The famous wooden Roller Coaster attraction at Blackpool Pleasure Beach has seemingly been permanently closed by the park.

The classic coaster, which opened in 1933, has been maintained for the last few years but has only opened on infrequent occasions. It has now been removed from park maps altogether, suggesting that it will not reopen. Also closed for good is the Space Invaders coaster, which has been out of operation since an emergency evacuation in September last year.

Roller Coaster replaced Velvet Coaster over 75 years ago, reusing the previous ride's lift hill. Until 2006, it was one of the few coasters in the world not to include any restraints, but it is now fitted with lap bars.

Space Invaders was a more recent addition but has still been standing since 1984. It is an enclosed rollercoaster, along the lines of Space Mountain at Disneyland. It was refurbished in 2003 but was tarnished by the death of a boy who removed his seatbelt in 2000.

What do you think of the closure of Roller Coaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach? Should the classic coaster be saved?



The Blackpool pleasure beach is one the best theme parks in the UK. When I have been there I was amazed, I wasn’t expecting the choice of rides that were available. The Big Dipper wooden rollercoaster, play station ride, Ghost train, swamp buggies all these rides were great fun. There are huge variety for lots of rides for the families and small children.

They have actually reopened it now, i was sad at first hearing that it had permantly closed but it was closed while they were building nicelodeon land

Rollercoaster is not always shut but it is closed now because they are refurbishing the rollercoaster and the zipper dipper and they are getting rid of space invader 2 and beavers creek because it is all being transformed into nickelodeon land which should open in April 2011

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