good to see the parks old Roller Coaster given a new lease of life. It
did seem like a ride under threat, as it was uncertain if the park would
continue to run and maintain this when it already had the Big Dipper and
Grand National. Rebranding it to make it a ride for the daring kids is a
good move. It also now looks a lot more interesting. When I heard that a
traditional wooden coaster had been painted bright orange I thought it
would look weird, but it actually looks very striking as a backdrop to
the rest of Nickelodeon land.
It will be interesting to see how long the Nickelodeon licence lasts.
Quite a few parks around the world (including Alton Towers in the late
90's) have had the Nickelodeon licence, and it's been a good mid term
investment for most of them, but none of them have kept the licence for
more than 10 years, 8 years seemed about the average. Looking at how few
characters I recognise from
childhood it's clear the characters won't have the same long term appeal
as Thomas The Tank Engine at Drayton Manor is likely to. As long as the
Pleasure Beach has put some long term thought in to it's plans though,
there is no reason Nickelodeon Land shouldn't be a success.