Blackpool Pleasure Beach is the most popular tourist attraction in the UK, with almost six million visitors every year. Blackpool Pleasure Beach receives more tourists than the Taj Mahal, Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon, and even the Pyramids at Giza. According to a recent survey by the American magazine Forbes Traveler Blackpool Pleasure Beach is the 21st most visited tourist attraction in the world, reflecting its global importance. The Amusement Park has more than one hundred and twenty five rides and attractions of various kinds, as well as great shows such as the famous Hot Ice. It contains the award winning White Tower Penthouse restaurant with its superb views of the sea and promenade. There are a total of fifty-four restaurants and food outlets. Other attractions include Arcades, Bowladrome, and ice skating.
The Pleasure Beach Blackpool theme park contains some of the biggest and best rides to be found anywhere. There are white knuckle rides, for example, Avalanche, Space Invader 2, and Irn-Bru Revolution., and more relaxed slow moving leisurely ones. The Pepsi Max Big One was open to the public in 1994 and cost twelve million pounds to build. It reaches heights of 235 feet and attains speeds of 85 mph, making it the fastest and tallest rollercoaster in Europe. The £15 million Valhalla which opened in 2000 is the biggest dark ride in the world.
Other spectacular rides include Ice Blast, Bling and Infusion, which is the latest to be introduced and thrills passengers with its amazing loops, rolls and dives. There are also the five traditional wooden rollercoasters, the classic ‘woodies’, such as the Grand National and Big Dipper. Blackpool Pleasure Beach Wristbands can be bought which permit wearers an unlimited number of rides for the period.
The amusement park dates back to 1896 when Alderman William George Bean took out a lease on a 42 acre site in South shore. Although North and Central Blackpool were flourishing towards the end of the nineteenth century, the southern part of the resort was comparatively slow to become a holiday area. Until the construction of South Pier in 1893 there was little in the region apart from the sand hills. In 1896 an American Merry-go round was built, and later Alderman Bean took over the site that would become the Pleasure Beach. His aim was to create an American style Amusement Park and with encouragement from him, other operators opened rides on the site. Sir Hiram S. Maxims Flying Machines which took its first passengers in 1904 is still operating at the present time involving much of the machinery used at its opening. Blackpool Pleasure Beach has continued to be innovative, regularly adding new rides and retaining classic attractions
Blackpool Pleasure Beach has a new attraction for 2008 – Adventure Golf. This is a crazy golf course consisting of twelve holes with colourful design aspects. It has stunning landscapes, water features and bright lights. Every hole on the course presents distinctive challenges, and the difficulty levels vary on each stage of the course. The course cost nearly £500,000 to build and it is situated close to the casino outside the Pleasure Beach on Flagstaff Gardens. The Blackpool holiday flats in south shore are handy for the Pleasure Beach and also for the Sandcastle Waterworld which is another nearby attraction.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach 2008 - Fireworks Spectacular with 91.4 rock fm on 1st 2nd November. Saturday 10.00 pm Sunday 9.30 pm. Friday Fright Nights in October - Halloween, toffee apples, pumpkin soup, pecan pie etc. 0871 222 1234.
Christmas on ice featuring the Wizard of Oz at Pleasure Bech Arena from Monday 22 December 2008 to Thursday 1st January 2009.
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Winter Weekends 8th to 30th November 2008, Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 noon to 5 o’clock. Ice skating at the Arena from 15th Nov.
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