THERE were beaming smiles as families raced to become the first people to experience the brand new Nickelodeon Land.
The sun was shining on Saturday as Blackpool Pleasure Beach previewed the £10.3m attraction, ahead of the official opening on Wednesday.
With gleaming, brightly coloured paint, beautiful landscaping and the smell of freshly cooked doughnuts in the air, crowds were queuing long before opening to be among the first to experience it.
Managing director Amanda Thompson, SpongeBob and Dora The Explorer were there to greet the waiting crowds who ran down the ramps to get to the rides.
Mrs Thompson said: “I’m delighted to welcome families into Nickelodeon Land ahead of the grand opening on May 4. This gives them the chance to have a sneak preview of the new rides and attractions of offer.”
And screams of delight were soon filling the air. Water cannons were in full force among the towering pastel pink coral of SpongeBob’s Splash Bash.
Dripping wet families were glad to get back into the sun after riding the logs on Rugrats Lost River Ride, and tots waved happily from the dazzling yellow cars of the Fairy World Taxi Spin.
And Nickelodeon Land got the thumbs up from its first happy customers.
Jill Woods, 34, visited from Jedburgh, Scotland, with her twin four-year-old sons Charlie and Finlay. She said: “The boys have had an absolute ball and loved every minute of it.
“The new area looks absolutely beautiful and everything is so clean, it is lovely to be the first people in here.”
Triplets Morgan, Kaitlin and Charlotte Haigh, 10, from Barnsley were delighted with the new rides. Charlotte said: “We loved SpongeBob’s Splash Bash and the Nickelodeon Streak.
“We got absolutely soaked on SpongeBob’s Splash Bash, but it was brilliant and it’s cool to be some of the first people to try the rides.”
Kay Wassell, 45 from Sheffield said: “Nickelodeon land looks fantastic, the kids have loved it. I’ve been coming to the Pleasure Beach since I was little, so it’s nice to be a little part of its history.”
Former BayWatch Star David Hasselhoff will officially open the six-acre attraction on Wednesday and the area will be open to the public from 3pm.