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Photo TR: Changsha Oriental Heritage & Other Parks (7/14/19)

PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:55 am
by The Angry Darren Mullins
July 14th & 15th 2019 (Changsha, Hunan, China):

I would visit three parks over the past couple of days and ride my 1200th coaster in the process.

Yutan Park-This park is located about a 15 minute bus ride away from the newest Fantawild Park. I stopped in for a bit, rode the coaster and left. This is a common city park with a small area of rides. The jungle mouse here became my 1200th coaster to ride and Yutan Park became park #609 for me to visit.

Oriental Heritage (Changsha)-This is Fantawild's newest park and it just opened a little over a week ago. It is park #610 for me to visit and my 10th Fantawild park. There are three coasters here. Big Top is a Vekoma family suspended coaster. It is the third model of this type that I have ridden. It is a lot of fun. Visitors to Dollywood this year can experience one of these.
Puppy Coaster is a wacky worm knockoff and it became coaster #1202 for me to ride.

The real star here is Celestial Gauntlet. This is the first Vekoma Energy Storm coaster and is Vekoma's best work to date. It is like a mega lite with inversions. It is glass smooth and a lot of fun. It became my 1203rd coaster.

One downside to this park is the slow ride ops in light of the almost $50 USD entrance fee. I do not mind the admission prices going up, but they need to start implementing customer service. Celestial Gauntlet was running only one train and can only carry 16 passengers. I waited about 45 minutes for it. With a train leaving the station every 7-8 minutes, only 8 trains will be dispatched an hour. This is not good for when these types of places get busy.

Hunan Martyr's Park-I visited this park in 2010 and I went there again a couple of days ago. It was raining, but I discovered that a new mite mouse coaster had been built. I went back this morning to ride it. It became coaster #1204 for me to ride and coaster #498 for me to discover before ACE or RCDB.

Re: Photo TR: Changsha Oriental Heritage & Other Parks (7/14

PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:30 am
by jynx242
This is the first I remember hearing about the new Vekoma model. When you say it is like a Mega-Lite with inversions you mean it has airtime as well as loops?

Thanks for posting!

David

Re: Photo TR: Changsha Oriental Heritage & Other Parks (7/14

PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:41 am
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! I really wish these newer Vekoma models would come to the US.

After the loop, everything looks super low to the ground so the airtime seems like it'd be great.

Re: Photo TR: Changsha Oriental Heritage & Other Parks (7/14

PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:15 am
by grsupercity
Please Cedar Fair and Six Flags start building Hyper GTX and Vekoma Fire Storms and Lech coaster clones! The world neeeds more of them

Re: Photo TR: Changsha Oriental Heritage & Other Parks (7/14

PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:44 pm
by The Angry Darren Mullins
Yes. There are a few good pops of airtime on this ride. I went in with low expectations for it and was pleasantly surprised. Airtime and inversions work well together on the same coaster.