The Lancashire based seaside amusement park have confirmed the addition of a double launch Mack Megacoaster for 2018.

The £16.25m ride will sit on the site of the former Tom Sawyer lake, as well as passing through other ride structures including The Big One, The Big Dipper and Steeplechase.

The ride will will stand at 88ft tall, 3,750ft long and will reach speeds of up to 50mph.

Deputy managing director for Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Nick Thompson, said: “Construction 2018 will be fast, adrenalin-fuelled and exhilarating but also smooth and comfortable – an entirely new ride experience.

“It sees a significant investment in Blackpool Pleasure Beach. We expect to see thrill seekers flock to the park to experience this UK ride first.”

WATCH: Ride Construction MMXVII before its opening in Spring 2018:

Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Managing Director, Amanda Thompson OBE, visited the Mack Rides factory in Germany ahead of the announcement. She stated: Construction 2018 follows in the long tradition we have at Blackpool Pleasure Beach of investing in fantastic rides and bringing first of their kind roller coasters to the UK.

“Blackpool Pleasure Beach, the world’s most ride intensive amusement park, is home to the UK’s first looping coaster, Revolution, and, at the time it was built, the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster, The Big One, plus many more thrilling rides.

“I’m delighted to be able to continue this tradition and bring such a thrilling ride to the UK.”

Amanda Thompson, Nick Thompson and Roland Mack speak to the media during the announcement.

Amanda Thompson, Nick Thompson and Roland Mack speak to the media during the announcement.

The addition of the ride is highly anticipated, with European sister Mack Megacoasters Blue Fire at Europa Park, and Helix at Liseberg, receiving rave reviews from enthusiasts around the world.

Dan Wright

Dan is a graduate Journalism student who has been writing for Airgates since 2015. His passion and knowledge for the theme park industry sees him visiting theme parks across the world each year, mainly in Europe. Dan has appeared on behalf of Airgates on BBC Radio 5Live and BBC Radio Sheffield to part with his theme park/roller coaster knowledge to a public audience.

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