things improve very quickly once you enter the ride. I was expecting to
reach the ride itself very quickly, but instead the indoor queue area had
Tardis like qualities, with a walk through cave like area, that include a
couple of nice themed scenes. The structure also enhances things at the
start of the ride, as the enclosed claustrophobic feel of the station helps
raise the tension, plus the smoke effects created as you rise out of the
volcano structure is a nice touch.
One nice feature as your raised up is the gondola spins around as your
raised up the tower, meaning you get a spectacular view of the surrounding
area, which is almost worth doing the ride for in itself.
The rides biggest surprise though came doing the drops. When this was
installed I questioned the future of the parks Jumping Bean ride, as this
looked like an upgraded version of that. Both are tower rides
the pod is moved up and down with some steel cables. Unlike other cable
based tower rides I've been on, like the Jumping Bean, this isn't based lots
of hops and changes of direction. Instead this one is based around a number
of long drops down the tower. The intensity created isn't as high as the
strait drops on free fall towers, or as high as on ones with a hydraulic
launch, but for a ride that's the most thrilling ride at a park for family
fun seekers the level of thrills is pretty much spot on. Obviously it's not
one for the younger members of the family, but for me it's always going to
be on my to do list.