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Re: theparklifekid's Middle East Adventures!

by NemesisRider » Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:37 pm

Very interesting trip report as usual!

Towards Madagascar: Mad Pursuit, I'm disappointed to hear it gets rough later on. I've generally heard positive things about the Infinity IIs like Karacho, Junker and Monster, and that they are smooth: but Smiler is an infinity which can get quite rough at times so I'm not surprised.

The How To Train Your Dragon area looks cool too, I love the film and it's music :P Heide Park's HTTYD area turned out nicely, so Motiongate's should be great.
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Re: theparklifekid's Middle East Adventures!

by theparklifekid » Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:34 pm

NemesisRider wrote:Very interesting trip report as usual!

Towards Madagascar: Mad Pursuit, I'm disappointed to hear it gets rough later on. I've generally heard positive things about the Infinity IIs like Karacho, Junker and Monster, and that they are smooth: but Smiler is an infinity which can get quite rough at times so I'm not surprised.


Yeah, I was a little disappointed with the ride later on in the day. But at the start, it was quite fun! It might have been one of the trains I was on, as it was on a 4 train service. Also it was still in its "technical rehearsal" so it hopefully will be better next time I visit.
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Bollywood Parks Dubai

by theparklifekid » Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:04 pm

बॉलीवुड पार्क दुबई!

Get your dancing shoes on, because its time to go Bollywood!

Bollywood Parks Dubai is the world's first theme park dedicated to all things Bollywood and its a park with a lot of charm. Admittedly this was the park in DPR that I had the least amount of interest in visiting, mostly because I had never seen a Bollywood film in my life and because there aren't as many rides here compared to the other parks. Most people think that a Bollywood theme is a weird one to pick for a theme park, especially here, but there is quite the number of people from India and Sri Lanka in Dubai, so there is a good sized audience.

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Anyway, the park is located between Legoland and MotionGate, it has these funky hand statues outside the entrance.

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A good piece of advice for anyone visiting is to come on a weekday, I went on Wednesday and it was pretty dead all around DPR.

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Probably the prettiest gate I've ever seen!

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Its an incredibly pretty park!

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Jaw dropping in fact.

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This here is the cross-roads fountain, it links to the different areas of the park.

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One of these areas is Bollywood Film Studios.

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Which is home to the "Hall of Heroes", which houses 2 rides.

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One of these is "Krrish: Hero's Flight"

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Krrish is an Indian superhero and is one of the most popular Bollywood franchises.

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A cool statue of Krrish in the queue.

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Wise words indeed Krrish....

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Before the ride starts a pre-show plays. This guy (I think he was called Raj) is a designer who is working on the "Krrish Museum" and a skyride to get to the attraction called "The Krrish Express", the guests will be the first riders on this and he will pilot it.

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The ride itself is a Flying Theatre and its incredibly silly. It goes from "Welcome on-board the Krrish Express!" to "On no, aliens!" in literally 15 seconds. But in a sort of way thats what made it fun, also smell pods are on the ride (freshly cut grass is the smell that stood out for me). 8/10 from me

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The second ride in the building is "Ra.One: Unleashed" and HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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I'm guessing that's Ra.One.... The ride is based off the movie of the same name and is a 4D AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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AHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA theatre, where you are AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA and then AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA nothing makes sense AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA worst ride ever AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA -5/10 AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHHAHA

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Anyway, the Rajmahal theatre is another section of the park and is easily the parks iconic image. In here is the Bollywood musical "Jaan-e-Jigar", unfortunately this is an additional charge and the only times the show is on at 8:00pm, so I had to skip this.

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Mumbai Chowk is another area of the park

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Nice theming all over the place.

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"Don: The Chase" was a ride that was unavailable when I visited.

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Rustic Ravine is the final area of the park

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Where there is an indoor area with lots of family rides.

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Which is home to the simulator "Lagaan: Thrill of Victory". The ride is actually quite decent, the film is about a cricket match and riders take the perspective of a cricket ball during a festival. I rode it twice and on the second time I actually got an e-vac! Halfway through the ride, it just stopped, lights came on, I looked at the ride op, she looked confused, tried pressing a few buttons, then looked at me and went "Ahhhh, we have a problem, one sec", a minute later some people came in released my restraint and I had to jump the unthinkable height of 3 ft! Good ride though.

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Sholay is another ride at the park.

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This guy, is apparently a police officer and you are the recruits and you have to help him catch the outlaws of India, the ride itself is a 3D Interactive dark ride where you shoot targets and get points.

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Some nice theming.

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Dabangg was a live action Bollywood stunt show.

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This is the stage.

