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BITSoftheBEACH: Log Flume


 

By 1967 the log flume was being hailed as the park's first great thrill ride since the installation of the coasters. The ride's origins are rooted in the 1964 New York World Fair.
 
Under the supervision of Arrow Dynamics, USA, and the determination of Leonard Thompson, the longest flume ride in the world at that time, measuring 2,349 feet long and costing 180,000, was born.
 
For years it would attract many passers-by who would watch from where Ocean Boulevard is now.
 
People would stop, look and listen to the laughing and screaming riders as the "logs" hurtled down the first drop.
 
In 2000, the station was completely refurbished with the installation of a 27 metre long conveyor belt moving at walking pace. This allowed for smoother passenger loading and disembarking. 
 
It's difficult to imagine that this ride (which starts at a height of 50 feet from the ground at the start of its journey) is 37 years old in 2004!
 
As at 24/8/03 this ride is now sponsored by Comfort Dry and comes complete with walk through 'People Dryer' as you disembark. (That is, if you wish to take up the offer.)
 
March 2004 and Comfort Dry no longer sponsor the ride, and there are rumours that this ride may be coming to the end of its run at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
 
The ride now appears to be called Drench Falls but in good old Blackpool Pleasure Beach fashion there is a rather large Log Flume sign over the station.
 
ALL DAY WRISTBAND ACCEPTED
 
SEPARATE 2004 TICKET PRICE: 4

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