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Pleasureland Southport - Review

Pleasureland Southport

Park Info
Location: Southport, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Website: http://www.southportfunfair.co.uk
Status: Operating
Opened: 1912
Attractions: 31
Member Ratings
Park: 6.9/10 (35 votes)
Coasters: 4.7/10 (59 votes)
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    Pleasureland Southport - Review

    Review by: Webmaster | Last update: 16-Oct-2003 | Based on 2 visits between 03/02-07/03

    Pleasureland is an old style traditional amusement park located about 45 minutes from Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It opened in King's Gardens, Southport, in 1912, but was relocated to the park's present beachfront location in 1924. Admission to the park is free, and entrance to rides is via tickets or a ride all day wristband. The operating schedule is usually the same as BPB, although it does not stay open as late.

    The park is owned by the same family that own BPB, and is quite similar only a lot smaller, and with less attractions. The park currently has five roller coasters, which is a reasonable number considering the size of the park. The Cyclone is a classic old woodie, and the wooden Wild Mouse is fun, but their signature ride is a Vekoma SLC, which the locals may think is great, but most experienced riders know better.

    The park is well laid out, and the rides are all next to one another. There are a several flat rides, both old and new, including a Chance Chaos, and Mistral (Flying Scooters). Pleasureland also offers some relatively unique rides and attractions like the River Caves (refurbished in 2004), the Fun House, and a Ghost Train with spinning cars. The water rides selection is poor, and is basically limited to a small portable style Log Flume.

    As the park is a traditional amusement park there is little theming or landscaping. The park is clean, and food prices are reasonable, but I feel individual ride tickets are a little expensive, so the wristband probably represents better value. The staff are quite efficient, but not the most friendly.

    If you're visiting Blackpool, and you've never been to Pleasureland then I would certainly recommend visiting. However, after one or two visits, I find it pointless returning to the park, when everything I want is at Blackpool Pleasure Beach only a few miles away.

    Scoreboard
    Coasters:  6/10
    Dark Rides:  5/10
    Flat Rides:  6/10
    Kiddie Rides:  6/10
    Water Rides:  3/10
    Cleanliness:  9/10
    Food:  7/10
    Landscaping:  5/10
    Theming:  5/10
    Staff Friendliness:  6/10
    Staff Efficiency:  8/10

    Overall: 

    6/10

    Ideas for Improvements
  • None.
    Pleasureland Southport Tips
  • Ride all day wristbands can be purchased for £18.
  • Look out for discount vouchers (usually for food) on the official website or on the park map.
  • The park's car park is about �1 dearer than the Park 'n' Ride car park across the road.
  • Try out Casablanca's restaurant at the park. The setting is nice, the prices are reasonable, and they do really nice pizza.

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    Pleasureland Southport - Roller Coasters

    # Current Roller Coasters Rating Votes
    1. Wildcat 5.29 34 Review | Stats / Pictures
    2. Big Apple 3.88 25 Review | Stats / Pictures
    Circus Clown 0.00 0 Stats / Pictures
    Indiana's Lost World - The Ride 0.00 0 Stats / Pictures
    # Previous Roller Coasters Rating Votes
    1. Traumatizer 7.43 40 Review | Stats / Pictures
    2. Cyclone 6.85 41 Review | Stats / Pictures
    3. King Solomon's Mines 6.62 32 Review | Stats / Pictures
    4. Figure Eight Rollercoaster 6.50 6 Stats / Pictures
    5. Scenic Railway 5.62 8 Stats / Pictures
    6. Mountain Caterpillar 5.17 6 Stats / Pictures

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