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1 hour ago, UserLikeNoOther said:

I'm sorry if this is the wrong thread, but I'm just wondering what the prices are for the rides this year as I am going for the first time - thanks

Olympia Looping, Blizzard, Sling shot, Dr Archibald- £9 pp

 

Hangover, XXL, air, Wild Maus XXL- £8pp

 

Other cossters are normally £6 pp and smaller flat rides are £4 or £5 pp.

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Personal Reviews:

Did Hangover for the first time this year. Have to say the view was absolutely stunning (even if it was a bit foggy).

That said this is only my 2nd drop tower and having ridden Detonator so many times the drop did feel really underwhelming. The speed and length certainly do feel much faster and longer when you're on Hangover than on Detonator so that was certainly a positive.

The ride operator though was quite engaging to watch and probably was why I stood outside the entrance watching it for a few cycles before going on. It's only sad you can only just about hear him when you're at the top of the tower.

 

TL;DR: Acceleration was slower than Detty but ride lasts much longer and is faster and has stunning views. 10/10 would recommend going on if it was a few £ cheaper.

 

An assortment of other rides I did + reviews:

Next I did Air. Love somersaulting on this and is deffo much better than "Flying Circus" (Mondial Top Scan). Just wish longer cycles were given for the price and that it was faster. 

XXL - the only ride I did that actually made me feel scared. (Vortex at Thorpe, another KMG marvel is also the only ride at the resort that makes me feel scared). When you're offride if you look at the right places you can see the entire structure being pushed towards the ground when the gondola is at the bottom of the swing at full speed. KMG certainly do know how to make rides that get your heart pumping even though the restraints keep you firmly in place.

The Waltzers - at HPWW George Irvin pull out all the stops to really make sure you're spinning as fast as you can possibly go. At £5 pp and therefore being one of the cheaper rides there I'd personally choose over many of the other rides at the event (there are 2 Waltzers at the event, make sure you choose the one closest to the Hyde Park Corner entrance).

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This was shut for a period of today with the area perimeter being evacuated and visitors barred from entry by security with staff unable to offer an explanation except "We recommend you come back much much later."

 

When the event did eventually reopen the Bavarian Village section was fenced off with security refusing to allow visitors to enter that particular section of the event. 

AtmosFear: Running short cycles - didn't particularly enjoy most of it mainly due to how badly it was running.

XXL operator was different to my previous ride and was much shorter and not as thrilling this time. 

 

You'll also be pleased to know security now take a MUCH more thorough check meaning security lines that used to be quite a short wait now have much longer waiting times. 

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Apparently Hangover has a "magic finger" button which when pressed by the operator pokes you whilst you're on the ride. It apparently also reaches 56 mph (based on what the op said in another video) which is "only" 10 mph faster than Detonator. 

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Winter Wonderland have started sending out feeler surveys for this years event.

Seems as if they are going down the route of one of two options:

1) Timed entry - Unlimited rides - Ticket price ranging from somewhere in-between £30-£60 if we go by prices on the survey.

2) Electronic preloaded wristband with ride credits.

 

Obviously I think the 1st option would be better and wouldn't mind paying £30 -£60 though who knows the quality of attractions this year.

But I think its clear that at this point the event will be pre-book only.

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The event will definitely have to take place as a "temporary theme park" rather than a funfair. All funfairs have now been cancelled until at least November in Germany and it's inevitable it will be the same here. There's absolutely no way winter wonderland would be able to take place in the regular formatting and big changes will have to be made, for example distancing markers, hygiene stations, limited capacity and as you say pre-book only. I wouldn't be surprised if there were no beer tents and live music too.

 

As for what attractions come across. The majority of the showmen in all countries have been really struggling throughout this time with limited financial support and not able to host any events. I think the demand for a position at winter wonderland would actually be higher than ever from the showmen as they will be desperate to make some turnover. Winter wonderland is a very established and popular event and I imagine the demand for pre-booked slots would be high. Therefore I also imagine the demand for a position for the attractions would also be high.

 

However, no one knows whether this virus is seasonal etc and what will happen with a second wave. If everything is locked down again in the winter months, winter wonderland wont happen at all. But if they are able to open, they could perhaps be very successful as a "pop up theme park" rather than a mass gathering set-up.

 

If international travel is possible come October and there isn't a significant second wave or lock down, I think the line-up of attractions could be as strong as usual. Would definitely see Olympia looping coming back onto this soil if they are able to do so, as they can turn a big profit here. 

