Incidentally - Gardaland does look like a promising theme park, although Alton Towers' portfolio of rides themselves does look better. However from the entertainment point of view, there is no comparison which appears the better park and I hope AT use this to their advantage.
The ice show was fantasic - all I can say is Alton Towers can learn a lot from Gardaland and Merlin.
I think I'm right in saying that the extensive range of shows at Gardaland were there when Merlin took over. It's great that Merlin have kept them, but it's early days... I agree though, they are fantastic. When I went the merchandise was also very good compared to Alton Towers, and it seemed like better value. As Dan says the rides themselves aren't as good as AT (although as you might expect given the climate, water rides are definately better), so if these bits of 'magic' go, I don't know how good it would be then.
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The sections between lift hills are a bit short. But i suppose all that energy used pummeling poor riders to death will slow that fooker rate down!
I don't really like mutiple lift hills, IMHO they're worse then MCBRs, especially with a ride like that which with better design wouldn't need one, yet could still keep it's pace.
I think Vekoma sit-downs are a bit old hat, if it wasn't for some of the most amazing mad-houses in the universe i'd spit....yet I feel corkscrew may have permanantly damaged my saliva glands, along with the rest of my frail, lithe body.
WHAT!! Am I looking at the same ride here because all I saw was a 3 lift Vekoma mine train which there are 4 off. One of which is Big Thunder Mountain @ Disney and one is Colorado Adventure @ Phantasia, both of which are themed 10 times better than that. I saw tin sheds covered in non-realistic rock and no surrounding theming. :P
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Looks like a good ride, the theming is top class and the ride wouldn't look that good without it. With Merlin owning Alton Towers and Gardaland hopefully we will see some theming this good on the next coaster at Alton. :)