Blackpool Pleasure Beach: General Discussion

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  1. siralgenon

    siralgenon TowersStreet Member

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    I've just come from a weekend in Blackpool and I have to give it to Pleasure Beach, for a weekend where it literally didn't stop raining for 5 minutes, when I visited on Friday, everything was open and the only time I saw a ride break down was when The Big One broke down with me on it :tearsofjoy: but other than that. I thought they dealt with it very well.
     
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    Pleasure Beach infuriates me because it's a wonderful place but it just feels so mismanaged.

    The guest experience is poor in many areas and sadly it doesn't surprise me to read that their Halloween event has failed to deliver on what should really be very basic standards of customer service. Promising people a special ride on Icon and putting them on Skyforce instead is a disgrace regardless of what the terms and conditions say.
     
  3. Ali1350

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    Really gutted to see the reviews from this. I’ve thought for ages Blackpool has the potential to put on a really special scare event thats up there with the best in the UK and possibly Europe so it’s frustrating to hear how much they’ve messed it up. I really hope the park do a bit more research into what works for other parks and come back stronger next year with a top quality event like the park deserves
     
  4. Themeparkmania

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    In my honest opinion, if you have no experience putting on a Halloween event, then work with a company that do. Pleasurewood Hills, Fantasy Island etc have bought in Atmosfear, which essentially do all the legwork and run it. They should have dipped their toe in first before going full throttle. It's a shame, because it looked good from the hype, but the execution is obviously lacking.

    Maybe next year they should try a more 'tried and tested' Halloween event, pop a couple of horror mazes in the park and open until late, instead of this odd 2 hour experience.
     
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    I definitely think running horror mazes alongside a later park opening would be a much better (and probably more profitable) way to go.

    The way they've run this event also means they can't extend park opening hours if it's busy during half term? Madness really, does anyone there have a clue what they're doing?
     
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  6. John_P

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    I actually quite enjoyed the actual experiences for the most part, the theatre bit in Planet Rock was really good.
    The use of the hedge maze was really good, properly eery going through that. From photos it looked like it was open on the Saturday as well. It wasn't on the Sunday or today.
    The tunnels was again really well done and it was lengthy as well.
    Pasaj at the end was great, not been in it for years.

    The acting throughout from the guides and the actors you encountered throughout was really good.

    Unfortunately there were some issues, firstly there was a lot of standing around which was inevitable as they were cutting the groups down to smaller sizes for the mazes. But even before that from the ticket office to fy4 seemed to take an age.

    Icon was unavailable which meant going on sky force in a blind fold. Can't really blame the park too much as rides can have mechanical issues.

    The ending was a bit meh if I'm honest which was a pity.

    For a first go by the park it was admirable for them to try something so ambitious and I hope it was just some opening night issues. I'll give it a go next year as well.

    I do think the park should however be considering using more of what they have. The dome arcade could be cleared out at this time for something in there, the area where the wild mouse used to be as well.
    The ghost train with live actors.
    Use the railway tracks as well, could be a brilliant experience walking from the burger King Station through the animals/dinosaur section through to the station by nickland. Some clever lighting and a decent amount of scare actors and it would be ace.
     
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    No doubt the local fan club will come out with a blog saying how wonderful it was!


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  8. Thameslink Rail

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  9. bluesonichd

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    Pleasure Beach Experience attended the staff preview
    I guess The Beach pulled out all the stops for them

    Watching their vid .. how much do they keep fapping about smell pods !

    Best thing since sliced bread.

    Ooo smell pods made the event for them
     
  10. Dipper_Dave

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    Sounds like once again greed has overtaken guest enjoyment. Lets hope that they learn from their mistake and next time either sell tickets in more limited number or actually be prepared and with enough to occupy the number of guests they expect and keep them flowing through the event at a decent pace without making them stand around too much. I'm not a Halloween fan anyway so I most likely wouldn't have paid a fiver for this, let alone £29.

    About possibly using the Dome, good idea in theory but that building seems to be more of a dump each season. Walked through recently, countless buckets on the floor at Crevettes side for leaking roof, and the whole raised area at the back was taped off and old machines just dumped up there. I'm not sure its in a fit state for anything really.
     
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    Whole false ceiling collapsed now.
    Keep hearing rumours about dome arcade revamp for next season.
     
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    I guess the dome is 50 years old this season, it's done far better than most buildings on the park from that period.
     
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    Looking at the dome with a critical eye this afternoon with dippy, I must say that from the outside it looks in good shape.
    Apart from the silly exterior light globes.
     
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    Will concentrate with shakey on Thursday.
     
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    If you mean the dome exterior lights, there doesn’t seem to be that many left. I’m not there in the dark enough to notice if they work or not
     
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    As far I remember, the lights don’t work.

    Given that the interior is in such a bad state it could have been used for a Freak Nights set, those dodgy glove lights are probably the least of their worries.
     
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    Some more old stuff for y'all. I don't remember to post everything on the forum so check out the site https://www.themepark.org.uk

    I don't smoke, I don't chew, I don't date no girls that do

    Any questions to @rob666

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    Just come home from journey to hell.
    First of all the actors were great it was not in any way their fault how poor it was. I’ll keep spoilers to a minimum (even though it’s finished)
    The first bit from when we collected our wristbands to when they actually started the story in fy4 must’ve took a good 20 mins so I was bored already. The part in the theatre was ok but you really had to immerse yourself.
    Next we stood around for another 10 or so minutes In come the people with the bags. Oh they ran out of them so we just casually had to walk to Icon. The one plus Icon was running like an absolute dream. Then lead to the Chinese maze, we had to get a photo with a clown, pretty pointless.. then more waiting around before actually going into probably one of the worst scare mazes I’ve ever been in, which was *themed* with plastic sheets, fake cobwebs and space hoppers.
    The maze in the tunnel was actually quite good, that should be a scare maze on its own. However.
    They batched us before we went in but when it came to actually going in, my partner was pushed in, door slammed and I was left outside. I pointed it out and he was like “oh you’re with them?” To which I said yes and the security guy started kicking the door to try get them to open it but they didn’t. I didn’t wanna spoil anyone’s experience indoors so I said it was fine I don’t mind going through in the next group.
    This is where it all went wrong.
    When our group walked out, there was no one to greet us so we just started walking toward fy4 at which point I saw my partner with security.
    Turns out they’d forgot that they sent my group in, the actor said my partners group was the last one so they just carried on without us! It was an absolute shambles so I can see where Shawn was coming from!
    As we were exiting we had to get another photo this time with some scantily clad ladies who when we walked up to them simply said “which one of you wants to hold the dildo” I mean....?
    The only redeeming feature was pasaj!
    In summary it was a hell of a lot of waiting around, unnecessary swearing and no fixed storyline and obviously I completely missed the ending
    2/10
     
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