Just back from my first visit to Land of the Tiger. I found it overall a really nice addition to the park with a great expansive paddock for the Tigers and a great new focal point of Tiger Rock.
The new entrance way means you can now enter the land from Wild Asia, where the main entrance is, rather than having to loop around either the back of the park or via Tomb Blaster. Straight away you're in the middle of the new tiger enclosure and looking out onto the Tiger Rock drop, with it's impressive stone sculpture.
The paddock is larger than I expected and does a full loop from up by Kobra, to down and underneath Tiger Rocks's drop. There are enclosures on either side of the drop, which all link up through walkways going over the visitor path or flume on both sides. There are a lot of viewing points and plenty of things for the tigers to do, including what look like very large scratching posts! The area is also set-up for the new feed the tigers VIP experience. From a video I saw in a queue line, it looks like they will give you a stick with meat on it, which you will then poke through the fence. It looks like this will happen in the main enclosed area, where there are gated areas where the glass screens can be pulled back to expose the cage.
The ride itself is still 70% Dragon River Falls. The station has had a make-over and looks really impressive now and if you're in there long enough a set of effects play out. The first part is then all the same, until you reach "Not-a-Dragon-Tunnel". Yeah, it's still the dragon, except the teeth have been filled in and it's been painted grey. All of the other detailing in the rock work, including the roof of its mouth, are still there. For everything else that's bright shiny and new, it really does seem out of place. There's a couple of sets of effects, with the last being the most impressive. You don't really have much chance to see into the enclosures after the tunnel as the water is still much faster there than the rest of the ride, despite there being viewing windows designed for ride level. The remainder of the ride is the same as previous and I found watching boats go through the tiger rock more enjoyable than actually going through it myself. The tiger rock sprays a fine mist, but with it being a wet day, it wasn't too noticeable.
I found the new ride exit shop to be a bit odd, because the ride photo's are not in there. So if you want your photo, you either need to remember the code from the screen as your boat enters the station, or exit the shop, go across the courtyard to the photo booth and then go back into the shop.
I had one concern of the design, which was the music being played right next to the enclosures with fairly consistent tiger roars. I hope the zoologists have done some work to make sure this won't distress the animals.
I had one mouth drop, oh Merlin..., event. It looks as though they either ran out of budget, or plain forgot to finish, the toilet block outside Tiger Falls. It seemed clean and maybe had a new floor, but I don't know who they hired to do the painting. Instead of repainting the blue walls where there were knocks in them, they patched them, with a different shade of blue. But even better, there was quite a lot of white paint splashed up the side of one wall - and no this wasn't by design.
Final good note to finish on: it has a single rider queue!