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Hi All, I couldn't find a thread on this already so I figured I'd start my own. Wanted to know if any of you have ever been or are planning to go to Aquopolis water park in Spain? It is just down from PortAventura in a place called La Pineda and it claims to be... "The Best Water Park". Probably what made me choose this over Costa Cariba was that it also had a dolphin show at the end of the day so I felt I was getting a little more for money, and the ticket was slightly cheaper than Cariba as well. However, I probably wouldn't go back. Compared to the likes of Wet n Wild, Blizzard Beach etc in Florida this one doesn't really match up. That being said, some of the slides and attractions within the park are still pretty fun. Anyway, I always find it better to share my thoughts in the medium of video as some of you may well know so here's my vlog/park tour I made of the day. Couldn't film all that much as cameras not allowed on the slides themselves but there's a walk around, review and bits of the dolphin show. Feel free to reply if you've been to this water park, I'd be interested to read some thoughts...
As part of my annual holiday, I would have the opportunity to see and visit one park [just one] outside of the uk and the Merlin circle. But the big question is, which park would it be? Well it's definitely not Port Aventura for starters. Nor is it Europa Park. And it certainly is not Disneyland Paris either [more to come on that tagline later]. But the big question is, which theme park in Europe did I manage to visit this year? The answer to that question is Tivoli World. But the big question, out of all the places to visit, why have I returned back to this average mundane park for? The answer is this, every year my family and I rent a villa out in Spain and despite being home to exciting parks such as Port Av and, Warner and Terra Mitica [places I can only dream of seeing currently], the nearest of those is at least five hours away. This means the only theme park available within the surrounding area is this place. So, having been about a year since my last visit to the park, has much changed at the park since my last visit? The answer to that unfortunately is no! However there have been some minor changes around the park. The first thing to note is the Tokaido [powered] roller coaster which was closed last time I went,however was up and running again when I visited this time. What did I think of it? I didn't, the ride is rubbish. It goes around the circuit 5.75 times, why 5.75? For some reason, the ride starts by going backwards and then eventually launches in the forwards direction. It goes through the circuit [properly] five times before passing it once more looking like it's going to do another lap, then suddenly it slows down, stops and then reverses bcd to the station. This ride never used to do this. Surely getting five laps around is a good and generous thing? Not for me it isn't. Despite having similarities with Scorpion and Fish's layout, except the first helix is missing, the trains have a strange and uncomfortable design where riders sit in two's but one is in front of the other instead of beside meaning they push in to you during the sharp drops and turns. There's also no seat belts either . The ride is also very rattly and rough [no doubt due to it's age] where each lap passing on, the ride becomes more and more uncomfortable, infact by the end, I just wished the finish already. Didn't like this one at all, gone off it in most ways. Makes Flying Fish look like Scorpion Express and Scorpion look like big thunder. Cleanse it with fire! Next up was this ride, a sort of Vintage Cars style ride. TBH it didn't much as wasn't too interesting and the only good bit of the actual ride was around the half way point, where you get a half decent view of the surrounding western stage area. Next up is the Twister [good name choice ] and to consider this one of my park favourites and the first ride I [actually] enjoyed is quite concerning that this park isn't that good [it probably isn't]. Hang on a moment, I thought I was at Tivoli World not Disney. Oh Wait, it's another of those Disney knock off rides [sort of]. Despite not being the most amazing of dark rides [Hex,Duel,Mk1 bubble works], there is something I seem to really like about this ride [having done it 3 times during my visit]. I don't know whether it's because of the ride's general charm with basic but noticeable models, the catchy upbeat soundtrack outside or just the fact of wanting to see euro disney. Moving on, and it's time to take flight on the park's [large] ferris wheel [they have three for some reason]. You can get some really nice views of the park [which isn't a very big place] and surrounding area. Castillo Del Terror, quite possibly the worst ghost train I've ever been on. TBH nothing really works [anymore] and the few things that do seem to only happen after the cars actually passed. The most exciting part of the ride for me was actually when the car went outside of the warehouse building, which probably shows how poor this ride actually is, I've done ghost trains in fairgrounds better than this one. Time for a short break whilst I have some ice cream. OK, back on topic and hang on a moment, we've