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On 11/12/2018 at 12:55 AM, LK_ said:

 

the break dance is coming back tho? 

 

According to the Winter Wonderland Unofficial FB page, it’s not coming ? And it’s not on the map either. 

Also there’s something called Petersburger Schlittenfahrt on the map, that’s no longer coming either. 

 

Was really hoping to do the charity preview event this year, but they sold out within a day ? 

 

But I’m SO happy that the top scan (Flying Circus) is returning ???

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On 11/12/2018 at 12:55 AM, LK_ said:

 

the break dance is coming back tho? 

 

According to the Winter Wonderland Unofficial FB page, it’s not coming ? And it’s not on the map either. 

Also there’s something called Petersburger Schlittenfahrt on the map, that’s no longer coming either. 

 

Was really hoping to do the charity preview event this year, but they sold out within a day ? 

 

But I’m SO happy that the top scan (Flying Circus) is returning ???

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Just popped by to do a couple of rides on Olympia Looping and I must say she's running noticeably slower than the last couple of years! Hangtime on the loops and everything. Odd considering full trains and it being an unseasonably warm day! Still an absolute babe though. 

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Just popped by to do a couple of rides on Olympia Looping and I must say she's running noticeably slower than the last couple of years! Hangtime on the loops and everything. Odd considering full trains and it being an unseasonably warm day! Still an absolute babe though. 

How much does it cost this year?

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11 minutes ago, FrightTime94 said:


How much does it cost this year?

£9. Likely to be the last year of it coming as well based on what a platformer supposedly told Andy from the Coaster Crazy YouTube channel. 

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So, I went to Winter Wonderland this year with Tomb (and a few other non enthusiast friends). Here’s my thoughts so far:

 

  • Event seems just as (if not more) crowded than it has done in the previous years- it took 40 minutes to get into the event
  • There seemed to be fewer Roller Coasters this year compared to previous ones
  • The entrance layout just seemed very manic this year as entering the event is more tedious than Thorpe’s security checks
  • The new flat rides looked impressive and fun, but still a shame of no Breakdance
  • The contactless payment system is so handy (especially in such a crowded environment)
  • Some of the lights/effects didn’t seem to working- not sure if a temporary or permanent issue. Still a shame 
  • Alpen Hotel was as fun and great as previous years, it’s probably the second best fun house type attraction I’ve done after the one at Phantasialand. £6 probably makes it one of the more reasonable priced attractions 
  • Dr Archibald was very unique and better than expected (except the difficulties with the sound I experienced). The pre and post show elements alone enhanced it, £9 is a bit much though 

Still a fun event and worth visiting in the time of Christmas cheer and closed season, just very busy and expensive. I do think the layout needs looking at agsin for better Crowe control now. Maybe even one way path ways if practical now.

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Doesn't it just say something when the longest roller coaster at Thorpe Park is still shorter than a transportable one at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.

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Not really, given that Olympia Looping is the exception rather than the rule and is the biggest transportable coaster out there (for good reasoning)...

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That, and size doesn't really matter.

 

Colossus aside, I'd take any of Thorpe's major coasters over Olympia.

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Today I decided to do my obligatory annual winter wonderland visit before it finishes and it was a fun but expensive afternoon.

 

I started with Olympia Looping which was running very smoothly, forceful as usual. Can’t really go wrong with it.

 

Afterwards I could see the gondolas on Blizzard rotating horizontally so I decided to head over to it as every time I’d ridden blizzard before there was no horizontal rotation. Annoyingly the horizontal rotation only lasted one full ride rotation, it was still a lot of fun but I did want to be flipping in both directions rather than only backwards.

 

Then I went onto hangover which I’d never got round to riding in previous years. And I have to say this is the most terrifying drop tower I’ve ever ridden. This ride is such a troll, it holds you up there for so long to a point where I was actually terrified (Falcon’s Fury and Zumanjaro doesn’t come close). The drop itself felt so f***ing powerful as well, is it a forced free fall like Detonator?

 

To increase my coaster count I went for a ride on Euro Coaster which was pretty awful. That was then followed by a ride on Ice Mountain which was alright (can someone confirm with me whether this one has not been at dreamland in the past before I add it to my count).

 

I then finished the night on the top scan which was noticeably more intense than Samurai. Though the second half did feel weaker than the first half.

 

This is most rides I’ve done at ww before and the most expensive visit I’ve had there. But it was highly enjoyable and has pushed my coaster count to 99 (on the basis ice mountain wasn’t at dreamland in the past). I’ll save 100 for icon 😉

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22 minutes ago, Terry Terry said:

is it a forced free fall like Detonator?

From Funtime Australia's website (link: http://www.funtime.com.au/data/tech9.htm

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Skyfall is a true freefall experience with a very smooth braking effect.

Just a regular free-fall I'm afraid. Unless that's been changed to suit the owner's personal wishes.

 

What amazes me is that the owners are so successful that they can buy a drop tower (OMG all it does is go up and down) that needs five trailers (excluding living trailers and the like) to move around the continent and pay all their staff and the electricity costs for all that jazz and still make a decent profit from it. I get they charge extortionate prices but the fact that people are willing to pay and they have numerous events with huge attendance as well are the two things that blow my mind.

 

22 minutes ago, Terry Terry said:

This ride is such a troll, it holds you up there for so long

I mean, these carnie folk do call themselves showmen after all. It's just a different type of show to what they were putting on hundreds of years ago. It sure is entertaining to watch off ride.

 

 

More info on the ride:

http://www.holdtightriders.co.uk/get-ready-for-a-massive-hangover/

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I also rode the hangover today, and is probably the second most forceful one I have done behind Detonator. I don't think it pushes but it is certainly a forceful enough experience! The very open restraints make it seem worse too!

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28 minutes ago, Terry Terry said:

Also on the Mondial Turbine, are the fans the only components that cause it to rotate?

The fans are there for decoration purposes only. It's a normal motor at the centre of the arm like on a KMG Speed with additional ones at the end of each arm to rotate the gondolas.

 

 

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Did the Top Scan for the first time yesterday. Really enjoyed it actually, was very different to what I expected when you watch it. Said goodbye with a back seat ride on Olypia Looping. :( It was so forceful I had to push up to stop the restraints crippling me. Hangover was fun to watch. Also went on Wilde Maus XXL, the only other coaster worth doing IMO.

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The top scan is great! Wilde Maus XXL I enjoy more and more as i ride it! Like that most of the brakes don't slow you down! Probably the closest you'll come to experiencing anything like BPB Wild Mouse now days. Hangover is surprisingly more forceful than i'd have expect but still not like our friend Detty!

 

 

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I always say this to myself but I really need to do the preview event this year if I get home from uni seeing as the amount I spent going on 6 rides was probably not too much less than the wristband itself. Has anyone here actually been to a preview event? (Me with all the questions again 😆)

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Yes, twice. It is great value, but quite busy, one or two rides not ready and don't expect to get on everything. That said we managed about £120 worth of rides both times and with the wristband costing £65 it still offers fantastic value.

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Which rides were shut? 

 

For me as as long as Olympia Looping, Hangover, Blizzard (with horizontal rotation) and a few other flats are open then that’s fine for me.

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I can't remember the exact rides apart from the red coaster Alpine Thriller one year (wasn't even there this year) . It wasnt many (literally a couple) and none of those mentioned above were shut on any of the two years I visited (2016/2017). Dr Archibold was shut this year for the preview. 

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