Madame Tussauds Blackpool
Blackpool
StatusOperating
Opening date2011 (2011)
General statistics
Attraction typeWax museum
ManufacturerMerlin Entertainment
Websitehttp://www.madametussauds.com/blackpool

Madame Tussauds Blackpool is a wax museum located in Blackpool, United Kingdom. The attraction opened in 2011, replacing the previous Louis Tussauds waxworks. It features over 80 wax figures of famous celebrities, film and television characters, athletes and musicians. Libby Dalton is the newest addition to the attraction, as of November 2021.

History

In March 2010 it was confirmed that a deal had been made between Blackpool Council and Leisure Parcs to purchase some of Blackpool's most notable landmarks.[1] The deal, totalling £38.9m, had national and local government backing and included the purchase of Blackpool Tower, Winter Gardens, Louis Tussauds, Bonny Street Market, Mr T's Amusements, the Sealife Centre and Pirate Golf. Merlin Entertainments were announced as the new operators of Blackpool Tower and Louis Tussauds, which was refurbished and rebranded as Madame Tussauds Blackpool.

Wax making process

The process of making a wax figure can take anywhere from four to six months. After a survey has been conducted on who the attraction should include, researchers find out as much information as possible about the chosen celebrities including their hairstyle, common facial expressions, and clothing preferences. If they are able, celebrities visit the Madame Tussauds stylists who take more than 150 measurements and 200 photos, and use an oil-based paint to create a realistic skin complexion. The figure is not made entirely of wax, but also uses clay and steel.

Notable figures

TV Stars Pop Stars Gaming Stars
Paddy McGuinness Olly Murs DanTDM
Simon Cowell Ed Sheeran
Keith Lemon Lady Gaga
Gok Wan Michael Jackson
Bear Grylls Peter Andre
Ant and Dec Freddie Mercury
The Two Ronnies Ariana Grande Notes:[2]

References

  1. ^ "A towering deal for Blackpool – Local". Blackpool Gazette. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Madame Tussauds Blackpool". madametussauds.com. Retrieved 8 December 2016.