Blackpool Pleasure Beach: General Discussion

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

  1. Doublethink

    Doublethink TowersStreet Member

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    I find with icon it has a kind of resonance- high frequency vibration that doesn't harm the ride quality or feel jolty/rough but is quite noticeable. Helix is similar but I didn't notice it as much as on my rides on icon late last year and early this year
     
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    Haha. Obviously I need to proof read before I post
     
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  3. OilyWater

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    Yeah it has a weird vibration that is a bit uncomfortable at some moments or maybe just a bit distracting from the enjoyment of it. Not too bad though
     
  4. Matt N

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    I must say, Icon did have a slight vibration on my rides in August, but I don't think it really detracted from the enjoyment from me; it still felt really smooth! I think the vibration might well be a Mack thing, as Slinky Dog Dash at Hollywood Studios had a similar sensation when I rode that.

    When I first came off it in 2018, I remember saying it was one of the smoothest coasters I'd ever ridden, but I must admit that I think rides like Mako, The Swarm, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Thirteen amongst others feel smoother than Icon.
     
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    Unless you are flying throught the air under your own magical power, with no mechanical devices at all, there will always be some vibration from any mode of transport. Its called physics.
     
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    Of course this is true, but I think some vibrations are so slight that you can't notice them. Icon definitely does have a slightly noticeable vibration, whereas some other rides' vibration is so slight that you can't really notice them, in my opinion.
     
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    I’m guessing you’ve not been on either of the family B&Ms then?

    These are so smooth you barely even realise you’re on a track let alone a coaster.
     
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    The family B&Ms must have only very, very slight vibrations if you can't even notice them! I'd liken that level of smoothness to rides like Mako, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Thirteen, out of all I've ridden!
     
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    They are smooth, of course. But there is still some vibration. Its impossible to avoid.
     
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    Generally yes, but took wheel seats that day just to get on the train, and it didn’t seem as bad as I expected. The purple train was really struggling round that station bend though! We joined queues at same time in roughly same place but ended up 2 trains apart due to a group of speedy passers all going on Rob’s side. Should have split them up!
     
  11. rob666

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    Indeed.
    I didn't realize there is a speedypass gate to each side. ..No excuse for six on our side, not as much fun for them as a group either.
    Edit...first time I've lost a race on the National by ten minutes!
     
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    You're all nesh. The roughest ride at BPB is Infusion when it goes for the headshot. When it isn't trying to crack your skull, everything is fine. Wheel seats on Dipper and Nash? Best ones, especially back rows on LNR days. Any time the Ultimate is still running, nothing is even close to rough.
     
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    Anyone know what feeble excuse the Beach are using for running Icon (and all the other coasters) on one train at the weekend?
    Less wind than the weekend before.
    Another whole week to get another train running.
    Double crap when the Big One is shut again.
    Very shoddy service on the signature rides.
     
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    I don’t have much Wow weekend experience but from what I’ve read over the last few seasons isn’t it quite normal for the coasters to be on one train operation before park open daily at Easter? Perhaps with the exception of Icon. Queue to gate with one train on is poor unless the other trains are genuinely BOTH broken. @rob666 never mind having all week to get the other train sorted, they’ve had all Winter!
     
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    Another very wet and windy weekend to come sadly.
    Sad to be first to open, then get three weekends of duff weather.
     
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    Pick one from the list below....
    1) Cost Cutting
    2) Pushing Speedy Pass Sales
    3) Can't Be Arsed
    4) All Of The Above
     
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    Has anybody taken the time to work out Icon's throughput on one trian yet? Given the lack of seats and fairly long ride duration it must be abysmal.
     
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    Honestly don’t know why parks try and open in Feb/ early March. The weather is always very dodgy and people are less inclined to tolerate it. Extending into December and getting the Christmas vibe seems a much better idea.
     
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    Only conclusion I can come to regarding WoW / Feb opening is the money they do make on it must be worth it, we know they need every penny they can get.
     
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    Wow weekends seems to pay off every other year when they are lucky with the weather (not this time), I guess it helps that Alton Towers is shut otherwise there likely wouldn't be enough people to make it profitable.
     
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