BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH
United Kingdom (Abbreviation: BPB)
Park News - (11/26/12) Blackpool Pleasure Beach have confirmed that not only will the park’s monorail close before the 2013 season, but they will also close two other family rides: a car ride and the Tea Cups ride. One of our readers has sent in a video showing off the view of the Monorail as seen from the park back in 1994 when The Big One first opened.
(11/6/12) AirGates reports that two more attractions from Blackpool Pleasure Beach will not return for the 2013 season. The park will retire the Monorail from use, and also leaving the park will be the Holiday Rock FM music station. As for the status of the Wild Mouse, it seems park management has confirmed that the future of the ride is in question at the moment, but has not yet been decided.
(10/29/12) A posting on PleaseBeachExperience reports that the outcry over the rumored closure of the park’s wooden Wild Mouse may have made them reconsider. Now instead of scrapping the ride, they may be looking at adding a new modern blocking system and sensors that would allow them to run more cars at once, increasing the throughput. If anyone knows more, please do let me know.
(10/23/12) There is a rumor starting to go around claiming that Blackpool Pleasure Beach may end up removing the park’s Wild Mouse before it reopens for the 2013 season. If true, this is an even bigger shame, as they are not just removing a coaster from the park, but removing one of the world’s only remaining wooden Wild Mouse coasters. (I know there are two in Australia, and I think two more elsewhere, but I can’t think of where at the moment…)
(9/26/12) Expert marathon coaster rider, Richard Rodriguez has gained a new world record this past week, for the “Most consecutive days riding a roller coaster” which he did on The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. He beat his previous record of 102 days with a new record of 112 days. Richard jumped on board The Big One on May 31st and rode it daily, but only during normal operating hours, until September 19th. Check out the video below to see Richard exit his final ride to the cheering crowd.
(6/25/12) The local news reports that Blackpool Pleasure Beach has applied for a loan “in order to facilitate new investment at the park”. I wonder what BPB has in mind next. Anyone know more?
2013 - Wallace & Gromit’s Thrill-O-Matic - Now Open - (4/1/13) UKRides shows off pictures and a report of the Preview Day opening of the new Wallace & Gromit Thrill-O-Matic dark ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach this week, along with a POV Video, embedded below as well. It’s a dark video unfortunately… and this ride has to have some of the ugliest ride cars I’ve ever seen, which I suppose is fitting for a Wallace & Gromit ride.
(3/27/13) Construction pictures from Blackpool’s new Wallace and Gromit dark ride can be found here, along with some work being done to The Big One where they have removed a few sections of track.
(9/12/12) Another construction update from the Wallace & Gromit Thrill-O-Matic can be found at PleasureBeachExperience.
(9/11/12) AirGates has posted an update and a video showing off the construction progress on the new Wallace & Gromit’s Thrill-O-Matic dark ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
(8/16/12) Blackpool Pleasure Beach has confirmed our long-standing rumor that a new dark ride themed to Wallace & Gromit will be added in 2013. The ride will be called the Thrill-O-Matic, taking guests on a tour of the character’s most wacky inventions before dumping them off in a Wallace & Gromit themed gift shop.
(8/9/12) A construction update from Blackpool has been posted to the TowersTimes Forum this week.
(8/6/12) A reader who visited Blackpool Pleasure Beach this weekend claims that a new dark ride seemed to be under construction to “the rear of the ghost train, opposite the skyrail station”. The popular rumor is that this may be the previously talked about Wallace & Gromit attraction under way. The framework for the new structure was said to be nearly complete. If anyone has a picture, please do send it in.
(12/20/10) According to this article, Nick Park is in talks with Blackpool Pleasure Beach to use his Wallace & Gromit characters for a new family friendly ride experience that could open as soon as 2012.