a little disturbing to look at the list of past rides from
Blackpool, and see two of my favourite classic dark rides on it. At
least this one's removal after being in the park since 1971 was due to the addition of a new
attraction, unlike some rides that have become unused areas.
The names gave a rough idea of what to expect. You travelled around
a themed Gold Mine, through caves with lots of model miners at work.
A few hi-lights included going out over a pool, also used by the
river caves, in one of the restaurants, and the finally that saw an
explosion effect courtesy of some loud sounds and flashing lights.
The main source of fun was from the pace set by the mine carts, you
could arguably have called it a powered coaster. If it had been a
slow ride I reckon this wouldn't have held up to scrutiny, but
thanks to the faster pace it was a lot of fun.
As I've already mentioned the Gold Mine was refurnished and turned
in to a new attraction, the main one of the Wallace and Gromit area
that opened in 2013.
At the time of writing it's still being constructed so I don't know
how that will compare. Thinking about it, it's a shame they didn't
redo the Impossible and former Trauma Towers area instead. Whatever
the replacement attractions are like I'll always have fond nostalgic
memories of the Gold Mine.