Wednesday, March 7, 2001 11:27 AM
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
The park re-opened for the season on the 3rd March 2001 and being the Roller Coaster fanatics me and my friend, Ben, were there waiting at the ticket booth when it opened at 12 o clock and here is our trip Report!
The park is free to enter and it is currently 80p a ride or you can get a Wristband for an amazingly cheap £12.50 which lets you ride ANY ride an unlimited amount of times! I can’t remember the peak prices but if you go to the official site you’ll see them. www.bpbltd.com
I’ll just mention the main rides here as there are loads of different rides.
Pepsi Max Big One – This is probably the parks signature ride and it deserves it. It used to be the Worlds tallest and fastest roller coaster. It stands at a terrifying 215ft (I think) the first drop is a twisting one and it has very good airtime. Some people may think that this coaster is very boring after the first drop but In my opinion it isn’t. It gives a very good ride all the way through!
Rating – 5/5
Valhalla – This is a new Water Ride for 2000. It is very good fun to go and you will get soaked! The ride has various special effects and the Ice Area is excellent because it actually has real ice in it! It’s so cold in there! As well as having fire and arrows being shot at you, you also have to watch out for the drops which come out of no where on your first go!
Ice Blast – This is a very good reverse freefall thrill ride (Like Power Tower at Cedar Point or Big Shot on Stratosphere Tower) you just sit in the seat and then all of a sudden you are shot into the air! It’s very short though but if you haven’t been on it before I recommend queuing for it.
Grand National – This is one of the best wooden racing coasters I have ever been on! It’s a Mobius track design (Which means that it is really just one track which crosses over!) The ride gives great airtime and it is a true wooden coaster as it really does feel out of control! The carriages have also had a paint job for the new season.
Big Dipper – This is another great wooden coaster but it isn’t really that big! Anyway, it is one hell of a good coaster as you get loads of great airtime and it has a couple of head chopper parts! Well worth a ride.
Rollercoaster – This is a very old wooden coaster but it still gives quite a good ride. It doesn’t last very long and it isn’t very high but there is just something about it which makes it enjoyable. The carriages don’t even have any restraints!
Iron Bru Revolution – This is an excellent steel coaster, which boosts you out of the station and you go down a hill that makes you go weightless and you do a very good loop and go up a hill and stop. You then do it backwards! An excellent ride which keeps you coming for more!
Rating – 5/5
Overall this is an excellent park and if you can get down top Blackpool I highly recommend coming to Blackpool Pleasure Beach as it has an excellent selection of coasters and rides. The rides above are just the big and popular rides. The park also has loads of other rides such as Beaver Creek which is an area just filled with kids ride and even their own little coaster! So make sure to visit it!
Visit RCT Platform www.stationplatform.moonfruit.com
If You Dislike Coasters, Your A Little Bit Strange!
Wednesday, March 7, 2001 3:16 PM
That is an incredible place. Kind of a combination Cedar Point-Kennywood-Morey's Piers combined. Though they really are unique to themselves.
Sunday, March 11, 2001 5:17 PM
Cool Report. If I went to Europe I would definitely go there.
Thursday, March 15, 2001 1:36 PM
I went to BPB the following week, and have to say it is an amazing park. "John Wardley" forgot to mention the excellent wooden "Wild Mouse", the world's only "Steeplechase", and the indoor "Space Invader".
The lines for the "Pepsi Max" and "Valhalla" were over an hour long (which for this park is very long).
My suggestion is whilst the rides are only 80p, to pay per ride as I just fell short of my moneys worth on the wristband.
#Life is a rollercoaster you just gotta ride it#
Sunday, March 18, 2001 1:34 PM
Just gotta say that i too went with Grant and hey, what a park Blackpool PLeasure Beach still is.
Its all very well for the six flags and cedar points of this world but when you have the history, thrills and spills, airtime, tradition and just a general great feeling about a place such as Blackpool and its twin Kenneywood, what more can you ask for.
It gives one hell of a great day out for us Brits who dont have the number of parks to visit as over in the US, but boy do we have some class acts, and most now listed as national monuments.
Long live the Pleasure Beach!!!
Tuesday, March 27, 2001 2:44 PM
Am I the only one who realizes that JohnWardley designed and built Nemesis and many other coasters!!! Well, John I liked your RCT versions of your coasters that were never built on your site.
for Real/Defunct/mini coasters and parks for RCT
Wednesday, March 28, 2001 10:38 AM
That wasn't Wardley, and I deleted the account.
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com