A Short History of Pleasureland
First opened with a figure of eight rollercoaster and a slide.
the years after the First World War, several more rides were added and having outgrown the original King’s Garden site,
moved to its current site to allow for expansion.
and the Ghost Train added.
‘Cyclone’ wooden rollercoaster opened.
Pleasureland closed during the Second World War when it was used by the Air Ministry as a ‘plane
park’. The post war years saw further expansion plus an increase in tourism and more visitors.
House opened with giant slides, rotating barrel, joy wheel and moving stairs. In 1954, following the Coronation, The Queen’s
Horses were built.
Haunted Swing and 1001 Troubles mirror maze were constructed.
Wild Cat steel rollercoaster with its very steep drop was added to the list of rides along
with Skyride and a journey-into-space dark ride.
Himalaya, a fast spinning thrill
ride was installed together with the Trabant, Big Apple kiddies coaster and the Log Runner.
A new major attraction from Myrtle Beach in the USA arrives - the Log Flume makes quite
Sultan’s Towers kiddies park opened.
Pleasureland achieves the Investors In People Award.
Amazing Waterboggan ride,
Astroslide, Mighty Moroccan Waltzer and
Hurricane Jets bought by Pleasureland.
Pleasureland won a Britain In Bloom Award.
Tidal Wave, Swamp Buggies and
a new Ghost Train arrive at Pleasureland.
£2 million redevelopment including Europe’s
only ‘CHAOS’ ride.
£8 million investment, including £5 million TRAUMAtizer,
then the UK’s tallest and fastest suspended looping coaster; the ride was the first ever of its type in the UK and
flies TRAUMAtized thrillseekers through 5 terrifying loops and rolls at speeds of up to 85 Km an hour, pulling up to 4.5+G! TRAUMAtizer’s 2,200 foot track suspends 8 seats for 16 riders sitting 2 abreast, so for the first time in the UK, both
riders got a breathtaking view!
Plus Casablanca built, the new Family Entertainment
Centre with restaurant and bar.
£1m investment including King Solomon’s Mines
coaster and Fun House refurbishment.
Lucozade Energy Space Shot – the new £1m
Space Shot for Pleasureland Southport was another major new white-knuckle thriller. A 150-foot tower ride where 12 seated
riders are catapulted up into the air at 80mph, pulling 4 positive G on the way up and a tummy-tingling 1 negative G on
the way down…like being ejected from a fighter plane: total “vertical reality”.
Abdullah’s Dilemma: Haunted Swing and 1001 Troubles merged to
make one separate attraction. An Odditorium making
scientific principles fascinating for kids.
of the Sahara: over £2m worth of investment for 2004 starring The Lost Dinosaurs of the Sahara which is the new theme
of the traditional River Caves (£500K), brand new Pleasureland entrance
(over £300K), Desert Rescue family ride (£200K), Sandstorm
ride, and a whole host of landscaping and refurbishment projects, including new arcades, games, bingo, and catering improvements
Sponsorship and support for the Southport Air Show
Paint Ball and Big Wheel introduced
5th September: Park closes