Tuesday 25th September 2018 Sealife & Shark Dive This was the start to our short break. The sealife is well presented with great themeing and a good variety of marine life. This centre really puts my local one to shame. We really whisk around it very quickly as I had a shark swim experience booked. It was great seeing the sharks and other fish and turtle close up. It was a tiring experience as you had to use your muscles to hold yourself under the water. I'm very please that I did it. Blackpool Tower Circus Next up was the Blackpool tower circus. Great show as usual, the clowns are funny, and the ring fills up with water for the finally. Blackpool Illuminations I love Blackpool this time of the year, the illuminations are worth seeing. I walk from one end to the other. The far end has the larger animation lights. It's also great seeing the big illumination trams run up and down the promenade. These were in the shape of a ship and the other one was in the shape of a steam train. Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th This is the view from our hotel room, they start preparing the rides from 6am or later as soon as the sun rises to give better light. 6ft is the difference between paying £16 for parking your car or parking for free, the red sports car is mine Blackpool Pleasure Beach As mentioned elsewhere, had a brilliant time over these two days. Plenty of ride time. Icon was a brilliant addition, loving the older rides too. Valhalla special effects can be a hit or miss, but still a great ride. Missing the mouse ride though. I also manage to squeeze in just after the pleasure beach closed the Pasaje Del Terror, which is very much like doing a scarefest maze, but themed to the Horror movies. And I also manage to quickly do the Ripley's believe it or not, which is very interesting. Friday 28th Madam Tussauds We visited Madam Tussauds, I did feel like there seems to be less wax works on display each year, being replaced electronic gimmicky attractions. Still worth a visit. Blackpool Tower This was next on our list, spent about an hour to the top and back down again. We braved the glass floor looking down 400ft. The Big One I also took the opportunity to walk up the big one. I got to meet some of the top staff that gave us some facts and interesting information about the Big one. It was the worlds tallest fasted roller coaster when it first open, but only retained the titled for 10 weeks before it lost it to a rival coaster somewhere in the USA. A section of the Big one is painted daily before the park opens. It has 5 layers of different special paints and once they completed painting it, which takes many months, they then start all over again. They were also disheartened with the removal of the mouse, they really wanted to keep it going, but it had really came to the end of it's life. It failed the H&S requirements. I really enjoyed the walk up the Big one, we walked up 50 feet at a time before we stop for 5 minutes to allow us to take photos. then we moved up the next 50 feet before we stopped again and so on. Work being done on the old monorail station/new hotel I was awarded a keepsake medal Fireworks Our trip was finished off with a Firework display which was set off on the beach opposite the Tower. Overall, its been a great fun pack few days, Jess and loved every minute.