Blackpool Pleasure Beach new Rollercoaster is scheduled for launch in 2018. It has been confirmed that the new rollercoaster will be called ICON.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach have announced they are to build a new £16.25 million roller coaster, set to open in 2018. The new Rollercoaster will be the first-ever in the UK with a double launch. This is an advanced technology that gives the roller coaster two powerful thrusts of acceleration during the ride. ‘Construction 2018′ will feature the most number of interactions in the world, with 15 interactions involving five different rides and two tunnels.
Scheduled to open in Spring 2018. The ride is being manufactured by Mack Rides at their world-class factory in Waldkirch, Germany, utilising the latest state-of-the-art engineering processes, including laser beam technology for extreme accuracy.
A double launch will see thrill-seekers propelled forward at high speed not only at the start of the ride but also at a second point half way through the two and a half minute experience. Riders will experience the same levels of G-force as felt by the driver of a Formula 1 car. The launch of the ride features acceleration which is 4 times that experienced in a Lamborghini Gallardo.
Construction 2018 will reach heights of 88.5ft with drops of up to 82ft. The ICON Rollercoaster will interact with five other Blackpool Pleasure Beach rides including the iconic Big One, Steeplechase, Big Dipper, Pleasure Beach Express and the Grand Prix.
Over 44,800 hours have been invested in the development to date with that number expected to treble ahead of completion.
Speaking on the announcement Deputy Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Nick Thompson, comments: “We have been working on this concept for five years now and are delighted to be able to share news of our plans”.
“Construction 2018 will be fast, adrenalin-fuelled and exhilarating but also smooth and comfortable – an entirely new ride experience. It sees a significant investment in Blackpool Pleasure Beach. We expect to see thrill-seekers flock to the park to experience this UK ride first.”
Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Managing Director, Amanda Thompson OBE, adds: “Construction 2018 follows in the long tradition we have at Blackpool Pleasure Beach of investing in fantastic rides and bringing first of their kind rollercoasters to the UK. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, the world’s most ride intensive amusement park, is home to the UK’s first looping coaster, Revolution, and, at the time it was built, the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster, The Big One, plus many more thrilling rides. I’m delighted to be able to continue this tradition and bring such a thrilling ride to the UK.”
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Travelling to Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is located on Blackpool’s historic seafront. There are a number of ways you can get to the attraction and there is also lots of accommodation available in Blackpool.
Travelling by Train
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