Blackpool To Unleash a New Record-Breaking Roller Coaster On May 25th
Blackpool is known for their iconic attractions. However, it’s been 24 years since the park has last opened a custom designed roller coaster. That will all change on May 25th, when the park debuts their new Icon!
Icon, a MACK multi-launch coaster is the park’s latest and greatest creation. Riders will be launched through 3,750 feet of twisted track that interacts with other iconic Blackpool attractions such as The Big One, Big Dipper, and Steeplechase. The ride is the largest investment in park history, with the entire cost coming in at a staggering £16.25 million.
Park management are especially pleased about the new addition. Amanda Thompson OBE, Managing Director at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, released a following statement regarding Icon:
“We have been on an incredible journey building this roller coaster, seeing its towering presence on the park and entwining with some of our most popular rides, it really has been epic. This is a momentous occasion for us, seeing ICON take to the tracks as the carriages are powered for the very first time. This first run has shown exactly what riders can look forward to – a smooth but exhilarating ride like no other roller coaster in the world.”
The stats of this ride are just as surreal as the coaster itself. Blackpool shattered four records with the new thrill ride!
- Height: 88.5 feet
- Speed: 52.8 mph
- First Drop: 82 feet
- Inversions: 2
- Length: 3,750 feet
- Duration: 2 minutes, 41 seconds
- Riders per Train: 16
Coaster Records Broken
1. UK’s Tallest Inverting Launch Coaster (88.5 ft)
2. UK’s Fastest Inverting Launch Coaster (52.8 miles per hour)
3. UK’s longest Inverting Launch Coaster (3,750 feet)
4. Most inversions on a Launch Coaster in the UK (2)
The park has already released teasers of the new attraction over the last few weeks. These teasers included exclusive milestones, such as video of the first test run, which can be seen below.
In the UK, ride soundtracks are a big thing… The soundtrack, which was created by The Notable Stranger, reflects the thrills and excitement of ICON. The soundtrack uses different stages of the ride in mind. The queue line music will build anticipation whilst the music playing as you leave the ride will reflect the thrills a rider has just experienced.
Amanda Thompson, OBE, Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach said:
“A ride’s soundtrack is extremely important to enhancing the overall experience and we spent many hours working with The Notable Stranger to develop music which really reflects the personality of the ride. Since we started using the soundtrack in our marketing, the response from people wanting to own a copy has been huge so we decided to make it available for everyone to enjoy.”
ICON: Dare to Ride (The Original Soundtrack) can be downloaded now on iTunes and Google Play Store for just £3.99 and features five versions – ICON Main Theme, Anticipation ICON, Dramatic ICON, Euphoric ICON and ICON Continuous Mix.
Pleasure Beach is introducing ICON Boarding Cards! Now, guests can ride the UK’s first double launch coaster opening at Blackpool before its public debut! Reserve your ride today by selecting either a Standard Boarding Card or a VIP Boarding Card. Both boarding cards give access to the park for the entire day, however if guests wish to go on any other rides they must purchase a wristband or ride rickets which can be purchased in advance online or on the day of. CLICK HERE to reserve a boarding card now!
For tickets and more information, visit the official Blackpool website by clicking here.
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