Blackpool Pleasure Beach: General Discussion

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

  1. Rick

    Rick TowersStreet Member

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    Sorry Rick, beat you too it, you're just cleverer with the pretty pictures.
    Anyone brave enough for a beer in Crevettes at high noon sunday then?
     
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    Yes! It’s my round and @shakey is missing it
     
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    No show from me tomorrow. Will be back in September when the schools are back I think.
     
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    There you go folks.
    Free beer on dippy in Crevettes Sunday.
    Party.
     
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    Ugh. They're so naughty.
     
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    Pretty good on park today so far. Seems very organised. Certainly not a farce. Every other row empty on Dipper, but running both trains. All rows open on Icon as seats are well spread out anyway I guess.

    Big One & Flying Machines closed due to wind but may open. Really doesn’t feel all that windy, certainly nowhere near 50mph
     
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    My wife was nearly blown of her feet walking the prom though dippy!
    Cracking half day visit, no problems, no distancing issues, good company from mates and staff, short queues.
    Excellent efforts on park with new screens and separation methods.
    Nothing like a couple of masks as a souvenir.
    Very happy with the effort put in by the park.
     
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    It certainly seems as if BPB have got things right. From availability for season pass holders, ride availability and catering. Towers, on the other hand.... could do better!
     
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    What they need now is consistency.
    The park not being very busy was a major factor in todays enjoyment.
    We were lucky today, not a great forecast, but the rain didnt come until the walk back to the car!
     
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    Scott from PBE has posted a really good vlog reviewing Pleasure Beach’s opening day:

    I’m so happy to see that things are seemingly going really well for them!
     
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    We also visited yesterday, to which was rarther eventful.

    We ended up eating at Burger King by the Banked Hill of the Dipper’ near the new hotel entrance/exit for further reference. Anyway, eating away then all of a sudden a Big Bang hit the floor which came flying off one of the Cars on dipper. It was one of the anti rollbacks on the car that had just passed. Anyway reported it and took the part to guest services.

    Took 2 rides managers 20 minutes to come to guest services to talk to me, to which (whom
    I won’t name) we’re very arrogant and said because it didn’t hit me or hurt anyone they can’t really do anything about it, and compared it to a motor way, and that these things are a common occurrence and happen all the time? Not a reassuring comment considering I used to work for towers myself.

    ANYWAY! Came off the big one and said ride managers literally pointed at us from a Distance which we saw from the Big One exit so went over to see what the issue was, little did I know it was the Park Operations manager who then escorted me to Guest Services for a full refund and further information and told me that the way those two acted was unacceptable! He was a very nice man so hats off to him, just didn’t appreciate the arrogance and how I was spoken to in the first place by two “ride managers”.
     
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    It probably took them so long because they were busy working. Seeing as they are it work. Could even be busy dealing with the problem you mention. Which to be fair, being ride managers, the rides take priority over talking to guests in guest services, I would say 20 minuites was pretty good.
     
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    I visited yesterday and, despite the wind, ride availability was good. It helps that BPB is very well shielded by the large buildings along the seafront which must have been taking a battering yesterday.

    My only criticism was the park’s snap decision to close at 5pm, with less than 24 hours warning. The park was busy enough to be open later and, closing at 5, meant that everyone left at the same time, making the entrance area and toilets opposite the Alice in Wonderland ride pretty busy at closing time. I think that staggered ride closings running at various intervals from about 4:30 till 7 would be the best way to ensure a slow flow of people leaving the park to prevent over crowding.

    Otherwise an excellent day with a fairly decent ride count. Having not been to a theme park since last season, I was pretty exhausted and had to stop for coffee several times. Great to be back all in all. The E-Ticket system is also great and the use of face masks very well enforced.
     
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    It's a pretty serious issue though tbf and if handled incorrectly (like the two managers) could lead to a negative tabloid story.
     
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    Bit of metal drops off a coaster.
    Nobody hurt.
    Happens all the time.
    Nothing to see here, move on now.
    Take this lump to the gift shop, only thirty quid on the ticket, 25% off due to slight damage.
     
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    I can just imagine it, it didn’t hit you what are you worried about? We should be charging you extra for the entertainment you’ve received so count yourself lucky!
     
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    It’s not a good enough excuse, the piece could have literally killed someone, and there were more than just 2 teenage ride managers available that day. Again, I don’t think this was properly dealt with comparing it to a motorway? And then when speaking to the parks operations manager, to be honest he seemed like he had no idea it even happened because he was examining the piece in guest relations himself.

    Further this it was reported to Sky Force & Steeple Chase ride ops, who I’m pretty sure heard it happen to.

    And we joke about this being added to the gift shop, it probably will! After all, these things happen all the time, just look at a motorway for example!
     
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    There's an idea... Charnock Richard services could start selling off all the shredded car tyres, bottles of #!,$$ from Stobart lorry drivers, abandoned coaches, pieces of replaced bridges, chunks of old asphalt etc. that the M6 generates, with certificates of authenticity.

     
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