Pleasure Beach announces Mack rollercoaster

Construction 2018, MXVIII, Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has confirmed details of a new double-launching rollercoaster opening in 2018, following earlier leaks.

The Lancashire amusement park said construction – to be undertaken by German’s Mack Rides – would cost £16.25 million.

Opening in Spring 2018, is currently dubbed ‘Construction 2018’, with Roman numerals MXVIII also being used.

Details were previously revealed earlier this year, following a series of leaked drawings and video emerging.

The rollercoaster will stand at 88.5ft in height and have a launch speed of 50mph.

The ride track will pass through some of the park’s existing rides, including the Big One rollercoaster.

Five years’ planning

In a press release, Pleasure Beach described 15 ‘interactions’, involving five different rides and two tunnels.

Nick Thompson, the park’s Deputy Managing Director said: “We have been working on this concept for five years now and are delighted to be able share news of our plans.

“Construction 2018 will be fast, adrenalin fuelled and exhilarating but also smooth and comfortable – an entirely new ride experience.

“It sees a significant investment in Blackpool Pleasure Beach. We expect to see thrill seekers flock to the park to experience this UK ride first.”