Part 2 of the reviewOn-ride experience:
In the truck at the front there is the A.C.R.E logo(off topic but the A.C.R.E fake company has a similar feel and style to Phalanx) and pictures of animals and their names which you can see on the safari. As you leave the station you immediately go under a footpath bridge (which goes to Forbidden Kingdom) and under it is a crashed Jeep, similar to the Jeep outside Trail of the Kings. As you go along the mud road you approach a lake which the truck drives through. After that you approach the first animal area which is the Flamingo enclosure. Constantly throughout the journey they're announcements about what enclosures next, facts & info about the animal and so on. The announcements on the truck is voiced by the same man in the pre-show room and the platform. In the Flamingo enclosure is a big lake with the Flamingo's house at the back, the 2nd enclosure is the Giraffe enclosure and the Zebra enclosure together. They were 4 Giraffes and I think also 4 Zebras. They're enclosure is the biggest out of all of them, in the enclosure was a 40ft+ high Giraffe shelter with hay, food and water. Most of the enclosure is just a big field which is perfect for the Zebras but maybe not suitable for Giraffes as they like big high trees. Along the trail they were many 'traffic lights' which the driver had to stop at numerous times, also the mud trail itself at some point are very, very bumpy and hilly. The next enclosure was some African deer area which was quite hilly and green.
The next enclosure was the main part of the voyage for most, it was the Rhino enclosure. They were 3 fairly small Rhinos in there with a big green area and fair amount of vegetation. The next part after the Rhino's was the 2nd main part of the Safari. As the truck drove along the track they was a massive tree branch which was blocking the road (part of the story line) so the announcements were saying that we had to take a different route (also part of the story line) The truck did a massive sharp turn into a eery looking area which was flooded. The truck then turned in a misty cave. This cave was the main wet climax (pardon the pun!
) The truck drove into the middle of the cave, in the cave it was very misty and spooky with eery noises. The door closes behind the cave and the cave starts to rumble, it gets very load with spray guns squirting at the truck, then it starts to extremely rumble with noises and motion. Suddenly a massive wave of water splashes into to cave which floods the truck a little. At this moment everyone is effing and screaming. The water fall then dies out and the truck moves along, but that's not the end of it... DUN DUN DUUNNN. As the truck leaves the cave there is a massive waterfall which is blocking the cave exit, at this moment every is screaming and effing again, the truck then deliberately slowly drives through the waterfall with only a little spray on people. The truck then drives back into the station. As you leave the ride there is a two little tents, one which you can view the picture you get taken in the middle of the queue and the other tent is where you can write your thoughts on the ride on numerous touch screen monitors. People's thoughts and opinions:
Now peoples thoughts of the ride, were not too good. People got off the ride highly disappointed for numerous reasons. I actually asked a man about his thoughts on the ride and this is what he said: ''The ride was a joke, we waited over 1 hour to ride this new ride with my kids tired. the ride was a big disappointment as the giraffes an flamingos were in their house and you could only see them from the entrance of the house'' He then said that I would not ride it again unless the queue was under 15 mins. I sort of agreed with him because I waited in the queue for at least 2 hours as the ride was breaking down all the time. My opinion and rating:
I love the ride, Chessington really deserve such an great ride, the amount of thought and detail that the ride has is dare I say it Disneyland/Universal Studio's standard. However the ride is a tricky ride because the animals most of the time might not even go outside and might just stay in their home, which is what happened when I went. The Rhinos looked so bored and peed off it was kind of sad. My rating for the ride, ten being the best I give the ride 9 out of 10. It is a astounding ride and I recommend everyone to ride it at least once. After my first time I don't think I would wait more than 1/2 hour for the ride.