Have a few mins now cause Dan's still asleep in bed!
And saw how Kev left you no spoilers, then I post a POV!
So yeah, day at Pleasure Beach started by really pissing me off.
I'm no xenophobic but the stupid cow in ticket sales really tried my patience... very sexy blonde girl, but I hate fingernails, & she had proper porn star nails... so I handed her my credit card with my name on, and repeated my name several times during the proceeding 25 minutes while her talons hammer the screen hundreds of times, she cant find me on the system - because she's looking for 'McWilliam' by going through the 1000s of bookings they've ever had with name beginning 'W'... "last name is Veelleearms, no?" she says in her Cheeky Girls accent...
"FUCKING NO FFS! - ITS WRITTEN ON THE CARD IN FRONT OF YOU!!
McWilliam... like McDonalds with the big gold 'M'..."
"Ah herre you are, I find you"
So with wristband sorted, we now have to go to information desk to pick up Wallace & Gromit Preview tickets, separately!
This time the lovely girl dealing with us at least spoke eloquent English! To be fair she was really helpful, but had to make repeat visits to the wankers upstairs, who had left us off one list, and added us to another, which wasn't found for another 20 minutes. (Unorganised bollocks in other words, just like when they 'forgot' they'd sold us Valhalla preview tickets 12 years ago!). In the meantime, while tensions & my blood temperature are rapidly rising, one suggestion from upstairs is; "because we cant find you on the list, "why don't you buy the tickets again, then if we find your original booking we'll refund you?"
ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS??!!
So with 5-10 minutes of the preview time left, they miraculously realise they fucked up & eventually find my booking.
Obviously, I made my complaints, but having done similar at PBB in the past, only to be horrified by the lack of empathy, (not from staff, but PBB protocol), I wasn't expecting anything other than a "very sorry". Therefore was advising Dan not to waste his time with guest relations as we were leaving, but to his credit, he persisted!
And its here where I have to eat my words, I waited outside for over 1/2 an hour, and eventually wandered back inside to drag Dan out, only to find Siobhan
(a ticket manager) handing him a fistful of fivers refunding our preview tickets! (Will reimburse you when I see you next Kev). Yes - actually scruffy £5 notes they handed over!! pmsl
Pleasure Beach are showing goodwill to pissed off customers - I dont be-f**king-leive it!
When the sniffing salts eventually bring me back to life, I find Siobhan doing her utmost to reason with us, offering Speedy Pass for a return visit.
Yes, of course we deserved refunding so no big deal there, but credit where its due, she made time long after closing to turn our complaint around.
Was also delighted to see PBB have picked up Neil, formerly at Camelot. (Those who came to Knightmare's re-opening may remember him), so there's hope for PBB yet!
hmmm - I guess that given PBBs standard of dark rides & Wallace & Gromit making their theme park debut, expectations were high. Its a nice ride, not interactive (not a problem, but given Merlin's dark rides its kindda expected these days!).
As Kev says, there's not even a story, you just trundle past various scenes, accompanied by the audio of quotes from the films. Its the Gold Mine, but since the Gold ran out its now a storage area for Wallace & Gromit props!
There's no effects, no smoke, no smell pots... I'm sure they'll add to it over the years, but compared with the Ghost Train, Valhalla & Alice rides, its a bit sparse.
I'm not the best person to ask about comedy cause I'm a miserable old ghet & its hard to make me laugh, but I thought the jokes a bit weak, the POV shows the only time people laughed was the bakery scene where it looks like Wallace is giving it to Piella Bakewell, doggy style!
YES, the props are good, the cars are nice... we noted the poor finish on the Qline work, but given this was a preview, will see if they improve things when the ride opens. If not, that workmanship is piss poor, worse than the bubbling wallpaper & cheap, dented, glitzy panelling you find all over the park!
So yeah, its nice enough to qualify as a ride refurb, but PBB need to pull their finger out, drain that lake, and install a large thrill ride in that space between Avalanche & the Dipper. Here's hoping the W&G fans are happy enough to put up with Blackpool's shit & part with their money (Las Vegas my arse!). The Pleasure Bech really need to bring the punters in to finance a new project, I'm optimistic PBBs strategy of this cheap new ride with a good SP could just do the trick.