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Rollercoaster Restaurant (FoodLoop) for 2016!

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I have been to the one in Europa park a couple of times and have enjoyed it as an experience. The food is ok, nothing special for the price they were charging and with the ordering system and just wanting to see more items come down the rails you loose track of how much you have ordered, always struggle to stop myself ordering more!!!

 

I'm sure it will be a hit and it's nice to see one in the UK!

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Hi all.

I was at the hotels on Saturday, playing crazy golf with the nerds and saw the following. I assume they are for the air shop rebuild. Sorry for them being not very good pics, they were at max zoom and it was horrible weather.

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Also, Air was running the whole time we were golfing. There seemed to be something in the front row seats but non of my pictures of that were even recognisable as air (blurred mess - light levels too low for high iso).

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The restaurant is taking bookings on the Alton Towers website right through the evening up until 9.30pm. It'll be interesting to see how this works - whether diners can access the restaurant via Woodland Walk or whether they will make a new entrance?

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Some concept "art"

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Each big table has smaller tables coming off it, so I don't think lack of tables will be too much of a problem, it looks really big in this rendering.

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If it's the same as Europa there are 10ish people per chute, and it's fairly quick as you order on a touch screen as and when you wish

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It's not bad... Not astronomical, but not McDonalds!

On our table we had three people, It came to £90, so £30 each (Not including AP Discount) but that included:

Main: (Prices Estimated + Rounded)

1x Chicken Curry (£13)
1x Rollercoaster Burger (£15)
1x Lemon Chicken (£15)
1x Side of Fries (£3)

Dessert:

3x Ultimate Ice Cream (£9 each)

Drinks:

3x Alcoholic Drinks (£5 each)
2x Soft Drinks (£3 each)

Here are also some photos of the tablet system:

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1 hour ago, Ryan said:

Thank goodness for annual pass discount, £5 for a drink and £9 ice cream makes me want to cry.

 

52 minutes ago, Coaster Jamie said:

£9 for ice cream! :lol:

 

37 minutes ago, Benin said:

It's the ULTIMATE ice cream, all your ice creams in one, etc.

To be fair it was bloody lovely! 4 scoops of ice cream, Meringue pieces and other bits like sauce and chocolate pieces I think. With the annual pass discount it is definitely worth it. With AP discount mine came to just over £20 (by like 50p)

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At the end of the day you really are paying for the experience and not the food

Have not been to this, but Europa Park's FoodLoop was great fun and definitely worth the money.  If you don't like the price, don't eat there ;)

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Yeah, like people have said, it's as much about the experience as it is the food with places like this.

 

However, one thing that has caught my attention with this is people saying that the service was essentially too quick; like a couple of minutes from ordering quick.  Not sure how standard that is of other Food Loops and the like, but I can see why people would be a bit worried (if that's the right word) about the food quality if it comes so quickly.

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Food Loop at Europa is standard restaurant waiting times.

But, Woodcutters the food always used to come out in like a minute, not so much anymore as it seems this has stolen that style :P 

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To be fair with the exception of burger kitchen Merlin food is generally of a decent standard - paying a small premium for a good experience would be well worth it imo.

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Yeah, majority of Merlin food ain't bad, for theme parks it's what you'd expect really... I can count on one hand the amount of parks that have amazing food on a constant basis (Dollywood), rather than just one standout restaurant (Efteling, and even then that's the Pancakes)...

Also Wetherspoons :wub:

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£9 for ice cream! And I thought Nitrogenie was over priced...

It is more about the experience though (as said above) and if you aren't into that sort of thing dont eat there, simple as.

I may have to give the restaurant a try when I go in October, just to say that I've been and to see whether it's any good! 

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