Blackpool Pleasure Beach demolishes historic Wild Mouse
I've seen a report that Blackpool Pleasure Beach has demolished their Wild Mouse roller coaster, just shy of its 60th anniversary. Opening in 1958, it was one of only four wooden wild mouse roller coasters operating in the world. While steel wild mouse coasters are a common breed in the industry, the wooden models provide a rougher, but unique ride experience.
Although it was a historic ride, it doesn't seen like the park will be facing too much backlash from park visitors, as the general public viewed the ride as too rough and unsafe. The ride has received a lot of maintenance over recent years to keep the ride up to code and operating fairly consistent.
More guests are excited for this year's addition of Icon, a launched Mack roller coaster.
Lakemont Park's Future in the Air
The home of the world's oldest standing roller coaster may not reopen for 2018. Officials of the park made a shocking announcement last year, when they stated that the entire park would be closed for 2017 to make refurbishments.
Now, according to a news article, the timetable for the park's return is unknown. Most of the park's flat rides were listed for sale through a ride broker on Facebook. The same article mentions that the park is really only looking to keep the roller coasters, paddle boats, water rides, and some attractions that the family can enjoy.
While it is a shame to lose some of these rare flat rides, it makes sense for the park only to keep the larger draws. The park was never a large attendance puller recently, and the maintenance costs to keep the older rides running are unnecessary if the demand isn't there.
This past holiday season, the park ran its annual Holiday Lights Festival, and claim that at this point they will only return to operation if the park can be profitable during the summer season. Hopefully the classic roller coasters will return to service at the very least.