This is a park that seems to have a bit of an identity crisis. Is it an
amusement park, theme park or a pleasure garden. it borrows aspects from all
The ride selection, it's location on the coast, and the facts it's got lots
of rides in a small area with reasonable waiting times indicates an
amusement park. The pay one price on the gate, and the themed areas
indicates a theme park. Lastly the greenbelt pleasant feel to the park
indicates a pleasure garden. I'd probably class it as an amusement park, but
one with a very pleasant spread out layout.
The rides here are a pretty good set. There's a good dark ride in
the Sweet Adventure and some nice shows to catch throughout the day. The
roller coaster selection is a pretty standard set. They've got the Go Gator,
not unsuitable for anyone over the age of 5, plus a family mine train
coaster and a boomerang coaster to offer something a bit more thrilling.
Thinking about it, this park being owned by the same company that owns
Flamingo Land, it would have been a good idea to move Magnum Force here.
From what I saw it wouldn't have needed any major sacrifices to make room
for it, and even if it was only used as a short term stop gap coaster until
a new coaster was added later on, I think it would have been of great
benefit to this park.
The parks mainstay though is the thrill rides. There's loads of them. This
has to be one of the most concentrated assortment of thrill rides out there.
You've got a good range to, lots of classic rides like the Chair Swing, the
Whirly Twirl waltzer style ride and the Century 2000. There's' also a
Gravitron ride that interestingly used to be at Alton Towers. There's also
family favourites like the Razzle Dazzle and Pirate Ship, and more thrilling
rides like the Hyper Blaster, Terror Rack, Alakazam and Hydro Max. It's a
good selection of rides, that has quite a quirky feel that sets it apart
from other collections of thrill rides.
The majority of the rides are well presented, and the themed areas are
pretty good. There are a few exceptions to this rule like the Whirly Bird
and Falls of Fear which are in need of a makeover. The worst example is the
Dodgems, it's an old knackered set and really needs replacing.
Overall though this is a good park, but one that feels like it is missing
something. The trouble is it's got a large number of good rides, but very
few that stick out as great examples, or as that memorable. To many rides
are in the category of ones you'd only want to do once.
This could be a park to watch out for. I know there are plans to add a
caravan park linked to this park, like at Flamingo Land. When this is in
place there's every reason this parks ride selection will be expanded. The
foundations and lower tiers of a great park are already in place, it just
needs a good signature coaster, and a couple of other memorable rides for
the top of the pyramid to turn it in to one of the countries best amusement
parks. As for now it doesn't reach that level, but it's still a good day