Pleasure Beach Blackpool

Pleasure Beach, Blackpool formerly ‘Blackpool Pleasure Beach’ is a family owned amusement park and resort situated along the Fylde coast in Blackpool, England. It is the most visited amusement park in the United Kingdom, and one of the top twenty most-visited amusement parks in the world with 5.5 million visitors in 2007.[1] The park is owned by the Thompson family. In 2003 the park opened the Big Blue Hotel, a four star hotel, making the park part of an official resort. The park operates an additional children’s park in the resort called Nickelodeon Land which is a subsidy of Nickelodeon; it occupies the space of the original children’s park which was called Beaver Creek.

The main attractions at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool include:

  1. Pepsi Max Big One: The UK’s tallest roller coaster with a peak height of 213ft, built by Arrow Dynamics.
  2. Infusion: A Vekoma Suspended Looping Coaster and the world’s first constructed entirely over water.
  3. Irn Bru Revolution: Europe’s first fully inverting roller coaster.
  4. Grand National: A twin tracked racing wooden roller coaster, opened in 1935
  5. Valhalla: The world’s most expensive dark ride
  6. Wild Mouse: One of only three remaining wooden Wild Mouse roller coasters
  7. Ice Blast: Europe’s first S&S Space Shot ride
  8. Big Dipper: A classic wooden coaster, built in 1923 and extended in 1936
  9. Steeplechase: A three tracked racing coaster
  10. Avalanche: A Mack bob sled coaster, the first and only in the UK
  11. Nickelodeon Streak A wooden coaster. Previously called Zipper Dipper it was re-themed for opening in 2011.
  12. Bling A “Star Shape” ride made by German company Zierer, Closing in November 2011

Pleasure Beach, Blackpool is Britain’s favourite amusement park, voted best in the UK and landing a place in the 10 ten world wide park category at the Golden Ticket Awards, 2011.

There’s something for everyone at Pleasure Beach with over 125 rides and attractions, plus spectacular shows found throughout the 42 acre site making Pleasure Beach the world’s most ride intensive park.

2011 welcomed Nickelodeon Land open to Pleasure Beach. The collaboration between Pleasure Beach and Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brands for kids, saw a 6 acre area of Pleasure Beach transformed into Nickelodeon Land, featuring 12 rides and attractions, a Nickelodeon shop, exciting games, a brand new family restaurant and opportunities to meet with famous Nickelodeon characters.

For white knuckle thrills choose from the Big One, Big Dipper, Grand National, Valhalla, Revolution, Avalanche, Infusion and Ice Blast or to more leisurely cruises around the River Caves and Alice’s Wonderland. Visit the American Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium or take to the ice at the parks own ice skating rink, The Arena.

The iconic Big One dominates Pleasure Beach. Standing tall at a height of 235ft, it can’t be missed. Riders take to one of the trains and begin their long journey up to the top of the UK’s tallest roller coasters. Breathtaking views can be enjoyed from the peak before plunging down at speeds of up to 85mph on tracks which twist, turn and drop throughout the park.

Valhalla is billed as the biggest indoor dark ride in the world. The ride imposes over Pleasure Beach with a giant cascading waterfall crashing onto the wooden hand carved entrance station. Brave passengers board boats and embark on a dark journey through the rides many scenes. The ride offers an assault of the senses with riders sent through a freezing cold ice room before hurtling past balls of fire launched up into the air. Three drops, including a backwards drop await guaranteeing a soaking. Vahalla received a £1 million refurbishment for the 2012 season making it even more spectacular than ever before, a ride not to be missed!

Ice Blast towers over the park entrance standing 210 feet tall. Riders take their seats at the bottom of the tower before being blasted skywards at speeds of 80mph. On reaching the top riders drop back down on an incredible free fall descent.

Having fun can be a hungry business, luckily the park offers a wide range of food from 30 catering outlets and restaurants including the new Big Pizza Kitchen, serving delicious stone baked pizza, pastas and salad buffet. The park is also home to fabulous Champagne and Oyster bars as well as numerous Starbucks units, taking a break from the rides has never been so easy! There are parent and baby facilities and award-winning loos and disabled visitors are made very welcome to the park with an Accessibility Guide Book, plus there are 30 wheelchair places available for every ice skating show at The Arena.

And there is no need to try and cram everything into just one day with Pleasure Beach’s very own hotel at the South end of the 42 acre park. The Big Blue Hotel is cool, chic and a haven of calm and style among the thrills of Britain’s top tourist attraction and is setting the new standard for holiday and business accommodation. This unique hotel consists of 157 beautifully designed bedrooms with oversized American space and a totally contemporary feel. Sumptuous fabrics, state-of-the-art lighting, DVD players in every room, funky family rooms and big, big beds are just a few of the innovative touches that make all the difference.

Please call 0871 222 1234 or visit for pricing details and up-to-date information as opening and closing times vary according to the time of year.

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