Blackpool Pleasure Beach is to add two new trains to its Pepsi Max Big One rollercoaster, in honour of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The new trains will feature Union Jack livery and will be dubbed "William" and "Kate". Blackpool Pleasure Beach is hoping that fifteen Williams and Kates will turn up at 10am on Wednesday, February 8 to be the first to ride on-board the "royal" trains. Those hoping to ride can sign up via the park's Facebook page.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach claims that the decision to add the updated trains was inspired by Prince William's visit to Blackpool in November 2010. During the visit, he rode thrill rides including Ice Blast and Infusion at the park.
Amanda Thompson, Managing Director of Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, said of the stunt: "We were delighted to be able to welcome Prince William and his friends to Pleasure Beach last year. We decided to commemorate his visit by naming the new trains after him and his wife to be, Kate Middleton. The Royal couple will be more than welcome to come and try out the trains for themselves."
The Pepsi Max Big One is the tallest rollercoaster in the UK, with a first drop of 205 feet. Manufactured by the defunct Arrow Dynamics, it is also one of the longest rollercoasters in Europe with a total track length of 5,497 feet. This ensures that despite a top speed of 74 miles per hour, the ride lasts approximately three minutes.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach will kick off its 2011 season on Saturday, February 12 when it opens for the first of its "WOW Weekends".