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It starts off with a Bollywood musical.....

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Then goes to some weird and funny action....

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And ends with both heroes and villains singing and dancing. Its actually quite good.

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When I came out of the stunt show, I found another colourful musical going on!

All and all, Bollywood Parks Dubai is a surprise hit from the selection of parks from DPR, its not as big as the others but its a park with a lot of charm, a must do!

Now I was in a bit of a surprise to find out that currently if you have a ticket to just one park, you can get into all three.........
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MotionGate Dubai: Mini Update!

by theparklifekid » Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:15 pm

Mini Update from MotionGate!

Well this is long overdue....

So yeah, after I did the Bollywood park I was told that anyone that bought a ticket online could access all 3 of the parks on the same day! So I was like "Yeah Boiiiiiiiiiiiii" and headed over to MotionGate.

Now as I only visited the park a few weeks prior, this is only a mini update on various new improvements, openings and updates. Anyway, on with the trip report!

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*Epic Dramatic Music* Welcome to MotionGate Dubai! Formally known as "Motion Gate Studios" and "Dubai Adventure Studios"!

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Lionsgate and the Hunger Games area was coming along nicely, with the LIMs being installed on the Capitol Bullet Train coaster and theming being added to the buildings.

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The Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs rapids were finally open.

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Weird theming in the queue.

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Fairly good rapids ride with some decent splashes and theming along the way.

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Smurfs Village Express is now open.

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Quite a smooth fun, family coaster. Great first coaster for kids (also better on the back row).

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Still closed... :( (Now open :) )

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As was the Shrek dark ride...

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Annnddd the How to Train Your Dragon area, but I stuck my camera behind the door and you can see the track and sign for Dragon Gliders (Mack Family Suspended Coaster, a bit like Arthur)

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This however, was open.

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I call this: "When you trying to have fun, but realise how expensive the park tickets are."
All I can say about this ride is WOW, they have improved it massively. Last time I visited, the ride got rough later on in the day, but luckily the ride was incredibly smooth and I only had one bumpy moment straight after the launch, I had 16 rides in total on a single day! Some of the rides I didn't even leave the station thanks to the awesome ride ops. They had also added great lighting effects and near misses thanks to scenery, if they just added on-ride audio, it would be perfect. Still, Its now a TOP 5 coaster! Well done Gerstlauer and MotionGate!

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Due to there not being any type of POV available yet for the ride and me riding this quite a bit, I present you the incredibly poorly replicated layout of Madagascar: Mad Pursuit, made on Planet Coaster. After the ride leaves the station it turns left and you see a projection of the main characters hiding, it then stops as you see some replicas of the main cast, saying stuff like "Quick hide" and "Do you think she sees us?" Suddenly a spotlight lights up and reveals the villain from the third movie and she says "Yes, Yes she does!" A tunnel lights up in multiple colours and launches quickly, then a quick jolt to the left, go through some lit up stars, bank right, up steeply, airtime, biggest drop on the ride while twisting down going past a target, up again, airtime and under a tightrope with a figure on it, go outside the main ride building, turn back inside, airtime hill going under a plane, twist into a trim run and see a figure in a canon, long helix going through lit up rings of fire, twist into some airtime filled turns, burst through a poster and turn into the brake run where you see the villain locked up. Love it.

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Zombieland was running well, even though I had a scary moment where my restraint clicked down straight after the launch, which isn't really want you want to hear and feel while over 120ft high.

Anyway thats a quick update from MotionGate, next time however, I revisit the biggest disappointment ever.
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Legoland Dubai - Revisited

by theparklifekid » Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:18 pm

Everything is open!

So after my time at MotionGate I headed over to Legoland Dubai, or as I liked to call it "Disappointment Land". As I'm sure you all know, I visited this park on its opening day last october and WOW did it suck, about 80% of the park was incomplete, buildings weren't finished and it was just boring. So, having found out about the multi-ticket thing, I headed back...

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I'm back.....

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Nice looking model out front.

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Legoland Water Park is also now ready, not sure if this is a future park for me though.

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Here's a sneak peak.

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Pro tip: visit on a weekday for 0 queues.

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Miniland looking even better than last time, it seemed cleaner and the effects actually worked this time!

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Lego Burj Khalifa, the tallest lego tower at a park.

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I rushed over to Kingdoms, as I really wanted to do Dragon. So I passed The Dragon's Apprentice (which I graced the first public train)

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*gasps*

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It's open!

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Unlike windsor, 0 minute queues!

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The ride train. Its a fairly decent coaster, starts off like the one at windsor, with a dark ride section, most of the models are the same as ones in windsor and florida, however there's quite a cool pre-drop going underneath the model dragon. Neat layout, better on backrow.

