Stay Date: 03/2017, VamySola wrote this review.
Whilst entering the park was a little stressful (huge queues, confusion, lots of not so brilliantly marked out counters and refusal of admission without first emptying our handbags, despite not being requested to empty our two shopping bags), the par… See more
Whilst entering the park was a little stressful (huge queues, confusion, lots of not so brilliantly marked out counters and refusal of admission without first emptying our handbags, despite not being requested to empty our two shopping bags), the park itself was the total opposite; everything was clean, calm, open and inviting. Despite how busy the park got there was never any sense of the place being over crowded. In fact, one thing we enjoyed about Pleasure Beach was how well planned out the park is; it is very easy to find the ride you are looking for, which saves time and means getting to experience more rides. The queues, whilst we were there, were far shorter than those at other parks we've been too. At Thorpe Park we waited well over three hours in 30C sun with no shade, penned (literally) in 2 meter high narrow cage walls that were festooned with barbed wire. By the time we got to the front of the queue we were just so chuffed to sit down and feel a breeze,the Saw ride was more pleasant than petrifying. At Pleasure Beach we waited half an hour, if that, under a canopy which kept the sun and rain from us to ride The Big One, which we both agree is also a far more thrilling roller coaster too, despite it's age and lack of bells and whistles. The same cannot be said of Infusion. Whilst Infusion has headrests, they are so hard and the ride is so 'jerky' that I literally spent the entire experience attempting to push my head against one side of the headrest and anticipate the next jolt or corner to avoid my ears smashing against the hard plastic. The person I was with was also rubbing their ears and had literal tears in their eyes from having felt like they'd just had their 'head kicked in' too. Their ears were swollen and red. My neck hurt for the rest of the day, which is something I've never experienced on a roller coaster before, but have heard a lot of people speak about after riding Infusion. To sum it up - I once fell headfirst down a staircase and incured a spinal injury and that hurt less. And was about as much fun. On a happier note, the staff at Blackpool Pleasure Beach were all super. They checked people were buckled up and comfortable before the ride began. In fact, the consistently professional manner of the staff reassured the person I was there with so much that she braved to ride the roller coasters she'd been too terrified to ride for the first fifty years of her life. So, a big thanks to the staff for making my experience a less lonely one, and for (without even realising it) opening my companion's eyes up to a whole new world of excitement. Whilst roller coasters don't daunt me, one thing that does whilst at a theme park is entering the toilet facilities, especially towards the end of the day, but the toilets we used were all maintained, clean and didn't look or smell horrible, which was a huge relief. Whilst we didn't eat in any of the diners / restaurants, we did grab chips and drinks etc between rides, opting to eat in the queues. We were pleasantly surprised by how reasonable the food and drink was too...and of course, being in Blackpool, the chips were actual chip shop chips rather than over salted American style 'shoestring fries'. Happy days. There was a broad and varied selection of rides and things to do, see and enjoy for all ages and those who aren't big on big roller coasters too. A fellow Trip Advisor reviewer wrote in their review that those staying in central blackpool would need to take a tram to get to Pleasure Beach. Whilst some (especially those trailing very young children) might prefer to get there by tram, it is actually a reasonable walk and provides a great oppotunity to explore the promenade in its entirity ahead of hitting the theme park. We walked it and walked back in the rain without it dampening our spirits or being tiring; there's too much to see and enjoy along the way to get bored. Collapse