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Nickelodeon Land (Blackpool)
Member Name: louisechackett
Nickelodeon Land (Blackpool)
Advantages: fun for all the family
The Pleasure Beach really is quite hard to miss if you are in Blackpool as it is situated on the main street of Blackpool and the large Big One ride is very prominent in the sky! The address though, for the purpose of this review is as follows:
525 Ocean Boulevard,
==Booking and Prices==
Given that it is quite expensive to go to the theme park my friend and I decided to use some tesco clubcard vouchers to purchase an adult wrist band each which cost £9.50 in vouchers but if you were to purchase them using cash they would have cost us £35.00 at the time that we went which is obviously peak time. We both purchased a child's wristband online which cost £20.00 each but this did allow us to go on other rides around the park as well as Nickelodeon Land.
What it is important to note is that prices are significantly reduced should you visit during term time so I would advise adults wishing to go along with children who aren't yet in school do this. You can also get a slightly cheaper price should you book online in advance which is what we did for our day out.
We arrived around 10.30am and the park opened at 10am. Times change obviously depending on the season and so it is worth checking out the website before you go. We parked on the car park next to the theme park and near to the Travelodge hotel and this cost us £7.50 for the day which isn't too bad really.
Despite arriving not long after the park opened there were quite long queues to get the wrist bands and even if you have booked online you do need to queue up to go and get your band put on. They do have plenty of staff working in the ticket office though and so we only waited for around five minutes. Staff put the wrist band on your arm for you and then you need to go through another gate and through some security measures which I can only liken to those in an airport as I had to hand my phone in and such like but I suppose in this day and age the checks really are necessary.
There is a short walk past some of the larger rides before you get to Nickelodeon Land. As I mentioned we did purchase wristbands which ensured we would be able to go on all of the rides in the park should we wish to but we couldn't really make the most of them because our children are seven and four respectively and weren't up for riding roller coasters for the most part! We did get to go on a few rides around the park but for the purpose of this review I intend to focus on Nickelodeon Land as this was where we spent the bulk of our time.
Nickelodeon Land isn't that old really. It was built in 2011 and replaced Beaver Creek which was the area I remember from visits to Blackpool Pleasure Beach as a child. As expected from such a new build the six acre area is brightly coloured and features rides which look modern and colourful. Even as an adult I appreciated the coolness of this area and my son in particular was really excited to see areas such as "The Krusty Krab" as he is a real spongebob squarepants fan. There are actually only twelve rides within Nickelodeon Land and I was surprised by this as it is a large area but there was actually plenty to keep us going despite the fact that a couple of rides seemed to be out of action due to high winds on the day we visited.
What I found really frustrating was the fact that to enter a ride you needed to scan the bar code on your wrist band and much like on the tesco self service check outs there always seemed to be issues! There were members of staff there to help out when required but given that the children were wanting to go on some rides on their own I did feel like the system was a little bit silly especially as there were staff there to man the rides and we had already gone through security measures as well.
Fairy world taxi spin was the first ride that we went on and despite the name it isn't really a girly ride and so my son was happy enough to get on it! You are sat in a taxi but there are buttons in each cab and so you are able to control if you go up in the air and when with that. My son thought it was hilarious as we bumped as he brought us back down from the sky and so this ride was a huge hit for him!
Diego's rainforest rescue was the next ride we went on and this was a hot air balloon style ride but each balloon had a handle in the middle much like on the tea cups ride which you could turn to make your balloon spin whilst in the air! My son thought this was great again but it made me feel quite sick and so I did have to limit the spinning on this one! The kids enjoyed being lifted in the bikini Bottom bus tour and as it was one they could go on on their own they felt quite grown up I think.
The blue flyer is a mini rollercoaster for the kids and I have to say I loved this one as much as my son and would have happily gone on it again! There isn't many big drops but it does tickle your tummy some what as it whizzes around and so it was a fun ride to go on. The larger Nickelodeon streak roller coaster was running but we didn't go on this one as my friend doesn't love roller coasters and I didn't want to take my son on it and leave her daughter sitting alone or vice versa.