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Lost Kingdom Adventure was an incredibly lazily designed dark ride last time I visited, however this time more effects had been added and effects actually work! Just wish it was longer.

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Wave Racers was only running one side, but still quite fun.

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Lego Movie 4D is actually quite funny.

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Its great having Legoland to yourself!

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Rope Burn: The Ride

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Submarine Adventure was finally open (they actually had a new door on the building!)

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I had an entire sub to myself!

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Quite a fun and relaxing dark ride, I haven't done the windsor one but I imagine its quite similar.

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After the ride you go through a nice little aquarium!

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Fire Rescue is as fun as always

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Boating School is very relaxing when nobodies here.

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Gotta love Lego models.

Overall, Legoland Dubai is much better than it was on its opening day, I'd still say its not the best park in DPR, but its probably the best place for families. Not sure if I'd visit again though.

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Next time: A film in Italy.....
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Cinecitta World Rome

by theparklifekid » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:32 pm

So I just got back from my time in Italy and I had a great time! During my visit, I wanted to go to Gardaland originally, however due to us messing up dates, we couldn't visit. So I looked into Mirabilandia anddddd we weren't close enough, Rainbow Magicland was close by however, it didn't open for another week. So Cinecitta World was the only one I could do.

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Welcome to Cinecitta World!

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This cool looking thing is like a second entrance.

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This here is the parks "Main Street", it kinda reminds me of MotionGates entrance.

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A cool musical number was going on at the end of the street.

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"Spaceland" was one of the parks areas.

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Home to this....

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Altair!

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Altair is a clone of our own Colossus at Thorpe Park.

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However this has new trains, with a lapbar!

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The heartline roll x4 section is insane with the lapbars!

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The station is pretty cool also.

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Overall, its really fun, smooth (except the cobra roll) and WAY better than Colossus.

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They had an "Old West" section of the park that was well themed, it was home to 2 bumper cars, a okish horror house and "Labyrinth" which was probably one of the best VR experiences I've ever done. You wear an HTC Vive (the ones on DBGT) and work your way around a platform which vibrates at certain times and you shoot targets, very cool.

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The park has a few "studios" which apparently can be used to film stuff.

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Inferno (previously known as Darkmare) is another coaster.

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Inferno is a family free-fall coaster similar to Th13teen (same mold on the car) and wow is it incredible.

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The ride layout. The ride is themed to Dante's Inferno and its awesome! The ride is full of projection mapping of roman style mythology. Its fast, with lots of twists, airtime in places and the free-fall is better than Th13teens. Probably one of my favourite coasters now.

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How Italians ride rollercoasters.

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Interestingly enough, even though its not called Darkmare anymore, they were still selling merch for it...

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There was also an Inferno show. I didn't watch it.

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Another ride that had a rename was Indiana Adventure (formally Erawan) and like Inferno, old merch was still being sold.

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Its an Intamin Drop Tower inside an elephant and its incredibly forceful.

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2 sides were open, sit-down and stand-up floorless. I did both and after the ride on stand-up floorless, I think I am incapable of having kids now...

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I did U-571, which is a tour of a submarine replica, apparently used in the film of the same name.

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Now when I was heading to the next attraction, there were some romans.... Nuff said.

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So yeah, the next attraction was a water coaster, Aktium.

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Its a Mack Super Splash, probably the weakest ride in the park. But still quite fun.

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This was an exhibit of various sculptures from movies and of actors, a good look if your a movie fan.

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Now, an issue with the park I found was that this year, the park decided to do a 'forced route' meaning the layout of the park changed. You need to do a complete circuit of the park if you want to get to a ride of your choice, meaning no shortcuts.

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This sums it up....

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Anyway, after a few re-rides on the attractions, it was time to say goodbye to Cinecitta World. I wouldn't call this a full day park as I managed to get everything done in only 2 hours, but its still worth a visit if your in the area.
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Re: theparklifekid's Middle East Adventures!

by ponder » Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:22 am

Great reports!

I did the stand-up side on Hurakan Kondor, and yes, I certainly feel there are now question marks around my fertility.
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Turbo Track @ Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

by theparklifekid » Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:30 pm

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is expanding, most likely due to the deadly presence of IMG Worlds of Adventure (which took away their record for largest indoor theme park) and Dubai Parks and Resorts (which boasts 3 parks and a water park, with Six Flags rising from the ground). So the park was given a massive budget of AED 700 Million (£148,934,143) to make new attractions to offer, the park currently has 36 rides and attractions, will have 39 by the end of this year and 43 in 2018.

