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by BenBowser » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:56 pm

Hi there all. I was riding zufari for the second time the other day and paid a lot more attention to detail and realised that on the map and at the top of the truck it says that there are 9 species to see in the ride, where as on the pre video and in the announcements on ride, it says that there is only five. The ride Is quite short and most people say "is that it" after riding. I was just wondering if there was a possibility that construction of the ride was delayed so they opened it as quickly as they can and changed what they could to make it a five animal ride. I think that the rest of the animals will be added for next season as an 'Expedition 2' type thing. Do you agree?
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by Owen » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:06 am

There is 9, but it only talks about 5  ;)

Look closely, all 9 are visible
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by DeanGaryCox » Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:28 am

The whole ride needs reworking and tweaking slightly which isn't usually expected to be perfect first time round... and guessing with the budget cut from the extra work other rides and the park needed, and was probably rushed to open on time - would definitely hope to see it being worked on over the closed season... although highly doubt the ride will be extended.

I would have personally liked there to be some fast sections like rhino rally, but there really isn't the space, and the gaps the trucks have to squeeze through between enclosures to stop the animals changing enclosure areas so just not going to happen...

going on the idea, Zufari seemed like the perfect investment for chessington keeping in with the zoo side of it, as well as bringing in a ride... but in my opinion, it is rather disappointed, not saying i won't ride it again when i go next.
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by BenBowser » Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:05 pm

You say all nine are visible but here are the ostriches? Where are the blesbok? Where are the oryx? Where are the Sitatungas?

Answers these fully and I will comply!
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by Burniel » Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:53 pm

As you go through the giraffes look behind and to the right.
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by BenBowser » Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:27 pm

Really! That's poo! They don't even drive over there!
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by bensaund » Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:06 am

What do you expect all the animals to come directly to the truck?

If you went on a real safari in Africa, you wouldn't get nowhere near as many animals so close. For what Zufari gives it guests, it ticks all the boxes for the park. There is room for improvement, ditch the pre-show for one, but Chessington don't have the space to expand and add lots of extra animals.

I don't know what people expect from it really, I have ridden it 3 times this year once when it first opened a month later and a few weeks ago, everytime we have seen a good selection of animals and the Giraffe came up close every time. I got a great video last time showing all the animals. Yes the ride could be a lot longer and the cave could do a little more work, but everytime I have been on the ride all the families have really enjoyed themselves and come off laughing.
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by Burniel » Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:44 am

bensaund wrote:What do you expect all the animals to come directly to the truck?

If you went on a real safari in Africa, you wouldn't get nowhere near as many animals so close. For what Zufari gives it guests, it ticks all the boxes for the park. There is room for improvement, ditch the pre-show for one, but Chessington don't have the space to expand and add lots of extra animals.

I don't know what people expect from it really, I have ridden it 3 times this year once when it first opened a month later and a few weeks ago, everytime we have seen a good selection of animals and the Giraffe came up close every time. I got a great video last time showing all the animals. Yes the ride could be a lot longer and the cave could do a little more work, but everytime I have been on the ride all the families have really enjoyed themselves and come off laughing.

I would agree completely with all of this.

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by haydn! » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:15 pm

Why is Zufari really considered so bad? At the end of the day, it's not trying to be a rollecoaster, it's a safari ride, with a brief storyline. The sooner people accept it for what it is, the sooner you can all move on to find something else to moan about, like a new bin in a bad spot or a bench that needs a lick of paint.
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by BenBowser » Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:26 pm

What I think would be a good way to expand Zufari would be to take the ride and extend it so that it goes through the wanyama reserve and showed you the animals in there as after all that area is part of the zufari land. The other thing would be to add more effect to the cave such as both ends closing over so that your trapped until the flash flood happens and then the end opens and you go through that waterfall. What do you thing of my idea?
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by bensaund » Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:00 am

Here you go, somebody with a good idea rather than saying "It's rubbish" :)

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by Burniel » Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:11 am

nemesisben110 wrote:What I think would be a good way to expand Zufari would be to take the ride and extend it so that it goes through the wanyama reserve and showed you the animals in there as after all that area is part of the zufari land. The other thing would be to add more effect to the cave such as both ends closing over so that your trapped until the flash flood happens and then the end opens and you go through that waterfall. What do you thing of my idea?

