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Member Name: Dave Robinson
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Date: 05/07/00, updated on 05/07/00 (44 review reads)
Advantages: Great selection of rides from white-knuckle world-class rollercoasters to tamer family rides, close together so no long walks to get to rides, very short queues
Disadvantages: Poor catering, can get very crowded, expensive, dirty, tacky
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is great. There is probably the widest slection of rides of any theme park in the world, all crammed into the tiny space of 45 acres! When u consider Alton Towers is 500 Acres and has about a third the number of rides, you'll realise how incredible this park is! There is very little themeing, as the emphasis is firmly on world-class rides. There are I think 12 rollercoasters, and many classic woodies such as the Big Dipper from 1923 and the excellent mobius-loop (bet you don't know what that means!) racing woodie "The Grand National" from 1935. These rides are most definately still as brilliant today as the day they were built, as they have a certain charm about them and the great "rickety-ness" of the old wooden tracks!
The park also features many bang-up-to date rides such at The Big One, currently the tallest and fastest rollercoaster in Europe, and, when it opened on the 31st May 1994, the tallest and fastest in the WORLD, at 235ft and 87MPH. The latest attraction is Valhalla, which I have not as yet ridden, but I have heard many glowing reports about it on the net, so I can't wait to ride it.
The catering at the park is poor, with greasy fast food available in abundance, which adds to the classic "tacky" atmosphere of Blackpool! However, there are lots of pubs and restaurants all over Blackpool, so there is no shortage of better food.