Last year a chunk of the budget went into making Flying Aces, the Intamin Wing Coaster and Benno's Great Race, a family interactive dark ride. This year, one of the main attractions they have to offer, is a new Intamin Shuttle Coaster: Turbo Track. So I was invited down to the park by my friend who works as a marketing head for the park, to come and experience the ride for myself and give a review of it.

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So thus, I arrived at the park.

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And the first ride you see, is the centre point of the park.

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Signs like this were all over the park reminding people that the ride is now open.

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This here is the rides entrance sign.

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Inside the queue for the ride there this lots of sci-fi style lighting as well as car parts and various testing equipment like these crash test dummies.

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You go inside a pre show room where you get greeted by this guy and his computer assistant (the plasma ball), who tell you that you are going to be the test drivers of a brand new Ferrari, but you need to test your skills in order to prove your worthy.

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So some people are pricked out from the crowd and you are placed in front of 2 trials. "The Accuracy Test" where you need to take a hoop from one end of a wire to the other, with out touching the wire. "The Reaction Test" is where you need to press buttons on a wall that light up as quick as you can. Both are quite fun, however it goes on for a extremely long time (8 minutes) and I was in a room with only a few other people, so we were just like "Hurry up please". I can see this being nice on a busy day, however on a quite day like this, Not really.

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You then walk up a set of stairs and are greeted with two loading platforms, you are given a side and you see the ride car. You choose wether you want to sit forwards or backwards and then you load onto the ride and get ready!

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The switch track moves the car onto the main track and shoots you to 63mph, over a small airtime hill, down blasting through the tube while being hit with the sudden desert heat, up a twisting 210ft vertical spike, slows down and rolls you straight back down (quite intense at this moment), back into the building and slows down back into the station. Short but sweet.

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#Selfie I rode it on both going forwards and backwards, its much better backwards as its more intense and the glass on the tube gives cool reflections as you go through it. Also backwards airtime.

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The ride has screens located on ether side of the track and as each train is launched, a cool arrow follows it along the track.

Here it is in action

Overall Turbo Track is a good filler attraction for the park, it makes the place feel more 'complete' and I can see people of all ages really enjoying this and maybe kids will do it as their first 'big' coaster if they're afraid of Flying Aces and Formula Rossa.

In terms of the other rides at the park, not much to report on.

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Formula Rossa was going its thing and I had a cracking ride on it, the launch gets me every time.

Me on the ride (7th row, green shirt)

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Flying Aces, I still love. Probably because it makes a love heart :love:

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Also, a few months ago a rumour came about saying that Flying Aces restraints were being replaced due to intense turns. I'm happy to say that its not true and it still has lap bars!

Thats all for the park! Definitely worth a visit if your in the area!

Edit: So I got an email back from the people who work at the park who had something like this to say....

"Glad You enjoyed the ride! We are working on the Turbo Track experience by having a revised pre-show of only 3 minutes and also working on a solution that would allow riders to ride twice, with a seat change."

I also asked on the possibility of a B&M somewhere in Yas Island (Seaworld especially) , heres a response:

"Agreed on the B&M, and I’m sure _______ would say the same. They are the Rolls Royce of roller coaster manufacturers – smooth, dynamic attractions of the highest quality. A lot of us want one in the area."
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MotionGate Dubai Vlog + Updates!

by theparklifekid » Wed May 17, 2017 2:25 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKuEWFFiETA

Incredibly long overdue (due to school and other things), but when I last visited MotionGate, I decided to do a vlog instead of the usual pictures, as it was my first time doing a vlog It's not the best, however it gives a nice inside look of the park and DPR, also you can see me in all my greatness.

Anyway, next week I'll be heading to Germany (Berlin) to visit a friend for a few days, unfortunately, he's not big on parks so I won't be visiting any. Luckily I am going to be visiting a merlin attraction, being the Berlin Dungeons! So I'll give a review of the place.

After that, I'll be back in the UK for a few days, so I'll hopefully squeeze a trip to Thorpe Park in there somewhere, mostly for DBGT: RotD. So yeah, expect that soon!
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Re: theparklifekid's Middle East Adventures!

by Chris » Sun May 21, 2017 11:28 am

Decent vlog attempt for a first time!

Looking forward to how the Cheesecake Factory will look when it's done. Annoying about the attractions at Motiongate that are still closed - but at least you have the annual pass now!
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Re: theparklifekid's Middle East Adventures!

by Lee » Tue May 23, 2017 9:41 pm

I have been following this thread for a while now and I must say that I really enjoy your updates - seemed about time to say thanks!

The Vlog was good for a first attempt too, as Chris says :)
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