Riding Icon at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Riding Icon at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

I will put my hands up now and say that I didn’t intend to leave riding Icon at Blackpool Pleasure Beach till October 2019. But ya know, life happens etc. In my defence, as a lowly Southerner near the South Coast, travelling to Blackpool is quite the trek. 5 hours of driving to be exact. Having to plan this into my weekend plans can be tricky. However, I wanted to make my way up to Alton Towers for Scarefest. This made it the ideal opportunity to tag on a visit to Blackpool.

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After the long trek to our hotel in Derby, it meant there was only a 2-hour drive to Blackpool from the hotel. Making this so much better than the arduous 5-hour drive direct from down south. I knew I was only really here for one thing: ICON! After reading so many reviews from other enthusiasts and bloggers, I needed to get a ride on it and form my own opinion. I took my seat, back left which is apparently the best seat, and waited in anticipation for the first launch. I’ve seen many POVs of the ride. It’s easy to say that a ride can look slow or the launch doesn’t look powerful. You can’t really judge a ride from a POV until you’ve ridden it, in my opinion. Icon had a lot of potential and I came off my first ride thinking, ‘That was fun’.

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A positive review right? Well, yes, it is a positive review. I did like Icon. But when you’ve heard lots of people saying how amazing it is and it’s their number one UK coaster, I didn’t get that vibe at all. I’m impressed with some of the elements that it packs into such a tiny space. However, I felt more could’ve happened. Especially when you’re waiting for airtime and it doesn’t happen until the last moment of the airtime hill. Of course, I had to give the ride a chance to warm up. Most people say that in the afternoon, the ride packs a punch and gives a better ride experience.

I do agree. After 2 more rides on Icon in the afternoon, it definitely warmed up. It’s a good coaster experience as a whole. My bugbear is that a coaster shouldn’t need to rely heavily on warming up to be a great coaster. That and after the second launch, the ride loses its momentum pretty quickly. It’s almost like you’re gliding through the final section before the brake-run. I wasn’t expecting it to be a thrill machine by any means but this is not the best coaster in the UK. There I said it.

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Comparing this to other coasters I’ve ridden, Icon could’ve been so much more. It’s fun and hands down the best ride at the Pleasure Beach. However, I’d take Nemesis and Wicker Man over Icon. If you’re like me and haven’t had the chance to ride Icon at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, definitely give it a go. It’s great to have a Mack Mega coaster here in the UK. Depending on where you live, it won’t require too much travel time.

Overall, it was a good day at Blackpool and I even did Valhalla in October! INSTANT REGRET might I add. We also had a ride on the other coasters including Nash, Big Dipper and The Big One. There isn’t much for me at Blackpool if I’m honest. I don’t see myself returning any time soon now that I’ve finally ridden Icon. No doubt I’ll be waiting for their next big investment before I plan a return trip. For now, thanks for a fun time Blackpool.

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PASAJE DEL TERROR

As it’s spooky season, it seemed fitting to add Pasaje del Terror on to the weekend trip. Especially with it being right outside the Blackpool Pleasure Beach entrance. I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew it was a scare maze that lasted for approx. 10 minutes. Not much is given away on the outside. Even with the video promoting the attraction at the entrance, you don’t really know what creatures you will encounter inside. I don’t know whether I had high expectations but I left feeling particularly disappointed.

You’ve got your usual horror film characters including Chuckie doll, Billy from SAW, Michael Myers from Halloween etc. The theming within here was incredible. This was great to see however it was lacking in scares. I may not scare easily within scare mazes as I’ve done my fair share of them, both in the UK and abroad. I didn’t get any jump scares or felt like an actor was going pop out around the corner. Whether the actors were focusing more on the group behind me who proper scaredy-cats, is anyone’s guess. It’s a shame as I wanted to like Pasaje del Terror. It didn’t tick any of the boxes for me. Was it worth the £8.50? In my experience, no. I’d suggest giving it a go if you haven’t already.

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Don’t forget Blackpool Pleasure Beach are getting into the Halloween spirit with Vampire Pleasure Beach and will also be increasing the scares with their new event, Journey to Hell Freak Nights, from 27th October to 31st October. For more details, check out their website here.

