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  1. Please check out this photo trip report of the Polish theme park "Legendia". This theme park is located in the Silesian City Park in Chorzów near the border with Katowice. The theme park itself opened in 1959 as Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko which can be translated as Silesian Happy Town in which Silesian refers to the name of the region. All rides are located around a lake in the middle of the park. A tram stop is located In front of the entrance gate, so the park can be easily reached by public transportation.

     

    In 2015, the park was sold to the Tatry Mountain Resorts group, who invest PLN 117 million over the upcoming years to revamp this historic city theme park. This year the name of the park is changed to Legendia. New for the 2017 season is the "Lech coaster", which is at this moment still the highest, fastest and longest roller coaster in Poland. Beside opening this new Vekoma coaster, the park also refurbished / re-themed a lot of their older rides, created a new entrance street and invested a lot in new pavements and landscaping throughout the park.

     

    The park has a nice mix of (older) thrill and family rides. Beside the new Lech coaster, there is an old Socquet double loop coaster and two Pinfari Zyklon coasters.

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  2. Last Saturday Energylandia opened the Intamin Spillwater ride for public. This is the first out of four rides they bought from Intamin. Later this year the Rapid River and the Watercoaster are scheduled to open, although that looks to be a tight schedule.

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    Intamin Spill water opened for public

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    Splash

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    Vekoma Family boomerang operating from the start of this year

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    Boomerang on top of the spike

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    Coaster part of the Watercoaster

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    First drop, basin is still not filled with water...

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    Close up track

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    Side view vehicle

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    Vehicle

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    Coasters are placed very close to each other. In this shot you see the Water coaster track, the dragon and the Formula coaster.

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    Rapid river under construction

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    The dragon (Vekoma Suspended Family Coaster)

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    Dragon with the new water coaster in the back ground

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    Lift of the Watercoaster

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    Dragon on top lift

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    First inversion of Formula coater (Vekoma launch coaster)

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    Infield of Formula coaster

  3. Boomerang - Knott's Berry Farm (Operating 4/6/1990)

    Boomerang - Pleasure Island Family Theme (Operating 5/27/1993)

    Boomerang - Karolinelund (- 1985)

    Cobra - Walibi Belgium (Operating 4/28/2001)

    Cobra - PowerLand (Operating 2005)

    Flashback - Six Flags New England (Operating 5/5/2000)

    Sidewinder - Hersheypark (Operating 5/11/1991)

    Space Shuttle - Enchanted Kingdom (Operating 7/28/1995)

    Speed of Sound - Walibi Holland (SBNO 4/22/2000)

    The Stress Express - Fantawild Adventure Zhengzhou (2012)

     

    ...only 10; but in 3 continents and in 8 countries

  4. IIRC, Anton Schwarzkopf's son Weiland refurbished the ride. Hopefully he hasn't outfitted the trains with his "new" OTSRs. Lap bars I'm sure are more than adequate.

     

    Well if you look on this picture at RCDB; you can clearly see that the train now has OTSR. I do not know if they are a later addition of Weiland or that this ride had always these restraints. I know that these restrains are thoroughly inspected but not modified during the rides most recent refurbishment before it was shipped over to Mexico.

  5. I wonder if they will go with the old train, or if they will upgrade to the new one. I haven't been on Carolina Cobra but I've heard it makes the experience much more enjoyable.

     

    As texcaoster mentioned, the lap bar only trains that run at Wiener Prater are even better than the ones on Carolina Cobra. You put those on and complaints will diminish by 94.7%

     

    I doubt if there ever will be made another train like that on the wiener prater boomerang while the company that made it (Schäfer Amusement Technology); went bankrupt a while ago.

  6. ^ I think before people go comparing any of these parks to "Disney or Universal" they really need to VISIT CHINA to understand that, while, in photos, some of these places *look* impressive, but often times the operations, and the actual theming, once you get up close to it, leaves a lot to be desired.

     

    Not knocking the place at all...just being kinda realistic as someone who's been to a lot of these Chinese parks...they are NOWHERE near "Disney" quality.

     

    Robb, I totally agree with you, all the theming looks very nice, but it is totally not comparable to disney or universal. The quality and durability of the theming is certainly not up to the level of those parks. Also their choice of theming is a bit too random.

    Of course all the dark rides where "inspired" by the big parks; but are less in ride experience than their originals. Still it did surprised me that they had so many and so technically advanced selection of dark rides / 3D theatres in this park. This is something that make them stand out to the other chinese parks I visited till now.

    The compare I made with disney was based on the fact that a lot of the broadcasted cartoons on the chinese television are made by Fantawild.

  7. This are the first maurer sky loop and vekoma boomerang rides for fantawild so there uniek in the fantawild chain. All the other rides can also be found on one or more of their other parks. I was impressed of most of their rides. Even for being "inspired" by the big theme parks (Disney and universal) and produced local, these rides are still very complicated and expensive to install. The fantawild group can be regarded the Disney of china and is really big over there. Those Duli- dubi characters are as famous in china as Mickey is in the US.

