Blackpool Pleasure Beach! Pepsi Max Big One, Infusion and Bling!

So after our quiet relaxing trip to Formby, we headed on up to Blackpool – the thrill center and most famous seaside resort in the UK. The most famous part being Pleasure Beach Blackpool, with the Pepsi Max Big One, which used to be the tallest, fastest and steepest roller coaster of any park in the WORLD!

As we pulled into Blackpool it was dusk, the sun falling behind the horizon and the colours of a late summer sunset appeared.

Blackpool Sunset

There were plenty of Seagulls too as it was super windy and they were enjoying the thermal currents.

Seagull

We could see all the way down the beach to the Blackpool tower and the Ferris wheel on central pier (Blackpool has 3 piers! North, South and Central).

Blackpool Beach

Incidentally the Blackpool tower is actually inspired by the Eiffel tower! It’s been there since 1894!

There is a hugely famous event every year in Blackpool called the Blackpool Illuminations, it’s usually around September-November each year – so whilst we were there they were just setting up the lights. Lot’s of them were kept under covers so they were secret.

Blackpool Promenade.

There was even something by McD!

I'm lovin' it!

Of course it’s an English seaside so there’s all kinds of shops there where you can buy all kinds of junk and novelty stuff like personalised t-shirts, rock, sweets, costumes and lots of junk food. A classic example would be the pound shop!

Blackpool Pound Shop

After we had a walk around, had some dinner (fish and chips with mushy peas of course), found a place to stay (nice clean reasonably priced B&B walking distance from the sea front. Then headed back out to central pier for a ride on the Ferris wheel and the Waltzers.

The Waltzers are old skool and they are VICIOUS, if you are even in a UK fairground and you see Waltzers don’t be deceived by how tame it looks, take a ride…it’ll rip your head off. I was praying for it to stop by the time it was 3/4 of the way through, I sat up the side as well to make it spin faster and the fella kept spinning and spinning. IT WAS INSANE, I loved it.

After that it was off to bed and up early next morning to head to the main attraction, Blackpool Pleasure Beach! We got in early so there weren’t too many crowds, the queues were quite short and the weather was PERFECT.

It was free entry to Pleasure Beach and the unlimited ride wrist band cost £35, which is quite pricey but you can go on all the rides as many times as you like…for a thrill seeker like me that’s good news. It can be cheaper depending on the season and any promotions on.

We ran straight to the back to check out Pepsi Max Big One.

Pepsi Max Big One

The monster it was, it looked even bigger when you are standing next to it with it’s first drop measuring 205ft!

Pepsi Max Big One

I ended up going on it 4 times! The ride to the left is called Bling (one of only 2 in the World), and looked really really scary, it was actually thrilling and the view from the top was beautiful, went on that about 4-5 times too.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach - Bling

The other big ticket ride was Infusion which opened quite recently in 2007. It is the first inverted coaster to be suspended entirely over water.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach - Infusion

It was wicked! Loved it, total rush man.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach - Infusion

We went on every ride with a decent rating (not the kiddy stuff) and there is a lot of rides there, I think we missed out 1-2 at the end of the day – but we’d been on all the big ticket rides at least 3 times.

A deceptive one was Sir Hiram Maxim’s Captive Flying Machine which looked kinda chilled, but when you were up there, with no safety belt or harness…it was pretty high and pretty fast and bloody windy.

Sir Hiram Maxim's Captive Flying Machine - Blackpool

To add to the fear…it was built in 1904! The view was absolutely spectacular.

Sir Hiram Maxim's Captive Flying Machine - Blackpool

You could just see everyone like ants below hoping someone doesn’t fly out and squash them.

Sir Hiram Maxim's Captive Flying Machine - Blackpool

Couldn’t really take pictures on any of the other rides as they were too fierce, most of them you wouldn’t even want to let go to take a pic anyway. We went on one similar to Genting’s Solero Shot called Tango Ice Blast.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach - Tango Ice Blast

Some other memorable ones were Irn Bru Revolution, which was great but a little too short (it opened the year I was born…1978), Avalanche because it had no rails! A bobsled rollercoaster is scary trust me.

A couple of the rollercoasters there were built in the 1920-30’s! Amazing like Grand National and Big Dipper, they are really quite uncomfortable compared to the modern stuff.

I didn’t manage as many pictures as I would have liked, but frankly I was having far too much fun.

We went on a couple of the old classics too like the Carousel (Derby Racer)

Blackpool Pleasure Beach - Derby Racer Carousel

Then off to McD for a sunset, some fries and a coffee before the long drive back down to Worcester.

Blackpool Beach Sunset

It was an awesome trip, I miss Blackpool already and I’d love to go back when they’ve built their next big ticket ride and pushed the boundaries again.

Next targets Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and to go on a Launched Rollercoaster like Rita – Queen of Speed (0-100km/h in 2.2 seconds!).

You can find all the posts on my UK trip:

UK Trip – August 2008

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8 Responses to Blackpool Pleasure Beach! Pepsi Max Big One, Infusion and Bling!

  1. chuafc2006 November 13, 2008 at 8:16 pm #

    cool man… I always liked to go theme parks, especially Genting’s Solero Shot,

    Blackpool’s theme park is very cool man!
    XD…

  2. RealGunners November 15, 2008 at 9:31 am #

    I know the Waltzer! Really crazy, that one.. but there’s 2 or 3 other crazy rides in.. I forgot the South or Central Pier.. where they tie u down and launch u out to the sea..

    Alton Towers is cool too… they have a few sections with different themes.. each section has 1 or 2 big rides of their own..

  3. Oli November 15, 2008 at 4:26 pm #

    Haha I came to read about the ‘tall guy”s life in Malaysia and what the hell…Blackpool! It brings back memories though…my Grandparents used to live in Preston so we’d go and freeze our nuts off walking down the ‘beach’ every autumn…

  4. Harvey November 30, 2008 at 7:10 pm #

    Blackpool is brilliant, the Pepsi Max is unbelievable and there are some good views at the top 😉
    The illuminations are great – i went last year.
    Glad you had a good time mate!

  5. ShaolinTiger December 5, 2008 at 5:00 am #

    chuafc2006: Yah you should check out some of the big rides, awesome stuff.

    RealGunners: Yah Waltzers look so simple, but they are just so deadly. Central Pier I think, that huge bungy thing..that looked scary. Will go to Alton Towers next trip.

    Oli: Sorry to disappoint, just wrapping up my posts from UK trip 🙂 Preston – northern monkeys! I don’t know how people swim in the sea – it’s insanity.

    Harvey: Yah it’s awesome, the views are trule breathtaking.

  6. cazar July 17, 2009 at 6:08 pm #

    Ive have only been to blackpool once it was amazing , i am going on monday 20th july 09 and i hope that the pepsi max is open because there is so strong winds, as it is beside the sea!
    i would love the experience of going on it !!! infusion is amazing!

  7. HUMAIRA ALI July 5, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    I AM GOING TO BLACKPOOL THEME PARK ON THURSDAY 13 JULY 2012 AND I AM SOOOO EXCITED I CAN’T WAIT IT IS GOING TO BE SO AWESOME AND FUN ESPECIALLY WITH ALL MY MATES!!!!!