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Blackpool Pleasure Beach confirms closure of historic Monorail ride

Blackpool Pleasure Beach entrance

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has confirmed that its Monorail ride will become the latest historic attraction to close, as the park continues to trim costs.

Airgates UK reports that the Monorail is now out of action and will not reopen to the public. It is widely rumoured that its closure will help create room for a new area dedicated to animated duo Wallace & Gromit, to tie in with the new Wallace & Gromit's Thrill-O-Matic dark ride that will open in 2013.

The Monorail once acted as a transportation system around Blackpool Pleasure Beach, featuring multiple stations. However, only one now remains, and the ride acts as a scenic tour around the park and the promenade alongside it. First opened in 1966, the attraction was the first commercial monorail in the UK.

The £5.25 million Wallace & Gromit's Thrill-O-Matic will replace the classic Gold Mine ride, which closed in 2011. Blackpool Pleasure Beach has promised that a range of well-known characters from the pair's animated adventures will feature in the new addition. Riders are set to traverse the dark ride in around four minutes, witnessing key moments from award-winning classics such as A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave. They will then disembark into a new shop that will sell Wallace and Gromit merchandise.

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