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I don't know why but the fact this is actually happening really tickles me. If I had put money on the next large scale coaster to be built in the UK I would never in a million years have gone with Intamin - 10 Inversions, at Flamingo Land of all places. I was certain this was simply a rumour started by some daft 12-year-old that everyone was for no reason other than having nothing better to discuss indulging in. I quite liked the place when I went in 2016 but left thinking it would take a large one for them to tempt me back, so count me in!  

 

 

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CGI of the new ride:

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Layout from aerial view:

 

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Some info I lifted from the planning application:

  • 34m tall
  • 875m long
  • 200m x 400m area
  • Will be located next to Velocity
  • Currently painted yellow but will be re-spayed to silver & black
  • Will be quieter than older rides at the park

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What a mad rumor to come true. Never been a fan of Colossus due to how rough it is and the contortionist act you have to perform to get into the seat. If this fixes those issues I will look forward to what should be a good day trip. 

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I mean, Flamingo Land is a pretty naff park imo and as nice as it will be to have a new headline coaster, it won't solve the issues the park have.

 

In saying that, this is a huge statement from the park and I hope it works for them.

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When this rumour came around I honestly thought no way would Flamingo invest in this so I am pleasantly surprised.

As much as Colossus is awful the newer models look like actually quite good rides (Intamin learned their lesson) so I have no doubt this will be a hit at the park.

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Hate the location of it, the whole entrance of park to Cliffhanger is just so bad...

 

Hopefully they'll run it ok, but as it's Mingo I doubt it... The park could be decent if operations improved even to just a standard...

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So @terrortomband I recently visited Flamingo Land.

 

Park is okay for what it is, not the best park but definitely not the worst. Staff seemed friendly enough and presentation was adequate with some room for improvement. Operations were mixed, with Kumali being the worst operated ride.

 

Kumali is surprisingly good and better than Infusion (except operations)

 

Mumbo Jumbo was quite bizarre  but fun 

 

Hero wasn’t as bad as I expected but still not the best. I think Tomb had a secret liking for this ride.

 

Velocity was closed for almost all the day, so was almost spited the Cred. Got two rounds at the end of the day and was worth it. This ride has some unique forces which makes it unique. Probably my favourite ride there.

 

Rest of the park is pretty much kids attractions, a couple of water and transport rides and a few flats. The sky flier was horrible and gave me motion sickness for an hour. They also had a charming dark ride which was designed by Rex Studios which was great. They also had a zoo as well. 

 

Its not somewhere I will rush back to, but worth visiting if your in the area and want to push up your Cred count. The new ride will probably make this a higher priority soon.

 

speaking of,

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Here is where the new coaster is going. Think they had a Corkscrew Coaster there years ago.

 

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1 hour ago, Stuntman707 said:

Pretty much confirmed now that they are building a Colossus clone.

"Pretty much"? Between the plans and that advertising, I'd love to know how much more confirmation you'd need for it to be 100% confirmed ;)

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Lets just hope it actually gets built this time. This poor Intamin has been pretty neglected since 2011, just sitting in fields and car parks just wanting riders.

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On 8/2/2019 at 7:16 PM, JoshC. said:

"Pretty much"? Between the plans and that advertising, I'd love to know how much more confirmation you'd need for it to be 100% confirmed ;)

Well it's not an exact copy, It's a smoother "second hand" track that was never constructed and different style trains from what I've heard. They'll probably maintain it better than Merlin too! 😛

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That’s possible, but regardless it’ll only ever be on one train operation. ;) 

 

Still, least they getting a major coaster when Thorpe won’t. Ironic. Maybe?

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The park had a competition for people to guess how much the project of the new coaster cost (originally asking how much the ride cost).

 

Apparently, the project is costing over £20m. For some perspective, that means it's costing more than any Merlin project (except maybe Ghost Train). 

 

If that's true, that's ridiculous and park are ripping themselves off.. 😂

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They could of got a Wildfire clone for that money.. If this cost 20 million then they should of just bought something ground up lol

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The ride was likely purchased for $2.8 million or £2.3 million by today's exchange rate (which is worse than it was back then) , soneary £18 million on all other costs!!! Can't see it!

 

Edit - https://www.sinchew.com.my/content/content_2037421.html?fbclid=IwAR25SGFW5k4h9W1n5rISMI44OXeVUXE8QTf3VfCoAxh2dTHXGGyH2yOHvtM 

 

For those who CBA to translate and read the last paragraph reads...

 

"In a press conference today, he said that the new management unanimously decided to sell the roller coaster. The highest bid is currently from buyers in the UK, with a bid of $2.8 million (about 11.48 million ringgit). In other words, if the transaction is completed, Anime Theme Park Co., Ltd. will directly face the loss of RM10.52 million."

 

 

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20.3 million? Really?

 

I know the pound rate is dreadful right now, but surely that’s going a bit far.

 

Over 20 million for an Intamin looper clime is a bit like the coaster equipment of buying Lego from Hamleys. 

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Colossus for reference cost 10 million in 2002, inflation into 2019 puts it at 16 million.

 

Flamingoland are either telling the biggest porky since Derren Brown or got seriously ripped. 

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