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Blackpool Pleasure Beach
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Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Advantages: affordable, fun, plenty of rides for everybody, good facilities
Disadvantages: park is small and sometimes crowded
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is an amazing attraction, and in my honest opinion, probably my favourite theme park in England. Alton Towers and Thorpe Park seem to always steal the hype of a 'great theme park' but the problem I have experienced with Alton Towers and Thorpe Park is that they are hugely spaced with fewer rides, and just fit into the cliche of a few thrillers, some food outlets, and good scenery. Blackpool Pleasure Beach however has a lot more to offer - not only do you get the views of the beach and promenade, but you get a wider range of attractions for all ages, cheaper prices and good shows, such as the popular hot ice show, magician acts, and fun shows for the younger ones.
In my opinion, a visit to Blackpool just is not complete without going into the many arcades, and entering the theme park which still has rides which have survived through the whole of the 20th century. There is thrillers, such as the Pepsi Max 'Big One', and the Grand National, Big Dipper and Infusion. There is wet ones - such as the 'Valhalla', the log flume and the River caves (a slow boat ride that takes you though different ages of time). Family rides, such as the 'Alice' ride (based on Alice in Wonderland), the Monorail, Grand Prix, and the 'Gold mine', and other fun rides such as the Pleasure Beach Express (train ride through the park), Ghost train, Passage of Terror, Beaver Creek ride, as well as many others. There's something guaranteed for everybody.
I could elaborate on certain rides, but to be frank - that would take forever - you just have to experience them for yourself, but take my word for it that they are definitely worth the thrills and getting wet for.
My favourite thing about the rides is that they don't end in a minute or shorter like a lot of rides in theme parks, but do consume more time and thus make the well earned money that you have spent more valuable.
Speaking of money - the park used to operate solely on a 'ticket per ride' basis, which was expensive and inefficient. Now the beach operates mainly by wristbands that are fairly cheap, but if you just want to pop in the park and have a quick browse, rides do operate on tickets too. A good idea is to book online as this is where you will find most discounts, and also skip queues.
Queuing for rides is always a nuisance and whilst the park does get busy, the queueing times are not as bad in comparison to other theme parks. For the most popular rides, you could be waiting for an hour but generally when I have been I get on rides within 10-15minutes.
There is plenty of places to eat and drink with chain resteraunts such as KFC, Burger King, Pizza hut, but there is also a resteraunt and grill and bar so there is food for all tastes and all budgets.
During winter months the park tends to only be open and running on weekends, but during the summer and busier times, the park is open everyday from 10:30am until 20:00PM. There is disability access, plenty of toilets and baby changing facilities, so facilities are generally very good, and also clean and not too busy.
I would definitely recommend going to this park. It's fun, a great day out and a thrilling experience that doesn't hurt your pockets too much with cost.
Summary: worth visiting
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