1. Matt N

    ENSO; “Icon with a twist” opening at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 2022

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach have just put this cryptic video onto Facebook, teasing something called ENSO: Nothing is known about this at present, other than that it’s “Icon with a twist”. I wonder what it could be? My first thought was backwards, but Icon backwards is Noci (or nocI)… maybe a...
  2. Thecoasterrus

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach - April 20th 2021

    As you can imagine, like most people here on this site I was itching to get back to the parks. Despite my initial excitement after seeing pictures of the heaving crowds of last weekend, I became pessimistic about my chances of having a good day back to my home park. I got to the park and I was...
  3. Matt N

    Icon vs Copperhead Strike

    Hi guys. Out of Mack’s launch coasters, I’d argue that Icon at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Copperhead Strike at Carowinds are possibly two of the most comparable. Both rides are around 80-90ft tall, both rides have a top speed of around 50mph, both rides have two launches each and both have...
  4. Matt N

    Icon at Blackpool Pleasure Beach; overrated or underappreciated?

    Hi guys. Scott from Pleasure Beach Experience has made a really interesting video that I thought might be worth discussing, now that Icon has been open for nearly 3 years and has firmly embedded itself as part of the furniture at Pleasure Beach, and has really split opinion among enthusiasts...
  5. Matt N

    Icon or Wicker Man?

    Hi guys. As the two attractions have each been open for a solid year now, I'd be intrigued to know; which of the 2018 duo of new UK coasters do you prefer? Now, I understand that these two are very different attractions; Icon is a Mack Rides launch coaster, whereas Wicker Man is a GCI wooden...
  6. Coaster Hipster

    First coaster trip in England! Blackpool, Alton, Thorpe, Chessington 18'

    For whatever reasons, I never visited English amusement parks until this year, even though coasters across the Channel - especially Alton's - had my interest ever since I became an enthusiast back in 2005. But with the additions of both Icon and Wicker Man and the opportunity to join fellow...