Pleasure Beach Blackpool’s Gold Mine attraction is set for redevelopment after work was spotted externally at the attraction today, with the ride now being closed. The ride was being fenced off from the main overpass, whilst work (including welding) was also commencing on the Millennium Dome arcade’s roof, parallel with the Wild Mouse coaster.
The Gold Mine opened at the park in 1971, and was built by the now defunct Arrow Dynamics ride manufacturing company. The detailed scenes included a full recreation of a working mine shaft, miners relaxing on their lunch break, and an explosive TNT finale. During the four-minute adventure, the track interacted with other nearby features such as the River Caves and the Magnolia Cafe. The ride operated for the last time on Sunday 2nd October 2011.
Strong rumours seem to indicate that Gold Mine and the immediate area is set to make way for a new Wallace and Gromit dark ride, based on one of Aardman’s strongest intellectual properties. Nick Park (creator of the popular animated series) announced he is in talks with the Pleasure Beach for a possible new attraction during a broadcast of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Discs program on Sunday 19th December last year.