Now, I realise my next comment is going to cause uproar, but....
...I wish Merlin would buy BPB. There, I've said it!
Now before all the Merlin haters start shouting at me, let me explain myself.
Being a fair bit older than the majority of people on this forum, I've been visiting BPB for a loooong time. I have huge affection for it and the town, after all, it was where I found my love of coasters.
I've seen the many changes that have been made over the years, some better than others. But on my last visit (last year), one final trip on the monorail had to be the least scenic it had ever been. We got to see all the dirty, scruffy, unloved bits of the park, which is probably why they were closing the ride. It made me sad to see it that way.
That, together with the £5 entrance fee, the early closing times and the rides slowly disappearing (anyone remember the Spin Doctor or Bling?) mean it's starting to lose it's appeal. Let's just say my rose tinted glasses are starting to wear thin!
There are still plenty of good rides there, but value for money compared to Alton Towers is very low, especially when you take BOGOF's into account.
Others have mentioned that the park needs more investment. This is true, but not easy for a company in financial difficulties. More investment and lowering prices rarely go well together in business. This is where Merlin come in. For all their faults, they are not afraid of investment and know how to run a theme park successfully, and more importantly, profitably.
I've been impressed with the way they've updated the other Blackpool attractions, and to tell the truth, I'd rather Merlin got their hands on BPB, than it go the way of Morecambe and Southport.
Right, I'm braced for the shouting