Polish Luna Parks (Part Two)

4th August 2019

Day two of our expedition began in the same manner as yesterday with a number of small funfairs on the northern coast of Poland. Once again I've decided against trying to do standalone trip reports given that all would be very similar; instead, I've collated the essential data into a brief summary. With luck it'll be of use to those planning their own credit whoring expeditions.

Luna Parks
Coordinates Town Notes
54.6644, 17.0525 Rowy Dragon (Maja) (#2741), an oval with prominent branding crediting it to Jung Max Rides, a Czech manufacturer I'd never heard of before. The only other major attraction on site was a set of Bumper Cars.
54.7597, 17.5484 Leba Horská Draha (Jan Novy), a variant Wacky Worm that I'd ridden a few months earlier in Prague. Other machines included a Ferris Wheel, a Freak-Out, a Reverse Bungee, a Star Flyer, and a Wave Swinger. We bought tickets for the Scary House dark ride, which featured an unusually large number of small scenes separated from each other by black drapes.
54.8266, 18.2095 Karwia Smok (Alfa-Star) (#2742), a standard oval with orange track. Bumper Cars, a definitely-not-a-credit Pirate Ship on rails, and a rarely seen Watkins Scat completed the line-up.
54.5179, 18.5490 Gdynia Euromir (#2743), a three level variant of the stereotypical eastern European travelling coaster with a prominent (and false) Mack brand on the station flash. This ride was brilliant and bruising in equal measure, as the train clattered its way around the track at silly speeds. We also got a rollback on our second cycle, giving us a half circuit in reverse. The ground was split between two operators; other attractions today included a Breakdance, Bumper Cars, Dino Park (a mediocre dark ride), and a Star Flyer.

 

Lunapark Sowiński

4th August 2019

Nine years ago a friend and I made a day trip to Gdansk for Lunapark Sowiński, at the time the only amusement park in northern Poland to have come to the attention of international enthusiasts. The six hour window we'd expected to have had to be radically cut due to heavy traffic, though we still had more than enough time to thoroughly explore. The park at the time was pleasant though shabby, as it was filled with antiquated rides looked like they had seen better years. Since then the owners have invested heavily to spruce the place up, and the results are clear to see.

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Nowhere was this more obvious than on Tajfun (Typhoon), a classic carnival roller coaster dating from the seventies. The garish station building and signage of yore was completely gone in favour of a polished modern replacement. The cars were also sporting a new look, inspired by motor racing; each had a rear spoiler and a unique paint scheme with different sponsors. The comfort level today was perfect; smooth tracking and pleasantly strong forces in the helices made for an excellent ride.

The park replaced its classic Zamek Strachów Jeżdżony ghost train for the 2018 season. The new Zamek Strachu has cars that move unusually slowly, which was much appreciated by this enthusiast as it allowed time to admire the high quality interior. We also tried out Zamek Azteków, a 2013 addition that looked from the outside like it might be a fun house. The building may well have been used for that purpose at one stage, though today it was home to a small museum containing replica Aztec artefacts and a number of lizards in cages.