Blackpool Pleasure Beach: General Discussion

Discussion in 'European Parks and Attractions' started by John, 13th Jun 2012.

  1. MakoMania

    MakoMania TowersStreet Member

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    On the big screen at FY4 tomorrow:

    "15.30-16.00 ICON CONSTRUCTION See ICON built from the ground up before your very eyes."
     
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  2. MakoMania

    MakoMania TowersStreet Member

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    Park will close one hour early today.
     
  3. Robert.W

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    What's the excuse today then?
     
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    I assume that's because of the weather?
     
  5. rob666

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    Rained all day here in the sunny north west.
     
  6. Coaster

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    Terrible.
     
  7. Matt N

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    Sorry to stray off the topic of early closures, but out of interest, how does the Big One pull -0.5g when it didn't feel like I lifted out of my seat at all on it? Is it a sideways g-force?
     
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    Sit on the front row going into the mid-course brake.
     
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    Ah right, so I might have missed that airtime moment. Thanks @Temleh!
     
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    Not so much "airtime moment", more "crushed against lap bar moment" !!

    You can also get some airtime slightly earlier in the ride if you sit near the front.

    But as with most coasters at PB, no two rides are the same and you can get totally different experiences on different days even in the same seat.


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    Ah right. Thanks @shakey; I think the 1 ride I had on it was near the front; row 4, I think.
     
  12. AstroDan

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    I was quite shocked at BPB at the weekend.

    I have never seen queues like it in this park. Big One must have been 90 minutes. Avalanche an hour. Nick Streak 70 minutes.

    Many of the rides have such low capacities! It is amusing that Icon and Infusion (because of high capacity) have 20-30 minute waits by comparison.
     
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    Go back several months,I feared this would happen. BPB is no longer set up for busy days.
     
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    We waited nearly 1/2 hour for River Caves - every 3rd boat was Speedy Pass pretty much.
     
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    I used to think of Infusion as being relatively low capacity, and I guess it is compared with Nemesis due to the trains being half the size, but to their credit the staff seem to run it fairly well. I suspect the queue peaked at more like 45 min on Saturday as it was on the stairs for much of the day, but that's still short compared with several other coasters.

    Often the park seem to get away with mediocre operations as guest numbers just aren't that high compared with Towers or Thorpe and they have more rides to spread people between, but there are now too many rides where capacity is problematically low: Avalanche, Nick Streak, Steeplechase, Valhalla, Ice Blast, Ghost Train, Alice and Grand Prix to name a few. Then there's the rides that could easily get much better throughput like PMBO (if it had a proper merge point for speedy pass) and Nash (if they'd dispatch trains as soon as the incoming one park)
     
  16. MakoMania

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    It was a sunny (ish) bank holiday late night riding weekend in the summer holidays. In what universe was the park not going to be slammed?

    We did 25 rides during the day on Saturday, queues were reasonable for the time of year and given that it was bank holiday weekend.

    ^ Btw, Nash can't dispatch trains until the previous set of 2 have been cleared of people and quickly checked over.
     
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    No one is saying the park wasn’t expected to be heavy, they are saying the park can’t cope when it is. They where sending big one trains out two thirds empty with a 50 minute queue at one point.
     
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    That is extremely poor.
     
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    They can change that if they want to with zero effort, I'm suggesting the current procedures are excessive. Even if the visual check is necessary, do it at onload prior to opening the air gates, there's plenty of time at that end. Anything to shave a few seconds off the dispatch interval.
     
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    BPB has not been able to cope with high numbers of punters for about a decade!
    Stopped going in the school holidays when Infusion opened, always been the same ever since.
    Speedypass has only made matters worse.
    Join me and dippy on a term time afternoon in September, and see the park at its very best.
    No queues for the rides or bars, lots of happy punters and staff.
    Peak riding is hell, whatever the park.
     
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