Nice idea but would increase ride time and therefore the already long queue times will grow?
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by BenBowser » Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:15 am

Ilovecoasters wrote:
nemesisben110 wrote:What I think would be a good way to expand Zufari would be to take the ride and extend it so that it goes through the wanyama reserve and showed you the animals in there as after all that area is part of the zufari land. The other thing would be to add more effect to the cave such as both ends closing over so that your trapped until the flash flood happens and then the end opens and you go through that waterfall. What do you thing of my idea?

Nice idea but would increase ride time and therefore the already long queue times will grow?


Thank you. There is usually two unused trucks to the side of the loading bay any way so that if the did extend it into the reserve then they could add more trucks as it would take longer to get to the cave. Would this work?
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by Burniel » Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:37 am

But why do you think they have these? Probably because at some points te don't have enough staff or something like that.

I would imagine the same would happen if we extended it
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Re: Chessington Zufari to be upgraded?

by Jamie » Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:56 pm

nemesisben110 wrote:I was just wondering if there was a possibility that construction of the ride was delayed so they opened it as quickly as they can and changed what they could to make it a five animal ride.

Zufari had it's budget cut so they could destroy knock down a lot of the theming on Dragon Falls and completely destruct the Runaway Mine Train rockwork because these parts of theming were unsafe (due to poor maintenance!)
They have said that they are replacing it though, but it's a shame that Zufari suffered as a result of this.
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by Jared » Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:30 pm

Jamie wrote:
nemesisben110 wrote:I was just wondering if there was a possibility that construction of the ride was delayed so they opened it as quickly as they can and changed what they could to make it a five animal ride.

Zufari had it's budget cut so they could destroy knock down a lot of the theming on Dragon Falls and completely destruct the Runaway Mine Train rockwork because these parts of theming were unsafe (due to poor maintenance!)


Wrong.

1. The budget was cut due to a certain Staffordshire theme park messing up their coaster.
2. Not poor maintenance. Poor construction. Runaway Trains rocks were built on scaffolding!
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Re: Chessington Zufari to be upgraded?

by Jamie » Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:52 am

Jared wrote:
Jamie wrote:
nemesisben110 wrote:I was just wondering if there was a possibility that construction of the ride was delayed so they opened it as quickly as they can and changed what they could to make it a five animal ride.

Zufari had it's budget cut so they could destroy knock down a lot of the theming on Dragon Falls and completely destruct the Runaway Mine Train rockwork because these parts of theming were unsafe (due to poor maintenance!)

1. The budget was cut due to a certain Staffordshire theme park messing up their coaster.
2. Not poor maintenance. Poor construction. Runaway Trains rocks were built on scaffolding!

That's not what I heard, and I've talked to staff at the park.
The scaffolding thing is true though I think.
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by Jared » Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:20 am

Jamie wrote:
Jared wrote:
Jamie wrote:
nemesisben110 wrote:I was just wondering if there was a possibility that construction of the ride was delayed so they opened it as quickly as they can and changed what they could to make it a five animal ride.

Zufari had it's budget cut so they could destroy knock down a lot of the theming on Dragon Falls and completely destruct the Runaway Mine Train rockwork because these parts of theming were unsafe (due to poor maintenance!)

1. The budget was cut due to a certain Staffordshire theme park messing up their coaster.
2. Not poor maintenance. Poor construction. Runaway Trains rocks were built on scaffolding!

That's not what I heard, and I've talked to staff at the park.
The scaffolding thing is true though I think.


I talk to management on a regular basis...
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Re: Chessington Zufari to be upgraded?

by haydn! » Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:44 pm

I don't see how the Smiler being delayed impacted the budget for the ride which was already almost complete, before it even went vertical?
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ZUFARI reviews [contains spoilers!]

by Burniel » Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:54 pm

I haven't seen a topic that focuses on this ...

So ZUFARI has been open for a while now ... What do we think?

I have to say I usually love it, but went today and water in the cave was turned off - just drove through a dark cave - how boring and anti-climatic!

I usually love it, but I was just disappointed today
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