UK theme parks from another point of view!

 
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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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