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I recently spent a day at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and whilst I did have a lot of fun there and really enjoyed myself with even the British summer weather being kind for a change, there were one or two things that cast a shadow over things. I won't complain about the ticket prices because we used Tesco Club Card points to purchase those, although I suspect some might say the cost is a little high and quite rightly so. But doesn't everything seem expensive these days?
The first issue I have is that we had picked up a couple of sandwiches on the way from Tesco so we could have a bite to eat around lunchtime. The food vendors in theme parks are notoriously expensive and as it's been a while since I visited the Pleasure Beach I didn't realised they'd introduced a new policy on bringing food in: "Due to the intensity of rides and attractions within the 42 acre site there is limited space and picnics and food are not permitted beyond the main entrance.".
The burly bag checker was maintaining the company line and it was decided our couple of Tesco sandwiches was in fact a picnic and we were directed to the lockers at the park entrance. We decided, however, that paying £4.50 to store a couple of 99p sandwiches wasn't economic and ate them on the spot (and we'd only just had breakfast).
Personally, I don't buy into all that "limited space for picnics" bullshit. I believe the real truth is more like "We want you to buy food in the park at our inflated prices so we can make even more money from you.". However, moving on...
We went on our first ride Infusion and the queues weren't bad I thought. The experience was thrilling and it was all good despite the initial issue at the park entrance. After a bit of wandering around we decided to go on "The Big One" and joined the queue which didn't look to bad at the time, but we soon realised it wasn't moving all that quickly. In the end it was over an hour before we made it to the front of the queue - or so I thought.
I believe they call it "Speedy" there and it's the equivalent of the "Fast Track" system at Alton Towers and it basically gets you on the ride ahead of those who have been queuing. So I had to wait an extra turn while the "Speedy" folk went around and whilst it doesn't sound like a big deal, cumulatively it impacts a lot of people. Also, an hour probably isn't much when you compare it to my last time at Alton Towers with two and a half hours in a queue.
I don't think that these "queue jumping" systems are fair and believe it's yet another excuse to squeeze some extra cash out of people. Of course the more affluent people and those that believe they're more deserving than others will think that this is okay. In my opinion they should either get rid of the system or implement a ride time system similar to those used in some theme parks in the United States.
We all know that profits are top priority though don't we? Thanks for reading.