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I wonder what it is about Kingda and Red Force vs. TTD when it comes to the shakiness.

 

In the early testing videos for Kingda you can see the car visibly shaking as it rumbles down the track... TTD is always smooth as glass.

 

I just recently watched a vid that included a shot from behind the launch of KDK and holy hell the train shakes like a visible 5-10cm in the rear like how is that even healthy

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In the park as we speak( long live free wifi). Just rode red force 3 times in 1 hour with one ride front row. Compared with TTD the launch is a little less forcefull but it is great fun. The rolling start is awesome and the launch itself is building up very smooth. Although the front row was reasonably smooth the other rows we had(4 and 5) had a very noticable shaking going on. All in all a great ride with a little but fun bonus: the sound of the launch is awesome!

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^Did they let you pick the tow you wanted? Have a great day, I'll be here on friday.
nope, they didn't let you pick a row.

We were just lucky that on our 3rd ride we had front row seats. Have fun this friday!

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^ Not you, I was asking the person who I quoted.

 

Okay, my bad. I thought you were asking it in general. Like you wanted to know how the park looks like and how the rides and theming are. I didn't realize you were asking it directly to the person you quoted. In case you are interested, you have the link to my trip report

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^ Not you, I was asking the person who I quoted.

 

Okay, my bad. I thought you were asking it in general. Like you wanted to know how the park looks like and how the rides and theming are. I didn't realize you were asking it directly to the person you quoted. In case you are interested, you have the link to my trip report

 

I read your TR when it came out, and it was really good and very useful for me, but I like to have a range of reviews on everything and was taking an interest in someone else's trip. Everyone likes different things, so it is always good to hear from many people. It was not meant to be mean.

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Your trip reports are appreciated.

 

Your trip report was fantastic, it's much appreciated.

 

Thanks guys, I am happy that you all enjoy my trip reports. After all, that's what they are for.

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Quick Ferrari Land takes:

 

-At least right now, no one is going. There's merch deals inside, the racing simuators (based on what I believe is RFactorPro) are free instead of upcharge, and the promotional pricing is being given to just about everyone. Onsite hotels will begin including admission there for a day later this week. This is great if you're around and want to ride their stuff endlessly. Unfortunately they only really have 5 rides and a show in beating hot sun.

 

-Red Force is better than Kingda Ka, not as good as Dragster. Further back in the train the vibration on the bottom of the top hat is more noticeable. I don't consider it un-rideable.

 

-Flying theater is solid. Standard Motion simulator got zero reaction from riders we were with. There's 3 pre-shows for the latter and another video in the load area.

 

-Car ride seemed to be a disaster. People literally screwing parts of it together as cars were going around. Ours just died when we pulled up to the station.

 

-Merch is expensive, but right now you can get a shirt and hat for 50 EUR, which is less than the list of just the shirt alone (52EUR).

 

If they don't plan to double the number of rides ASAP, then they need to advertise that no one is in it to get people to go as an alternative to Express. JMHO. Also I'm concerned seeing the decrepit boat ride and several flats/restaurants being out of service that the resort has been investing heavy into the new gate and less into PortAventura (AKA where people actually pay money to go).

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Interesting.

 

I actually found it pretty weird that this thread has been so dead right after the opening of the tallest and fastest coaster in Europe. I guess the lack of interest here is a reflection of a general lack of interest overall.

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^ I also noticed there hasn't been a lot of activity here which is curious.

^^ thanks for the report. I'm planning to go there myself in august and, from what I understood, you have to choose a time slot to visit the park (either the first half of the day or the second) and being so I'll probably go for the first.

Has red force been fairly reliable or not so much (like some accelerator intamins)?

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^ I also noticed there hasn't been a lot of activity here which is curious.

^^ thanks for the report. I'm planning to go there myself in august and, from what I understood, you have to choose a time slot to visit the park (either the first half of the day or the second) and being so I'll probably go for the first.

Has red force been fairly reliable or not so much (like some accelerator intamins)?

 

Red Force has downtime. It'll probably have issues in August because its gonna be stupid hot. I saw it running two trains and it was a walk-on. A ten minute walk away in PortAventura, Furius Baco had a 90 minute wait posted. Once they give admission to everyone in the resorts starting on 6/24, the attendance should improve a bit. Honestly, its kinda offensive that I had to pay for it while people in peak season get it for free, but whatever. I probably won't be back for years. Or ever. Who knows.

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I don't really agree with some of this:

 

Quick Ferrari Land takes:

 

-At least right now, no one is going. There's merch deals inside, the racing simuators (based on what I believe is RFactorPro) are free instead of upcharge, and the promotional pricing is being given to just about everyone. Onsite hotels will begin including admission there for a day later this week. This is great if you're around and want to ride their stuff endlessly. Unfortunately they only really have 5 rides and a show in beating hot sun.

