The UK’s most ride intensive theme park, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, successfully reopened its doors to thrill seekers over the weekend (4th July).
A survey of 2000 adults published during lockdown revealed we spent an average of 20 minutes a day thinking about what to do when lockdown was over. When it came to attractions, people were most excited about taking a visit to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
The 42-acre site brought in policies and procedures to ensure the safety of visitors. These included a dedicated plan for each ride which enabled social distancing between groups when queuing and resulted in spaces being left between rows on certain rides.
The new guidelines ask for tickets to be booked in advance. The introduction of a new e-ticket system ensured contact was kept to a minimum. For the safety and wellbeing of guests and staff, a dedicated team of security officers was patrolling the park at all times.
Before the greatly anticipated reopening, staff returning to work received enhanced training. Staff were provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) and temperatures were tested before the start of each shift.
In line with the park’s regulations, thrill seekers came armed with face coverings, with some wearing ones in honour of the park’s newest rollercoaster, ICON. For those who forgot their face coverings, Blackpool Pleasure Beach made them available on site.
Over the weekend thrill seekers saw the return of the UK’s most popular rides; including the UK’s first double-launch rollercoaster – ICON which has the same acceleration as a Formula One racing car.
Families were able to enjoy the 12 rides at the UK’s only Nickelodeon Land, including classic wooden coaster Nick Streakand SpongeBob’s Splash Bash.
A new online ordering system is currently under development which will allow guests to order food and drink from their mobile phone.
The park had been closed since March 21.