Flamingo Land18th July 2009
Flamingo Land was one of two parks in the United Kingdom to add major roller coasters this year. My original itinerary had me spending an entire day at the park, though as always I had some other options planned out just in case. As it was the new ride was suffering technical difficulties on my arrival, giving me plenty of time to get my credit on the Runaway Mine Train (#1397).
I'd just finished my lunch break when Mumbo Jumbo (#1398) started cycling test trains, and in due course it opened. I ended up with a back seat, and I'd just sat down when the operator saw fit to put his full weight upon my shoulder restraints. This closed them a notch further than was comfortable, though my yelp of pain seemed more amusing to him than anything else. The train was dispatched moments later, so there was nothing I could do but hang on. The over tight harness coupled with some decidedly sharp bumps resulted in an experience that was simply not fun. There was no way that I could ride again, even though I'd really liked the same basic design at Indiana Beach. Feeling decidedly the worse for wear I took in a brief lap on Velocity before putting my backup plan into operation.
Bottons Pleasure Beach18th July 2009
The drive south from Flamingo Land took me over the Humber Bridge, currently the fifth largest single-span suspension bridge in the world. The view while driving across was singularly impressive, though it didn't quite compensate for what was on the whole a pretty miserable drive. Spending eighteen miles behind someone doing twenty under the limit was soul destroying. The only positive aspect was discovering that a large new road near Skegness was missing from my map database, thus knocking twenty minutes off my arrival time.
The Fabbri-built Rockin Roller (#1399) replaced the Storm three years ago, though the park still advertises their attraction as new. On the plus side the cars spin from the moment they leave the station, unlike the Reverchon equivalents, which makes every ride completely different. On the negative side, the layout is pretty boring, with no decent drops on the course. As it was the only real interesting feature of this ride was the precarious location on the roof of a building, and even that wasn't enough to save it for me. Once was enough.
Even without the benefit of hindsight my decision to travel to Bottons today was really a bridge too far; pun very much intended. On the plus side, however, I've now ridden all except two of the adult roller coasters in the United Kingdom, and I've ridden one of those in its previous home. Hopefully new credits next year will be a little more convenient for major airports...