Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Tuesday, January 28, 2003 7:21 AM

Can anyone tell me what the future holds for Blackpool Pleasure Beach?

The last I heard which was a while ago was that the PMBO would be recieving a retracking, a coaster company surveyed the ride, which one I don't know late last year. Again whether the ride will be reprofiled or retracked I don't know and is one of the things I am trying to find out. This is all suppose to happen in 2004/2005, before the ride rips itself apart.

I read on joylandbooks the other day a number of the pleasure beaches rides have been put up for sale including the Millenium Bug. The next big addition to the Pleasure Beaches rollercoaster line up is due in 2005/2006 and long overdue in my opioion. I was told the station would be where the Millenium Bug is now and £25,000,000 has been set aside for the ride ($41,000,000). I would be assuming the refurbishing of the PMBO would be included in this price. I was also aware the Geoffery Thompson tried to get planning permission to build another pier, but I am not sure whether permission was granted. The rumoured layout was that the ride would be a larger and longer version of TTD and launch over the road out along the pier perform a turn around similar to TTD then come back into the park and intertwine with the PMBO before coming to a halt. Again this is only a rumoured layout that came about after hearing the position of the station and trying to get planning permission for a new pier.

Does anyone have any further information on the projects

Thanks

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Tuesday, January 28, 2003 9:09 AM

All I know is that the new ride for 2003 is a S&S Sky Sling (yes BPB too) and that they're building an hotel.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2003 9:12 AM

They will indeed get a grand coaster, according to the manufacturer it will be the largest coaster in the world. It will be launched. I'm not at liberty to give any further details. Sorry..

Edit: BPB has been working on retracking the Big One from the beginning of the 2002 season. Parts of track can be regularly found at the parking lot at the Valhalla side of the park. They've stored some older Big One track-pieces between the Grand National track.

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*** This post was edited by DRNK on 1/28/2003. ***

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Tuesday, January 28, 2003 7:00 PM
The Thompson's are very tight lipped about their operations and expansions. It's amazing how people know what is going on there.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 1:30 AM

I've just heard it will be an S&S-Arrow launched 4D and will indeed when opening be the tallest fastest coaster in the world.

I must admit I thought it would be an Intamin but it makes sense I suppose if BPB are getting a S&S Sky Sling in 2003, who knows amybe we will see some of these other crazy S&S rides.

Can you confirm any of this DRNK, or at least say whether I am on the right lines from what I have been told.

Thanks

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 4:13 AM
It's going to be fast and heigh, but not American..

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 4:23 AM

Well that rules out S&S, Chance-Morgan.

The only other two companies are B&M and Intamin, I was told on another board that it wouldn't an Intamin and to think 4D. Surely it wouldnt be B&M they would never be that daring???

*** This post was edited by aflack on 1/29/2003. ***

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 4:55 AM
latest rumours were of an intamin launched coaster, but anymore details are unknown at the moment

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 5:17 AM
No 4D.. And it's not Swiss either.. :) I really can't say anything else or my contact will get into serious problems.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 5:40 AM

Not Swiss, so that rules out Intamin and B&M? Could it be a Vekoma - the're from the Netherlands right?

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 6:03 AM
I think it must be Intamin as I am now pretty sure that Intamin are re-tracking the PMBO
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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 6:38 AM
Intamin retracking the Big One? That seems like a stretch

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 9:22 AM

DRNK said:
No 4D.. And it's not Swiss either.. I really can't say anything else or my contact will get into serious problems.

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Hmm, well maybe you should tell your contact to check his info out, as the ride will be from Intamin.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2003 10:21 PM
Well, I'll be calling my Intamin contact tomorrow, so I'll ask him. But BPB didn't order the coaster at Intamin.

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Thursday, January 30, 2003 5:30 AM
There are plans to build a large casino in Blackpool, which the town council have been considerring for a while, obviously, GT wants it to go ahead as will bring additional revenue/customers to Blackpool. Apparently a local newspaper reported he has pledged £25M towards a new coaster at the Pleasure Beach if the plans are given the go-ahead.- although surely he will go ahead with any plans for a new ride regardless of the new casino.

One of the rides for sale is also the cableway, the removal of which would clear a great strip of land suitable for a launched coaster (alongside the revolution for those of you that know the park!). On that note does anyone else find the removal of the cableway strange since the North station was extensively (& expensively!)refurbished when Valhalla was constructed?

I have no 'contacts' or solid info, just wishful thinking but I would be surprised if anything other than an Intamin Strata ride is being considered, and perhaps a record breaking one at that.

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Thursday, January 30, 2003 9:29 AM

DRNK said:
Well, I'll be calling my Intamin contact tomorrow, so I'll ask him. But BPB didn't order the coaster at Intamin.

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I don't think the coaster has been ordered yet, due to a, how should i say it, " sudden change of heart ". I think they are going to go with Intamin again, despite the problems with Valhalla. Only time will tell ....

Morgan...

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Thursday, January 30, 2003 6:26 PM
Last I heard the Casino thing was nixed about 6 months ago. How come the Brits didn't know that one?

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Friday, January 31, 2003 3:14 AM

The casino things been on, then off, back on (and probably off again to!). So if its off, does that mean no new ride?-I doubt it!
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Friday, January 31, 2003 10:09 AM
BPB will NEVER buy another ride from Arrow.. they won't even talk to Arrow (probably due in part to Alan Harris *hic*) there is so much bad blood that they havn't bought spare parts from Arrow for at least three years. the track/structure and trains of PMBO have been so extensively modified that Arrow doesn't even know what they have anymore!
*** This post was edited by Evil Coaster Designer 1/31/2003 5:15:53 PM ***
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Friday, January 31, 2003 6:40 PM
What is the problem between Arrow and Blackpool? I thought the only problem was when a train rolledback into the station.

If there are problems between Arrow and Blackpool, then does that mean that Morgan or Vekoma are doing the retrack of the Big One?
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