I think any new wooden coaster would show up how rickety the current ones are so I don’t think they’d want to invite the comparisons.
I disgaree with this. Magnum XL at Cedar Point really showcased to me what the Big One does wrong. Even if it was glass smooth, i would still find it meh.That sounds amazing, I’ll admit, but I wasn’t even on about giving the ride airtime; even though I would certainly like the ride more if it had airtime, I don’t necessarily think it needs it for the type of ride it is. Big One focuses more on speed than airtime, I think.
The main object of reprofiling the ride should probably be making it smoother, in my opinion. There are bits of the ride that it currently jolts around quite a bit, such as the first drop and the turnaround (and the ending, prior to its recent reprofile). If it wasn’t quite so rough, I think I’d rate the Big One a lot more highly, personally, as there’s elements of it that I absolutely love; for example, that first drop over the sea towards the front of the train is just excellent, in my opinion!
Inside sources at Blackpool Pleasure Beach said that The Ride To Happiness was actually designed for them to fit in this place however after the bad reflux of Icon the park couldn't afford to do another £15 million + ride 3 years after in 2021I've always been interested in Blackpool Pleasure Beach, as I'm fascinated by hyper-compact parks, such as the aforementioned Pleasure Beach, Grona Lund, Indiana Beach and Galaxyland (seriously, it's much more compact than you might think if you haven't been there). I took a look on Google Earth to scout out any relatively large spaces within the park for a new coaster that wouldn't involve removing or interacting with a lot of rides.
I couldn't upload the photos to CoasterFORCE directly, so I put them in an Imgur album:
I found a decent amount of space in and around Wild Mouse's former location; the only things occupying it currently are a building (circled in red) and what looks like backstage parking (circled in purple). As for what coaster could fit here, I really agree with @Matt N on adding a modern GCI or Gravity Group wooden coaster - I think it'd really illustrate to the British public how far wooden coasters have come over the past 100 years, and if it had overbanked turns, an inversion, steel support structure or even just some modern elements, it would be easily distinguishable from one of the classics. In theory, the coaster could break the height and speed records with a steeper lift hill than normal, but as the space is very compact, I'm not sure if it'd be able to break the length record as well. However, since I haven't been to the Pleasure Beach, I have to ask: what's inside that building? And do you think Blackpool Pleasure Beach would be willing to move or remove either the building or the backstage parking to make room for a coaster?
The only other large amount of space inside the park that came to mind after looking around on Google Earth was Steeplechase's footprint; although it interacts with a lot of other rides, it's twice as large as the Wild Mouse location, and could fit a sizable coaster even if it didn't interact with Big Dipper, Nickelodeon Streak or Big One at all. I think a Vekoma Bermuda Blitz would be a great fit in this location.
Nope, sorry. Not buying it.Inside sources at Blackpool Pleasure Beach said that The Ride To Happiness was actually designed for them to fit in this place however after the bad reflux of Icon the park couldn't afford to do another £15 million + ride 3 years after in 2021
I’ve heard that rumour too, and it would definitely make sense given that the footprint of Ride to Happiness is kind of long and thin, and looks like it would fit that space. Ride to Happiness also has some very weird supports that look as though they might have been made to go over paths and such. There’s certainly a precedent for parks buying rides originally intended for other parks; for example, I know Sky Scream at Holiday Park was originally intended for a park in China, and I’ve heard rumblings that Rita at Alton Towers was originally intended for a different park.Inside sources at Blackpool Pleasure Beach said that The Ride To Happiness was actually designed for them to fit in this place however after the bad reflux of Icon the park couldn't afford to do another £15 million + ride 3 years after in 2021
A ride operator, a janitor, or the guy in the gift shop? Anyway, that story is obviously total horse manure.Inside sources at Blackpool Pleasure Beach said ...
Unless you include a ride down the M55In Blackpool, I hear there's plenty of ways to take a, err, 'trip' to happiness. None of them involve any sort of ride....
I also heard something along these lines, but I wrote it off immediately, as sounds too far fetched to actually have happened. It would've been way too similar to ICON, with the only difference being a few extra inversions and spinning cars, so it would have barely any marketability that ICON didn't already. Plus, the Ride to Happiness' layout was clearly designed for Plopsaland de Panne, and doesn't look like it was made to be easily cloneable whatsoever (as opposed to layouts like Goliath at Six Flags Great America, Jersey Devil, Phoenix at Deno's Wonder Wheel, etc.).Inside sources at Blackpool Pleasure Beach said that The Ride To Happiness was actually designed for them to fit in this place however after the bad reflux of Icon the park couldn't afford to do another £15 million + ride 3 years after in 2021