Blackpool Pleasure Beach (BPB) Discussion Thread

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Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach (BPB) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Sat May 26, 2018 10:00 am

This video shows the difference in speed between the rider cam that Craig shot at the POV that the park provided us. The POV hits the final brakes about 6-7 seconds slower than the rider cam. Not a HUGE difference, but enough to where you'd notice it while riding.


Here's the POV that the park sent to us at is referenced at the end of the video above:
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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sat May 26, 2018 6:05 pm

Just watched that video, and the difference is remarkable. I think I'd probably love this coaster, though realistically it'll be about 15 years before I have a chance to get to England. Icon looks really fun, and I'm sure people in northern England are going to love this.

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Postby DoinItForTheFame » Sat May 26, 2018 6:11 pm

Wow!!! The difference in those videos is INSANE!!! The new video shows the pacing to be MUCH better than we originally thought. So glad this coaster is turning out to be as awesome as we hoped!
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Postby Condor » Sat May 26, 2018 8:30 pm

I suddenly feel a lot better about this coaster.

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Postby Anything » Sun May 27, 2018 2:52 pm

There have been mixed reviews of Icon among the UK enthusiast community. Here's one which is fairly balanced: http://riderater.co.uk/7012/review-icon-rollercoaster-at-blackpool-pleasure-beach/
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Postby Platinum » Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:05 pm



Interesting. Apparently this is being done by a U.K. company during the off season for the return trip of the ride.

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Postby RCT3Bross » Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:37 pm

^ I don't want to hate Big One, but it's the absolute worst coaster experience I ever had. I don't think this ride is boring, it has some nice moments, but this is the only coaster that hurt me and I still had pain days after my ride on it. I just hope the retrack helps to make this ride more enjoyable. I guess what I mean is I like what they are doing.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:35 pm

I don't recall Big One being painful. It definitely had some awkward transitions, but I could see them coming a mile away.

What is painful on an Arrow hyper is getting airtime into that hard, metal lap bar if you don't know about the seat belt trick. However, that isn't an issue on Big One since it doesn't exactly have airtime.
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Postby michaellynn4 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:57 pm

^ Yea, but you have a Superman-like tolerance for pain on coasters. ;)

Big One last year was... not great. I rode it twice because it was an iconic coaster for younger Mike, we had the time saver passes, and I really hoped the first ride was just an anomaly, but Rikki and I were decidedly done after that second ride.
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Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach (BPB) Discussion Thread

Postby Visionist » Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:16 am

Big One is only a back seat ride, and only for the insane "slamtime" going through the twist in the first drop.

The rest of the ride is the world's most impressive sculpture.

I didn't get the chance to ride it in the dark, due to the fireworks.

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