After the success of its first coin-operated kiddie ride attraction, the Grand Pier has added an all-new one for the new season.
Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier has boosted its amusement offering further for 2018 with the introduction of a new coin-operated kiddie ride attraction.
Disco Bikes was opened on the ground floor of the pier’s pavilion one week prior to Easter, with management reporting it had gone down very well with visitors during the school holiday and performing above expectation.
Consisting of six battery and coin- operated bikes,it joins the pavilion’s coin-operated Mini Karts as the second attraction of this type designed specifically for families with younger children.
Imported and supplied by World of Rides, the bikes (sold under the name ‘Future Bikes) are manufactured by Euro Games of Italy.
Tim Moyle, Grand Pier Pavilion manager, told Coinslot how the change of name came about and why he thought they would be a good addition to the pier’s family entertainment line-up.
He explained:“I contacted World of Rides as we were looking for another offering to compliment our the Mini Karts, which have proved very popular and remain so with our younger visitors.
“When the Future Bikes arrived we decided to name them Disco Bikes due to the sounds and flashing LED lighting the bikes have.
“We chose them over other sup- pliers due to the track record of the Mini Karts, which have proven reliable and robust.”
In addition to the new bikes, Moyle and his team had to create a new track area for them to drive around in, including bespoke muralled walls.
It took the Grand Pier’s in-house graphics team around a week to develop and design the Disco Bike graphics, which were then printed onto vinyl before being stuck to the walls that from the back drop to the new attraction.
It was one of two major new investments the pier made in coin- op amusement products this spring.
The other was a new ‘Retro Arcade’ area, consisting of several of the pier’s older videos – such as Konami’s Track and Field and Taito’s Space Invaders – that were refurbished with up-to-date energy-efficient LCD monitors and modern multi coin acceptors to make them suitable for a new generation of players.
Looking at the early season so far, Moyle said trading conditions had been disappointing: “The weather hasn’t helped, with snow over two weekends in March. We had to cancel a charity memorial ball on one of those weekends and the first Weston-super-Mare half marathon was cancelled on the other.
“Hopefully we’re getting all the poor weather now out of the way in the quieter months, rather than in the main season. If so, we’re hoping for a busy 2018 summer.”