Blackpool Pleasure Beach debuts £16.25m Icon rollercoaster | attractionsmanagement.com news
POST YOUR JOB ONLINE
Free ezine/digital edition sign up
Jobs . News . Features . Video . Products . Magazine . Handbook . Advertise . Contact us  
NEWS
Blackpool Pleasure Beach debuts £16.25m Icon rollercoaster
POSTED 25 May 2018 . BY Tom Anstey
Blackpool Pleasure Beach has debuted its highly-anticipated steel launch coaster – Icon – which opens to the public today (25 May).

Designed by German rollercoaster engineer Werner Stengel and manufactured by Mack Rides, the £16.25m (US$21.75m, €18.5m) ride is the first multi-launch coaster to come to the UK.

In the works since 2013, Icon serves as the park's sixth steel roller coaster and tenth rollercoaster overall. The ride has a Japanese theme, with visitors entering through a large Japanese-style set of gates, before walking down landscaped pathways. At its peak, the ride, which lasts 80 seconds over 1,143m (3,750ft), reaches heights of 88.5ft (30m), with drops of 82ft (25m).

Amanda Thompson, managing director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the future IAAPA chair, said that the addition of Icon would help to re-energise the resort, bringing in a new thrill seeking audience.

"We have to keep investing in our resort because everyone comes back to Blackpool time and time again," she said.

"We have to keep making it different, we have to keep making it new, we have to keep making it exciting.

"It is a simply stunning ride and I’m delighted with the look and style of it. We have created a totally unique experience here at Blackpool Pleasure Beach confirming our continued commitment to make it one of the world’s greatest amusement parks."
RELATED STORIES
Blackpool Pleasure Beach MD Amanda Thompson to lead IAAPA in 2020


Amanda Thompson OBE will become only the third woman to chair IAAPA in its 100-year history, after the global attractions body announced the Blackpool Pleasure Beach managing director would take over in 2020.
Mack Rides to make UK's first double launch coaster for Blackpool


Blackpool Pleasure Beach has unveiled plans for a new multi-million pound rollercoaster, a £16.25m (US$20.9m, €18.6m) venture that will feature Britain’s first use of the double- launch on a single coaster.
Mack Rides to make UK's first double launch coaster for Blackpool


Blackpool Pleasure Beach has unveiled plans for a new multi-million pound rollercoaster, a £16.25m (US$20.9m, €18.6m) venture that will feature Britain’s first use of the double- launch on a single coaster.
MORE NEWS
BIG's panda enclosure all set to debut next spring
Work on Bjarke Ingels Group’s (BIG) Panda House at the Copenhagen Zoo is in full swing and is expected to be completed in time for the bears' arrival next spring.
Parques Reunidos acquires Tropical Islands for €226m
Spanish operator Parques Reunidos has acquired the world’s largest indoor water park, Germany’s Tropical Islands, from Malaysian firm Tanjong for €226m (US$257.3m, £203.3m).
US$51m aquarium project for Missouri given green light
A long-vacant property in the city of Branson, Missouri, US, is to be transformed into a US$51m (€45m, £40.5m) aquarium following a vote from city officials.
Evermore redefining the theme park experience, says founder
Evermore founder Ken Bretschneider believes the immersive theme park experience, which opened in Utah, US, this year, has added new dimensions to a traditional theme park visit.
+ More news   
LATEST JOBS
Fundraising Officer
Eastleigh Borough Council
Salary: Circa £30,000
Job location: Eastleigh, UK
Team Leader
West Cheshire Museums
Salary: £23,111 - £26,470 Pro Rata per annum
Job location: Marston, Northwich, UK
Head of Technical Operations
Eleven Arches
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Bishop Auckland, UK
Visitor Services Officer (Seasonal)
Forestry Commission
Salary: £19,995 - £21,175 per annum
Job location: Buckinghamshire, UK
Visitor Services Officer
Forestry Commission
Salary: £19,995 - £21,175 per annum
Job location: Buckinghamshire, UK
Sales Manager
Hoburne Ltd
Salary: Competitive Salary and Benefits
Job location: Cotswold, UK
+ More jobs  

COMPANY PROFILE
WhiteWater

WhiteWater Park Attractions was founded in 2013 as an evolution of WhiteWater’s two dry [more...]
+ More profiles  
FEATURED SUPPLIER

Seeper brings history to life at Little Big City Beijing
Merlin Entertainment latest attraction, Little Big City Beijing, has opened in China. [more...]
VIDEO GALLERY

Polin Waterparks & Pool Systems - Experience the experience
Have you ever wondered how the fun is created? Polin Waterparks is a global market leader in the design, manufacture and installation of waterparks and water play attractions. Find out more...
More videos:
Birds of a Feather 4D Trailer – nWave Pictures
Red Raion - VR/5D Films Showreel 2016 – Red Raion
ParadropVR by Frontgrid – Frontgrid
+ More videos  

