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Re: Pleasurewood Hills propose 60m Drop Tower!

Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:42 pm

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Erection at Pleasurewood Hills meets council approval.
PLEASUREWOOD HILLS, NORFOLK, UK

At a council meeting last night, a new 60M tall drop tower ride was approved for Pleasurewood Hills theme park.

This is a huge new addition to the park, and a welcome new thrill ride for the South East. The ride is likely to be a Moser Rides "Gravity Tower".

Waveney Council issued the following statement from their Twitter account last night:

"Planning permission has been granted by #Waveney this evening for new 'drop tower' ride at Pleasurewood Hills in #Lowestoft #localgov"

Absolutely excellent news, our second confirmed new ride in the UK for next year, and another top thrill ride! Apocalypse is no longer the tallest drop tower in the country, how incredibly exciting! :D
 
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills propose 60m Drop Tower!

Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:55 pm

Finally a half decent ride somewhere close to me! :P i'll be there on opening for some pics!

TTF East next year? ;)
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills propose 60m Drop Tower!

Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:15 pm

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Erection at Pleasurewood Hills.


Hehe, surely I can't be the only dirty minded one?
 
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills propose 60m Drop Tower!

Wed Jun 22, 2011 6:40 pm

Really hope this pulls off for Pleasurewood Hills. I have my doubts as I've said, but I really hope I can be proved wrong.
 
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills propose 60m Drop Tower!

Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:02 pm

Sounds good. Although it's still not enough to get long distance visitors in, it's a sound investment.
 
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills propose 60m Drop Tower!

Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:58 pm

This is incredible news and I commend the Waveney DC and the locals for their support. Now bring on 2012 and the beginning of a new era at Pleasurewood Hills! :D :D
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills propose 60m Drop Tower!

Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:28 pm

Erection at Pleasurewood Hills meets council approval

Ah, that made me snigger immensely. I'm surprised they didn't stylise it as Pleasure Wood.
 
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills propose 60m Drop Tower!

Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:43 am

"zs chris" wrote:
Finally a half decent ride somewhere close to me! :P i'll be there on opening for some pics!

TTF East next year? ;)



Yep indeed Chris!
 
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Pleasurewood Hills - 2012: Drop Tower Up! + NEW Website

Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:01 pm

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Just wondered how many of you here had experienced my little local park, Pleasurewood Hills. It's only a very small place, doesn't have that many rides and is, well, very bare right now - but it's still a fun day out.

From wikipedia wrote:
The park was created by entrepreneur Joe Larter in 1982 as a small American-themed family attraction, containing a miniature railway, Cine 180 and adventure playground. Yearly expansion brought the addition new attractions and general improvements. Controlling interest in the park was sold to RKF, a property development company, in the late 1980s. RKF built attractions including two Sea Life centres (Great Yarmouth & Hunstanton), a Ripley's Believe It or Not (Great Yarmouth seafront) and the 9-mile (14 km) Bure Valley Railway (in Aylsham). It started building a second Pleasurewood Hills style park in Cleethorpes. RKF went bankrupt in early 1991 and its attractions were sold. Some Pleasurewood management staff took control of The Bygone Village at Fleggburgh.

Noel Edmonds converted the Haunted Theatre into Crinkley Bottom Castle in the mid-1990s. The park also featured appearances by Mr Blobby and Edmonds himself.

The park continued in this vein until 1996-7, when it was bought by Leisure Great Britain, a caravan park operator. It owned the park until 2000, when Peter and Peggy Hadden, who had been connected with the park for many years, bought it. The name changed to New Pleasurewood Hills. In 2000 the park bought Magic Mouse.

In 2004, Grévin & Cie, a French leisure group, purchased the site. The name reverted to its original form and in early 2005 the owners said they would spend £3 million on improvements.Changes included repainting and renaming a number of rides, but the first major investment was in the park's first inverting coaster, Wipeout, with track from the closed American Adventure. The old cars were scrapped and new ones bought from Walibi World.

