As the launch of Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s rollercoaster – ICON approaches, we shared an exclusive update with the media on the progress of the £16.25 million development, ahead of its spring launch.
Revealed with exclusive behind-the-scenes images of the construction as the park doors are closed for winter, adrenaline enthusiasts were able to see for the first time the world’s first double launch rollercoaster rising from the ground.
Over 100 tonnes of grey steel track can be seen hoisted into position, including the crucial section of the rollercoaster where riders will be taken on an inverted loop at 27 metres in height. Also taking shape is ICON’s impressive launch station where riders will embark and disembark the ride, after a two and a half minute exhilarating journey across 1.14 kilometres of track experiencing the same levels of acceleration felt in a Formula 1 car.
A fantastic show of over 400 pieces of coverage was generated including:
- Inclusion on leading national news sites including The MailOnline, The Metro, BBC News Online, AOL and com
- Over 390 regional articles in titles including the Belfast Telegraph, the Oxford Mail and Lancashire Evening Post
Speaking on the development, Blackpool Pleasure Beach Managing Director Amanda Thompson OBE, commented: “ICON is really making its mark on the park, new developments can be spotted daily as the construction is really starting to pick up pace and coming to life before our eyes. The ride is going to be a huge addition for us and we’re delighted it’s on track for a spring 2018 launch.”
Since work commenced in December 2016 over 100,000 hours have been invested on site by over 50 workers and hundreds of tonnes of steel installed with up to 10 truckloads arriving on a daily basis.
For further details about ICON and to purchase advanced tickets please visit: www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com/icon