UK's first double-launch rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
UK's first double-launch rollercoaster, ICON, to open at Blackpool Pleasure Beach this year.
Newly-released images of Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s new £16.25 million rollercoaster ICON reveal the ride rising to heights of 20 metres before cutting through the lift hill of the world-famous Big One rollercoaster.
The behind-the-scenes pictures, taken while the park doors are closed for winter, show where riders will be propelled out of a tunnel, soaring through the Big One structure at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.
This marks the first interaction point of a ride which will become the world’s most interactive, looping through, underneath and around Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s other rides 15 times, over 1.14 kilometres of grey steel track.
Due to launch in spring 2018, riders will be taken to places they’ve never been before whizzing through legendary rides including the Steeplechase, Big Dipper and Pleasure Beach Express, for a thrilling experience they’ll never forget.
An aerial image shows how the huge steel structure will slot in amongst the park’s other rides– making it the world’s most ride-intensive amusement park offering more thrills and spills per square foot than anywhere else.
Since work began in December 2016 over 100,000 hours have been invested on site by a team of 50 and hundreds of tonnes of grey steel track have been hoisted into position.
Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Amanda Thompson OBE, said of the construction: “What we’ve achieved so far is impressive to see and a credit to all involved. We’re looking forward to visitors getting their very first glimpse of ICON when our doors open on 10 February.”
ICON will be the UK’s first ever double launch rollercoaster, giving adrenalin junkies two powerful thrusts of acceleration during the ride and is set to reach heights of 88.5ft, with drops of up to 82ft.
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