Before the Cannonball Express made its debut at Pleasurewood Hills, a far more simple attraction occupied the crater. The Astroglide slides required a fair bit of energy to enjoy as a hike up a hill was the only way to take a slide! This attraction arrived in 1983 and was removed from the park at the end of the 1994 season.
Hugely popular during its time at the park, the Magic Mouse was a new addition in 2000 and was removed at the end of the 2004 season. The attraction could be described as being part roller coaster, part waltzer. As you made your way round the twists, turns and hills, the ride car spun to add an extra element of fun!
The Mega Dance was a spinning thrill ride, very much aimed at the teenage market. With spinning arms which tilted to spin riders upside-down and in every possible direction, a strong stomach was a must to brave this one. The Mega Dance occupied the site currently occupied by Marble Madness and was at Pleasurewood Hills between 1999 and 2002.
Years before the Jolly Roger would make it’s appearance at Pleasurewood Hills, another similar attraction called “The Mega Drop” thrilled visitors to the park between 2002 and 2004. The ride was hugely popular during it’s time at the park but was often out of action due to frequent technical issues.
This fairground favourite was at Pleasurewood Hills from 1985 to 1987. The Rotor used little more than centrifugal force to hold riders in place and demanded a strong stomach from riders. The ride began by spinning fast until riders stuck to the walls at which point the whole ride was raised by an arm to tilt on its side.
Dangling over the top of the near vertical slide, brave visitors would let themselves drop with the risk of friction burns a very realistic part of the process! The Sky Leap (or Death Slide as it was often called) formed part of the Fort Fun area of the park and was sited opposite the Hillbilly Moonshine shooting gallery which still exists at the park.
The Sky Screamer was manufactured by ESL engineering, and was much smaller than it’s similar predecessor “The Tempest”. The ride featured two pirate ship shaped carriages which rotated guests through 360 degrees, very slowly. The ride was positioned in a number of locations during it’s time at the park.
Manufactured by HUSS, the Troika was a spinning thrill ride which was at the park from 1985 to 1995. The centre of the ride rotated clockwise while 3 arms protruded from the centre with 7 cars each seating 2 people. The cars rotated in an anti clockwise direction. Once spinning at full speed, the hydraulic arms lifted the cars to an angle of 40 degrees.
The central section of the Waveswinger was able to rise up and tilt offering a wave-motion rather than a simple rotation. The Waveswinger was a popular family ride at the park from 1988 to 1996. An almost identical ride was subsequently added to the park again in 2016.
The Star Ride Enterprise was a fast spinning ride which can still be found at theme parks around the UK. Riders were locked into a 2-person cage and spun around. The whole structure then lifted to a point where riders were virtually upside down before returning to the ground. No restraints on this one, just the magical power of centrifugal force.
The Tempest was a huge swinging ship ride with a difference. Unlike the Pirate Ship, this ride sent riders all the way over the top! With only a padded lap bar for support, brave riders could expect a number of 360 degree rotations before the ride was over. The Tempest was at the park from 1990 to 1995.
The hugely popular roller coaster arrived at Pleasurewood Hills back in 1986. Bearing the name “The Ladybird”, the ride cars were originally designed to resemble individual ladybirds. In 1990, a snakes head and tail were added to the train and the name was changed to “The Rattlesnake”. The track formed a figure of 8 shape and, for much of its life, featured a number of dark tunnels.
Hobs Pit opened in 2013 and cost over half a million pounds to create. The attraction was developed in-house with additional guidance from world renowned special effects expert Rob Ostir. The collaboration designed a ride that offers a unique combination of walk-through and dark ride elements. The ride offered live action scares, a mine-train ride and gloomy corridors with hidden effects.
This family-friendly boat ride opened at Pleasurewood Hills in 1988 after the former Canal Boat Ride was upgraded and re-themed. The ride took guests on a journey through caves, waterfalls and green spaces. However, most children of the 80’s and 90’s will recall the terror of passing ever so slightly too close to the ferocious dragon.
The Calypso Waltzer arrived at Pleasurewood Hills back in 1985 and was situated in the square at the end of Main Street. The ride sent guests into a spin until it was eventually removed from the park at the end of the 1994 season.
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