Review: Wild Mouse

Wild Mouse coasters in themselves are not uncommon. A lot of smaller or family theme parks have an example of a steel wild mouse coaster, either with regular or spinning cars, and it makes a lot of sense why. They have a pretty compact footprint, decent throughput and yet still manage to be exciting for all riders due to the sharp nature of the turns and drops that keeps riders guessing. What a lot of people don’t know about this style of ride is that it actually dates back a lot longer than you might initially think.

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Wild Mouse opened in 1958 as the first major ride to be installed at the park since the Second World War. It was modified in the 1960s and went through a major refurbishment in 2007-2008, meaning that the ride is still operating today and is one of a very select few wooden wild mouse coasters that are still running. Among coaster enthusiasts, this particular example is often regarded as one of the most exciting, intense and extreme wild mouse coasters of any kind anywhere in the world.

What they fail to mention in this summary is that this is also without a doubt the most terrifying ride I have ever been on.

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This coaster is so compact, and so rickety, and just so darn aggressive that it really does feel completely out of control. We got off to a great start when before we even got on the ride and were waiting at the front of the queue line, they closed the ride temporarily for inspection because two consecutive cars came back to the station with the backrest of the seat literally having separated from the rest of the car. When we finally did get on, a particularly unpleasant jolt near the top of the lift hill sent a shooting pain through my back, which made me concerned about my health and safety for the rest of the day, let alone the rest of the ride, which I felt was rather unnecessary.

The ride itself is insane. You hurtle around these ridiculously tight turns at stupidly high speeds and the car does this horrendous tilting thing near the ends of the track so you really could be flung out at any moment – or at least, that’s how it feels. You go down sharp drops on more rickety track and at this point I was just holding on for dear life and hoping that it would all be over soon. I have never been so relieved to get off a coaster, not just because it scared the life out of me, but also because it was an uncomfortable and painful experience and I think riding it has probably shortened my life expectancy by at least 6 months.

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It’s true that this is another iconic piece of coaster history at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. But when they say it’s an adult / thrillseeker coaster, it definitely is that. Its high height restriction is for a reason, and only the bravest and fittest of souls should dare challenge this one. I’ve only ever done this ride twice in my life, and I only did it this second time because it’s been years since I last rode it and I felt it was my duty as a blogger to provide the most accurate representation possible. So don’t say I never do anything for you guys…

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the rest of your stay here at Along for the Ride.

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