gone back, back too far! Actually this is the dinosaur walkthrough at the park, which is ok, very well themed [or at least it was when it was installed] but sadly like much of the park, it feels dated, worn and behind it's time. Next up is the Montana Rusa [spanish for Roller Coaster which is an original name imo] which for once didn't have a [long] queue. Did enjoy this ride lot, it's a bit like one of those old cyclone style like the one at Clacton. Time to for another [decent] ride, this time on the drop tower. Enjoyed this one a lot, a fair bit of drop time but still won't beat good old Detty. Meanwhile next door, a green mesh fence has suddenly appeared. I wonder what's going on here? Looks like one it's rides has been stripped down in to pieces. This ride is a Top Spin [which I was hoping to finally ride], however it was closed last year as well so something major must be wrong with it. Tivoli has some loverly gardens positioned in the park, and whilst they're perhaps seen better days, it's still a loverly place to see and walkthrough on each trip there. The Show boat, this a funhouse style attraction where you walk around the boat featuring numerous obstacles and things plus a view outside. They also stage a pirates of the caribbean show here as well, which unfortunately just got boring after a little as it got repetitive. What's that in the distance I wonder? Ratonlandia, what's this? A sort of walk through attraction which depicts living mice. Certainly quite a strange and random attraction to have at a theme park, but at least this bit is now open again [it was closed for several years for something]. Nightime, and now the park really comes to life and despite the saying everything looks better at night, this place truly glows. Time for a Caroulsel ride you say? This was the best at the park [they have many [too many]]. They also sold some pin badges here too. This one however took the mickey The park just seems to come to life at park, sort of transforming from a rather mundane theme park to a magical place with life. There;s also plenty of show here as well including a circus show, which was quite funny and included a space theme plus traditional spanish flamenco with live musicians. This one was also very good. Our last stop will be the Union Express, a railway diorama which was quite an interesting distraction. http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy267/mattthemepark/DSCF2006_zps5a6391d6.jpg http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy267/mattthemepark/DSCF2010_zpsc205d32c.jpg And that marks the end of the trip. So What did I think about it this time? To be honest, it's much the same as last time, same rides, same settings and apart from the mouse walkthrough and that powered thing being reopen [which I guess you could say the park has gone forward a tad], nothing at the park has changed. It's certainly no Alton Towers, Thorpe or even Chessington, but somewhat has a nice feel at night with all the lights, shows and fountains going on and is a park I don't really go for the rides [which excluding a few are rather average]. I suppose this park is better than the uk ones in some ways, the late nightie hours and closing [which is 2am in summer], the many shows and features that were installed in the park in it's prime [now passed their best] exceed these, but it's still a park crying for some major updating. I don't know if I'll be revisiting Tivoli again yet, [if I go away to the same place next year probably], but hopefully the next blog outside the Merlin circle won't be this one. I'd only recommend this park if you're staying in the Malaga area [considering the next nearest park is 3 hours away]. If you're going there for theme parks, you've probably chosen the wrong part of Spain. Adios
Hello and welcome to Part 2 of my Tivoli World report A.K.A My Drunk Camera goes to a themepark. Most of the photos may be rather blurry, but they will hopefully give you some idea of what the park has on offer. Previously in part one, we saw a number of major attractions the park has on First up we have this Jurassic like attraction, which features numerous rock and vegetation theming elements. More theming. Sadly this photo didn't turn out as well, but in the distance, a dinosaur figure lies within. Where we soon cone across this fella who I believe is an Armadillo. The route soon goes up another floor giving out a view of the surrounding area which can be seen from this very blurry image. More dinosaurs appear on route, including this Dinosaur here, who is reminiscent of the one who kills the human antagonist in the first Jurassic park film. Another T.rex that appears further in the Walkthrough At the end of the attraction, you return to the Central Dino area, go down more steps and go through the exit. Overall, a rather richly themed attraction with lots of elements and a few animatronics plus lots of rock, shrubbery and paintings of dinosaurs around. Despite this, the attraction is looking fairly worn and seems to lack some sort of soundtrack. 