“ Rollercoaster at Pleasure Beach Blackpool in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. „
Infusion is Blackpool's newest attraction which cost £8 million to construct. The ride replaced the Pleasure Beach's popular Log Flume which retired after almost 40 years.
The 200ft brightly coloured beast of a ride features death-defying loops on twisted tracks and also incorporates water effects! Infusion consists of five incredible loops plus a double line twist. It is classed as a suspended looping coaster.
Height restriction for Infusion is: 52"/132cm
Number of tickets required:8
Speed: 49.7 mph
Trains: 2 trains with 8 cars per train
Expect to queue for quite a while if the park is busy, as this is the newest ride there and therefore really popular, I would either save this till last or first, as the queue can get pretty long.
Infusion really does take your breath away, im not scared of big rides infact im quite a thrill seekers, but oh my after coming off this ride me and my friend must of stood for 15minutes looking at the screen to see our pictures, and neither of us could recognise ourselves, we looked petrified! It is quite a bumpy ride and definalty not for the faint hearted, you do get thrown around quite a bit in your seat and your head gets bashed around. Definatly dont go on this if you have any back problems or anything like that! You will scream your head off from the second the ride takes off till the time it stops. Its a breath taking experience and not in the good sense!
Infusion is one of the best rides at the pleasure beach and you have got to experience it at least once if even to say you will never go on it again!
I love Blackpool Pleasure Beach and have been going to Blackpool, now for nearly 20 years, oh that makes me sound old! Basically I have been going there since I was 5 and always make sure that we visit the Pleasure Beach each time that we are there.
Infusion is one of the newest rides at the Pleasure Beach, even though it has been there for a few years now. I remember visiting the Pleasure Beach when I was being built and wondered what marvellous ride we were getting next.
The site that Infusion is built on used to be the old water ride, the Log Flume, which is actually a rather large site. As you look at Infusion on the left of it is the Big Dipper, another roller coaster, and on the right is the Pepsi Max, Big One. I remember when they were building this they had to close the Big Dipper so that no accidents happened. Only problem was that the Big Dipper is quite a popular ride, so everyone was wanting it to be up and running again really soon.
So back to Infusion, so what is it then? Infusion is an inverted roller coaster, which basically means that you are hanging from underneath the rails so that your legs are dangling down. The carriages are set out in two's and there is roughly 10 seats of 2 on one 'train', plus there is an additional two 'trains' that can be added when it gets really busy. Infusion has 5 incredible loops and also 1 'double twist' which I excellent. This roller coaster is said to be the first of its kind in the UK, as it has one difference, it is all suspended over water. There are also jets of water that shoot up and look as if you will get soaking, but it doesn't even come close to you, but helps give the ride a more thrilling factor.
At the entrance to the ride there is a walkway that is suspended over the water too, that has lots of little fish in it, and the odd random thing, like lots of ketchup packets! The water is bright blue, like the water that is in the fountain of the Big Dipper. This gives the place a really calming feel, which kind of lulls you into a false sense of security before you go onto the ride.
The first part of the ride was the worst for me. The first part of the ride takes you up to the highest point of the ride, and because you are underneath the tracks you are pretty much lying back staring up at the sky, but you legs are still dangling. This is one of the worst feelings ever. Once you get to the top of the ride you then start to go down the first drop, from the ground this really doesn't look that fast or exciting, but let me tell you, once you are on it, it really does take your breath away. At one point in the ride there is also a loop that you go up to get to and there is a water fall type part that you really think that your feet are going to hit. I think that is also where you get you photo taken.
I must have been on this ride about 4 times in total, and it never fails to impress. Every time I have been on this ride I have always had to queue, but we didn't have to wait long as the ride doesn't last all that long, just like most of the rides that you go on. If you like roller coasters, then I would definitely recommend that you give this one a try, as I think that it is going to be a Pleasure Beach favourite, as I know it is one of mines.
Infusion is the newest ride at the Pleasure beach - I say newest but, it has been there for just over two years now! As anyone will probably know who reads my reviews I do love the Pleasure beach and I remember quite clearly when I found out that the ride being built in the old log flume area was a coaster, I was very excited and followed it's progress until it opened. This is one of my other favourite rides in the park along with the Big One and Valhalla.
Where in the park is it?
The ride is located in between the Big One and the Big Dipper coaster. The Ride sits on the old site of the log flume. It is very easy to spot as it is a bright blue colour. It is in a central position of the whole park and so whichever entrance you enter the park through you will have to walk to the middle of the park to get to it.
What kind of ride is it?
It is a suspended looping coaster which means riders sit with their legs dangling and claims to be the only one of its kind in the UK as it is completely over water. They have made a great job of it as they have cleaned up the old area where the old log flume used to be and have filled it with water that has jet streams shooting out and also lots of fish in the decorative area near the entrance. It certainly looks modern and makes the queue area a bit nicer on the eye.
The entrance building is pretty tiny but, there is plenty of space to queue up outside too. In fact if you are not riding there is even space to stand and watch the ride from the top walkway before going down to get in the queue. This is an ideal place to watch the ride if you want family and friends riding but, will not be going on it yourself.
What makes it so special?
The coaster has 16 seats on each carriage which are laid out in two seats together. They have the usual over head locks for rides of this kind and each seat is in a sort of 'pod' shape. Upon looking at the ride from the ground it doesn't look that high but I think this could be due to the fact that the Big one's track is next to it! Once you move off the ride starts off by going up the biggest climb straightaway and you realise that it is pretty high. It is very deceiving as when watching it from the ground it doesn't look that fast at all but the first drop is pretty fast and definitely has a bit of whoosh!! From the drop it is straight into a loop and lots of twists and turns. The ride has a loop that is set next to a make shift waterfall so as you go around the loop you are looking at water as such even though you are going upwards which is a unique concept - however you only really see the full benefit of this bit if you are at the very front.
I rode this ride at the front and back and I have to say it's great in both places as at the front you get to experience the view as it goes around the track which is pretty awesome but at the back it seems faster and the first drop definitely causes a bit more tummy turning! The thing about the ride overall that makes it is that it first of looks a lot tamer than it is and with the added water feature it simply looks good too. The ride has plenty of twists and turns and is fast enough to get the adrenaline going.
The Pleasure Beach have done well with this ride and it is a really good addition to the park even though it is a shame such a classic in the form of the log flume had to go to make way for it. I think it is good they have another fast rollercoaster in the park as this makes the park more appealing to the millions of people that travel to theme parks every year looking for fast rides. I really do rate this ride and whenever I go I always want to keep going on and on as it is just so good!
Infusion is the newist ride at blackpool pleasure beach. This ride came in to replace the very old ride the log flume.
Although the log flume was very old it was a great shame to see it go.
However infusion is one of the top rides now in blackpool. Its the first ever ride to be totaly held above water in europe. The ride is a has a big 100 foot first drop and is a suspended roller coster.
This ride scared the life out of me first time on it and there was a major fear of me banging my legs on the side as the ride gives you that effect.
The ride had a big opening and was opened by veron kay.
This ride replaces the log flume in every way and anything less than this would leave fans of the pleasure beach upset at loosing a major icon of the park.
The ride opened at the Blackpool park in 2007, but had been operated under a different name since 1999 at sister park Pleasureland Southport.