First update. - The beginning
Fairland Valley, This Theme park has been in construction for 2 years now. If you can call it a theme park. The plans at the council pretty much shown 2 rollercoasters and a field for a private owned fairground to use. I wasn't following this park as I was sure it would be another park to pop up to compete against the large pre-existing parks in this country, I doubted it'll last long.
My first trip report begins on a rather pleasant Sun drenched morning, I left early, probably too early as I can't see any one rushing for entry.
The road leading into the car park off the main road, there are two access roads, one large road which branches off of the main A road in the area, it also has a small country road which leads through a large field to the South of the park, this field is owned by the park but as far as I know has no permission for construction with the exception of the road. with two roads leading into the park. Hopefully this means there is easy transport for when the park increases in size.
You can see from this shot the fairgroud area... It looks pretty bland, for now... but is large area, heres hoping they can utilise this space and create a large entrance here. On my quest to find the main car park, I discovered a pleasant site and was rather surprised...
A sort of charming village appears across a large river... I believe it can prove to be rather picturesque, my excitement for the park has most definitely tweaked! Perhaps there is hope for this park!
While travelling across the bridge that takes me to the car park I took this shot.
Too bad there seems to be some large construction work otherwise this shot would look pretty sweet! Wondering what they were building I continued my journey to the car park.
got into the main car park finally, first view of one of the parks Rollercoasters, I believe it's been given the name Runaround. Not terribly exciting but I suppose it isn't too bad!
Getting a view of the monorail station it's looking rather attractive!
As I was venturing forth to the monorail, I noticed there was an entrance to the park! I assumed the entrance would be where the fairground was!
Some Intamin track hanging above the park, painted in the parks colours, Cyan and light wood brown. I'm not particularly sure why they have some intamin track... nor do I know wether it is proper Intamin track, It could of easily been constructed by the parks art team... Too bad there is no large rides to back up this piece of scenery!
Looking across the river I can see the construction sight quite clearly... there is some rather impressive theming inside the scaffolding... I look forward to finding out what it could be!
In fact since the park was completely empty at this current time (2 hours before opening) I went forth to find someone who would know about the park and could perhaps give me a short interview about where the park is trying to head.
Luckily I found one of the parks managers standing aside making sure everythings going well in this new park. I approached the man and enquired. With a fantastic stroke of luck he accepted and guided me into the park. He said he would show me the Parks initial 10 year plan.
I couldn't resist a sneaky snap of the architecture of the park... It's looking pretty amazing for such a young park!
The 10 year plan is as followed.
"Park Manager" wrote:
The year we are currently in, will be known as year 0, or the foundation year for the park... This is here so we can hopefully aquire some more funds the increase capacity and the excitement of the attraction.
We currently have a large number of attractions thanks to the private company "Forever amusments" we have a 5 year contract with them before they will move on. This means in year 4 the side of the park which is dominated by this fun fair will be empty land. We hope to expand on this land... Perhaps a large Hotel in the far far future! But more likely for the inital years of the park, it'll be a free to use centre by park guests and non-park guests, for picnics, dog walking and general outdoor activities. The entrance to this area is partly constructed, by Partly we mean phase 1 is complete, but shall be expanded with time.
But we are getting ahead of ourselves! Year 1! We shall be slightly expanding the mainstreet into a rather quaint village (or as it seems on the outside :wink: ) and completion of a large 5* restaurant, you may have seen being constructed as you came in to the park. This is a pretty minor investment in the scheme of things, In year 2 we will be constructing a massive area designed to frighten guests senseless! It will hopefully include at least 2 thrill flat rides, but at this stage we arn't building any major rollercoasters! In addition we will expand the car parking and start construction of the main park car parks.
In Year 3 we will be completing the mainstreet continuing on from the Year 1 develpment, ending at half way down our land, ending at a large lake. We will have a large entertainment area andpicnic/ resting area by the lake. We are also Going to re-route the park monorail to connect with the main car park, this may mean possible removal of Runaround.
Year 4 is a rest year free from major developments, and as mentioned before we shall be finishing our contract with "Forever amusements". Year 5 will be a new large area directed towards family fun we have no infomation regarding this area for you at this time except there is talk of a large family friendly roller coaster. Year 6 will expand on the Year 2 thrill area possibly adding a major rollercoaster, Year 7 will hopefully be a new family/thrill area we have no infomation regarding this area. Year 8 shall be another rest year for the park. Year 9 should be a new large Thrill area.. and year 10... this will be our largest investment, it'll be a very intimidating rollercoaster, possibly to link with the Year 9 development. Hopefully I've helped you out and you support the park! We are looking very optomistic for this park and a lot of money has been invested into this project, hopefully it won't be in vain!
The park manager showed me a very rough design of what the park will hopefully look like in 10 years, no detail, but shows the size of the land they own! There still is a massive area of unused land to the West of the park! This looks like it'll one day be a massive park!
Feeling very spoiled I left the room where I was chatting with the manager and realised the park was shortly opening, I went into the queue for Runaround as it was the nearest ride and took these snaps after an enjoyable ride and once riders started to appear!
Some more pics of the mainstreet after the park opens, showing a steady flow of guests.
This trip report will continue soon! I don't want to overburden you with infomation!
next time I'll show you the Corkscrew, the parks second rollercoaster!
hope you enjoyed! :D