 

Is this just based on your trip alone? I went on a Friday in May and it was pretty crowded with 40 minute waits on all of the Ferrari Land attractions. I get that my visit was one day also, but it's not fair to say no one is going. Although we stayed on property so yeah it sucks we didn't get in for free but I feel like for 25 bucks it was a very fair price.

 

-Red Force is better than Kingda Ka, not as good as Dragster. Further back in the train the vibration on the bottom of the top hat is more noticeable. I don't consider it un-rideable.

 

I thought it was better than Ka and Dragster. The trains are why - insanely comfortable lapbars. Also, I think the 90 degree twist allowed for the height and drop to be a lot more realized than the 270 degree twist and the airtime in the back was incredible and lasted forever.

 

-Flying theater is solid. Standard Motion simulator got zero reaction from riders we were with. There's 3 pre-shows for the latter and another video in the load area.

 

The preshows for this were insane. I couldn't believe it as we walked into more and more of them. The ride system is cool but I found the video to be really boring. But I'm not really a fan of Soarin' either and it's basically the same thing with a Ferrari on the road below the scene...and some of the scenes were kinda lame compared to even Soarin'. It all looked great but was a little down.

 

-Car ride seemed to be a disaster. People literally screwing parts of it together as cars were going around. Ours just died when we pulled up to the station.

 

No problems with that, but it was extremely slow loading and I do think the cars go a little slow even for a family car ride. It looked absolutely fantastic though.

 

-Merch is expensive, but right now you can get a shirt and hat for 50 EUR, which is less than the list of just the shirt alone (52EUR).

 

If they don't plan to double the number of rides ASAP, then they need to advertise that no one is in it to get people to go as an alternative to Express. JMHO. Also I'm concerned seeing the decrepit boat ride and several flats/restaurants being out of service that the resort has been investing heavy into the new gate and less into PortAventura (AKA where people actually pay money to go).

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^I visited Ferrari Land on April 11th, a Tuesday. And the park was very crowded that day; 60+ minutes for Red Force, 90+ minutes for Maranello Grand Race, 30+ minutes for Thrill Towers and 30+ minutes for Flying Dreams and Racing Legends. Granted, it was the first week the park was open, but still. So I would definitely not say that no one is going. If you have only one day, and you have to choose between Ferrari Land and PortAventura Park, that's an easy choice. Ferrari Land has Red Force, but that's it really. While PA has Shambhala ( ), Dragon Khan, Furius Baco, Hurakan Condor and so much more.

 

In case you are interested, you can read my full review from Ferrari Land here.

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Is this just based on your trip alone? I went on a Friday in May and it was pretty crowded with 40 minute waits on all of the Ferrari Land attractions. I get that my visit was one day also, but it's not fair to say no one is going. Although we stayed on property so yeah it sucks we didn't get in for free but I feel like for 25 bucks it was a very fair price.

 

Regardless of whether or not I went, the simulators miraculously being free in June, the merch discounts, and the extending of entry to resort guests has all happened. Those things would not be taking place if the park was half as busy as PortAventura itself, but even with its greatly reduced capacity, the board generally read 0 minute waits for all attractions (occasionally 10 for Flying Dreams) with a busy park next door. If I had to venture a guess, its that the groups going to the park right now aren't paying for Ferrari Land, but Port Aventura only. Maybe later on in the summer we stop seeing large groups attending the park, but that seems unlikely. And if that was the expectation, why hand out tickets to the 3-4000 you have on property instead of making them pay?

 

I thought it was better than Ka and Dragster. The trains are why - insanely comfortable lapbars. Also, I think the 90 degree twist allowed for the height and drop to be a lot more realized than the 270 degree twist and the airtime in the back was incredible and lasted forever.

 

I'm not that big a guy, so the lapbars on Dragster don't bother me at all. I definitely prefer its launch and the longer trains make it a more significant ride coming down. The track work is what it is. My wife said she got headaches from riding it because of the vibration, so it affects people differently. For whatever its worth, we both rode Furius Baco in the back and enjoyed it (though it plainly isn't as good a ride as Thunderbird), so we aren't total wusses here.

 

The preshows for this were insane. I couldn't believe it as we walked into more and more of them. The ride system is cool but I found the video to be really boring. But I'm not really a fan of Soarin' either and it's basically the same thing with a Ferrari on the road below the scene...and some of the scenes were kinda lame compared to even Soarin'. It all looked great but was a little down.

 

The more basic simulator ride was right up my alley as a racing fan. The screens and film were in good shape, which is more than I can say about Ferrari World, if I may be so honest. I thought they were fine. Also realized afterwards that 2 of the 3 real indoor ride/attractions in the resort were sharing a building in Ferrari Land.

 

-Car ride seemed to be a disaster. People literally screwing parts of it together as cars were going around. Ours just died when we pulled up to the station.

 

No problems with that, but it was extremely slow loading and I do think the cars go a little slow even for a family car ride. It looked absolutely fantastic though.

 

It definitely looks great, but functionally I've never seen workers toiling over a car ride like that trying to keep it running 2+ months after it opened. It was like nothing fit together.

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