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Global Village

Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:49 pm

So its taken me a while to get here due to its weird operating period and other things, but finally I've visited Global Village!

Now the park is actually the oldest park in Dubai, it originally opened as a market in 1996, but eventually expanded to a location in Dubailand (where the Marvel Park was planned) and operates seasonally during the winter/early spring, yet its the most popular park in Dubai, where it attracts about 5 million visitors annually. The park itself is basically a diet Epcot and Winter Wonderland hybrid, themed pavilions with markets and rides to offer. Lets take a look!

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Ta-da!

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As Global Village is located in Dubailand, its located really close to IMG Worlds!

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And the location of the park is actually where a planned Marvel park (which eventually became part of IMG) would have been, here are the abandoned offices of the park.

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The offices 8 years ago...

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Tickets for this place are dead cheap at only AED 15 (£3) but then any rides on the inside are extra.

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Once you enter your greeted by tesco value landmarks, one of which you can see the real thing if you turn around...

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Wow! The Eiffel Tower and Sydney Opera House!

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Big Ben!

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The Blue Mosque!

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The walk to the pavilions was interesting...

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This was the Iran pavilion.

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However, on the inside shops selling food native to the area could be found.

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Some had cool decorations though.

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The only cool thing about the Saudi Arabia pavilion was the outside.

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The India pavilion was interesting.

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Not only were they selling lots of cool stuff...

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They had a random fake road in it...

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China had some cool dragons in it.

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Anyway, lets get to this. So Global Village has a selection of rides, some traveling, some permanent and the rides do cost extra. FUN FACT: Beastie from Alton Towers used to be here during the 2013-14 season.

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Ha

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This flat was stuck like this.

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A star flyer was here, as well as a drop tower.

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One of those SBF spinning coasters was there.

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But my main draw here was this, London Loop!

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Its a Vekoma Junior Boomerang, the same model as Velociraptor at Paultons Park.

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The ride was glass smooth and really fun, it was my first 'new style' vekoma and I was very impressed.

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Nothing to do with the Americas was inside.

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A stage with various shows was happening.

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The park was incredibly busy.

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To sum up Europe I just need to show you this...

Get ready....

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There was also a stunt show that was closed soooooooooooo

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Diet Epcot was a weird place, not sure if I liked it or not, but it was interesting to see.

Thanks for reading!!
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Re: theparklifekid's Middle East Adventures!

Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:40 pm

What an unusual park! I guess when Gerst and Vekoma provide your headline attractions, it’s certainly not going to turn the heads of many thrill seekers, but for the equivalent of £3 you can hardly complain with some of that lovely theming and facades! :)
 
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4 Random Finds in the Mountains

Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:58 am

Hey all, so recently I did a trip with my family to Jebel Hafeet, which is located on the boarder of the UAE and Oman. Its the 2nd highest mountain in the country at 4098ft, the name translates to 'empty mountain' and has a single long very scary road to the top, during the journey I noticed a few things so I just thought I should put them here.

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First off here is the road.

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Now you can't really see it here, but there's actually a alpine slide ride right there, I didn't do it, but still was like 'huh'.

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Then this.... Does anyone know what 9D is?

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Then a few hundred feet later, I saw a Zamperla 360 flat, which also made me go 'hmmmmmm'.

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Finally I reached the top and saw cool views of the 2 countries, there was a hotel we went into to get lunch and as I wondered around something caught my eye, this toboggan ride. It didn't look like it had operated for a long time and its entrance was sealed off from the public. I asked a staff member about it and apparently they had been there for 8 years and had never seen it running. I asked another and they said apparently it opened for about 2 months but stopped operation because people would actually stall around where the back of the track is, at around 4000ft, on a cliff edge. This naturally scared the riders to stand up and walk the rest of the slide and made others afraid to ride it, so the hotel closed it and can't remove it due to its location.

So yeah, that's just a small thing I found and thought I should post it here.
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theparklifekid goes East 2018 - Help needed!

Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:27 pm

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So, this summer after I complete my exams, me and a few friends are going to be doing a trip we've been saving up to do for a long time, an Asia mega trip!

During the trip in lasting over a month in July/August I will visiting the following places:
- Singapore
- Hong Kong
- Beijing
- Shanghai
- South Korea
- North Korea (DMZ)
- Japan

So yeah its a pretty ambitious trip we're doing on our own, but i'm really excited for it. But what exactly am I going to be doing there park wise? Well, the people I'm going with like parks but not an enthusiast, however we are going to try visit a few here and there, but the main focus on the trip is culture, so I can't do everything. But here are the parks I'm wanting to do:

- Universal Studios Singapore (very likely, not much to do in Singapore and is one of the recommended locations)
- Hong Kong Disneyland (likely, friends from Hong Kong may meet us up there)
- Ocean Park (maybe, if we have time)
- Shanghai Disneyland (100% happening, Tron, Pirates and will be staying 20 mins away)
- Lotte World (maybe, its in the capital so I could squeeze it in somewhere)
- Tokyo DisneySea (100% happening, its known as the best park ever so it would seem rude not to go)
- Tokyo Disneyland (unlikely, as much as I do want to go, crowds will be awful and I'd rather see more of Tokyo where I won't be there for long)
- Universal Studios Japan (likely, will be in Osaka and my friends love Harry Potter, I'm a Ravenclaw apparently)
- Fuji-Q Highland (likely, as I will be climbing Mt Fuji and spending time in the area)
- Sega Joypolis and Tokyo Dome City (likely, each have a cool cred to get and could be knocked out within 30mins during site seeing)

But yeah thats what I'm planning to do park wise. I've also got cultral plans such as Great Wall of China, city site seeing and climbing Mt Fuji, but do you guys have any suggestions, tips/tricks? If so I'd love to know and I'll be posting updates in this topic from the trip (not just at the parks!) so stay tuned!

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Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:52 pm

Sounds like it's going to be amazing! Climbing Mt Fuji is something I've wanted to do for a while, and seeing the Great Wall of China will be very fun too! I'm actually interested in going to Japan in the future to it'll be interesting to hear your thoughts on the place — the theme parks and the culture, food, environment etc.! :)
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Icon VS Wicker Man: An Honest Opinion

Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:39 pm

Right, this maybe a controversial coaster nerd statement, as pretty much everyone I've told has responded with things like "Don't worry, opinions can be wrong" and "Whats wrong with you?" But, I want to just put it out there for the world to here, because I just have to say it.

I think Wicker Man is better than Icon.

Let me just explain myself. 

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Wicker Man's entrance is a good starting point, firstly I think we can all agree about how amazing 'Big Bob' here is. The park has cleverly designed the entrance to the ride, making the structure the main focus point, with the amazing music and great sound effects echoing around the ride makes you pumped to ride. Icons entrance is quite bland in comparison, a nice arch with some cheap looking reflective metal, sure its cool how the track twists above it, but I gotta give it to Wicker Man.

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As for the actual station I'm mixed for Icon. I personally think the outside of the Icon's station is quite dull looking, sure the logo is cool, but I think the building just looks dull. It kinda looks like something I'd make in Planet Coaster and forget to theme up, it also doesn't help how the fake grass looks out of place. That being said, the inside of the station is great! Nice ambient music, cool lighting on the walls, neat fake mirrors, neat baggage hold and I love the spooky "Icon.." voice effect. Wicker Mans though has a themed building, that cool pre-show and cool smoke and lighting and the music is great, once again, Wicker Man.

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Now this is an issue that I know isn't Blackpools fault, but this ride is so tightly packed between paths and other rides, it makes it look really odd, that being said I'm very impressed that they managed to squeeze this ride in here!

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But dam, isn't this pretty? I'd also say that the build up for Wickerman was better, during the whole SW8 construction there was always this mystery of what the ride would truly be like, Icon was just like "This is it".

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Now in terms of layout, this is when some may disagree with me, but I think Wicker Mans layout is an incredibly thrilling experience. Its an out of control experience with a surprising amount of airtime, smooth, great turns and the moments when you enter into the structure I find amazing. It was my first wooden coaster and it makes me want more in the UK.

