problem I noticed is the presentation of the park. The worst part here is
the end of the park, past the roller coasters entrance. This area has a very
run down theme to it. In contrast though there are some very nice areas of
the park, such as around the ghost train and fun house which provide some of
the best examples of a traditional seaside amusement park out their. I think
the biggest problem here is in the poor visual continuity. The majority of
the rides look great individually, there are some good looking classic style
rides, and some good looking fairground style rides, I've been to parks
where rides like this have successfully shared the same area, here though
is to big for it to be pulled off. There are rides that visually seem out of
place, which does affect the atmosphere of the park.
It could do with another notable
roller coaster, but even what is has is a respectable
standard. The main ride is the unimaginatively titled Roller Coaster.
This is notable from a historic point, in that it's one of a few remaining
examples of a scenic railway left in the world. Even by modern standards
though this is an excellent example of a family wooden roller coaster.
The rest of the line up isn't to
shabby either. You've got a traditional favourites you'd expect to find at a
seaside park like the Waltzer, Twister and Disk-O. Notably though a lot of
the rides contain novelty and innovation that make them stand
from the crowd. The problem I found though is not that many rides at the
park have re-rideability appeal. There's a good selection of rides I'd want
to do once on a trip to the park, but little I'd tolerate a long queue for,
or would want to do a second time.
So how would I rate this park?
That's a hard one, as there are two ways I could rate it. In terms of how it
ranks compared to similar parks I say it ranked well, but underperformed. It
ranks well, but with just a few improvements to the ride line up, and a bit
more TLC in the presentation, I think it could rank a lot higher.
If though you look at it in
terms of providing something to do for a couple of hours during a visit to
ranks pretty well. The wristbands offer good value, plus the good ride line
up means this place is a worthwhile visit,. This park may not completely
fulfil it's potential, but a combination of this, and a good selection of
other things to do in Great Yarmouth means I would recommend a day their,
and even a short break in Great Yarmouth as a whole, especially if you've
never been before.