Did any one come from the midlands/north via the M40 today and have that 2 lane closure at Junction 7 to deal with? Didn't get to TP untill 12PM, was aiming for 10.30-11.
I was half expecting to find to find a 40 minute queue there where I got there, nope it was about 5 minutes. First impression, the theming is absolutely excellent. The pictures don't do justice to the attention to detail in simple things like the rending on the church, the debris around the plane. The only let down was the queue line itself but I hardly paid attention to it briskly walking through it. They have certainly built it with extra cattle area to open up if they need to.
The effects that were working today, smoke/ice from the plane wing, swarm sound effects at certain points in the ride, smoke/ice/water spray from the fire engine. Also the water jets from the surrounding fire engine/chopper. These seem to be disappointing weak at the moment and mistimed.
Walking into the church I absolutely love the open roof, it works so well. The sight of the train coming over your head which is always in time with the restraints being checked is such a strong visual sight.
I do have a small concern how well they are going to deal with Front Row queue when the queue line is really tested, it was easy work for them today. I'm sure it has already been explained with the batching but I can easily see it being timed badly with slotting people back into the main queue. It looks well laid out though and I can see why they didn't go with SRQ, as cynical as I may me on fast track, I don't think it would work for this ride.
With such a dead queue, I had to do front row queue and I think was a bad decision having rode it 5 times in the day. I'll reserve my opinion of whether I would bother with front row in peak season, but I believe even with the visual element up front, it loses out in the ride experience at the back.
First and foremost, ignoring the fact that this is new, the ride stinks of ride quality in pure engineering, the way you are moved out of the station, the chain lift so smooth and effortless. The magnetic brake section are so smooth and impressive, even the friction brakes are barely noticeable. It's no wonder B&M are called the Mercedes of rollercoasters. The hardnesses are extremely comfortable and don't have the fixed locking positions that air has. I think it is more accommodating for the large person than it actually looks because of the lack of hard over the shoulder restraints and this flexible locking position.
The overall ride experience was and wasn't what I was expecting, the front wasn't as intense as I thought it would be, in fact, it felt like it was stalling in many sections while waiting for the rear of the train to catch up, it was a start stop affair.
The positions are worth exploring, but the inner/outer seat makes little difference. The rear seats offer a much more intense experience, my favourite seat personally was overall the rear left seat, there is a much stronger visual impact in the close encounter church section than I was expecting. If I'm honest I don't think I ever noticed the chopper/engine on some occasions, perhaps from the angle I was looking, but that didn't take away from the experience. The biggest difference was I noticed that position never stopped moving right from the moment over going under the track which was so strange, there was no stall it kept up the pace so much better in a constant intense way.
It's not a B&M Invert Intense, I was never expecting that, but it's a constant smooth intense. It is not in boring in the way Air is, it's a constant visual rush. It is so much fun. For me, this coaster is right up there, they have done such a fantastic job. I am so tempted to say better than original Nemmy if wasn't for the overal quality of that ride, but this easily the best ride in the park.
The overall experiance of overall quality, ride experiance, ride uniqueness, visual elements, attention to detail makes this a 9/10. It was the disaspointment of the front row experiance that let me down slightly, but more I rode it, the more I loved it.
This is a fantastic addition to the park and I feel makes TP a much stronger candidate for a must visit attraction which for me, is a pain to get to depending on my luck of a driving run from Warwickshire. I really don't think many people will be dissapointed, young or old.
On a random note I see it had a few teething issues, it stopped several times for about 5-10 minutes every hour.
I noticed the sensors in the station on a mount that has a slot that allows them to be adjusted, which I guess is there for setup and adjustment to allow for manufacturing tolerances with the train and track. My guess is the train isn't stopping exactly in place with the electrical contacts to release the restraints because of sensor miss alignment. It became obvious when the engineer came to manually force the station motors to nudge the train forward, 10 seconds later the restraints opened.
I presume though since the train went "missing" in a sense, the system stopped and left the next train that was on the lift hill at the time stuck, which made the news.
I enjoyed a comfortable sit the front seat for 5 minutes in the station after my first ride and got to admire the station more closely.
A lot of staff were in the control booth today, guess they are still training.
I've taken a couple of decent pics of some of the overall site and will look to upload a bit later.