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Sod it, I’m off to Kaatsheuvel!

 

Strangely there’s been a consecutive chain with the Dahl family detesting attractions based on their IP’s. First it happened to COTCF at Towers and now looks like it’s happened again here. 

 

Apparently they also disliked the 1971 Willy Wonka film too.

 

Fingers crosses this new attraction can add something to a park which has been badly struggling for years.

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Dahl was extremely strict with adaptions of his novels. He had the name of the 1971 CATCF changed to 'Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory' instead as he was disappointed with the adaption. He actively told fans not to watch The Witches and I dare say he'd be turning in his grave at what they did to Fantastic Mr Fox. 

It's not surprising that his estate have withdrawn the rights to these Oakwood rides. I doubt that he himself would have been a fan. 

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Partly surprised that he didn't like the Witches adaptation, beyond the Hollywood ending I think it's quite akin to the book...

 

Can't blame them for hating these attractions, they've all been pretty crap...

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Oakwood was amazing last Wednesday, the park was on a 10pm close yet was very quiet, and there were no fireworks meaning the rides stayed open until (nearly) 10pm.

 

Megafobia was belting round all day, securing its place well above Wicker Man (but still below the National and Mouse) in terms of my favourite wooden coasters.  Speed and Drenched are both very good rides and still some of my favourite in the UK.  Staff were very friendly and professional throughout the day, many of which I recognised from previous years.  Bounce looks sad left there SBNO, seems to be a common theme across UK theme parks unfortunately.  Spooky 3D was spookier than last year but still needs work.  Creepy Crawler has a nice new anamatronic in the queue.

 

The park and grounds were looking nice, it appears that a few areas have had some TLC/general aesthetic work which was good to see.

 

Oakwood is genuinely one of my favourite parks; the setting is lovely, rides fantastic and it's amazing to visit on a quiet day.  On a busy day however, it falls apart and I suspect the After Dark events will most likely be plagued with the same capacity issues as previous years.  My advice is pick one of the 10pm closes before After Dark starts if you're looking for a decent ridecount.

 

My ridecount for the day;

 

Megafobia x28

Speed x10

Drenched x7

Creepy Crawler x3

Bobsleigh x2

Spooky 3D x2

Snake River Falls x2

Waterfall x1

Treetops x1

Tinkerbell's Flying School x1

Skull Rock x1

Pirate Ship x1

Moon Landing x1

Taxi x1

Boating Lake x1

Witch Hunt (horror maze) x2

 

TOTAL: 64

 

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This is sad :(

 

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But this is AMAZING :D 

 

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After possibly the best day at Oakwood since 2006/7, I'd highly recommend visiting.

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10 hours ago, Nathanevans1010 said:

Such a shame that the park is so quiet especially in the summer holidays perhaps significant investment would help bring in the crowds ??‍♀️

 

@Coaster haven’t had a chance to experience Witch Hunt yet,was it any good? 

Yeah it was good fun, nothing groundbreaking but it had a narrative at the start, some good strobe effects etc.

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Two good pieces of news from Oakwood;

 

1. The park will open a Zamperla Disk-O (named Dizzy Disk) for 2019, which I believe is replacing the Clown Coaster.

 

2. Bounce has been re-added onto the park's website and park map, with the following text;

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Please be aware that Bounce is currently undergoing a major refurbishment and is closed to all guests.

 

Works on Bounce are scheduled for completion this summer, however you can follow progress on the completion of works on both our website and social media channels.

https://www.oakwoodthemepark.co.uk/at-the-park/thrill-rides/


The park map also shows the ride as "returning in 2019".


Excellent news! 😃

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Good to see some ‘potentially’ more optimistic outlooks on this park. 

 

Diskos On May be simple attractions, but it should prove a worthwhile staple to them amongst another flat ride as well. If Bounce comes back, that will be a nice move too, especially considering it was going to be ripped out!

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