

Alton Towers is preparing for the return of its popular fireworks events, which will take place on November 5, 6 and 7, 2010.

The Ultimate Fireworks event will see the park extending its opening hours until 9pm, with the fireworks display itself starting at 7pm. The event is included with the

"Shrek theming" sparks rumours of new attraction for 2011 at Alton Towers

Eagle-eyed Alton Towers visitors claim to have spotted hidden theming elements that could point to the addition of a new attraction based on the Shrek movies for the 2011 season.

The sighting has sparked rumours that the Shrek 4-D attraction, already in place at several other theme parks around

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Theme parks around the world kick off Halloween 2010 celebrations

The traditional Halloween season is set to get fully underway at theme parks around the globe this weekend, with a variety of terror-inducing and milder events on offer.

Alton Towers announces Scarefest 2010 details

Alton Towers has announced details of its Scarefest 2010 Halloween events, with a mixture of returning attractions and new additions set to make the line-up.

Scarefest 2010 will run from October 16-31, and as in previous years will see the park staying open until 9pm every evening. This will

Alton Towers set for major new attraction in 2013/14 as SW7 project kicks off

Alton Towers is set to begin planning a major new attraction during the next few weeks, with the aim of opening it in 2013 or 2014.

Towers Times reports that initial planning will begin in three weeks time, with 2014 being the more likely opening year. The project has been dubbed "Secret Weapon

Alton Towers confirms Ultimate Fireworks Event for November 2010

Alton Towers has confirmed that its popular fireworks event will return for the 2010 season, taking place on November 5, 6 and 7.

The Ultimate Fireworks Event will be the first to take place at the park since 2006's Electric Towers, and will see the park extend its opening hours until 9pm. The

Alton Towers adds Sonic Spinball to Early Ride Time attractions for 2010 season

Alton Towers has added the Sonic Spinball rollercoaster to the list of attractions that will be open during its Early Ride Time hour for the rest of the 2010 season.

Early Ride Time operates during the park's summer season, which falls between March 20 and October 15 this year. On those days,

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