Thompson ‘sticking by’ Pleasure Beach charge

Amanda ThompsonBlackpool Pleasure Beach owner Amanda Thompson has said that she is “sticking by” the £6 charge for admission to the park.

The amusement park historically was free admission with a pay-per-ride policy.

The 2009 season saw the introduction of an admission charge – then £5 – for those wishing to enter the park, with unlimited ride wristbands providing park access also available.

In an interview with the Blooloop website, Thompson said that she believed the admission charge was the “right thing” to do.

“I really received a lot of negative publicity,” she said.

“We did it because we wanted to send out a clear message to guests that the safety and cleanliness of the park, particularly for families, was of paramount importance.”

She added that she thought that the Pleasure Beach was unique in terms of offering a ticket for people that don’t wish to ride.