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Blackpool Pleasure Beach
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Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Advantages: Fun day out, something for everyone, recent improvements made
Disadvantages: Can be costly
I have been visiting the Pleasure Beach regularly since for most of my life as my great grandad used to live nearby and as I got older I started to take my son. I have been most years and some years I have been more than once. After my most recent visit, in April, I noticed there had been a few changes so I thought I would write a review.
Firstly, I have always found the Pleasure Beach quite an expensive day out, once upon a time you could pay per ride and by tickets to use on various rides but then they brought in the wristband system a few years ago which I guess made more sense but did seem to bump the price up slightly. Prices vary in accordance with when you go, at peak season you can be paying £35 per wristband - which can obviously only be used for one person - so if you are going as a family with a couple of children this can be very costly indeed. However, look out for speacial deals and check their website as often there are times when you can get the wristbands for as little as £15 each. There are also cheaper wristbands available for younger children who can only go on the very small rides, I don't remember the exact price for these but thin it's around £10. Horrifyingly, in recent months they have decided that you have to buy a wristband if you want to even walk through the place - even if you don't want to go on a ride! - meaning that if you are an older person just accompanying your family on a day out of if you are there with small children and are not going on the little rides yourself then you'll still have to pay £5 for a wristband. I guess it is only like at Alton Towers etc where everyone has top pay just to enter but still, I think it is a little bit mean! One tip for you - if you are staying overnight in Blackpool and you stay at the Big Blue Hotel (which belongs to the PB and is absolutely lovely) you can book your wristbands through them as part of your room booking and they tend to work out a bit cheaper this way.
Prices of drinks and food inside the PB are also inflated - as you would probably expect - but you can take your own food in so you can always make up some sandwiches beforehand if you wish.
There are also a few souvenir shops and some arcades which means your little ones will have more opportunities to try to get you to part with your money!!
On a more positive note, the PB is packed with rides and some of these are really very good. The Big One is absolutely fantastic, that drop is just so exhilarating! The Ice Blast shoots you up high at a ridiculously high speed and really takes your breath away. Inferno is very much like nemesis at AT (for those who don't know, this is a roller coaster where you hang down from the track rather than being above the track). Bling looks like a pretty boring fairground type ride but is surprisingly good. Valhalla is, in my opinion, the best water ride in this country, I love it and I don't normally like water rides - you sail around on a 'viking ship', go through fire and ice, go forwards and backwards and drop down in the dark, expect to get very very wet (if you are soft like me then definitely buy a poncho!).
There are too many rides to really mention here but I'll just mention a couple more as they have recently been improved. The ghost train is a very old rickety looking thing that quite honestly could do with a bit of a facelift on the outside (though the old battered look does add to the spooky effect I suppose). They have added some extra bits inside however which make it scarier than it used to be, I won't spoil it for you by telling you what they are but suffice to say the little girl is very creepy! It won't absolutely terrify you, it's just a bit of fun and quite young children can go on it. The Big Dipper has also been done up a bit, the entrance and the actual carriages have had a lick of paint and the inside of the carriages has new seat covering which thankfully make the bumpy ride not as uncomfortable! Also, speaking of bumpy rides, the Wild Mouse has had a new load of padding added to the seats and the inside of the carts making it much more comfy, though still expect to get bashed around and feel like you are going to come off the rails, it's a bit of a white knuckle ride!
Other new-ish additions are dotted around the PB such as sculptures and a fountain / water show and I think they are just trying to improve the look of the place overall. It is still very Blackpool-ish though in that you shouldn't expect it to be spotlessly clean or anywhere near as scenic as Alton Towers or Lightwater Valley. You should expect that Blackpool element of tat and tacky things!
There are a few rides that are suitable for those family members who are neither little children nor thrill seekers, who just want to go on a couple of gentle rides. The River Caves is suitable for most and I have to say that although Alice In Wonderland is designed for children I still enjoy it!
Summary: Fun for all the family
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