7/10. Across from the Jurassic walk through is this view showing some the reasonable amount of theming in the area. Below here is a Passaje Del Terror attraction like the one that was in the Trocadero. Sadly, I never went on this as it was pay extra . Meanwhile on the other side of the park lies this show boat, which actually houses a fun house style attraction in there with objects including steps that move up and down, forwards and back and a spinning tunnel. The fun house ain't bad, it's quite well themed but can be rather difficult getting around at times getting through the plus it can be a bit stuffy on the indoors part too. 5/10. In the distance, is a pagoda building which is home to a Chinese restaurant. Apart from rides, the park includes a number of garden area in the park, including this small spot near the Show boat fun house. Here's another garden area in the park, which is packed full of shrubbery. Which gives you this nice view of the kid's fairground area in the horizon. Also, the garden hosts a loose oriental theme with running streams, a waterfall and even a small Buddha. It's certainly one of the nicest bits of the park IMO. The park also takes host to a number of water fountains scattered round the park, such as this one on the pathway to the main roller coaster (Montana Rusa). The centrepiece fountain is located at the top of the park left to the main roller coaster and is definitely the most impressive park water feature. [/url] [/url ] When it gets dark, the park suddenly comes to life and suddenly becomes a more exciting place and lends itself to the night. Ride selfie on the Vintage Cars. TBH the rides pretty boring as it's just a 1-2 minute ride in a car around some grass and shrubbery areas with just other cars going by, not worth doing unless there's no queue. That being said, it does give you not a bad view of Pinoccio a dark ride in the lower plaza below, but other than that, it's just a bland ride 2/10, 2 for the midway view. The Pinnoccio ride itself (no pictures I'm afraid) is a small dark ride located just off the western plaza in the park, an area home to often Wild West and musical shows, which are pretty good and fun to watch, but back to the pinnoccio now. I do t know why, but I have a soft spot for this ride for some reason, yes it's far from the best ride in the world but, it could be to do with the theme, the fact it was one of my first rides when I went as a child seventeen years ago or even the fact it's one of the few rides to actually have a soundtrack, who knows. After going down a cattlemen slope and passing the animated a charming animated scene of Geppeto with pinnocio and his other pets and possessions, we soon arrive at the ride station, where a single two seated vehicle (which looks slightly American like) awaits. After sitting down and the lap bar lowered, the car shoots out of the station in to the main ride where it passes many scenes based from the story of Pinoccio including the kidnap, Stromboli, Circus and Whale scenes among others. The quality of the models is not brilliant, but certainly depicts the characters okay which I could describe the style and appearance of sort of a worn Bubbleworks one. The ride itself is okay,but is severely let down, by the fact the car rushes through the scenes far too fast and with quite a lot a see, the ride passes the scenes so quickly that it removes a lot of the immersive sense of being involved with the surroundings and more like a fast car ride through a story landscape. 5/10 I would score quite a bit higher if they slowed the ride by half it's speed. [URL=http://s798.photobucket.com/user/mattthemepark/media/FILE0168_zpsf66646e9.jpg.html] Before leaving the park, here's a look at the fountains again, this time at night. Conclusion Tivoli World is a small themepark in southern Spain. Whilst most of its rides seem average dull or rubbish apart from a selected few, it makes up for its points within the landscaping with its beautiful hillside location, it's selection of gardens and shrubbery and after dusk, when the park suddenly comes to life at night. In the summer months, the park is open between 6pm and 2am which for the size of the park and is offerings is a reasonable amount of time for the park to be open, though just another hour would be nice. There's also some fairly good shows around the park around at least five show areas, which a lot of them aren't bad to watch. If I could describe the park briefly, I would call it a pound land Disney/Port Aventura feelWhy Disney? Well, the aspect of themed plazas, lots of shows (some that were actually cut down ones of Disney characters themselves) and the aspect of lots of garden and water features, makes this seem apparent. However, being one hasn't been to a Disney park (yet) ay make this perspective seem void. Please comment if you think place reminds you of any other themeparks around). Whilst the park houses a fair amount of okay theming, unfortunately much of it like Chessington (notably recently) looks and feels rather worn and needs some TLC to make it look impressive again. It's arguably themed as well (maybe slightly better) than the Merlin parks, but the worn out look of a lot of it brings it down quite a bit. Tivoli World may not be the best park out tree, but it's not a bad place to visit if you're in the Malaga/Costa Del Sol area. 6/10 Here's my YouTube video of the day out I had, featuring rides that can be found in the park (most mentioned here), plus additional show and fountain sections too.
