aside the loss of rides does make this park feel more like a one day park
than a two day one. It would still be a bit of a push to do absolutely
everything in one day, but if you didn't mind missing some of the lower tier
attractions, and don't plan on doing that many repeat rides, paying for two
days at the park doesn't feel as essential a purchase as it once did.
This leaves the question of how worth it is the one day visit? I would still
say it is well worth it. The park still pays host to a great selection of
rides. There are some classic coasters like the Grand National, the
Mouse and Steeplechase. Lets also not forget the Big One. It may not be as
big a deal on the worldwide stage as it once was, now we have coasters
topping the 400ft mark, but it's still a great thrilling ride. After you've
done the coasters there's still a great collection of classic dark rides to
give a go, and a world class water ride in the form of Valhalla. The only
weaker link is the thrill rides. With Ice Blast, The Flying Machine and some
family rides it's not an unrespectable collection, but it does feel like there is
potential for this area to be improved.
So the ride collection although not as fresh and competitive as it used to
be is still great. One of the big concerns I'd heard, which applied to all
of Blackpool, and the Pleasure Beach by association was the loss of a lot of
the family appeal due to the increase in the number of rowdy, hen and stag
style, visitors. This was noticeable on Blackpool promenade on Saturday
evening, but apart from a bad choice of a new coaster (Infusion with 4
inversions is not a family ride) has done a lot to counter this. Abolishing
free entrance, and some aesthetic enhancements have helped a lot. The
introduction of Nickelodeon land has also gone a long way to project a good
family village. It's hard to give a full assessment as I can't visit that
often, but on my visit it did all have a very friendly atmosphere.
The good news seems to be things are starting
to look promising for the park. Visitor numbers have started to increase, so
hopefully this will be a park that continues to thrill and entertain for
many years to come. I think to get back to it's former glory it does need
another few good rides, including a fresh signature attractions. Even as it
stands though this is one of the UK's must visit parks.