nynehalem Posted December 10, 2014 Share Posted December 10, 2014 Hello all! I moved to London about three months ago from Boston to go to grad school. It's been a bit of a whirlwind but I'm off for Christmas so had some time to check out Winter Wonderland in London's Hyde Park today. If you don't know Hyde Park is right in central London and its pretty cool seeing all these giant rides plunked down in the middle of the city. Winter wonderland is meant to be a German style Christmas fair, and as such featured a large market with all manner of sausages, sweets, pretzels, beer, mulled wine etc. The rides generally had a winter theme and many of the larger ones appear to have been imported from Germany for the fair. There were six coasters in all including the Wild Maus XXL which is a terrifyingly large version of the standard mouse. I'm going to let the pictures do the talking other than to mention that if you wanted to get all 6 credits it would have set you back 31 GBP, as most of the larger coasters were 6 credits a ride (1 pound per credit). There was also a giant wheel, a starflyer, a drop tower and a Mondial Turbine. You can even go curling here no English fair is complete without a helter skelter Because Jager is requisite at any German Christmas market (Or is it?) Here's a map of the fair The entrance to the Christmas market yes, nothing says "French fries" like Germany Chocolate fountains my spirit animal in front of the christmas tree For some reason it features carvings of hideous looking angles Market midway This is Wild Maus xxl As you can see its a much larger version of your typical mouse It has a lot of track and is quite long with a few huge drops It was pretty awesome actually, almost no braking on the corners, which is damn frightening on a portable coaster at these heights The entrance features these animatronics The station The queue line was set up like a funhouse with moving walkways and obstacles Next coaster, this funky suspended coaster You can see the corners have some very wacky looking banking These are the single car trains side view Third coaster is this spinning mouse in a box, with a winter theme (plastic tarps and icey lights with some random polar bears and snowflakes) It was actually pretty long, but this is the only section that traveled outside so it wasn't possible to get many photographs The station- I realized after I got home that this was actually my 100th coaster. Somewhere along the way I got off in my counting and didn't even realize I had hit this milestone. Snow themed flat rides This one themed to a ski jump The Two giant swing rides (KMG xxl and Mondial turbine) I didn't ride either sadly The turbine had a roman theme that was awkwardly overlaid with the name "Blizzard" The star flyer Which I also didn't ride, as It was a bit too cold to be blowing around 60M above london nice overview of one of the kids areas and the giant wheel- I don't know why the giant wheel appeals to people when the worlds most famous wheel is only a few miles away in a better location, but here it is. The fourth coaster, yet another spinning mouse Fifth coaster was this Pinfari masterpeice Basically a bunch of helixes and rough as you'd expect and of course unnecessary OTSR's to amplify the suck and most terrifying of all, a cable lift hill Confusingly the ride seemed to have a Himalayan theme overlaid with an alpine theme and featuring a giant talking troll (Norway??) Finally this wacky worm themed to Santa's Sleigh- kind of adorable actually I didn't ride it because I'm not that big of a credit whore (which is why I just hit 100 and i'm 30) Finally- the view walking out towards Oxford Street- lovely day all in all Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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