TheBlackpool Pleasure Beach rides are famous worldwide for their terrifying capacities and long history. The amusement park has a number of vintage rides still functioning, which are a part of the wonderful amusement park heritage in the United Kingdom. The oldest of all Blackpool Pleasure Beach rides is Sir Hiram S. Maxim's Flying Machine, built in August, 1904, which is still in operation today with most of its original machinery in use. This is also the only surviving Flying Machine ride in the world.
The Big Dipper is the Pleasure Beach's oldest coaster and the first in the UK to use under-track wheels, opened on 23 August, 1923. A legendary coaster builder, John Miller (the inventor of the modern-day roller coaster) designed this wooden coaster.
The Grand National is one of only three rides in the world to feature a 'Mobius' loop, which gives an illusion of twin tracks, when there is actually only one track. It has the result of the trains, magically swapping tracks after each ride. Each loop is 3,400 feet long and the ride is 72 feet high. Grand National is rated number one among numerous visitors of the park.
The Whip is the only full-size Whip, operating in Europe. The Whip began to operate at Blackpool in 1921 and is the oldest 'flat' ride in the park. Unfortunately, this ride rarely operates today.
The Turtle Chase was built by the Traver Engineering Company, Beaver Falls PA, USA in 1935. Originally, it was known as the Tumble Bug and now it is the only Tumble Bug in Europe. The others are to be found only in American parks, such as Kennywood, Pittsburgh, Conneaut Lake, PA and Whalom Park MA.
The Zipper Dipper is a small vintage wooden roller coaster for children. It was designed in 1934 as a younger companion to the Big Dipper and was first called the Little Dipper.
The River Caves are one of Blackpool Pleasure Beach rides with one-of-the-kind technology and an unrivalled design. This ride, designed by Lot Morgan, originally opened at London's Earl's Court in 1909 and was moved to the Pleasure Beach in 1910. Passengers are carried through underground caverns, featuring scenes from around the world.
New Blackpool Pleasure Beach rides are no less famous and fascinating. Valhalla, opened in 2000, is the best water ride in the world and currently is the world's longest ride. The ride features an authentic Viking theme and is complete with the most impressive special effects, including dramatic changes in temperature.
In addition to rides of all kinds, there is something else for everyone. There is the Beaver Creek Children's Theme Park, a dedicated themed safe haven for young children and their families, leisure cruises around the River Caves and excursion trips on the world's first commercial monorail. Noah's Ark is a walk through a fun house in the shape of an Ark, surrounded by mechanical animals and rocking backwards and forwards like those in the sea. There are the Wonders of Egypt, the depths of the Ocean, the Temples of Anghor Wat, the impenetrable jungles of Africa, mysterious China, the Land of the Dinosaurs, the Blue Grotto and the Magnificent Inca Civilization on your way around.
The admission to the park is free, Blackpool Pleasure Beach tickets or ride-all-day wristbands are purchased to experience the rides.