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Wallace & Gromit Power Up The Thrill-O-Matic at Blackpool Pleasure Beach


Blackpool, England (April 24, 2013) /PRNewswire/– Thrill-O-Matic, the world’s first Wallace & Gromit ride, was officially opened by Nick Park, Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Managing Director Amanda Thompson OBE and Deputy Managing Director Nick Thompson this morning [April 24] at the UK’s favourite amusement park.

With an investment of £5.25 million, Thrill-O-Matic is the culmination of 2 years of love, dedication and hard work from the Aardman and Blackpool Pleasure Beach teams. The Thrill-O-Matic will delight Wallace & Gromit fans with a riveting ride through some of the most iconic scenes from their much-loved adventures.

935365_10151557111472365_759742743_nFrom the moment riders take their place in the carriage for their adventure – a giant slipper – they are transported into the colourful world of Wallace & Gromit. Guests will travel through scenes from A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave, A Matter of Loaf and Death and The Curse of the Were Rabbit. With minute detail such as a holiday brochure to the moon and special effects that bring Wallace’s cracking contraptions to life, this ride provides over four minutes of pure fun for those on-board.

Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Amanda Thompson OBE, said: “Thrill-O-Matic is a fantastic ride that we know the family will love.

“Wallace & Gromit have a special place in the heart of lots of people so we thought it would be an ideal fit to have their first ride here at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. We are very proud of the ride and we know that families will want to ride it again and again to see all their favourite characters.”


Nick Park, creator of Wallace & Gromit, said: “We have the perfect marriage between Wallace and Gromit and Blackpool Pleasure Beach. I grew up in Preston, which is just down the road so Blackpool feels like a natural home for Wallace and Gromit. It has been a great experience working with the Thompson family to create this family ride that sits right in the heart of the park, I really hope that our fans enjoy the Thrill-O-Matic as much as we have enjoyed creating it.”

And if the ride itself wasn’t enough, visitors to the Thrill-O-Matic can pick up exclusive merchandise from the UK’s only dedicated Wallace & Gromit shop. Goodies on offer include everything from modeling kits, mugs, pin badges and even cheese-flavoured rock.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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