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15 hours ago, TPJames said:

The event will definitely have to take place as a "temporary theme park" rather than a funfair. All funfairs have now been cancelled until at least November in Germany and it's inevitable it will be the same here. There's absolutely no way winter wonderland would be able to take place in the regular formatting and big changes will have to be made, for example distancing markers, hygiene stations, limited capacity and as you say pre-book only. I wouldn't be surprised if there were no beer tents and live music too.

 

As for what attractions come across. The majority of the showmen in all countries have been really struggling throughout this time with limited financial support and not able to host any events. I think the demand for a position at winter wonderland would actually be higher than ever from the showmen as they will be desperate to make some turnover. Winter wonderland is a very established and popular event and I imagine the demand for pre-booked slots would be high. Therefore I also imagine the demand for a position for the attractions would also be high.

 

However, no one knows whether this virus is seasonal etc and what will happen with a second wave. If everything is locked down again in the winter months, winter wonderland wont happen at all. But if they are able to open, they could perhaps be very successful as a "pop up theme park" rather than a mass gathering set-up.

 

If international travel is possible come October and there isn't a significant second wave or lock down, I think the line-up of attractions could be as strong as usual. Would definitely see Olympia looping coming back onto this soil if they are able to do so, as they can turn a big profit here. 

Nobody, bar a few enthusiasts will go to a pop up theme park, Winter wonderland makes its money by packing out the beer tents. I'm sure it will be the same of purchasing a drinking session with limited capacity

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16 hours ago, Glitch said:

Nobody, bar a few enthusiasts will go to a pop up theme park, Winter wonderland makes its money by packing out the beer tents. I'm sure it will be the same of purchasing a drinking session with limited capacity

 

I'd like a fact check on this please. 

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20 hours ago, Glitch said:

Nobody, bar a few enthusiasts will go to a pop up theme park, Winter wonderland makes its money by packing out the beer tents. I'm sure it will be the same of purchasing a drinking session with limited capacity

Think you are completely wrong on that one. 

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On 6/21/2020 at 3:34 PM, Glitch said:

Nobody, bar a few enthusiasts will go to a pop up theme park, Winter wonderland makes its money by packing out the beer tents. I'm sure it will be the same of purchasing a drinking session with limited capacity

Winter Wonderland has grown tremendously over the years, and a big part of that has been the increase in the theme park / attraction side of things. There's a reason why Olympia Looping, one of, if not, the, most famous travelling rides in the world, comes every year. And it's the only place outside of the official Oktoberfest setting where it uses 7 car trains. That's not just because of "a few enthusiasts".

 

WW works well because it has everything - the rides, the beer tents, the music, the market stalls and everything else. Take away any one of those things and it won't be as popular as it is.

 

Also, 2.5m people every year aren't flocking all the way to Hyde Park to drink in a tent.

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CHRISTMAS IS CANCELLED FOLKS!

 

To a large degree that is unfortunately true as Corona Virus has lead to the organisers of Winter Wonderland cancelling this years event.

 

Official wording states:

 

Dear Hyde Park Winter Wonderland family,

It is with a heavy heart we share that Hyde Park Winter Wonderland will not be taking place this year.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland has always been about bringing friends and family together in a fun, safe and interactive environment to celebrate the festive season. Our team has worked tirelessly, exploring every possible option in the hopes of being able to move forward with the event in a responsible manner and provide London with some much-needed festive cheer.

However, in light of ongoing health concerns, travel restrictions and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and considering the size and scale of this event, we just couldn’t find a way to do that without compromising the magical attractions, shows, rides, bars and experiences that make Hyde Park Winter Wonderland so special.

We know how disappointing this news will be for the millions of people we usually welcome each season. And we can assure you we share your disappointment, having put a lot of work, sweat and even some tears into trying to make this year’s event possible.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support and please stay safe. We cannot wait to bring friends and family back together to celebrate the festive season at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in 2021.”

 

Sad but not surprising at all. Wake me up, when Corona ends!

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Agreed, completely inevitable.

 

Sorry to not be mr positive, just my opinion, but I think big events are still gonna have issues next year as I can't see a vaccine until at LEAST this time next year, probably later. I think a lot of 2021 and big events will have similar fate to this year. I think 2022 will be when we really see events make a comeback. 

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