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ash

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Forgive me if it sounds silly/ignorant but is there any particular reason Blackpool usually aim to open new rides towards summer instead of when they reopen for the new season around March like Merlin do?


In any case I'm very excited to ride this, about time the UK stepped up our coaster game.
BPB have always aimed for 'spring' historically and in today' climate (complaints /social media ect) it makes perfect sense. Look at the backlash Alton have had so far this year. People start claiming they have paid for hotels, and all that jazz, where as they have no grounds for any complaints at BPB because it' never been said it will be open by any specific date. If they want to spend the next 2 months testing it from 10am-8pm to ensure its right no one can make any kind of issue. It' a shame Towers didn't do that really.
 

bob_3_

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BPB have always aimed for 'spring' historically and in today' climate (complaints /social media ect) it makes perfect sense. Look at the backlash Alton have had so far this year. People start claiming they have paid for hotels, and all that jazz, where as they have no grounds for any complaints at BPB because it' never been said it will be open by any specific date. If they want to spend the next 2 months testing it from 10am-8pm to ensure its right no one can make any kind of issue. It' a shame Towers didn't do that really.
Alton didn't announce an opening day untill they'd had it running with guests and press comfortably, infact, alot of enthusiasts moaned about how they refused to give an exact opening date for AGES it was "SPRING 2018" until 2 weeks before the park opened. It was just unfortunate that the weather effected when it could open, as the ride was more than ready for that date.

I'd get abit frustrated if we see 2 months of all day testing and not get an actual opening date.
 

airtime_uk_ash

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Alton didn't announce an opening day untill they'd had it running with guests and press comfortably, infact, alot of enthusiasts moaned about how they refused to give an exact opening date for AGES it was "SPRING 2018" until 2 weeks before the park opened. It was just unfortunate that the weather effected when it could open, as the ride was more than ready for that date.

I'd get abit frustrated if we see 2 months of all day testing and not get an actual opening date.
It really isn't fair to compare these coasters at all as they are both different gravy! Wickerman was theamed as it was built owing to the fact it is an experience attraction. Icon may be testing and was apparently even running a multi-train test late last week but it doesn't even have a queue line connected to a main footpath in the park yet! i would be impressed if this opens fully landscaped by the end of may!
 

Sandman

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^ The ride is fully built and can now operate so the "hard" work is done. I'd be surprised if it wasn't open by late May. This thing doesn't heavily rely on a story like Wicker Man so it's not imperative that every last tree is planted and signpost fitted before opening day. Should be fine though.
 

Lofty

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^ The ride is fully built and can now operate so the "hard" work is done. I'd be surprised if it wasn't open by late May. This thing doesn't heavily rely on a story like Wicker Man so it's not imperative that every last tree is planted and signpost fitted before opening day. Should be fine though.
It's not imperative but why would they not just complete the entire project before opening for the sake of opening a few weeks later when the start of their busy season is?
 
It's not imperative but why would they not just complete the entire project before opening for the sake of opening a few weeks later when the start of their busy season is?
I feel like they wouldn't officially open until probably late May, but an unannounced soft opening before that doesn't seem out of the question, if a bit unlikely. Blackpool seem to care more about customer satisfaction than some other UK parks and that'd give them a chance to have their operations at a better level for an official opening, especially if it's on bank holiday as Mandy's suggested. Looking at WM's opening, I doubt they'll want anything like that mess to go down, and that was even after soft openings.
 

Sandman

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^ I dunno, people think it looks tame so maybe the owner screaming "this is ****ing horrible" will finally give GP thrillseekers an incentive to try it. Or they could just use Nick "this is the best rollercoaster in the solar system" Thompson ;)
 

Sandman

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Video by Pleasure Beach 2018. No huge changes visible but the exterior of Coasters is looking closer to completion.

 
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