Theme park fans from around the world have taken to social media to mourn the loss of one of only four wooden wild mouse rollercoasters left in the world.
Wild Mouse at Blackpool Pleasure Beach opened in 1958 and features a top height on 15 metres and speeds of up to 35mph.
But on Saturday 6th January a photo was shared on social media showing that the ride had been dismantled and it’s former location in the theme park empty.
News: Shock as Wild Mouse is removed from Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool Pleasure Beach classic rollercoaster Wild Mouse has been removed from the park ahead of the 2018 season The coaster…
And naturally people were both surprised and uphappy at Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s decision:
Honestly, I’m gutted Wild Mouse has left Blackpool Pleasure Beach, it was my favourite coaster in the park! You can’t replicate that unique feeling of almost death the ride provided ?
Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s wooden wild mouse being torn down so unceremoniously makes it more shocking than even Log Jammer. This is the lowest you can go for a closure of a beloved ride or attraction.
@owenjcornelius I am all for development & out with the old in win the new, but seems unfair to just get rid without as much as a peep
Stoke are going out of the cup away at Coventry and Blackpool are demolishing Wild Mouse. Does anyone have any whisky?
UPDATE: Blackpool Pleasure Beach have now officially confirmed the closure, in this statement to the European Coaster Club: “After very careful consideration and planning, our current winter work programme has seen the permanent closure and dismantling of the Wild Mouse and the removal of the facade of the former Trauma Tower attractions. This will create an area for future exciting developments. Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a constantly evolving amusement park and has been for the past 122 years. The changes it has seen over the years are what has made it the great park it is today. This, coupled with a relatively small amount of space, means that in order to progress and look to the future we occasionally need to alter the landscape of the park to make way for future developments.”