    Most dark rides have a huge capacity but the coasters and waterride don't. The park was not very crowded so the longest line was 45 minutes.

     

    While most of the rides are inside a building I could not make proper onride pictures and on the water ride I did not want my camera to get broken.

  8. And more pictures

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    Burger restaurant

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    Tales of the jungle is a live musical show with acrobatic acts telling a story about the urbanisation of china

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    Skysailor is a ride like soarin

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    Big 3D theater with a movie about the origin of the earth

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    Spacexe is a 3D simulator with 6 huge movable platforms; very impresive ride system

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    House of ghost is a theater play based on a acient ghost story with live actors / magicians

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    The Vekoma boomerang is named The stress express

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    The Maurer skyloop is nemed The terror twister

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    Western part of the park

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    Special effect studios; No fully automatic sets here but film effects explained with a lot of audience participation

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    The Goldenhorse minetrain which is a clone of the standard Vekoma minetrain

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    Fishermans wharf... No park would be complete without the photo oppertunity with Jaws!

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    Escape from Dino Island is the splash boat ride of the park. Nice theming and dino animatronics like Jurassic Park

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    And you will get wet!

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    Conch Bay is a 4D movie theater with big animatronic lobsters in front of the screen. Movie is cartoon style; a bit like finding Nemo

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    Dino Rampage the ride is a motion based vehicle with 4D effects like superman the ride. Story plot is that the dino's have taken over the streets and the army is fighting them.

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    The trackless park train is hop on hop off transortation through the park

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    There is already a park entrance made for the Fantawild Dreamland park on the lefthand side of the huge entance builing. No expansion on the adventure park but opening a complete new park of the same size in a couple of years! The chinese are thinking ahead and thinking big!

  9. Fantawild Adventure

     

    Update: Scroll down for more photos.

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    Park logo

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    The entrance buildings are huge

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    The righthand side is where the park entrance is located

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    Park entrance

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    Main street with at the end a castle...

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    Main street from another angle, looking toward the entrance

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    In front of the castle is a fountain with the chinese constelations

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    Another big fountain with Duli and Dubi the mascotes of the park

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    The very nicely themed kids aria

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    Worm Around is the name of this kiddy coaster

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    Dulidubi shooting darkride

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    Thrill zone in the park

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  10. Erik, any idea when/if we'll see two trains on Dragon?
    Within a few days; On october 15th it will certainly be running in 2 in train operation.

     

    A couple of questions, were there any playground areas similar to what Legoland California has?
    As I haven't been to legoland california, I don't know what children play aria's they have. The florida version has multiple play aria's. There is a climbing/ sliding / netting thing near the castle; there is a ball pool thing in the egypt zone and the duplo zone will have a farm play aria (which wasn't ready today).

     

    Anyone have any photos of Junior Driving School?

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    The junior driving school is just an oval.

  11. New park for 2012 Fantawild Adventure Theme Park - Xiamen China

    http://www.whatsonxiamen.com/ent3234.html

     

    On 18th August, the deputy mayor of Xiamen came to Tong’an, a northern mainland district of Xiamen, to inspect the progress of the construction of Fantawild, which is a high-tech theme park invested by Shenzhen Huaqiang Holdings Limited, reports Xiamen Evening News.

     

    It is said that the preparation work of the first phase of Fantawild is coming to an end, and it will be launched in September and opened next summer.

     

    Fantawild is located in the southernmost of Zhongzhou Island surrounded on three sides by rivers. There will be a Fanta Hotel and an industry base specialized in producing interesting facilities on the other side of the river. Most of the projects in the industry base are self-produced and cannot be replicated, according to Huaqiang Holdings Limited.

     

    Brief Introduction of Fantawild

     

    In the southernmost of Fantawild, there will be a small-sized roller coaster mainly provided for children; and there will be a large-scale roller coaster designed for adults located in the center of the north of Fantawild. It is believed that the roller coaster will be the highest in mainland China, with the highest point 40 meters, in comparison with the roller coaster in Shenzhen Happy Valley.

     

    Besides the roller coaster, there will be some more advanced rides, such as Flying Space Shuttle, Speed Windmills, Escaping Dinosaur Island, and Harry Potter, among which some projects will feature Chinese traditional culture such as Uproar in Heaven(大闹天宫) and Nezha Conquers the Dragon King(哪吒闹海).

     

    For those film lovers, there will be an IMAX 3D movie theatre and all-round screen movie theatre and some large-scale theatres such as Monkey King, Ghost Stories, and Terra-Cotta Warriors.

     

    MOD EDIT: thanks Erik, I broke this off into a separate thread.

  12. Is that something special?

     

    Holger the picture shows a sliding trackswitch. All coasters with more than 1 vehicle have a trackswitch to store vehicles on a storage spur. I do not assume that this ride will have trackswitches in the actual "main track" of the ride like th13theen / revenge of the mummy / expedition everest have.

    The drawing on the last picture shows the "heightpath" of the coaster; you can see that there will be two conventional lifthils in the ride.

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