Experiencing the Icon Rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Growing up I lived quite close to Blackpool and I am certainly no stranger to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. I have visited around 5/6 times but most of those were cowardly trips in which rollercoasters were not my thing, at all. Having conquered this fear I now appreciate and love going on them, even pushing myself on the Pepsi Max Big One on a previous visit.

However, I haven’t visited for quite a few years and with the new Icon rollercoaster open I had to visit. The team at Blackpool Pleasure Beach were great and gifted me some wristbands to come and give the Icon a go with a few friends.

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Icon, the UK’s first double launch rollercoaster opened on the 25th May this year and features a number of twists, loops and turns, with a G-force experience similar to that of an F1 driver, it will be sure to feed your inner thrill-seeker. The ride interacts with other notable attractions in the park such as the Steeplechase and the Big Dipper. The ride sets of at a blistering pace as it begins it’s winding ascent and decent and then ascent again. The ride even features it’s very own soundtrack to gear you up as you wait to board the car.

Of course, we didn’t only ride the Icon endlessly all day. We also had the chance to try out the other rides the Pleasure Beach has to offer. The first ride we agreed on was the Ice Blast. As I tried to recover from my jelly legs we queued up for Valhalla. A Viking themed log flume/roller coaster hybrid that ensures you get soaking wet, I’m not joking, we had to take our shirts off and wring them out to stand any chance of drying off. Thankfully with the recent boiling weather of late this absolute drenching was kind of welcomed with open arms!

We also tried out Infusion (a favourite of mine) and the Big One, both never disappoint. Thankfully we didn’t have to wait longer than 10 minutes to get on any of the rides, even the more popular ones whilst facing a couple of inevitable school trips to compete with.

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Overall, we had a great day, the sun was shining, all the rides were open and we didn’t have to wait long for any of them. The staff that we spoke to whilst collecting the tickets were very helpful and assisted us right away. I am sure to return in the close future and urge you do so too! The Icon ride is a perfect match for the Pleasure Beach and only adds value to an already very enjoyable day out!

If you would like to visit the Pleasure Beach you can find their website here, give them a follow on their Twitter to keep up to date with everything that’s going on inside the park.

– Jack

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