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BITSoftheBEACH: Gold Mine


 

As the UK was coming to terms with decimalisation in 1971, visitors to the Pleasure Beach were introduced to the Gold Mine.
 
It was reportedly designed by Maurice Ayers, a special effects director, who had to his credit the parting of the Red Sea scene in the movie 'The Ten Commandments'.
 
The ride was built by an in-house team under supervision from Arrow Dynamics, Utah, USA.
 
A similar ride can be found at Knott Berry Farm, California, but the eight minute ride there (longer than the one at Blackpool) is driven by the ride operator on the train.
 
The Calico Gold Mine in California which opened in 1960, won a classic attraction award from the Themed Entertainment Association in 1998.
 
Highlights of the Blackpool ride include going down the 'wind swept' mine shaft at the beginning of the ride and going through Bourbon Street restaurant as the River Caves boats approach 'The Valley of the Kings' section below you...
 
ALL DAY WRISTBAND ACCEPTED
 
BEAVER CREEK WRISTBAND ACCEPTED
 
SEPARATE 2004 TICKET PRICE: 2

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