Live in the UK? Love rollercoasters?

Then you’ll be pleased to know Blackpool Pleasure Beach has unveiled its new rollercoaster – ICON. The hotly anticipated attraction – valued at £16.25m – officially launches on Friday 25th May.

Upon opening ICON will be the UK’s first ever double-launch rollercoaster, propelling riders at speeds of up to 85 kilometres per hour during an intense, jaw-dropping two and a half minutes of thrills and spills. The two powerful thrusts of acceleration can only be likened to that felt by Formula 1 drivers.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach - ICON

Image: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Speaking on the impending launch, Blackpool Pleasure Beach Managing Director Amanda Thompson OBE, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed with calls and e-mails from people all over the world wanting to know when ICON will open to the public.

“I’m so excited to be able to answer and confirm 25th May! We can’t wait to invite those who dare to ride to Blackpool to experience this truly incredible ride. ICON promises to set hearts racing.”

Nick Thompson, Deputy MD of Blackpool Pleasure Beach added: “The launch of ICON is an extremely exciting day for our industry, both in the UK and beyond.  We couldn’t be more pleased to see and experience it here in the UK and to showcase another world first at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.”

Over the last 16 months, over 100,000 hours of manpower have been invested in the construction of ICON, with thousands of tonnes of steel shipped from Germany.  The dazzling carriages – which see riders in an open seat on top of the ride with arms and legs free – arrived at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in March.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is now open daily for the 2018 season.