What are your thoughts on Icon?

Do you think Icon is a good investment for Blackpool Pleasure Beach?

Have you ever visited Pasaje Del Terror?

That’s all for now!

Lottie xoxo

 

Top 8 Reasons to love Halloween season

Top 8 Reasons to love Halloween season

Hey guys, I’m back from a short hiatus! It’s September, can you believe it? My inner Morticia Addams is already waiting to come out, yaaas.  It also means that Halloween season is upon us and for those lucky few, Halloween events have already started abroad.

I love this time of the year so I was inspired to write about the top reasons to love Halloween season. Of course, there are some who do not enjoy this time of the year – all I will say is, don’t be a wimp. Read on for my top 8 reasons to love this spooky time of the year.

Pumpkin Top 8 Reasons To Love Halloween Season

#1 Atmosphere

The atmosphere at Halloween events are so fab. Everyone really gets involved, whether you are a scare actor, scare host or a member of the public. When the sun sets, and the incoming darkness sets the scene for what awaits you. Honestly, a scream park or theme park can change completely when it is night-time. And that’s the best part. Sometimes you might be lucky enough to get some fog which can really make things disorientating.

 

#2 SCARE MAZES

You either love scare mazes or you hate them? For me, they are awesome! Yes, I’ll admit I get nervous when it comes to trying out new scare mazes but you have to try them. Honestly, Halloween season would be pretty bland without some scares in place. And with scream parks dotted around the UK, it’s the perfect excuse to have a small road trip around the UK – or why not travel abroad and find some Halloween there?

 

#3 Nighttime riding

For all the coaster geeks, this is a personal favourite. The best part about night time riding is how rollercoasters take on a more menacing persona at night. Plus, there’s the added effect that your favourite coaster can appear faster and more intimidating than during the day. It’s another perk of the longer opening hours during the Halloween season and when the clocks go back, even more, nighttime goodness to enjoy.

Merch Cookie Top 8 Reasons To Love Halloween Season

#4 Halloween Merch

If you love collecting merch, then you might be lucky enough to purchase some exclusive Halloween season merch. Pin Badges? T-Shirts? You name it and more than likely, you will be able to buy it. Who wouldn’t want some spooky merch to add to their collection – give me pumpkin inspired merch any day.

 

#5 Dressing Up

What’s the best thing you can do at Halloween? Dress up as anything you want and make it spooky. Even if it is just a simple face paint job – Halloween season is where you can see people’s creativity come to life. Plus, you might be able to trick people in scare mazes that you are a scare actor (happened to me last year when I went through The Big Top maze at Thorpe Park). 😉 Get your creative thinking caps on and start prepping for your scary costume this year.

Hot Chocolate Top 8 Reasons To Love Halloween Season

#6 Hot Drinks

Am I the only person who loves grabbing a hot chocolate whilst on park at this time of year? When the weather is cold, the best thing is walking around park with a hot chocolate to hand. However, this can slip into general Autumn vibes when it comes to flavoured hot drinks – Pumpkin Spice Latte anyone? It’s just one of those fab little things.

Autumn Top 8 Reasons To Love Halloween Season

#7 Cool Days, Cold Nights

It isn’t really Autumn without the weather becoming cooler and you have a reason to wear that thick coat and put your boots on – probably doesn’t apply to you fellas out there but you know what I mean. I love getting cosy with a thick coat, scarf etc and wandering around theme parks/scream parks till late at night. That for me is a part of Autumn and why I love Halloween season. Of course, if you are abroad and it doesn’t get as cold as it does in the UK during October, that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying Halloween season.

 

#8 So many Scare Events to visit

Basically, you can be spoilt for choice when it comes to scare events. There’s so many to choose from around the UK, let alone if you want to go abroad! It’s the perfect time of year to see theme parks in a different light and compare events – see how good UK scare events are compared to scare events abroad. My personal opinion, some UK events are fantastic but when you go abroad, they can be in a whole different league.

Okay, this might have turned into a reason to love Autumn but you get the idea. I honestly get so excited when this time of the year rolls around, it just goes by way too quickly! If only Halloween season lasted all year? 😉

That’s all for now.

LOTTIE TRAVELS