For what it’s worth, a lot of my family (other than me, my mum and my dad, who visited BPB in 2018 and 2019) have a surprisingly negative view of Blackpool, and I know few, if any, people down here who’ve been to the Pleasure Beach, and few who’ve even heard of it. Or if they have heard of it, not many assume it to be a park of the scale that it is.
A lot of my extended family seemed to shudder in horror when I first mentioned wanting to go to Blackpool, telling me about how it was a dreadful, tacky place filled with drunk people and crime, and I also get the impression that if they’d even heard of Pleasure Beach, they associated it more with places like Brean Theme Park and Weston Pier than places like Alton Towers and Thorpe Park. Having now been to Blackpool, I’ll admit that I don’t personally think this reputation is entirely justified from what I’ve seen of the town, but rightly or wrongly, I definitely think Blackpool has somewhat of a stigma surrounding it down here that makes it seem less appealing, at least among certain groups.
Also, Pleasure Beach is not a theme park that many people here in the South West tend to have visited or even really have in their conscious. Many, many people I know have visited Alton Towers and Thorpe Park, and the likes of Chessington, Legoland, Drayton Manor, Paultons and Oakwood also get a few nods as well, but Pleasure Beach doesn’t really seem to enter the conversation down here. Whenever I hear non-enthusiasts around here talk about UK theme parks, Alton Towers and Thorpe Park are mentioned a lot, Legoland gets mentioned a bit, Drayton Manor gets mentioned a fair amount, and places like Chessington, Paultons (or more specifically, “Peppa Pig World”) and Oakwood also occasionally get mentioned, but I never seem to hear Blackpool thrown into the ring.