In 2009 the Mellow Yellow log flume was repainted and had a revamped entrance. It is now called Timber Falls. In 2010 the park put a StreetDance show in the Castle Theatre. In 2010 the park appointed a new manager. On the 30th of January 2011, it was announced that the park had been sold to a new company. H.I.G Capital France, in partnership with industry expert Laurent Bruloy, purchased seven leisure parks, including Pleasurewood Hills, from across Europe. The seven parks will benefit from a joint investment of around £17million over 5 years. For Pleasurewood Hills it means that the park will launch a host of new attractions over the coming months including a £2.80 indoor Laser Labyrinth game and a 60m Drop Tower - the tallest in the UK.


It has 3 coasters:
Wipeout - A Vekoma Boomerang
Enigma - The Only Schwarzkopf Jumbo V in the world
Snake in The Grass - A small kiddie coaster.

Whilst the park hasn't had a single new ride since Wiepout in 2007, the new owners have promised £3m of investment over the next 3 years - including the 2012 opening of a 60m Drop Tower (the tallest in the UK!) a £150,000 investment in the Enigma rollercoaster and another "mega" ride for 2013...

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Re: Pleasurewood Hills

Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:39 pm

Ah, I know the place. Only been there a couple of times, but it's quite a nice little park provided it's quiet.

Wipeout is brilliant fun, and not to rough by boomerang standards.
Enigma is, as you say unique. (I believe it used to live in Folkestone) It's just a shame that the run only one train of two cars, on a ride that is obviously blocked for at least four trains :roll: The throughput is dire.
As for Snake In The Grass, once you've been on Treetops at Oakwood, it's just not the same. :lol:

The best thing there is the dark boat ride... what's it called again? Tales Of The Coast?

...Just realised that may have sounded rather negative. I do like the place. Honest!
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills

Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:46 pm

Not for many, many years.
 
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills

Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:52 pm

@Diogo, yeah Wipeout is a good Boomerang - though that's mainly due to the train being bought seperately and new when they bought the ride. Enigma is a joke, and when it was new they did run more trains. Unfortunately the block brakes have been broken for years, and it's been getting worse every season for a while now - though hopefully the upgrade this closed season will increase throughput and get at least one more train on the track!

I hope your Tales of the Coast comment is sarcasm though... it's terrible! So much potential having a huge dark boat ride, but it's crap!
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills

Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:02 pm

I have not been there since they year before wipeout opened. I think I will pay it a visit when the drop tower good in!
 
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills

Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:06 pm

I will be going on the 29th July and may/may not write a review of it. I think this park isn't brilliant from what I've seen of it and, had it started in another place in the UK, it would not have survived to 2011. However, since it's in a place where there aren't many other good theme park attractions in the vicinity (Gt. Yarmouth pleasure beach, Joyland and Adventure Isle, which are not difficult attractions to beat), it has survived. Having said this, I am happy it survived since they bought 'The Missile' :D .
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills

Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:16 pm

Had it started in another part of the UK it would have probably received much more investment...

It isn't a brilliant park right now but it does have lots of potential and is getting much better. There's so many gaps where they could fit great rides, but planning is a problem when there is a lot of housing nearby. However, getting the UKs tallest drop tower is a bit of a scoop and will hopefully be the start of a lot of investment!
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills

Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:37 am

Yeah, the catchment area has meant that it hasn't expanded as much as we'd have liked it to but it is a nice little park and despite many years of neglect it really is on the up now. Next year should be good!
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Re: Pleasurewood Hills

Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:06 am

It's hard to expand with a catchment area that only brings in a few hundred thousand punters a year... In the park's heyday it only got around 500,000? But I think it could reach those kinda figures again in a few years now.
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Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:20 am

The park looks really nice. One thing though, the trains on Enigma look like a cross between The Ultimate and Riddler's Revenge!

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Wipeout looks good in such a lovely setting in the field looks very tranquil. If I ever get around those parts it looks like a fun day. Don't know if there are that many attractions to make a full day out of it though I suppose that is the problem when attracting visitors. Hopefully with new attractions it can get them on the map.

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Re: Pleasurewood Hills

Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:23 am

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They got rid of the god awful question marks and changed them now! I still call it the Cannonball Express anyway...
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Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:35 am

I like the question marks. I think it looks better than the gold/brown colour it looks too much like a mine train ride/gold mine ride. At least with the question marks it had something to do with it's name.

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