many reviewers were disappointed with is the fact it doesn't fully
deliver on thrills. I wasn't that disappointed, but that's got a lot
to do with the fact I'd read the reviews and knew not to expect a
thrillfest. In terms of thrills I would rank it at the tweener level
with the likes of Dragon's Fury at Chessington or Adventure Island's
Rage. Something for someone who wants something more thrilling than
a standard family coaster, but finds the top end a bit to much.
Considering these parameters it doesn't favour too badly. It's not
up there with the afore mentioned best examples, but it's still a
good ride. The much talked about gimmick is the Wing Rider seats.
These see you sitting on large wings on either side of the track,
rather than directly over the track. This comes in to play as soon
as your up the hill lift, as the train does a half twist, spinning
you over in a large arc, before the first diving drop. The wings
also allow for some good near misses, as you come close to both the
ground and obstacles. One flaw I did find is you have to sit on the
outside seats to get the best out of it, if you sit on the inside
it's noticeably less exciting. I was almost tempted to give this
ride two scores, because it's very borderline if the ride still gets
an 8 if you sit on the inside seats.
with the gimmick put aside though it doesn't favour too badly. The
pace doesn't reach a high octane thrill level, but it's still a
respectable level. This combined with a fun and varied layout means
it's good fun. The main criticism of the layout I saw repeated
several times was it was too short. It did feel like it was over too
soon, but just saying too short sounds a bit simplistic when you
consider I've been on a lot of similar length rides and not had this
problem. I think the problem is that with the tweener level of
thrills the ride needs to offer more to feel like a fully
satisfactory ride. It's a shame actually, as seeing the position of
the first brakes they could have added a few extra helixes or twists
and turns without affecting the rides capacity too much. This would
have given a more satisfactory ride.
Overall one to recommend? Obviously if your after a high thrills
ride the answer is no.
If your happy to accept a tweener level of thrills it's a harder
question. I would say it's good, but with so many other great rides
of this level having opened in the UK and Europe in recent years I
wouldn't say it offers enough to make it a must do worth visiting
the park for. It does though offer more than enough to make it worth
a go if your visiting the park, unless the queue gets horrendously