arrived at the opening ceremony, and the staff very kindly let me up on the
ride platform during the ceremony, which included a blessing from a local
priest. After that there was a first for the visiting VIPs and staff,
followed by a short wait for the blessing of the new Dragon Castle kids ride
and a few more tests before the ride opened to the public. I was lucky
enough to be the first person to hand over tokens for this ride.
So after the wait what was it like to ride? I found it pretty good. It looks
like a manic ride, with all the inversions performed. It isn't as bad as you
might think, as you perform the inversions at a moderate speed, keeping the
level of intensity and nausea at a more tolerable level. You still get a
good level of thrills and excitement as you perform some exciting
manoeuvres. There's a particularly exciting moment when you invert on the
side of the ride where the sea is, and you see it below you. There's also
some variety where you do swings back and forth, and there are changes of
direction. This means the ride never feels repetitive, even with it's
reasonably long ride programme.
This ride fits very nicely into the piers ride line up, filling a gap
between the family thrill rides and the more scary booster ride. This
with a new kids thrill ride to compliment the gentle kids rides means the
ride line up has a more rounded feel than it did before. The fact this is a
relatively unique ride, not commonly found at fairgroundsand other amusement
parks also represents a step up for the pier.
I wouldn't go as far to say it's a must do, but it's going to make me want
to visit the park more often than I did before, and this ride's going to be
at the top of my to do list.