Blackpool Pleasure Beach: Here are 9 of this season's best rides

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has had another successful year with the launch of its £16.25m rollercoaster Icon.

Tuesday, 27th November 2018, 2:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 27th November 2018, 3:20 pm
Blackpool Pleasure Beach at night

Here we take a look at some of the best rides to have found a home in Blackpool's famous theme park.

Reaches G forces of up to 4.5g and -1g. Opened in 1997 as as PlayStation: The Ride it was renamed in 2002 as ice Blast.
The UK's first 360 looping rollercoaster, which opened in 1979, launches from an'elevated station, does a loop-the-loop and then reverses back to its starting point.

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Taking what had become a popular format in UK coasters, the Pleasure Beach gave it their own special flavour by siting Infusion over the site of the old log flume ' to make it the UK's first suspended looping coaster, completely over water.
Opened in 2000 it takes you a watery journey through ice, fire, wind and snow on Valhalla.
Described as a 'steel hypercoaster', the Big One was the tallest and steepest rollercoaster in the world on its opening in 1994 ' at 71.6m above sea level. It reaches speeds of up to 119 km/h (74 mph) and was designed by Ron Toomer.
Opened in 2015 the 72ft high, 12-seat white knuckle ride takes you on a 360-degree sky tour.
Renamed in 2011 with the launch in Nickelodeon Land, the one time 'Rollercoaster' was built in 1933. Prior to that, the Velvet Coaster was on the same site, and the Rollercoaster used the same lift hill - which is still in use today.
The 16.25m rollercoaster, lauched in May this year, is the UK's first double launch rollercoaster. ICON accelerates at 0-80km/h in 2.25 seconds before reaching heights of 88ft at speeds of upto 85km/h. It is said riders will experience the same levels of G force as felt by the driver of a Formula 1 car.
Thirty years old this year, the bobsled ride at the centre of the park was also built by Mack Rides, the German company behind Icon. It was the first bobsled-style coaster in the UK.