Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Favourite Nickelodeon Characters From The Popular Nickelodeon Show's "SpongeBob SquarePants" And "Dora The Explorer" To Light Up This Years Blackpool Illuminations Extravaganza!

Below is a Blackpool Pleasure Beach Limited Press Release featuring exciting Nickelodeon UK News, from PRWEB UK:
Nickelodeon's SpongeBob is Lighting up Blackpool Illuminations

Characters from Nickelodeon Land at Blackpool Pleasure Beach have been added to this year's Illuminations which is celebrating its centenary in 2012.

(PRWEB UK) 24 July 2012

SpongeBob SquarePants and other favourite Nickelodeon characters are getting ready to light up Blackpool Illuminations this year!
Millions of children will be delighted to see SpongeBob and his pals featuring in the Lights and it is particularly pleasing to have such an exciting new feature as we celebrate 100 years of the Lights
As the resort builds up for one of the biggest dates in the calendar, Blackpool Illuminations have joined forces with Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Nickelodeon for this year's Lights extravaganza.

Amanda Thompson OBE, managing director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Coun Graham Cain pull the switch to this year's [Blackpool] Illuminations

A section of the world famous Lights will feature Nickelodeon characters outside Britain’s favourite tourist attraction when the Illuminations are switched on in front of thousands of people on August 31.

SpongeBob, Patrick, Dora the Explorer and all your favourite characters will appear throughout the Lights season which brings hundreds of thousands of extra visitors to the resort after a busy summer season.

2012 marks the Centenary of the Illuminations and Nickelodeon is one of a number of new sections being introduced this year to mark this milestone.

Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Amanda Thompson OBE, said: "Nickelodeon Land has been a huge success since we launched the attraction in May last year and to have SpongeBob and all his friends as Illuminations is very exciting.

“The Illuminations are a national treasure and we are delighted to be involved in a year which marks its Centenary.

"Having seen the Nickelodeon Illuminations being built I can tell you they are fantastic and will really add to the visitor experience of people coming to see them."

Cllr Graham Cain, Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture, at Blackpool Council, said: “Nickelodeon characters are recognised all over the world so there’s no doubt they will be hugely popular feature. It’s an honour for the Illuminations to be linked to such an iconic brand.

"We have a number of new features in this year’s lights and the Nickelodeon section will help us to put on a show that’s bigger and better than ever before to mark 100 years of the Illuminations."

Natalie Wyatt, Managing Director of Marketing Blackpool, said: “It is great that Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Nickelodeon Land are supporting the Illuminations this year in such a positive way.

"Millions of children will be delighted to see SpongeBob and his pals featuring in the Lights and it is particularly pleasing to have such an exciting new feature as we celebrate 100 years of the Lights."

Tina McCann, SVP Managing Director, Nickelodeon UK, said: “We are so pleased that characters such as Dora and Bikini Bottom’s own SpongeBob and Patrick have been included in this year’s Illuminations. Being incorporated into one of the UK's most iconic cultural events during such an important year is simply brilliant.”


Nick Hyde
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Limited
01253 336330
Also, from the Blackpool Gazette:
Cartoon fun set to Light up the town

GET ready for SpongeBob SquarePants and his pals to light up the Promenade. For the Nickelodeon characters are set to help celebrate the centenary of the Illuminations as part of a £75,000 new feature. The council has funded the manufacturing cost of the display from its £2m annual Illuminations budget. But Nickelodeon has allowed the bosses to use the image rights at no cost and the features will hang above the Promenade outside the Pleasure Beach. Pleasure Beach managing director Amanda Thompson said: “The council wanted to have some new Illuminations which reflected the changes happening in Blackpool. Nickelodeon was over the moon and really thrilled about being involved especially as this year is the centenary of the lights. It is a big American brand which will be part of the Illuminations.” The display will include 12 Illuminations featuring SpongeBob, Dora the Explorer, Squidward, Boots, Patrick and Mr Crabs, all characters from the hit TV channel which launched Nickelodeon Land at the Pleasure Beach in May last year. Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and culture on Blackpool Council, added: “Part of the investment in the Illuminations for the centenary is £75,000 in making Nickelodeon come to life outside the Pleasure Beach. The Pleasure Beach has brokered the deal and it is an absolute credit to everyone. “Nickelodeon characters are recognised all over the world so there is no doubt they will be a hugely popular feature.” Artists have been working on the features since May at the council’s Lightworks base in South Shore. Sarah Barton, one of the artists, said: “Because the characters are so well known we have had to get them as accurate as possible and mix the colours to Nickelodeon standards. “I’m sure they will be really popular on the Promenade.” Nickelodeon’s Tina McCann added: “Being part of one of the UK’s most iconic cultural events during such an important year is simply brilliant.”
Below is a larger photograph of Nickelodeon Land UK's Blackpool Illuminations, featuring Nickelodeon favourites "SpongeBob SquarePants", "Dora The Explorer", "Squidward Tentacles", and "Boots", plus the Nickelodeon Land logo, from Pleasure Beach Resort, Blackpool's photo albums on the official Pleasure Beach Resort Facebook page, Facebook.com/PleasureBeachResort:
Nickelodeon Land Illuminations!