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Now with Icon, don't get me wrong its a fantastic layout, in fact I prefer it to the likes of Velociraptor, but man was I underwhelmed. I thought the launch on Revolution was better than Icons, I didn't feel any forces and the only airtime I got was on the first top hat and the drop before the 2nd launch, I'd say that my favourite bit was on the immelmann as you get some hangtime. Overall I'd say Icon was a victim of its own hype, because despite everyone telling me "Best ride in the UK", I consider Wicker Man, Nemesis and Swarm to be better layouts. I don't hate the ride, just came off slightly disappointed. Hope you all understand.

Anyway later this week I'll be heading off to Asia! I'll be doing both theme park and non-park updates, but due to some internet stuff, it may take a while to do.
The final list of parks I'm visiting are as follows:
- Universal Studios Singapore
- Hong Kong Disneyland
- Shanghai Disneyland
- Lotte World
- Fuji Q Highland
- Universal Studios Japan
- Sega Joypolis and Tokyo Dome City
- Tokyo DisneySea

So stay tuned!!
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Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:34 pm

Avoids the Wickerman discussion and heads straight to the Asia trip  :P

Some info on Tokyo and Hong Kong if you haven't already figured these things out :)

Tokyo:

Getting around is incredibly easy on the above ground JR trains, or the underground, with both Tokyo Dome and Tokyo Disney having JR (Japan Rail) stations that are really easy to navigate to. The above ground trains will declare each station well in advance in both Japanese and English. I preferred the above ground as you got to see more of the city and the stations all played their own theme tunes each time a train arrived :). The Disney one of-course plays a Disney inspired theme tune in the JR style! All of the trains are heavily air-conditioned, especially at the standing points by the doors. The central hub stations that link direct to the airports like Ueno station have English maps, which can make getting around a little easier. But each station has a large printed route map (sometimes in English too) and you'll soon get used to playing match the symbols. Getting a Suica card is probably the easiest way to use the metro, otherwise you get tiny paper tickets per trip that are really easy to lose (if they even still do these). You may even find bundled discounts for foreign tourists available at the airports for the rail. The best thing is, if you look lost in Tokyo, people will generally stop and offer help as a matter of course.

Make sure to stay hydrated! There are 7-Elevens everywhere, which are stocked with a huge number of drinks. Aquarius or Pocari Sweat are pretty good drinks to have at hand if it's very hot, as they'll replenish pretty much everything you're losing. They also do a nice selection of sandwiches for the budget conscious. 

Food around Tokyo Dome is fairly touristy - which is great if you're longing for some small portions of western style food. Otherwise we found some nice restaurants the other side of Suidobashi station, but sadly can't remember exactly where. But there are places to eat everywhere and most restaurants have vending machines outside where you choose your meal via pictures, making language barriers largely non-existent.

One more thing - when entering airport property you will need to show your passport at the security check points. Also, it's a legal requirement in Japan to carry your passport with you at all times, so I carried mine in a zip-lock bag in my pocket to save it getting destroyed.

Hong Kong:

Make sure to stay very hydrated! Again 7-Elevens in most places, but less so than in Tokyo. If you end up on Hong Kong island and the heat is too much, go up The Peak. The tram going up there is fun / crazy, and the views are brilliant. There is also a network of interconnecting buildings and shopping centers through most of Hong Kong island, which will keep you nice and air conditioned too, but you do occasionally pop-out into what looks like a very expensive business foyer. :lol 

For Disney, you can purchase park tickets at the Disney Store in the airport and skip the queues at the park. The store is on the public side of security/check-in. Disney is I think one connection from the airport on the metro. They'll sell Octopus cards for the metro pretty much everywhere, and as a bonus they can also be used at 7-Elevens and some fast-food places.

If you overheat in Disney, go and ride It's a Small World, it has fantastic air conditioning! I may have marathoned that a little bit when I was there... 


Have fun! :)

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