Thanks to Charily Vaughan for writing
this review for me.
since I was little I have loved this ride and I still do today. You
wouldn't expect a tame ride such as the Bubbleworks to appeal to
such a wide range of audiences, from the thrill ride daredevil to
the tiny tot, everyone can enjoy the Bubbleworks.
Upon entering the Bubbleworks building, you are greeted by a large
amount of ducks. Yes, rubber ducks. Everywhere you look, there's a
duck, and it's immediately obvious that the ride is largely themed
around a soap factory. I think the theming is good, and they have
paid attention to detail, for example whilst waiting in the queue
there is a variety of "advertisements" with ducks on, and though
rather cheesy, they made me smile.
The makeover to the ride certainly made a change, but I feel
although some of the old models were a little tacky, that this ride
has lost some of its old charm from when it was themed as a fizzy
drinks factory. However, I don't quite know where else you'll find a
ride where you ride along in a bath tub watching models of ducks and
small factory workers making and testing soap!
The actual ride
itself consists of you riding along, watching various model scenes.
It is quite a family friendly ride as the little kids will love it,
but it will still appeal to adults and teenagers as well because of
its silly humour.
A couple of small mishaps include the fact that from the outside, it
is immediately obvious who the ride sponsors are (Imperial Leather),
and it feels a little like the ride was only changed because of the
sponsor. Almost everywhere you look, there's a reminder that "this
ride is sponsored by Imperial Leather. "Another bad point is that if
you are in a small group on a busy day, you will probably be made to
share a boat, which is not all bad news but if you were planning on
getting the photo then it will contain them as well. Speaking of the
photo, it comes at a rather unexpected point, so if you are going to
pose I recommend looking for the "Aloe Vera" sign, (and don't look
into the CCTV camera!) as thatís where the camera is.
By the way, I'm a
little puzzled as to why this ride was put into the Transylvania
themed section of the park, as it feels like it belongs in Toytown!
(I can answer that, it was originally conceived as a Bavarian
Brewery, that fitted in the Transylvanian area, only the Beer was
substituted for the more family friendly Soda Pop - TPOE)
Looking back over the review I think I've been a bit negative, as
I've picked out all the bad points rather than all the good ones.
But overall, a great family ride, but it's a good idea to get
fastrack on a busy day, as the queues can get massive.