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By Hannah

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Biggest Rollercoaster in Blackpool

Biggest Rollercoaster in Blackpool

Blackpool is most famous for the Pleasure Beach amusement park. It was our plan to spend our second day in town here, taking in as many rides as we could. When we arrived, we found it would be a little while before most of the rides opened up. However, we spotted a roller coaster that was running earlier than the others. We decided to try it out, and found that we had begun with the most intense of all the rides in the park. It wasn't particularly high or spread out, but instead had been twisted and knotted into a small space and suspended over water. Rather than cars, riders sat in padded chairs hanging from the rails with their feet dangling. There were a total of five revolutions, which Abby and Mom counted in order to know how long it would be before they could breath easily again. In retrospect, it probably wasn't the best ride to start out with. Some of the coasters we took on afterwards just weren't exciting enough in comparison.

My personal favourite was the roller coaster dubbed "The Big One". It's over a mile long and is currently the UK's tallest and fastest roller coaster. We rode this monster a total of four times. This was the only ride we ever had to wait in line for, though we never had to wait for more than five minutes. To me, it was an example of the quintessential roller coaster. The initial 65° drop from 70 metres in the air was the best part.

The Big Dipper roller coaster has an ever-growing world record attached to it. American Richard Rodriguez rode the coaster continuously for 549 hours in 1994, 1013 hours in 1998, and then 2000 hours two years later. We've no idea how he did this, especially after finding that the roller coasters here are decidedly more jerky and violent than those of more polished amusement parks.

Pleasure Beach's Oldest Ride

Pleasure Beach's Oldest Ride

The oldest ride in the park, Flying Machines, is over a hundred years old. It was built in 1904, and is an original "flying experience" attraction. Although less exciting than the surrounding roller coasters and thrill rides, the fact that you have no idea when the mechanisms and cables holding the ride together were last replaced can boost your adrenaline nearly as effectively.

At the end of the day, we had ridden fifteen separate rides a total of 28 times. We gladly accepted the grey, drizzly weather that the off season brings in exchange for the lack of visitors and lines at the park. Also, Abby and Mom can now say that they are no longer fearful of roller coasters. In fact, Abby is absolutely giddy for them now.

Posted by KZFamily 11:54 Archived in England Tagged england park beach pleasure amusement roller coaster blackpool Comments (5)

Where is the shoe store????!!!!

By Abby

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Playing a Coin Pusher

Playing a Coin Pusher

Today was our first full day in Blackpool. We decided that we were going to save the amusement park for the next day, which resulted in us spending the day just walking alongside the water and looking at the piers. We stopped at a small arcade with many stereotypical “carnival games”. My dad showed me how to play a game that consisted of dropping two pence coins into a slot (this is most commonly known as a coin pusher or a medal pusher game). I was pretty good, if I may say so myself. I won almost all of my money back, but I decided I might as well spend all my 34 p for the experience, rather than just be left with a large handful of small change. I left with a small bracelet that I was unable to fit (so very unfortunate) but in my opinion it was worth it for the fun my dad and I had. Hannah is now quite worried that I’ll get addicted, but I’m sure I’ll be fine.

We kept on walking a little further until we got to a small attraction called the Comedy Carpet (click on the logo to read more about it). We stayed there for quite some time actually, reading the various bits that people were well known for, as well as trying to spot names of comedians we recognized around the outside. I didn’t know very many of them (Michael McIntyre, Bruce Forsyth, Judi Dench were a few) but it was still interesting at the very least.

The Comedy Carpet

The Comedy Carpet

After this we carried on walking further along the stretch of land beside the ocean. We were looking specifically for a shoe store I had researched because one of my pairs has started to disintegrate (or just generally wear out I suppose). In the end our search was too grueling and we had to stop for lunch along the way. We stopped at a small Italian place that charged too much, gave too little and salted their food quite heavily. But it was something, and we went on our way again. We didn’t find the store we were looking for, but I did find some shoes, and Hannah even got one of her watch batteries replaced as both of the watches she brought along have recently had their ability to tell time be taken away from them, and desperately needed surgery. From here we walked the remaining mile back home, where Hannah and started to play Lego Indiana Jones on the PS2 in our apartment, and my parents took a nap.

For dinner we’ll have some chili, followed by either chocolate or carrot cake. And then (hopefully) we’ll watch some good-night West Wing before we go to sleep before what may be an absolutely terrifying or possibly enjoyable day at the amusement park.

Posted by KZFamily 11:47 Archived in England Tagged ocean shopping shoes games arcade gambling blackpool coins Comments (4)

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