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Photos: Wallace & Gromit Thrill-O-Matic at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Aardman Animations, which produces the stop motion clay animation films, will work with the design and engineering team at the family-run seaside amusement park to build the world’s first Wallace & Gromit ride. (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
Wallace & Gromit are heading to the beach for a grand day out filled with cracking contraptions, Wensleydale cheese and family-friendly thrills. (Aardman Animation)
The Wallace & Gromit Thrill-O-Matic dark ride coming to Blackpool Pleasure Beach will whisk visitors through the world of the eccentric cheese-eating inventor and his anthropomorphic dog. (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
An artist rendering of the front entrance to the Wallace & Gromit Thrill-O-Matic dark ride coming to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
The Wallace & Gromit walk-around characters stand in front of construction walls surrounding the Thrill-O-Matic dark ride coming to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
The Wallace & Gromit walk-around characters pose amid the demolition work under way on the 1971 Gold Mine dark ride, which closed at the end of the 2011 season to make room for the new attraction. (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
Wallace and Gromit pose next to their Thrill-O-Matic vehicle as part of a promotion for their new dark ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park in front of the new Thrill-O-Matic dark ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
Wallace and Gromit travel in one of the ugliest ride vehicles ever created for a theme park attraction. (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
Wallace and Gromit sit in a ride vehicle shaped like a plaid slipper on the Thrill-O-Matic dark ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
The Wallace & Gromit Thrill-O-Matic dark ride will feature a dozen scenes inspired by the animated short films starring the beloved British claymation characters, including “A Matter of Loaf and Death.” (Aardman Animation)
Scenes from “The Wrong Trousers” and other animated short films starring the beloved British claymation characters will be featured in the Wallace & Gromit Thrill-O-Matic dark ride coming to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. (Aardman Animation)
Nick Park, the Oscar-winning animator who created Wallace & Gromit, visited Blackpool Pleasure Beach with his family as a child and still lives about 20 minutes from the park in Northwest England. (Aardman Animation)
The new Wallace & Gromit dark ride continues a shift from roller coasters and thrill rides to branded family attractions at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which opened in 1896. (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
In 2011, Blackpool Pleasure Beach added the $16 million Nickelodeon Land children’s area featuring nine new kiddie rides, including the world’s first Twist ‘n’ Splash by Mack Rides. (Mack Rides)
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