Over The Hill

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Adventure Island
Archelon
Barnstormer
The Crooked House
The Dragon's Claw
Drop N Smile
Ferris Wheel
Fireball
Gold Mine
Green Scream
Kiddi Koasta
Mighty Mini Mega
Over The Hill
Pharaoh's Fury
Rage
Ramba Zamba
Scorpion
Sk8borda
Sky Drop
Tidal Wave
Time Machine
Whip
Vortex

During my gap between visits to the park a number of rides had been given a makeover. The one I had the most concerns about was Beezle Bob's Trail, that hadn't just been spruced up, but completely rebranded as Over The Hill. The old version was a ride I ranked highly, so a replacement would have to be good to avoid being a dissapointment.

One difference is some of the scenes are more timing based, with models popping up, or lights coming on. This does mean you get a slightly different experience depending where in the train you sit. Luckily though everything is of a high standard, so you still get a great ride, regardless of where you sit.

It's still a spookily themed dark ride, but the bright and colourful interpretation of famous monsters have gone. The models still have a cartoony feel in terms of design, and the colour palette used is mostly black white and grey. A good spooky atmosphere is created, resulting in a good fun ride. This all leads up to a very clever idea for the rides finale, that still holds up as entertaining on repeat rides with the initial surprise (which I won't spoil here) has gone.

So how does this hold up against Beezle Bob's Trail? I think I prefer the original, but it's a close run thing, so you can hardly call this a poor substitute for it. It might be a bit scary for the very young, but for everyone else it's a great fun dark ride.