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Merlin Theme Parks Scoop Top Awards

Congratulations are in order for Merlin's UK theme parks for doing amazing well in the inaugural UK Theme Park Awards.

With scores compiled from over 150,000 public votes and a judging panel, this week it was announced that the iconic UK resorts recieved top awards including:

  • Alton Towers Resort - Theme Park of the Year

  • Chessington World of Adventures Resort -  Best Theme Park for Families

  • Thorpe Park Resort - Best Theme Park for Thrills

Over 20 categories were voted on for the first time by the British Public and an expert judging pannel including Paul Kelly, Chief Executive of BALPPA and Paul Burton, Chairman of the European Coaster Club.

Alton Towers Resort won a whopping 14 awards with Wicker Man winning Best Coaster and Cbeebies Land Best Family Area. They were also recognised for their efforts with accessibility and customer service.

“We are thrilled to scoop so many awards, as voted for by the public, in such a wide cross-section of categories. This is a huge boost for the Resort and our dedicated teams. It has been a challenging year for the theme park and leisure industry, so having an astonishing 14 Awards to celebrate is fantastic. We would like to thank everyone who voted for Alton Towers Resort and helped us achieve such amazing accolades.”

James Walker, Marketing Director at Alton Towers Resort

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