Blackpool Pleasure Beach

History

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is situated along the Fylde coast in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. The park was founded in 1896 and has been owned and operated by the Thompson family since its inception. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the United Kingdom,

 

Blackpool, host to many records including the largest number of roller coasters of any park in the United Kingdom with ten, of which five are wooden: the Big Dipper, Blue Flyer, Grand National, Nickelodeon Streak and Wild Mouse  Many of the roller coasters in the park are record-breaking attractions. The Big One, When it opened in 1994 was the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world. It was also the steepest, with an inclined angle of 65° and one of the longest, measuring 5,497 feet.

 

Pleasure Beach is one of only two parks left in the world to operate a traditional wooden Wild Mouse coaster, the ride was built entirely in-house. The Grand National is one of only three Möbius Loop coasters in existence, where a singular track "loops" around itself, The park was also the first in Europe to introduce a fully inverting steel coaster, Revolution and is the last remaining park in the world to still operate a Steeplechase roller coaster.

Sir Hiram Maxims Captive Flying Machine is the oldest amusement park ride in Europe having opened in August 1904.

 

In October 2016, the park officially unveiled its plans for a multi million double-launch coaster and will be called Icon. It will be the UK's first Mack "Mega" coaster and is expected to open in Spring 2018

During the 2017 - 2018 closed season Blackpool decided to permanently close the Wild Mouse it wasn't a decision that they took likely but the 1958 coaster was going to cost too much to restore and it was a very rough ride,

In 2018 the park opened Icon, a £16.25 million multi-launched coaster built by Mack Rides of Germany and the first roller coaster to be built at the park in over a decade. The ride is the first multi-launch roller coaster in the United Kingdom, Icon served at the time the park's sixth steel roller coaster and tenth roller coaster overall.

 

In 2019 a second hotel The Boulevard Hotel was built on the site of the former Star Pub. The hotel features 120 en-suite rooms, two restaurants and ten suites.

 

Planning on going to Blackpool Pleasure Beach Fireworks event see our review  

 

Roller Coaster

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