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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Fri Nov 15, 2013 1:20 pm

Fantastic photos. The line-up this year is the strongest it has ever been, even though I am still missing the Black Hole slightly! Great pics, and I hope Power Tower keeps on coming back. It has become a staple now for Winter Wonderland and everyone seems to know and love it!
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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:48 pm

I spent a few hours on Saturday and the full day yesterday at WW, and I'm pleased to confirm that this year represents yet another huge leap forward in the presentation and sheer scale of the event. :)

With regards to the new stuff, the Ice Mountain Coaster was largely disappointing. I was going to put this short review with a spoiler warning, but there really is nothing to spoil! Admittedly, the outside of the tent from two sides looks outstanding (minus the waterfall - which was turned off on both visits), but once you're inside, it is just a bog-standard mouse inside a massive opaque bin-liner with some vaguely wintery/christmassy theming littered on the floor. Oh well, at least it's kinda warm in there...

Over The Top (Snowboard Ride) is looking nice and fresh following its total repaint over the summer. I still think it's a really underrated machine!

Buwalda's mouse? Yeah...

Manning's new coaster is a typical Pinfari. If you count creds, by all means, give it a go. If you don't, I suggest saving your £6 for something far, far better (and less painful).

Rock Rage was typically good fun and looking great with its Ski-Jump makeover, fitting right into its surroundings. It also provides some bizarre near-miss moments with a certain Mondial machine...

Gladiator. What can I say? It immediately jumped into my top three. The height and speed are immense (try going for the left-hand row looking onto the loading platform, that way you're rotating forwards for the majority of the ride), and it looks awesome. It's also running on a nice long, well-rounded cycle (which is what you'd expect at £8 a go!).
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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:42 pm

How much does Over the Top and Rock Rage cost to Ride?
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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:23 pm

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I spent a few hours on Saturday and the full day yesterday at WW, and I'm pleased to confirm that this year represents yet another huge leap forward in the presentation and sheer scale of the event. :)

With regards to the new stuff, the Ice Mountain Coaster was largely disappointing. I was going to put this short review with a spoiler warning, but there really is nothing to spoil! Admittedly, the outside of the tent from two sides looks outstanding (minus the waterfall - which was turned off on both visits), but once you're inside, it is just a bog-standard mouse inside a massive opaque bin-liner with some vaguely wintery/christmassy theming littered on the floor. Oh well, at least it's kinda warm in there...

Over The Top (Snowboard Ride) is looking nice and fresh following its total repaint over the summer. I still think it's a really underrated machine!

Buwalda's mouse? Yeah...

Manning's new coaster is a typical Pinfari. If you count creds, by all means, give it a go. If you don't, I suggest saving your £6 for something far, far better (and less painful).

Rock Rage was typically good fun and looking great with its Ski-Jump makeover, fitting right into its surroundings. It also provides some bizarre near-miss moments with a certain Mondial machine...

Gladiator. What can I say? It immediately jumped into my top three. The height and speed are immense (try going for the left-hand row looking onto the loading platform, that way you're rotating forwards for the majority of the ride), and it looks awesome. It's also running on a nice long, well-rounded cycle (which is what you'd expect at £8 a go!).


Weird, I've heard numerous people stating it was run on a very short cycle, and that it was busy and pretty much running the whole time, with loading and offloading being quick!
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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:58 am

It was dead until 3pm, with all rides cycling empty seats. As can be expected, ride durations do become noticeably shorter as the evening wears on, so bear that in mind.

In a video my friend filmed at around midday on Sunday, Gladiator's cycle lasted approximately 6 minutes and 15 seconds (not including time spent waiting at the top for the other shuttle to load). :)

You're certainly right about quick loading though!

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How much does Over the Top and Rock Rage cost to Ride?


Both £5, if I remember correctly (I know RR certainly was).
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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:26 pm

Do you mind liking the video?
Also, how much is AIR?
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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:34 pm

Air £6, PT £7.

I'll ask him to put it online (as well as a few other images/videos if people want), but that remains entirely up to him. :)
 
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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:31 pm

If PT2 is £7 than why the hell is Turbine £8.......
Amazing ride..... but a bit much.......
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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:10 pm

I have to voice my disgust. It is an absolute joke Power Tower is now £7. Disgraceful.
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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:52 pm

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I have to voice my disgust. It is an absolute joke Power Tower is now £7. Disgraceful.


