Our morning began with a three and a half hour drive from our hotel near Gdańsk to Malta Ski, a small entertainment park located in the eastern suburbs of Poznań. During the winter months the main attraction is a ski slope looking towards Lake Malta; in the summer months most guests visit for an alpine slide and Kolekja Górska Adrenaline, a Wiegand Alpine Coaster. The ride was reasonably lively, though I'd have liked it to be longer; a full speed run from top to bottom (with my foot on the control lever) was completed in just fifty seconds.
5th August 2019
Majaland Kownaty is the third in a series of small family parks to be developed by Studio 100 and the first outside the Benelux region. It premiered on 29th September 2018 as an indoor facility, very similar in character to both Plopsa Indoor Hasselt and Plopsa Indoor Coevorden. This was just phase one, however; nine months later an outdoor area was opened with several additional rides, including a wooden roller coaster from Great Coasters International.
Wilkołak (#2747), or Werewolf, is a mirror image of Heidi the Ride, which itself is a close relative of White Lightning. The new ride has been given a haunted theme vaguely reminiscent of Mystic, though the decorations are designed to resemble the workshop of a mad scientist rather than the evil wizard found at Walibi Rhône-Alpes. I suspect more theming may arrive in due course, too; there are six concrete footers between the lift hill and brake run that serve no obvious purpose at the moment; perhaps a giant fire-breathing werewolf might be in order?
Over the course of the afternoon I clocked up a total of nine laps in various locations in the train, and in all cases the experience was absolutely flawless, as one would expect from a six week old ride. On balance I found the back to have the edge over the front, the complete opposite of what I wrote about its brother a few years ago; I wonder whether my taste has changed or whether there are some subtle differences between the two installations. One curiosity I noticed was on the brake run, which was angled very slightly to one side; I can't help but wonder whether this was a deliberate design choice or an amusing error made in the construction process.
The only other ride of interest today was Rollercoaster Wikingów (#2748), a standard model Zierer Force Two and my eleventh encounter with the type. Most of the layout was enclosed in a room filled with stars (and an overweight model viking). We were given a two lap cycle, which was enough. I considered trying the Totem Wikingów spinning drop tower after I'd completed my photo run, but decided on balance that I'd prefer to use the remaining time for more laps on the wood coaster.
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