The backyardigans pirate treasure was a little boat ride that my son and his friend went on alone but I have to say it whizzed round quite quickly! The kids loved it and felt grown up going on it on their own too. They also went on the Krusty Krab order up ride which is basically a ride which lifts them in the air then drops them quite suddenly. My friend and I were laughing so much watching them and wondering if they were terrified or that they loved it but they both came off and were asking to go on it again!
The ride which needs the most special mention is spongebob's splash bash. I have to say I was terrified about going on this ride because the concept is simply that your boat is lowered in to the water and you spin a handle which in turns works a water gun which you spray at the others boats and people watching from the side lines! My friend told me the last time she went on this she was soaked and given that I am a girly girl with my hair and make up nice I was worried I would look a drowned rat or be a target for people! Still I got on with it and got on the ride and can honestly say it was one of the funniest things I have ever been on! You literally do get very wet, even with your hood up but squirting unsuspecting people who on concentrating on getting other people wet is hilarious and we all thought this was the best ride of the day! There are drying booths for you to go in when you come out but we didn't bother and we did dry off naturally relatively quickly.
Rugrats lost river is the mini log flume for Nickelodeon land but we didn't end up going on this one as the last time I went to a theme park I got soaked on the log flume and the weather wasn't wonderful initially when we visited Blackpool so I decided to avoid this one especially as I was only just drying from the splash bash ride! Another ride we didn't go on was Dora's world voyage which my friend thought my son would be really bored by and the avatar airbender ride which was out of action on the day we visited.
The rides are obviously the main focus in Nickelodeon land and they are colourful, modern looking and seem well made. At no point did I feel unsafe and to be honest there are some rides in the main area of the pleasure beach that I wonder why they haven't fallen to pieces yet (Grand National I am looking at you!) Obviously around the area they do want to make extra money off us parents and so the children did have a go on a hook a duck game which cost four pounds for two go's and in the end my son ended up with a rubbish little cushion being thrown at him by the attendant which he could attach to his window and he was quite upset by this. In retrospect I do wish that I had just called in the Nickelodeon shop and given him a fiver to spend because at least then he would have had some choice over what he got.
There is a designated area where characters come out to meet and greet the children and you can have your photo taken with them. There is an official photographer taking photo's but we were allowed to take our own pictures too at this point. My friend was told not to take pictures later on in the main park with the beaver character as he was a "licensed product" which we thought was ridiculous given we had paid entry prices and all they wanted was for us to purchase their official photograph! My son had his picture taken with SpongeBob and Patrick from SpongeBob Squarepants and my friends daughter also had a picture with Diego. We didn't spot any other characters but they did seem to be coming out quite regularly and there wasn't a massive wait to have a picture with them when they did come out.
There is a place called Big Pizza Kitchen in Nickelodeon land where we decided to have our lunch and it was a buffet style pizza place and cost £7.95 for adults and £4.95 for children and then you had to purchase drinks on top. The food was okay but in retrospect we probably should have headed out of the park for some food and returned and it really did add to the cost of the day out and it wasn't wonderful. I don't want to talk too much about the food though as I plan to review the food place separately. The toilets are up by the Big Pizza Kitchen though as opposed to in there and we did find that there were plenty of toilets and that they were stocked with toilet roll, hand wash and dryers as well so we had no complaints with those.
I would certainly recommend a trip to Nickelodeon land with your children. I think the area is bright, modern and fun for all of the family and it is a great day out. I would recommend looking to tesco clubcard vouchers or visiting during term time or out of season if you can simply because it can prove to be expensive for all of the family to go but I do still very much recommend it as a day out. I would also say purchase the wristband which allows you to use the other rides in the park as it is only around an extra fiver and we were able to go on a good few rides in the main park too which the children enjoyed.
If you go to the pleasure beach with the knowledge that yes it is going to be expensive but it will also be a good day out then you won't be disappointed. It does frustrate me that bags are checked for food and drink and you are not allowed to take your own in because I feel the costs are already expensive enough to go in to the attraction but you can leave the park and get your hand stamped for a later return and just head to a chip shop or café nearby.
Thank you for reading my review!
Summary: A good place to visit but it will cost you