Blackpool closing log flume

Posted Wednesday, August 30, 2006 9:04 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Log Flume at Blackpool Pleasure Beach will close on Sunday to make way for a new thrill ride – due to be ready for summer 2007. Pleasure Beach bosses remain tight lipped about their plans for the new attraction but refused to deny claims it could be a stunning new multi-million pound roller coaster.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006 9:22 AM
I'm sure Blackpool is going to do something great but I just hate to see these log flumes being closed. They are such great family attractions.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006 9:23 AM
Adding fuel to the fire that is the rumour mill surrounding a new coaster, over the last year or so the Pleasure Beach has been clearing land around the park in the vicinity of the log flume, including the removal of some flat rides - suggesting they're making way for something big. If it ain't a coaster, I don't know what it could be... they've already got go-karts and a multi-million pound dark water ride.

On a side note, their 4D cinema shows a haunted house movie featuring a cat escaping from possessed toys, dogs and other household objects. Made me cry at the end...

Wahoo Skipper - Unfortunately, the flume there was becoming more and more troublesome and needed a complete retrack as it was more patched than a patchwork quilt. It's spent most of it's time over the last couple of years closed, only opening for weekends during the summer season, when it works.*** This post was edited by Bazzanoid 8/30/2006 9:25:06 AM ***

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 12:24 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar iT'S like they're taking after CP's lead again. ;)

Ya gotta have a log flume.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 1:22 PM
Is this the launched 4D that was rumored a few years ago?
Wednesday, August 30, 2006 2:07 PM
I've never been to Blackpool, but don't they have another log flume plus Valhalla, meaning this would not be a big loss?
Wednesday, August 30, 2006 3:04 PM
Just so KW doesn't get rid of theirs. They have that unusual down-and-up section that sets theirs apart from most flumes.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006 7:22 PM
No worries about Kennywood's Log Jammer coming out anytime soon. It's still a very popular ride and they've replaced most of the trough in recent years. I'm sure it will be here for a long time to come!
Wednesday, August 30, 2006 8:48 PM
Blackpool still has the log flume in the kiddy area. And Valhalla is technically a log flume as well.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006 10:03 PM
As long as it's a woodie, I have no complaints :)


Friday, September 1, 2006 4:28 AM
There have been rumors of the Log Flume closing for the last couple of years, finally we get an official date.

This was Europre's first Log Flume, and one of the world's longest. I was at the park a few weeks ago and the ride had a long line. It is still very popular, but it was patched up quite badly.

Although Valhalla is by far the best water ride on the planet (a previous Golden Ticket Winner, 2nd in 2006), I think it will be missed as it is outdoor and a completely different expeirence to Valhalla or the kiddie log flume.

A lot of classic rides are being removed from the Pleasure Beach since the passing away of Geoffrey and Doris. I hope they put in something very good.

Friday, September 1, 2006 4:58 AM
The Log Flume will be missed. It is a shame that the traditional rides are vanihsing. What will be next? The Grand National, The Mad Mouse. Come on BPB let's keep some of our favourites.
Friday, September 1, 2006 9:04 AM
All rides are coming out from the same area, keep your eyes peeled, we're in for a treat and about time to!
Friday, September 1, 2006 11:05 AM
rollergator's avatar I didn't give CP a pass on removing theirs...flumes are phenomenal FAMILY rides...capacity is always an issue, and with the advancing age of some flumes it's understandable I guess - but they are crowd pleasers and provide a fantastic way to get "a little wet". (Offer not valid in Illinois, Wisconsin, or Iowa, where log flumes SOAK the riders).

Disappointing, yeah, a little. But I don't think the Thompsons left the park without some "future plans", and this attraction was VERY likely already in the works while they were still around. Progress sometimes calls for some clearing out of the older stuff. BPPB has always done a great job of keeping a close eye on maintaining their true history intact. While sad to lose the flume, I can't help but think of all the fabulous things there that are CONSIDERABLY older than that...and dream of next year. :)

Sunday, September 3, 2006 11:48 AM
Oh, they'd better not get rid of the Wild Mouse! That was my favorite ride there! Such an out of control feeling. Way more intense than any of the other coasters they have.
Monday, September 4, 2006 8:19 AM
niiicolaaah - I'd go so far as to say the Wild Mouse there is among, if not the most, intense coasters ever built..... I've yet to see anyone ride it without screaming!

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