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Following on from the joys of Joyland, it was time to experience the third and final new park wonder of our park trip; this place was Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach. After driving down the seafront from Joyland, something that seems a cross between a larger Southend and slightly cleaner Blackpool, we arrived at the Pleasure Beach's car park which more of just a grassy field on the seafront really, luckilly though it was free for us [due to tickets]. So once we collected our wristbands from the ticket collection area [unfortunately on the other side of the park], it was time to start riding. OMG We're at Disneyland! Actually, Disney haven't built any Mulan based attractions at any of there parks [even the Tokyo & Hong Kong ones ], so the Pleasure Beach beat them to it with this ride. Not a bad ride actually, a lot more forceful than the likes of Rocky Express & Knights Quest. One random feature this ride also included was how the ride cars were suddenly covered up by a giant green canopy half way round the ride resulting in riders not seeing where they were going. Tivoli World had this on their ride equivalent but decided to get rid of it a few years ago for some reason. The only drawback on this ride resulting in a chunk of the fun factor disappearing was I got crushed during most of my ride by a [Mr] Fish Welcome To The House Of Fun! [gotta love Madness]. This is the park's fun house attraction which features lots of crazy moving stair cases, paths and spinning things inside whilst inside a dimly black lit room featuring 3D objects around the whole interior. Really enjoyed this one a lot, ending up doing at least a couple more times during the trip. For some reason, the background energetic upbeat music reminded me of the Spongebob Squarepants theme tune. Now this is frightening; frighteningly bad I'm afraid as I found this ghost train very bland and average really and definitely not a favourite. Still better than Tivoli's Ghost Train & Storm Surge however. As you can probably tell, we are not at Alton Towers however this ride used to be. It used to be at Alton Towers from 1982 until 1997 when it was removed from the park to this place. The ride wasn't terribly interesting and just done for the cred really, still it's a good coaster for people getting in to coasters and clearly fits in much better here than it does at Towers [it would stick out more than Spinball ever could if it was still there]. The Twisted Steel Log Flume thingy. Didn't ride this actually as I didn't really want to get wet then [nor did the rest of the group] so we moved on. If you time your walking around the ride's area really badly, you would get soaked during the ride's main drop. Now what is that sticking out there? That's right, a metal pole that guy in to place. But this is the ride though that really makes this park worth visiting for [aside from those creds], The Roller Coaster [got to love creative names ]. Such a great coaster, the way the ride flew up and down the drops throughout was superb and the pacing as a whole made for a great thrilling family coaster. This coaster is very different from many others as instead of having brakes/stops scattered throughout the circuit, this ride used a brakeman who rides on the coaster train on his own seat with the riders and applies brakes throughout the whole circuit when required. This not just results in each ride technically being unique, but means on some rides you can get some really good airtime on the ride, something which seemed to improve steadily during our time here making for a fun ride. The ride was only running one of a possible four trains [two were stored in workshop areas and the other was off the track completely] however luckilly there wasn't much a queue at all meaning we never waited more than 5 minutes for each ride. The ride's complex structure also helps add further fun factor and interaction as there's a few head choppers there too. Whilst it doesn't topple my top 10's or even favourite woodies from the list [Megafobia 1st, National 2nd, Dipper & Wild Mouse 3rd], it still a ride I thoroughly enjoyed and is probably 5th on my wooden coaster list. Since experiencing this ride, two milestones have [sort of] been reached, one being it's my first ever Scenic Railway, the second being I have nearly done all the UK woodies now with just Gulliver's Antelope & The Scenic left, however one of those is still closed & the other is at a park which is difficult for child-less adults to enter to so this is closest I'll get to a completed list for now. They also had their own Sky Drop tower which was identical to the one at Adventure Island. Good drop tower really, not a patch on Jolly Rodger but better than Bounce. Another ride however that was on the must do's was the historic yet charming Snails & Fairytales ride positioned in-front of the Roller Coaster. Loverly charming ride where after seeing pirates & farm animals along a track which interacts with the roller coaster flying above, this happens. You are taken through a secret portal to Disneyland for a couple of minutes seeing all the wonderful characters from the films whilst the It's A Small World music plays through your ears, before returning back to the real world and exiting the ride. I really liked this attraction alot and whilst it's definitely not going to any rewards anytime soon, it is such a charming relaxing attraction that should be second on your to do list after the big coaster here. Whilst Jadam & co. got to experience