With this money I decided I'd splash out a little and have a go on the
booster. When it first opened it was £10.00 a go. After a very short time of
almost no one paying that the price was quickly reduced to £5.00 a go, which
is still a pretty steep price to pay for it.
Tokens in hand I went to the station. As my girlfriend, who I was at the
pier with, wouldn't come on it meant I would have to wait for at least one
more rider, as it needs at least one person on each end to balance out the
weight of the ride. This didn't worry me too much as it was the Easter
Holidays, and someone was bound to want to ride shortly. 10 minutes later, a
large number of people had walked past, but none had come up to ride, and I
was almost ready to give up and try again later, when a little girl came to
the station. When I say little I'm not exaggerating, she looked about 7, and
barely made the minimum height requirements for the ride. One of the
operators even asked me if I thought she'd be alright, not realising we
The good news was the girl was O.K., and I can take some pride in the fact
that I was the only person during that time period not shown up by a 7 year
Right, I'd better talk about the ride itself, seeing as I've written enough
material there for a whole review with hardly any attempt to actually review
I think the biggest draw this ride has to offer is the view from it. I think
it's best if you sit on the side facing the coast, as it offers some
spectacular views of the pier and the seafront. I would love to be able to
take my camera round on a slow circuit of this ride so I'd be able to take
The ride program has improved since it first opened, when it was on a very
poor short one. Now it reaches a good level of speed as the pods spin round
creating a good level of excitement. When I did it the pods even did
somersaults, flipping me over at the top of each spin, adding a real element
of excitement. Whether this happens every time, or it was due to the weight
balance of the pod on that go I'm not sure.
One disappointment is that you still only get to go round in one direction.
I think the pier could afford to offer a bit more in the ride
program, with you getting to try going round both clockwise and anti
clockwise. Especially considering the price you pay for a go on this.