Blackpool Pleasure Beach: General Discussion

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  1. Rick

    Rick TowersStreet Member

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    Hype.

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    I remember getting this artwork in the post and being hyped beyond belief. Funny how they positioned The Nash to the left of the image. Technically accurate!
     
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    @Plastic Person so much hype for that ride. That's from a 2000 marketing booklet. In the same box I found the mock newspaper they produced with all sorts going on. Members of the marines abseiling down the front etc. Plans of the ride and the story of how it came to be.

    Also, the (in)famous 'joke' that appeared everywhere in 2000 (noticeably on every fish & chip box in the park).

    Q. What's the difference between Valhalla and the Millennium Dome?
    A. One takes you for a ride, the other is in Blackpool.
     
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    The promotional artwork for Valhalla was incredible, thank you for sharing those! :)
     
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    They're still towing the "future developments" line?! Let's see them then!
     
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    Won't pretend I always sought out a ride on Bling, because I didn't. That said, sitting in the bar next to Danter's Air at Winter Wonderland tonight, it was a really cool ride, looking back.

    I know it was a bit of an operational headache, but it was a good fit in a lot of ways. Was thrilling without being so spinny it put folk off, almost a flat ride for people that don't like flats... It's quite a graceful experience unless you get a really rocky car.

    Although, I will have to have a couple more Pilsners to convince me to spend £9 on a ride!
     
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    Willing to put money on us all watching that site in 10 months time very closely!
     
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    From 1976, not as cool as the similar one from 1977 I posted a few weeks ago.

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    Well done Rick...couldn't fix the year for the space age air dome, complete with double door air locks and moat, on the sky force site.
    Edges pointed out to dippy on the last days of the season.
    Scaffolding spotted going in round the back of the express mountains the other day...spotted a Valhalla boat there as well.
     
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    @rob666 You'l have to point out the moat to me at some point, I do not follow.

    I have just found the 1974 Space Tower advert but my scanner has been unplugged against my wishes for the Christmas tree lights.
     
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    It was to stop people damaging the bubble fabric, I don't think it would pop, but it would certainly have deflated.
    I think it was kept at 1 p.s.i.
    You had to wait for one set of doors to close before going through the others...a real air lock.
    A local squash club has a similar bubble.
     
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    Confirmation from pleasure beach in a tweet that Valhalla will be closed in 2020.

    Not sure why they are proud to announce that one of their headline attractions is going to be closed for a whole season, but it does look as though they are planning on keeping the ride going for several more years.

    Personally I would have preferred the ride replaced with a compact coaster but If the end result is a more reliable and slightly drier experience then it's worth the wait.

    I suspect that closing the ride for an entire season is more of a money saving exercise than anything else, unless they are planning on some amazing changes - we will just have to wait and see.

     
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    It seems the Merlin 'TLC' marketing is spreading.

    No doubt this 'investment' is so that they have something to market next year without actually buying any new hardware.

    It does not take 12 months to refurb a water ride.
     
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    Who writes the copy for BPB's announcements? "The ride Valhalla". For the love of Odin.
     
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    I agree that shutting Valhalla for a whole season does smack of money saving. Surely they could have closed it for the final third of last season, worked on the refurb through closed season & opened it during the second third of 2020 season, rather than take it out for an entire season?

    Personally I won’t miss it much, I can go whole seasons without riding it anyway, it will just be frustrating as it will push the other queues up especially in Spring & Summer. Perhaps that in turn will increase speedy pass sales? Getting very cynical, too much time with Rob & Shakey!
     
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    We have no idea how the project will turn out yet. "TLC" I hated because it was showing pictures of repaints and standard maintenance jobs as some kind of special 'programme'. Announcing that a ride is going to be shut for a whole year for refurbishment (which everyone knows is very much needed) is completely different and is more just keeping their visitors up to date.

    Of course it could still turn out to be a bad refurbishment or just a shifting of the furniture advertised as new, which will be very disappointing and in which case I'd completely agree with you!


    Maybe, but how long do Disney shut their rides for refurbishment? Phantom Manor took the mickey! For a ride this massive it could be justified
     
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    If they turn it into Ripsaw Falls during 2020 then I’m more than happy for it to be closed
     
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    This will be the Pleasure Beach's most profitable year ever.
     
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    I was just going to write...
    The saving in running costs will easily cover the renovation...
    but Danny beat me to it!
     
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