Was it £6 last year?
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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:02 pm

I was there on Tuesday evening - never been in London in my life - so figured I'd take it in.

Pros - looks amazing. Done on a large scale - not as good as Hamburg Dom, but not far off.

Cons- it's a RIP OFF.


£6 to ride their bling equivalent.
£7 to ride the power tower.
£8 to ride a typical bomber type ride.
£7 to ride the high swings.

There you go, £28 to ride 4 whole rides.

£5 max and I'd leave happy, instead I felt like I had been robbed.

I went to Hamburg Dom and the dearest ride was €5 (£4.50) with the majority being around the €3 mark.
 
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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Thu Nov 28, 2013 4:09 pm

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themealgang wrote:
I have to voice my disgust. It is an absolute joke Power Tower is now £7. Disgraceful.


Was it £6 last year?


It was indeed and it has been that price since the ride debuted in London during the 2009 event. I get that the machines from Europe cost a lot to transport, but I bet the showmen probably don't see half of the money that Winter Wonderland is making from their ride. I went to Foire du Trone earlier this year and the 'elite' rides cost around £5 to ride max. But that was only for the Mondial Capriolo that ran for around 4 minutes and that was worth every penny. And that is also in a capital city. Most were around £3 to ride and I got a decent ride cycle for that too.

It cheeses me off that that have turned Winter Wonderland into a money making scam. The organisers are really pushing their luck here because this is the best travelling fair Britain has ever seen. A wristband system would be nice. Can't they see  people are going to be making a day of it like a theme park? And they are only going to get bigger as the years go on.
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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:18 am

Great... RIP OFF!
Not sure about other rides but AIR is usally £4 but here its £6!
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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Fri Nov 29, 2013 6:27 pm

I was going to go *turns into 'francis'* BUT THE PRICES! WE COULDN'T AFFORD THEM! WHY! It...it isn't fair on the people who have no money :(
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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:30 am

Now, I went last night ...

It was my first time, but from what I can understand, I shouldn't have had a good time. But I assure you, I did. It was amazing for my first time to spend most of the night looking in amazement.

We arrived around 5:30, and queued 40 minutes JUST TO GET IN, but then could barely move, and the only thing we could get anywhere near to was the helter-skelter, but really, £3? :?

Once we got to the bigger rides, it thinned out. I got a hotdog (£4?!) and went on Wilde Maus XXL (absolutely incredible but set me back £6)

By now it was gone 8, and it was so packed, we left.

I shouldn't've enjoyed it but I did. It's such a great experience when it's unfamiliar
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Great... RIP OFF!

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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:21 pm

I paid a visit to Winter Wonderland over the weekend and I was quite impressed.

The event this year is excellent. The ride selection is diverse and we have some quite unique machines with us this year. Gladiator is without doubt the star of the show and was pulling in quite a crowd despite the £8(!!)  :| ticket price. It's good to see a few British machines on show such as Rock Rage and Air which were proving to be very popular as the evening set in.

Crowd management this year has been improved. Despite the staged entry operating and Hyde Park Corner tube station ceasing operation all day, on park you could move around quite easily even at peak times. Last year I can remember the sheer volume of people made it almost impossible to navigate.

I have a serious issue with the pricing, however. Every year the ride have been a rip off, but this year they took the biscuit. Power Tower has seen a price hike from £6 to £7 and paying nearly £10 for Gladiator is an absolute disgrace. The new Pinfari coaster 'Thriller', which was incredibly rough, was also £6 to ride and Rock Rage, which cost just £3.50 to ride when it debuted at the Wirral Show in 2009, cost £5. I think this pretty much speaks for itself.

Sort the pricing out Winter Wonderland and then you will have a perfect event. But for a place that prides themselves on 'family entertainment', ripping people off like this is simply disgusting.
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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Tue Dec 10, 2013 5:42 pm

Winter Wonderland's pricing scheme:

Small: £3
Medium: £4
Large: £6
Extra Large: £7+
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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Tue Dec 10, 2013 6:00 pm

Ilovecoasters wrote:
Winter Wonderland's pricing scheme:

Small: £3
Medium: £4
Large: £6
Extra Large: £7+


Rock Rage is £5. ;)
 
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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:57 pm

Ok, you make an improvement
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Re: Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park - 23rd November 2013-5th January 2014

Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:14 am

Went there this evening and had a great time. I went on all 5 coasters for the grand total of £28 - well worth it I thought!

Only one thing to say: Pinfari's Thriller - OW.
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