CATALOGUE GALLERY
 

+ More catalogues  
ATTRACTIONS DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
ATTRACTIONS DIARY

15 Jan 2019

Prospects 2019

Expedia HQ, London, United Kingdom
15-17 Jan 2019

EAG International

ExCel London Exhibition Centre, London,
+ More diary  
LATEST ISSUES
+ View Magazine Archive

Attractions Management

2018 issue 4


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2018 issue 3


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2018 issue 2


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2018 issue 1


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management News

28 Nov 2018 issue 118


View on turning pages
Download PDF
View archive
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Handbook

2018


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription
 
ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
 
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT NEWS
ATTRACTIONS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2018
Jobs . News . Products . Magazine
NEWS
Blackpool Pleasure Beach debuts £16.25m Icon rollercoaster
POSTED 25 May 2018 . BY Tom Anstey
Blackpool Pleasure Beach has debuted its highly-anticipated steel launch coaster – Icon – which opens to the public today (25 May).

Designed by German rollercoaster engineer Werner Stengel and manufactured by Mack Rides, the £16.25m (US$21.75m, €18.5m) ride is the first multi-launch coaster to come to the UK.

In the works since 2013, Icon serves as the park's sixth steel roller coaster and tenth rollercoaster overall. The ride has a Japanese theme, with visitors entering through a large Japanese-style set of gates, before walking down landscaped pathways. At its peak, the ride, which lasts 80 seconds over 1,143m (3,750ft), reaches heights of 88.5ft (30m), with drops of 82ft (25m).

Amanda Thompson, managing director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the future IAAPA chair, said that the addition of Icon would help to re-energise the resort, bringing in a new thrill seeking audience.

"We have to keep investing in our resort because everyone comes back to Blackpool time and time again," she said.

"We have to keep making it different, we have to keep making it new, we have to keep making it exciting.

"It is a simply stunning ride and I’m delighted with the look and style of it. We have created a totally unique experience here at Blackpool Pleasure Beach confirming our continued commitment to make it one of the world’s greatest amusement parks."
RELATED STORIES
Blackpool Pleasure Beach MD Amanda Thompson to lead IAAPA in 2020


Amanda Thompson OBE will become only the third woman to chair IAAPA in its 100-year history, after the global attractions body announced the Blackpool Pleasure Beach managing director would take over in 2020.
Mack Rides to make UK's first double launch coaster for Blackpool


Blackpool Pleasure Beach has unveiled plans for a new multi-million pound rollercoaster, a £16.25m (US$20.9m, €18.6m) venture that will feature Britain’s first use of the double- launch on a single coaster.
Mack Rides to make UK's first double launch coaster for Blackpool


Blackpool Pleasure Beach has unveiled plans for a new multi-million pound rollercoaster, a £16.25m (US$20.9m, €18.6m) venture that will feature Britain’s first use of the double- launch on a single coaster.
MORE NEWS
BIG's panda enclosure all set to debut next spring
Work on Bjarke Ingels Group’s (BIG) Panda House at the Copenhagen Zoo is in full swing and is expected to be completed in time for the bears' arrival next spring.
Parques Reunidos acquires Tropical Islands for €226m
Spanish operator Parques Reunidos has acquired the world’s largest indoor water park, Germany’s Tropical Islands, from Malaysian firm Tanjong for €226m (US$257.3m, £203.3m).
US$51m aquarium project for Missouri given green light
A long-vacant property in the city of Branson, Missouri, US, is to be transformed into a US$51m (€45m, £40.5m) aquarium following a vote from city officials.
Evermore redefining the theme park experience, says founder
Evermore founder Ken Bretschneider believes the immersive theme park experience, which opened in Utah, US, this year, has added new dimensions to a traditional theme park visit.
+ More news   
LATEST JOBS
Fundraising Officer
Eastleigh Borough Council
Salary: Circa £30,000
Job location: Eastleigh, UK
Team Leader
West Cheshire Museums
Salary: £23,111 - £26,470 Pro Rata per annum
Job location: Marston, Northwich, UK
Head of Technical Operations
Eleven Arches
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Bishop Auckland, UK
Visitor Services Officer (Seasonal)
Forestry Commission
Salary: £19,995 - £21,175 per annum
Job location: Buckinghamshire, UK
Visitor Services Officer
Forestry Commission
Salary: £19,995 - £21,175 per annum
Job location: Buckinghamshire, UK
Sales Manager
Hoburne Ltd
Salary: Competitive Salary and Benefits
Job location: Cotswold, UK
+ More jobs  
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2018

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT NEWS
ATTRACTIONS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS