Blackpool is an old historical town and a top holiday resort in Britain, world-famous for its exclusive quality and quantity of family entertainment, tourist attractions and top-class accommodation. Moreover, in its South Shore by the sea near South Pier, there is the Blackpool Pleasure Park or the Blackpool Pleasure Beach, spreading across 42 acres of sandy land. The Blackpool Pleasure Park is the largest amusement park in the country with no fees for the entry.
The Blackpool Pleasure Park has more roller coasters than any other amusement park in Europe and attracts millions of visitors each year from all around the world. It cannot be different, since it has been developed by generations of people, dedicated long years of their life to the creation of its modern image.
The history of the Blackpool Pleasure Park started in the late nineteenth century, when the north and central areas already drew considerable numbers of vacationers, but the south was still a sandy, deserted land. The rolling sandy hills, which became home to the Blackpool Pleasure Park, were only inhabited by gypsy encampments.
The first American merry-go-round was built by John Outhwaite somewhere in 1896 on the emptiest beach amongst the dunes. William Gorge Bean took up Outhwaite's initiative and opened several amusement rides, including Sir Hiram S. Maxim's Flying Machine in August 1904. It was an enormous success and is still flying today with most of its original machinery in use.
In 1905, the park was named "Blackpool Pleasure Beach". John Outhwaite died in 1911 and William George Bean continued to work over the project and devoted the rest of his life to the development and creation of the biggest and best amusement park of its time, which would "make adults feel like children again". Bean's son-in-law, Leonard Thompson, who became a managing director of the Blackpool Pleasure Park in 1930, continued the lifelong dedication and the work of William Bean. From 1930 to 1960, the most famous rides were built: the Pleasure Beach Express and the Grand National among them.
During World War II, the park provided evacuees and service personnel. Its first post-war major innovations became the 1960's Britain's first commercial monorail and new rides, comprising the Monster, the Astro Swirl and the Log Flume.
After Leonard Thompson's death in 1976, his son Geoffrey occupied the position of a managing director and became the introducer of even more exiting rides, containing the spectacular Revolution and the UK's only bobsleigh ride - The Avalanche. Thus, for more than a century, this fabulous collection of amusement rides has been created to become the Britain's precious pearl, surpassing many other world parks in its quality and quality.
Today, the Blackpool Pleasure Park is still a family-owned amusement park with Geoffrey Thompson's son and two daughters on the board of directors, whereas the development goes on and on with a regular addition of new attractions, rides, shows, restaurants and shops.