Indoor theme parks are a concept that has become far more popular as new parks have sprung up across the Middle East and beyond. The UK’s all too brief foray into this world was Metroland at the MetroCentre, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

Opened on 20th February 1988, the park featured a number of impressive attractions including the Roller Coaster, that interacted with many of the park’s other rides that included theme park staples including a Ferris Wheel, Swinging Ship and Wave Swinger.

The park closed forever on April 20th 2008. Proceeds from the last night of operation went to charity. The rides were sold and relocated or scrapped and the site became home to the Odeon cinema, in the expanded Yellow Mall. 

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In 1996 Metroland became New Metroland and the Roller Coaster became known as the New Roller Coaster

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