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A promotional image for the ride from February 2018.
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Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Location Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Status Under construction, planned to open May 25, 2018
Cost £16.25 million
Statistics
Manufacturer Mack Rides
Builder RCS GmbH
Type Steel - Launched
Model / product Launch Coaster (Custom)
Propulsion Two LSM launches
Height88.5 feet
Drop82 feet
Top speed52.8 mph
Inversions2
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Icon is a steel launched roller coaster currently under construction at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It will have two launches and is the first multi-launch coaster in the UK as well as the first to use electromagnetic technology for the launch.

History[edit]

Icon was first hinted towards in August 2015, when a sticker on the back of Nick Thompson's car with Project 2017 on it was sighted, referring to a major project in 2017. The attraction was later announced for 2018 despite this.

In early 2016, the Tom Sawyer Bridge was demolished in order to make way for the ride.

The ride was eventually announced on September 28, 2016 at the Mack Rides factory. The coaster was codenamed Construction MMXVIII throughout its early development.

On April 11, 2017, Construction 2018's actual name was announced as Icon, with the tagline Dare to Ride.

In November 2017, track for the ride began to arrive at the Pleasure Beach. Later that month, the ride went vertical.[1]

The final piece of track was installed on February 14, 2018.

Testing began on March 12, 2018 by testing the ride's LSMs, and it completed a full circuit on March 13, 2018.

Amanda Thompson suggested that the ride was due to open in May 2018, which turned out to be the case, as on April 19, 2018, the opening was announced to be on May 25, 2018.

Design[edit]

Elements

Icon will be a double launch coaster by Mack Rides. It will interact 15 times with 5 different rides. The coaster will dive underneath the lift hill of the Big One. The track will be painted silver while the supports will be dark grey.

Trains[edit]

4 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 16 riders per train. The trains will have lap-bar restraints.

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