Whilst on holiday summer 2013, I visited Tivoli World. A small theme park located in the southern Spain. The entrance to Tivoli, decorated in bright warm colours waiting to welcome many guests in to the park. The area here retains a fairly grand appearance, however perhaps a little dated in terms of design. After walking up the rather steep hill, most of the park resides on and buying the Supertivolino, a wristband that lets you go on most of their rides for free during the day, it was time to check out some of the rides the park had on offer. This was the first park ride area I found. The park layout comprises pretty much of a straight wide footpath up the hill to the top of the park, with a number of ride and show areas scattered among the sides. This is one of the first ride areas that appear in the park. The first attraction I went on was the Paratrooper ride [which can be seen in the above] pictures which is perhaps incorrectly titled Twister, despite the fact it doesn't really twist in any way and the name often belongs to traditional fun fair rides. I found the ride itself ok, It gives quite a fun spin when at full flight and also giving some not bad views of the surrounding area and despite appearing to be rather ancient is probably worth a ride or two if you ever visit the park, 5/10. After taking a spin [ not a twist] on the Twister, it was time to see what other rides were around at the park. Apart from a few kids rides and a rather average Vintage Car ride, the only other worthwhile attraction in this area seemed to be this powered coaster called Tokaido, which had the same layout as the Runaway Train coaster in Chessington. It does seem very quiet though doesn't it. This was because the ride had another similarity with the mine train, in the factor that it was closed. Even the train was missing too. Maybe this ride's getting rethemed next year as well ;]. So, apart from an average flat ride, closed powered coaster and typical kids rides, what else does the park have on offer? Well, it has this cross metal-wooden log flume ride, which has received the magical addition of a bunch of marquees covering the ride's station and lower queue, still least it blocks the sun. Well, the ride itself is no Tidal Wave [theming wise], but it does get you quite wet with three drops, the two largest at the start and the smallest at the end. There's a fair amount of shrubbery at the start of the ride [mostly due to over growing weeds] plus numerous disused park objects dumped at the back of the ride. The water itself isn't brilliant and marginally better than Loggers, but the boats do rattle quite a bit on the drops. One to do once if the weathers nice, but maybe avoid if the queue is massive, 4/10. After getting soaked on the Log Flume, A large tall big wheel lay nearby, which I took a ride on whilst I dried off. Despite doing what it does on the packet, this big wheel was surprisingly good, lifting you 80ft in to the air at a medium pace several times with a decent ride duration of around 5 minutes. The ride certainly gives some very good views of the park and surrounding coastal area. You can see for miles! The ride is much better than Peeking, plus offers less restricted views from the carriages too. 7/10. hmmmm, what thats nearby red and blue structure over there? Looks like a roller coaster to me. Roller Coaster, we need to ride it! This coaster's design is similar to the SDC Galaxi models made in the 80's, but features a few differences including the extended roller coaster section at the bottom with the added twists, turns and air time hills. Also this ride isn't manufactured by SDC, but rather an uncommon manufacturer known as Mundial Park. more information of this ride can be found here http://rcdb.com/1556.htm The coaster itself was built in 1972, the same year the park opened and over forty years later, the ride still packs a punch. The coaster itself is rather decent featuring a fun layout comprising of rather sharp turns in to sharp drops followed by spiraling down a helix and then after slowing a little, it suddenly gains speed running through twists and turns and up a few hills before returning to the station. Although the lift hill shunts the car rather aggressively and the fact there is a rather uncomftable moment in the middle of the circuit, it's a very good fun ride and one of the best rides in the park, 8/10. There are quite a lot of other rides the park also has on offer, which includes this pre-date Rocky Express caterpiller style ride, whichs appears to be model presumably from the late eighties- early nineties. The ride itself goes at quite a fast past and feels better than the merlin versions due to it being slightly faster and more comftable, 6.5/10. Incidentally, this ride used to have a cloth which would fly on top of the cars during the middle of the ride which would obstruct the vision of everything around you. This was quite a strange experience when this occurred, however it didn't actually add much to the ride experience. We also have this brilliant looking ghost train. So brilliant you wouldn't even see it at Disney ;]. Seriously though, this ride was rather disappointing and whilst it looks alright on the outside, there isn't a great deal in the inside. Just lots of darkness, random continous sound effects and a few animatronics which only seem to be activated after you've passed them. not bad for the laughs, But seriously rather dull and disappointing, 2/10. On the other side of the park lies one of the park's more thrilling rides a top spin, but unfortunately, this ride was also closed during my visit. I think it's quite ironic that both closed rides at this park are exacly the same type of ride that are closed at Chessington [except the different manufacturers and the factor the ones here are even more tacky than Chessingtons]. Thankfully, there's another white knuckle next door to it, a giant drop tower, which was manufacturer by Moser Rides. The tower hoists riders to an impressive 200ft high. Before plummeting them all back down to earth again in less than 5 seconds. Overall I really enjoyed this drop tower, it gave off some impressive views from the top and gave you quite a bit of airtime during the drop part of the ride too. That being said, Detonator despite being half the height is still a better drop tower, more forceful and intense, but it's still better than Bounce though, 7/10. So, what other attractiones does the park have to offer? Are there any relaxing areas here? And how what happens to the park when it gets dark? Watch this space for part two of my trip report and you should find out.