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Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Wed May 16, 2018 9:13 pm

Looks like pleasure beach have been taking advertising tips from Merlin.
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Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Thu May 17, 2018 6:13 am

I guess its a way of getting people talking about it. People in the know will discuss how wrong that is, others will discuss how they must go as its a world first. Win win situation really. 
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Thu May 17, 2018 7:24 am

The image was put out by a promoter and not BPB themselves, Amanda has tweeted to say that it is wrong.
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Thu May 17, 2018 10:26 am

Surely they couldn't have put it out without someone at Pleasure Beach checking and Okaying it. It is most likely a publicity stunt to cause a bit of controversy and get people talking about it. Then pass it off as a mistake to get around any false advertising claims. Definitely "inspired by" Merlin's marketing techniques.
 
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Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Thu May 17, 2018 2:41 pm

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Surely they couldn't have put it out without someone at Pleasure Beach checking and Okaying it. It is most likely a publicity stunt to cause a bit of controversy and get people talking about it. Then pass it off as a mistake to get around any false advertising claims. Definitely "inspired by" Merlin's marketing techniques.

It was a mistake, people have been told off today :P
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Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Thu May 17, 2018 8:39 pm

Icon's official "Dare To Ride" television commercial:

 
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Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Thu May 17, 2018 10:09 pm

It reminds me of an Esso advert!

I am looking forward to riding it later on in the though!
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Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Thu May 17, 2018 10:16 pm

Justin wrote:
It reminds me of an Esso advert!

Hahaha yeah, I see what you mean! 

Looks like a great coaster though, although sadly I won't be riding it this year.
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Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Fri May 18, 2018 8:17 pm

I'm so excited to ride tomorrow morning, I really hope the ride is excellent.
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Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Sat May 19, 2018 10:19 am

Words cannot describe Icon, it destroys every other ride in the UK. It's so comfortable, the restraints are so free, so much airtime (floater and ejector) even in areas that you wouldn't expect. Every element delivered to the max, there's so little time to process what's going on, it's relentless. Absolutely stunning ride, hasn't quite beaten Mako to my number 1 spot, but it's god damn close.
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Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Sun May 20, 2018 11:46 pm

Based on what I’ve seen from multiple people on social media, it seems Icon has had nothing but positive reviews so far.

It certainly does look to be a high quality attraction, and just reading these reviews makes me want to ride it even more, sadly I have to wait until August :cry:
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Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Mon May 21, 2018 8:59 am

The general consensus is that towards the front and towards the back are better than in the middle of the train, which seems to be normal on most coasters.

Haven't heard anyone who hasn't said that it's the best coaster in the UK after riding. Personally, this is my first Mack launch coaster but I can say that it is far superior to Rita, Stealth and even Cheetah Hunt.

Spoke to a few people who have done most of the Mack launchers, everyone seemed to agree that it is better than Blue Fire but most could not yet decide between Icon and Helix.

These reviews are coming from early morning mostly half full rides as well. Think what it's going to be like after a long, hot day at the 10pm closes in the summer! It's gonna haul!
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Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Mon May 21, 2018 12:45 pm

So.. better than Wicker Man?

I only ask this since people believe Icon is better, or Wicker Man is better.. more opinions the better :P
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Mon May 21, 2018 4:08 pm

When you compare the complete experiences with each other, I think Wicker Man will just come out on top of Icon, simply because it's so much more than just a coaster. It's something unique that will stick in people's minds, whereas Icon, whilst it will be remembered as a simply fantastic coaster, it may just not have that edge that I think Wicker Man has. Obviously, this is just my own viewpoint, and everyone has a different opinion and has different tastes and preferences. I also haven't been on Icon.
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Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Mon May 21, 2018 4:41 pm

Icon is much better than Wicker Man.

Although Wicker Man has better theming, Icon just dominates as a coaster. Plus Pleasure Beach is an amusement park so only theme their dark rides really.

Good coaster always much much more important than good theme for me, not saying that Wicker Man isn't a decent coaster, but it's just not in the same league :)
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Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Mon May 21, 2018 6:15 pm

MakoMania wrote:
Haven't heard anyone who hasn't said that it's the best coaster in the UK after riding.

Theme Park Worldwide did so on their Instagram. 
It sounds amazing. I hope to get there this summer. We’ll just have to wait and see!
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Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Mon May 21, 2018 7:29 pm

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I do believe this will become the best ride in the UK. It looks incredible, can't wait to head over this spring.

I haven't set a date to go up but glad people who have ridden it feel the same. It stood out from all other UK coasters and looks like an all round crowd pleaser. Now we'll just have to see what exactly Thorpe Park have up their sleeve.
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Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Wed May 23, 2018 1:27 pm

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I do believe this will become the best ride in the UK. It looks incredible, can't wait to head over this spring.

I haven't set a date to go up but glad people who have ridden it feel the same. It stood out from all other UK coasters and looks like an all round crowd pleaser. Now we'll just have to see what exactly Thorpe Park have up their sleeve.


If Icon is as good as people are saying it is as of right now since it’s media and press day.. Merlin are going to have to blow the water out with their next coaster.. will be riding sometime in June! Cannot wait!
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Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Wed May 23, 2018 3:27 pm

The POV above is very slow and not the full speed potential of the ride, it was filmed on an empty train when the wheels were cold, no idea why they didn't let it warm up properly before filming. There are several rider cam POVs going round that show the ride running at a much more normal speed :)

Also, Nick Thompson said at the press event today that the park will be adding "about" 3 significant new rides in the next 7 years.
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