Discuss theme parks, roller coasters, and mules!
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:47 am
Thanks! I was skeptical it would run better with the 5 car Frankentrain, but it shockingly was.
Flash Pass really is a no brainier at that park even on light days simply because of how cheap it is ($12-13 USD). But based on what I've seen online, it's usually pretty busy.
Mexico City definitely is worth a long weekend. La Feria also has some rides worth checking out, but as you'll discover in my next update, their operations will make you rip out all your hair.
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:09 pm
La Feria de Chapultepec
I don't even know where to begin with this one.
I knew La Feria's operations were less than stellar from my visit last year- disorganized entry processes, staggered openings, slow dispatches. I figured 3 hours would be enough time to get a few rides on Quimera and Montana Rusa.
But...that assumed they were open.
As I approached the park, I didn't see a single coaster train. I tried to console myself that their dispatches really are that slow. Before buying a ticket, I asked if the coasters were operating and got a quick nod.
So I made my way towards Quimera. If you read my report last year, you know this is the most intense coaster I have ever ridden and it's not even close. That intensity combined with altitude sickness limited me to just one ride. I was feeling good on this day, so I was ready for the ultimate endurance test.
But it wasn't to be. The ride was closed. That alone was frustrating, but it was just the tip of the iceberg. And this iceberg could have sunk multiple Titanics.
Let's take a tour of the park, shall we?
Pepsi Drop Tower?
Casona del Terror?
New Zamperla Endeavor?
Basically every single thrill ride was closed so had to make lemonade from the most rotten of lemons. It turned into a scavenger hunt to find rides actually operating. And let me tell you, it's easier to find Waldo. I'd estimate only a quarter of the rides were actually open. I guess this is why admission is only $13 USD.
There was one coaster open at least, but it's without a doubt the least interesting of the bunch in Raton Loco. It follows the standard layout of one of those Reverchon/Zamperla spinning mice, but I hesitate to call this one standard.
La Feria gave Raton Loco the Quimera treatment and disabled the brakes. This results in some truly vicious laterals in the top section and once the spinning is unlocked, I think you hit more RPMs than a rotor. Well at least one thrill ride was open. 6 out of 10
The flume was running so I decided to give Troncos a whirl. It took a while to find the entrance because for some inexplicable reason La Feria made the entrance sign part of the ride's layout. You can't make this stuff up.
Off-ride, Troncos looked like a compact little flume, but it actually had a really expansive layout. First, you travel down this long straightaway next to a wall that didn't cost $5.8 billion dollars. Second, you travel underneath Montana Rusa and pass the boneyard of La Feria attractions. Third, you pass travel underneath a building with clearances rivaling the Motor Boats at Knoebels (aka taller riders may have to duck).
And it's punctuated with a completely effed up final plunge. When you transition from the lift to the trough, the log drops a few inches to begin the descent. The descent is extremely gradual and is profiled similarly to Lake Winnie's Boat Chute. Thankfully the splash shields failed to deflect the water back at me since it had an interesting order to it.
Troncos is an interesting flume and I'd say it was the highlight of my visit. 8 out of 10
I mentioned this in my Oktoberfest report, but I rarely ride himalayas. The reason for this is Canobie's former Mattherhorn. They ran the ride so hard that the cars swung well beyond horizontal. That's also the reason the ride tore itself apart. As I passed the Tren del Amor (aka Love Train), it almost looked like riders were getting airtime. I was intrigued and it wasn't like there were other things to ride.
And they were in fact getting airtime. Two of the three humps delivered aggressive little pops of air combined with the constant laterals. The ride was running so fast it felt like it would rip itself apart. I loved it! Eventually we slowed down. But right before we came to a stop, the ride accelerated right back to its max speed. Basically it was a double cycle. Now this is how a himalaya should be run. 9 out of 10
Next door was the Julio Verne, which looked like one of those old Chance Astroliners. When I stepped inside, it was apparent La Feria made some homemade modifications. The seats looked straight out of a preschool classroom; my knees were at chest level for the ride. I sat down and waited for my space flick to start.
But I got Dino Freaking Island.
My jaw hit the floor. Wtf was I riding? I was sitting in a spaceship watching a heavily pixelated (and possibly bootlegged) Dino Island from someone's DVD player. Meanwhile the rocket moved. But it didn't move with the film. Rather it bobbed and twisted with no rhyme or reason like Antarctica.
It was terrible. It's something so bad that it needs to be experienced like Gatlinburg's Earthquake or the Jurassic Jungle Boat. 2 out of 10
I planned to hit the park's Condor, but they just decided to close early with absolutely no warning or announcement. Really there was no more fitting way to end the day.
Needless to say my visit to La Feria was frustrating. Missing out on Quimera and Montana Rusa alone sucked, but the fact that I left Six Flags Mexico and the awesomeness of Medusa and Superman really made it sting.
Would I recommend La Feria? If you're already in Mexico City, I think it's a chance you need to take. For all the operational issues the park has, they have a really odd and strong ride collection. I know I'll give it another try someday. I just hope Quimera hasn't torn itself apart by then.
