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AstroDan

Re: 2012 Freefall Drop Coaster and Polar Land for Lego Billund

Sat May 19, 2012 2:32 pm

If the Intamin drop is worse than the Zierer system.

Then jesus. Bad news for Intamin.

If the drop is more "forceful" than the "ultimate rollercoaster" etc, and the layout has more punch too, compared to 13 at Alton Towers then it makes Th13teen look like even more of a joke.

Dear oh dear.
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Re: 2012 Freefall Drop Coaster and Polar Land for Lego Billund

Sat May 19, 2012 8:46 pm

To be fair, this was (presumably) sent a few minutes after Mark got off the ride, so it might have a bit of that 'new ride buzz' distorting his opinion a bit. :)

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2012 Freefall Drop Coaster and Polar Land for Lego Billund

Sat May 19, 2012 9:42 pm

Nope, I stick with what I said (with the exception of 'loads of airtime' - there's definitely a fair bit, more than Thirteen - but 'loads' is perhaps a little OTT).

The theming within the drop zone is completely, truly dire - it's the inside of the rockwork, which should never be seen. The section after the drop is also poor - thirteen post-drop beats it hands-down. It could also be argued that the theming on the rest of the coaster is so-so, perhaps Thirteen is better (though off-ride Polar-xplorer's theming is very good). The drop is also shorter than Thirteen.

That's the bad stuff. The other side of the coin is this: the pre-drop section completely beats Thirteen's. It's forceful, fun, and with pops of fun, floaty airtime - all of that in contrast to Thirteen. Also feels like it lasts longer. As for the drop, it really is surprisingly forceful, again, much moreso than Thirteen's. It feels more towards Oblivion to be honest (slightly - perhaps that's a bit of an exaggeration) - much more like you're strapped to a very large device (which you are) which just falls. It's over too quickly, but if you made it taller (like Verbolten), it'd be excellent. I personally prefer it to Thirteen's, but then Thirteen's has the benefit of length and the mini-drop.

There's no denying that in some ways Thirteen beats PX hands down, but overall, I much prefer PX as a complete package.

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Re: 2012 Freefall Drop Coaster and Polar Land for Lego Billund

Sun May 20, 2012 12:43 am

Ooh excellent news about the drop being forceful. Though to be honest, I am not at all surprised as in the video released just before Verbolten's soft opening, you could clearly see in my opinion that the drop packed a  bit of a punch before it did slow down. Sure these Zierer drops slow down early, but it's great that they have some force!

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Re: 2012 Freefall Drop Coaster and Polar Land for Lego Billund

Sun May 20, 2012 12:48 am

As much as I don't object to Th13teen, it really is embarassing that a kids coaster at a Legoland park is even comparable to it.

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Re: 2012 Freefall Drop Coaster and Polar Land for Lego Billund

Sun May 20, 2012 10:40 am

And this is why judging rides from POVs is never truly accurate...
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Polar X Plorer Legoland Denmark

Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:49 pm

So I've been watching some Pov's of the Zierer free fall drop ride polar x plorer at legoland Denmark and can't help but notice how awful the drop is. It looks like 3 quarters of the drop you go down slowly. So I just wondered if anyone here has ridden and could give me a review?
Also I think layout wise th13teen and this are close but I'd vote th13teen for the first drop. I think polar's theming is pretty bad and the drop room is covered in just black sheets and it's like daylight in there!
So there's a poll for you to decide on your favourite!
 
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Re: Polar X Plorer Legoland Denmark

Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:05 pm

I haven't ridden Polar but I would say...

Polar X Plorer has a better outside section, however the drop looks like poo and it barely makes it into the brake run after the drop section. Th13teen's outside section is alright (if only those trims wern't there) however the drop still makes me jump everytime. Th13teen's scale of theming isn't much bigger however there is more detail, espically the station/inside queue. I think Polar's theme was pretty good, a theme you don't normally see, but would it of killed them to put a shutter door when the car enters the drop section. You can see the frame work and everything. Th13teen is much better as a whole but I will give Polar a point for it's outdoor section.

Th13teen for the win!
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Re: Polar X Plorer Legoland Denmark

Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:32 am

Polar X-Plorer should be treated as nothing more than a rollerskater with a neat party trick. To put it into perspective, that thing targets the same audience at Legoland Billund as the Dragon Coaster does at Windsor.

Thirteen and Verbolten, on the other hand, both set out to satisfy the family thrill market, and as such should never be directly compared to their Danish cousin - regardless of its shared characteristics.

In short, X-Plorer was never intended to be half as thrilling as its aforementioned counterparts - hence it appears to lack in that particular department. We wouldn't compare the Dragon Coaster and Verbolten, after all...

Quite frankly, it's foolish to label a ride or a particular element as "rubbish" solely because it doesn't match up to your idea of what it should be. X-Plorer does what it does perfectly, trust me.
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Re: Polar X Plorer Legoland Denmark

Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:37 am

But anyway, I just couldn't help think of an Enterprise flat when I was on it, it just had the same constant force the whole way around :( although, it is a good looking ride, and for people who don't like rough rides, they will have a great time
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