an impressive Mack spinner under the title dwervelwind, I got also to experience a new spinner coaster here called Whirlwind. Despite being a kids coaster, I enjoyed this ride quite alot, was surprisingly fun and is worth a go, better than the Apple Coaster at least. Then it was time to tackle the park's Family Star coaster. Was alright as coasters go, but nothing special really. Time for a fairground classic which was the Twister, this one however was quite different as it was slanted as opposed to the normal flat layout which made for an interesting ride, not to mention the cycle was pretty good too. Then on to the first Waltzer I've done in a while [enjoyed a lot more than I expected actually]. Other rides at the park [not-pictured] were a monorail style ride which went around the park, you got some good views of the Roller Coaster & Snail rides [amongst the more fairgroundy ones] and a small Disko ride like Ramba Zamba, although it wasn't my favourite ones. Once we'd done all of these, we did Roller Coaster & Snails once more before heading off back on our long journeys home ending what has been my highest splash of new creds at once for a long time. As park's go, Great Yarmouth isn't the best park around, lacking the large scale of Blackpool or the thematic element of other parks and the fact it feels a bit like a permanent fun fair in parts. However what wins the park over as the place to go is the park's classic Roller Coaster, Snails & Fun-house attractions which are all great in their own ways and the former makes me excited for when Dreamland's open reopens amongst the day I visit Tivoli Gardens & Bakken [to a lesser extent]. Until then Oakwood, Disney and countless Halloween events remain ahead plus my second big non Uk park in November on my first trip to Efteling.
Carrying on with my mini park road trip, after leaving Pleasurewood Hills just after 3:30pm, we headed on our way to Great Yarmouth. But before experiencing the wonders of the Pleasure Beach [not the Blackpool one], we first headed to Joyland, which is a tiny park just a bit further up the sea front from the Pleasure Beach. The park is so tiny you walk around it in less than a minute, however we were there to experience some interesting new rides [and creds]. The entrance to Joyland, for a park so tiny, it's quite visiually stunning actually and can be seen from quite a fair distance from where the park is positioned. The main ride we were here to experience was the Tyrolean Tubtwist, which is the last operating Virginia Reel in the world. Somewhat I forgot to take many pictures of this ride [or the whole park as a matter] so I'll here's pics of the ride [sources Joyland Brookes & Bannister.org]. The Tubtwist is a loverly little ride, whilst it's not a top 10 breaker for most, it's a very enjoyable addition and does quite a bit of spinning too [not too much to become nauseating though], the fact I've now ridden the world's last Virginia Reel makes me feel very happy. What else does the park have to offer then? Why the Spook Express Of Course! This is a small kids coaster which is positioned on the upper story of the park's central buildings. The ride is quite good for a kids coaster actually retaining a good pace throughout the ride through it's twists and corners through some tunnels and like objects too, plus two laps [Yay]. The coaster reminded me a lot of Legoland's smaller Dragon coaster, which shouldn't be a surprise since the same company built both rides [WGH Transporation]. This is my third cred from them which leaves just the coasters at Greenwood Forest & Fantasy Island left to do [I'm not in a hurry so far]. The third and final ride we managed to do was the Snails ride, which has been a long debate for enthusiasts for years on is it a coaster or just a unique scenic ride? I would say it is just about a coaster, but why am I classifying it as a coaster [aside from getting more coaster count]? The ride's drop that are seen throughout the ride use quite a lot of gravitational force and very rollercoaster like. One could argue why aren't some Ghost Train's classed as Roller Coasters? The thing with ghost train drops is they are usually very small and there is usually just one, whilst here there is several drops and I would say big enough to justify this ride as being a coaster [just]. It's a very interesting ride and definitely wins points for uniqueness here. After doing these three rides, we left the park and headed to Yarmouth in what had been a flyby visit lasting just over 30 minutes really just to get experience these interesting rides and gain the creds. Joyland is a very interesting tiny park and is probably the smallest compact park I've seen yet features so many in such tiny space that makes even Thorpe Park look like Alton Towers in size. For £1 per ride,it's a park that is definitely worth a quick visit if you're in the area [if for the Tubtwist alone]. I would advise you don't need a lot of time at all and can be done within half an hour if you visit due to the park's size and the fact it is mostly aimed at young families. Aside from the three coaster,ish rides we did, there are a couple more rides adults can go on [despite being a kids park] which included this random Jetcar ride thingy at the bottom of the building structure and Neptunes Kingdom which is a small dark ride I believe which was very hidden away [so hidden no POVs of the ride can be found on Youtube]. We didn't experience either of these rides due to lack of time and getting to the Pleasure Beach, where Part 3 of this report shall continue.