But my journey to Mexico didn't stop there as I traveled even deeper into the country to Guaymas. While my previous travels were to the two most touristy areas in Cancun and Mexico City, this was the middle-of-nowhere. The best way I can describe Guaymas is that they tried to be Cancun, but it didn't quite catch on.
Now there was a random Wacky Worm about 15 minutes from the airport. I thought about being Marco Polo for a fleeting moment and snagging what may be one of the rarer coaster credits out there. But instead of going to Parque Infantil Sonora, I decided to join my coworkers on an expedition for street food.
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:06 am
Canobie Coaster wrote:The only time I've been in a car at night in Mexico was in Cancun and Mexico City. Both were in heavily populated city areas. I imagine your checkpoint was in a less frequented area?
One the checkpoints (the only one we got stopped at) was right when entering Valladolid which has about 50,000 pop and is the nearest major city to Chichen Itza and the other two were in rural areas (one right before a highway junction and the other in the middle of nowhere but before another highway junction) which we got waived through both. All of these checkpoints were in the Yucatan state and none were in the Quintana Roo state. We drove the main north-south highway that goes between Cancun and Tulum at night almost everyday since it got dark at around 6PM in January but it was like an expressway/divided highway with lots of resort entrances every few km and plenty of gas stations, 7-11s, Starbucks, etc and it was very well lit (better than most US highways). The only annoying thing were the constant speed bumps to slow you down when going through towns.
Canobie Coaster wrote:Also those ruins in Tulum are quite the sight. I saw them last year on a work trip.
The Tulum ruins were the least impressive of the three ruins I saw but have that amazing oceanfront location. The beach that you can enter in the archeological grounds of Tulum was beautiful and I'd pay the admission again (under $4 per person) just to access the beach. The Chichen Itza ruins about 2 hrs drive away are the most elaborate of the Mayan ruins I saw and have that famous "seven modern wonders of the World" pyramid but the Coba ruins less than an hour drive away from Tulum has a slightly taller pyramid and the only Mayan one in the region you can actually climb to the top which was awesome and also has bikes you can rent to get across the grounds which are quite spread out.
LOL. . if I ever show my spouse that map, my chances of convincing him to go are over
he's way too cautious to go somewhere when it says "reconsider travel".. but I'm working on him!
(I did get him to go to the Ruins in Belize (which were SPECTACULAR), when we were on a cruise. . . and we also stopped on Cozumel and he was OK with that, as long as we stayed on official cruise group tours)
Mexico City is in the yellow "Increased Caution" area which is the same level as most of Europe, the Caribbean, and Belize.https://travelmaps.state.gov/TSGMap/?extent=-13.895124108,35.427916279,5.157282858,43.995024245
I also went to Cozumel on my trip for a couple of nights and felt totally safe there. It's isolated from the rest of Mexico since everyone has to cross by ferry or fly in and felt more quiet and mellow than the rest of Quintana Roo especially once you got away from where the cruise ships dock.
Anyways, getting back to the topic of your report Mike: Six Flags Mexico looks great and La Feria looks like it leaves a lot to be desired. I'd feel comfortable going to Six Flags Mexico on my own but would rather go to La Feria with TPR when there's a better chance of more things being open. If I was in Mexico City on my own I'd probably try to visit La Feria on a busier day and brave the longer lines just for the chance that more things were running.
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:45 am
Unfortunately the beach at Tulum was closed during our visit due to seaweed. But it was a nice view at least.
I remember the Schwarzkopf being closed during one of TPR's trips as well. It really seems like a wild card if things will be operating there. I was able to ride all the coasters when I went during Cinco de Mayo last year, but they all had staggered openings and glacial dispatches.
Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:57 am
Canobie Coaster wrote: First, you travel down this long straightaway next to a wall that didn't cost $5.8 billion dollars.
fantastic report from what must have been an incredibly frustrating day.
but you made the most of it, and got some good pics.
shame about the two big coasters (and all the other rides) closed, but the two coasters are the highlights there - at least I thought so. . . but now, if we ever go to Mexico City, will make it a point to ride the flume too.
(not a Himalaya fan, tho Cosmotron at Knoebel's is fun, and is really the only one I'll ride).
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:12 am
Thanks! Thankfully I did ride all the coasters in my visit last year, but I was hoping to reride them. At least I got a redemption on Quimera after riding Galaxyland's Mindbender a few days later.
I've never understood the love of Cosmotron to be honest. Maybe it's because Northeast puts all their scramblers in a dome and (especially Funtown) puts on a better show.
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:43 pm
I really enjoy reading your reports! But I have to ask...what is it that you do for a living that sends you all over the country for what seems like non-stop work trips?? I can’t help but wonder every time you take a day trip to a random because you’re in the area for work
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:07 pm
Thanks! I'm an engineer for a large company that requires me to visit several of our company's other sites plus vendors, customers, and conferences.
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:57 am
Canobie Coaster wrote:Thanks! I'm an engineer for a large company that requires me to visit several of our company's other sites plus vendors, customers, and conferences.
Very cool! All your trips must be a great perk of the job.
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:18 am
Yes it is! Most of my coworkers just like to sample local breweries. I'm considered the odd duck.
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