Nearly half a century after it first opened to the public, Blackpool Pleasure Beach has closed one of its longest rides on a permanent basis.

The park’s Monorail has operated every year since 1966 – although the visitor experience has changed numerous times as Europe’s first commercial monorail system.

In the early days, the Monorail acted merely as a transport system with views of the Irish Sea, with three stations at the Casino Building, the seafront (now Ocean Boulevard), and the Overpass. However, only the final station has been in use for the last decade meaning the Monorail was more a ride than a useful mode of transport.

Also leaving the park this year will be Holiday Rock FM, the Pleasure Beach’s independent music variety station which hosts announcements and various music tracks for the 42-acre amusement park. With both the departures based around the Overpass, it is believed they will make way for a Wallace & Gromit ‘miniland’ to coincide with the rethemed Gold Mine ride next year.


Adam James Whittaker

Adam James Whittaker is an aspiring marketer, who has worked in the theme park industry for a number of years. He believes in the preservation of amusement heritage and using marketing effectively to promote new attractions and investments.

3 Comments

A very angry visitor! · 20th September 2013 at 10:22 pm

I am really disappointed to here of the closure of this ride. I have been visiting the park for many years, through out my childhood and this was the best family ride in the park. I fail to see why it has to be decommissioned and cannot be updated as it always has been a popular ride and there always have been long queues for this attraction. Also I feel that it is taking away part of the pleasure beach history that has already happened by removing many of the older rides. New rides are not always best! This is a real shame and my visits to Blackpool Pleasure Beach will never be the same again!!

Stop Amanda destroying BPB · 16th October 2013 at 3:27 pm

Going to PB soon and I’m devasted to hear that the monorail is now closed. I’ve not been for years surely this should’ve been preserved with it being europes first. Devastated.

John Doidge · 8th July 2014 at 11:18 am

Went last weekend (July 5th 2014 ) .
Park is still brilliant but NO WAY should the monorail get junked.Gobsmacked of Bromsgrove.

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