Saturday, May 26, 2018

Take a Ride on Icon at Blackpool Pleasure Beach - New Mack Launched Coaster

© Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Blackpool Pleasure beach has opened Icon to visitors, the park's new Mack Rides launched roller coaster.  The ride has been a long time coming and fans of the classic amusement park have carefully watched as the park build the ride under, over and in between many of their existing attractions.  It is also one of the largest projects in the history of the park, costing more than £16 million to complete.

© Blackpool Pleasure Beach
The custom design features two separate LSM launches and hits a maximum speed of 53 miles per hour, stretching 3,750 feet long.  The first element after the initial launch is a giant air-time hill, and the twisted layout also features a heartline roll mid-ride.  The second launch sends trains up into an 88 foot tall Immelmann, the second inversion featured on Icon.  Mixed between all these elements are a seemingly endless mixture of highly banked turns, with the majority of the ride staying quite close to the ground.

For those who can't experience Icon in person, here is a nice point of view experience of the ride from Coaster Touring: