Take a trip back in time and explore the traditional funfair at Folly Farm in Wales. This indoor fair includes a massive selection of working vintage rides.
Some offride and aerial shots of the amazing Wildfire roller coaster at Kolmården, Sweden.
A very quick look at our 2 day theme park trip to Kolmården & Gröna Lund in Sweden. More in depth videos are to follow!
Thrill seekers are in for a treat this summer as three of the UK’s tallest thrill rides take residence at the Liverpool Pier Head Village.
Running from 30th June to 10th September, the Pier Head Village is dubbed as a “summer festival to remember”. Whilst we were naturally drawn in by the rides, the event also boasts live entertainment, food and drink, an urban beach and much more.
The event is beautifully located at the Pier Head, offering some incredible views to those brave enough to take on the tallest rides. These are the UK Power Tower, Around the World and Mach 5. Alongside these are a selection of family rides and inflatables, as well as the brilliant “Das Fun Schiff” pirate ship.
An event that is well worth a visit this summer. Rides are accessed via a token system, with the big rides costing between £5 and £10 a go. More information can be found on the Pier Head Village website.
Drayton Manor’s Ben 10 roller coaster has had a makeover! ‘New’ for 2017 comes Accelerator. Take a look at what’s changed.
On first glance you may think that not much has changed. And you’d be right. Externally the ride is pretty much identical to its former self, with the exception of a new name sign and a bit of graffiti artwork. The main change comes in the internal queue-line, which has had a complete overhaul to suit the Accelerator theme – racing cars and their parts.
It’s looking good!
Pulsar is the first “Power Splash” roller coaster from MACK Rides. It opened at Walibi Belgium in 2016, and it gets you SOAKED!
The ride is a shuttle coaster, powered by LSM launches. During the ride you’re launched 3 times – twice backwards and once forwards. After the final backwards launch flood gates quickly open and allow the final section of track to flood with water, ready for the final splashdown. You can see this gates operating in this video!
Pulsar can run with two boats on the system, thanks to it’s rotating loading platform. Unfortunately the ride was experiencing technical difficulties during our visit and was only operating with one boat, causing very long queue times!
2016 has been an exciting year for new coasters in Europe. And whilst social media has been awash with photos and videos of the latest rides, the chances are that there was one that kept cropping up and catching your eye – TARON.
Located at Phantasialand, Brühl (that’s in Germany), Taron is a multi-launch coaster from Swiss manufacturer Intamin. Unlike the UK-based Intamin launch coasters Rita and Stealth, which are both hydraulically launched, Taron uses an LSM system to propel the trains twice during the ride. And with a maximum speed of 72.7mph, Taron is the world’s fastest multi-launch coaster!
Taron opened on 30th June 2016 as part of a new themed-world named Klugheim. Themed as a rocky basalt landscape with a rustic village at its heart, Klugheim also features a smaller (also new) coaster for the younger adventurers, Raik. This is a Vekoma Family Boomerang and, like everything else in Klugheim, features heavy theming.
Big statement, we know. And you don’t have to agree with it. Although it is hard to justify yourself if you don’t.
Taron is the full package. It’s not hard to find a coaster that is super thrilling and smooth. It’s also not hard to find a coaster with incredibly immersive theming. What is rare is to find one coaster that combines the two of these features into one fully coherent and immersive ride.
The ride experience itself is phantastic (see what we did there?). Intamin have done an incredible job with the layout and build, resulting in a smooth and comfortable ride with bucketloads of force and airtime. The trains are a new design to that of the old Intamin launchers and feature lap-bars and a raised seating position that will feel conveniently familiar to those who’ve previously ridden a MACK Mega Coaster such as Blue Fire or Helix.
Speaking of Helix…
Helix (at Liseberg, Sweden) seems to be the ride that everybody wants to compare to Taron. Whilst they’re both from different manufacturers, they do share the similarities of both being LSM Multi-launch coasters with similar trains and long layouts.
They’re both great rides for different reasons – Helix has the advantage of taking the riders on a real journey through the park as its layout sprawls from one side of Liseberg to the other, but the LSM launches are more gentle nudges than anything else. Conversely, Taron’s launches are really forceful but the ride has a very small footprint so you don’t get that same sense of going on a journey.
Just to confirm though, for us Taron is far superior to Helix. Just look at it!
We’re clearly not the only ones who love Taron. Check out the state of the overflow queue line during our visit.
The good news is it’s really easy to get to Phantasialand. Flights are often £9.99 each way with Ryanair from London Stansted to Cologne, with public transport taking you from the airport to the park in around about 90 minutes at a cost of £10(ish). Already ridden Taron? Let us know how it ranks for you in the comments below!
A day out in Blackpool with friends in September 2016.
Originally made as a video to share between friends but thought some of you may enjoy it here on this channel! Includes on-ride footage and a couple of clips from the Blackpool Tower.
Join Hold Tight Riders & Ukrides.info on our epic European adventure through 3 countries, 3 funfairs and 7 theme parks! The trip took place in July 2016 and encompassed Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. We’ve done our best to cram as much as possible into 4 minutes of film, but rest assured there will be plenty of full length videos to come in the near future.
Includes Drivliet, Duinrell, Walibi Holland, Phantasialand, Walibi Belgium, Plopsaland, Bellewaerde, Dusseldorf Rheinkirmes, Tilburg Kermes, Duren Annakirmes and more!
Take a look inside the shop at Derren Brown’s Ghost Train at Thorpe Park. This ride is new for 2016 and is billed as a modern twist on the traditional Ghost Train, designed by illusionist Derren Brown.
The ride building is themed as a victorian train depot/station, with the shop offering plenty of uniquely themed merchandise.
Take a front seat ride on the Cobra at Paultons Park in this onride POV. This family coaster from Gerstlauer opened at the theme park in 2006.
Features on and off-side footage.
Front seat on-ride POV of the brand new Vekoma Suspended Family Coaster at Paulton’s Park, UK. Flight of the Pterosaur officially opened on 17th May 2016 as part of the new Lost Kingdom dinosaur area at the park.
The Lost Kingdom at Paulton’s Park is a brand new Dinosaur themed land that opened on 17th May 2016. The area features two brand new coasters from Vekoma, as well as many other rides and attractions suitable for the whole family.
This video shows views from around the Lost Kingdom, including Flight of the Pterosaur – A vekoma suspended coaster, and Velociraptor – a Vekoma junior boomerang coaster.
Alton Towers have began testing the rollercoaster restaurant, a new video has shown.
The restaurant features 13 tables and will seat just over 150 diners at any one time. What makes it special is that guests will have their food delivered to their table via rollercoaster. Featuring an 8 metre drop from start to finish and two loop-the-loops, this is certainly a unique experience! .. (Unless you’ve already been to FoodLoop at Europa Park).
The Rollercoaster Restaurant opens to the public on Friday 13th May. Whilst booking is not mandatory, it is strongly advised and can be done so by clicking here. During park opening hours diners will need to have purchased and entered Alton Towers theme park as a guest, however the Restaurant will also be open in evenings to non-park guests.
Hungry? Check out the video below of the Rollercoaster Restaurant testing!
Still hungry? Why not check out the menu!
Chessington’s Tomb Blaster dark ride has received a refurbishment and update for the 2016 season. The interactive shooter ride now features a brand new gun and target system, as well as updates to the lighting and a few effects throughout.
The ride system has been in operation at the park since 1987 and has also been known as The 5th Dimension (1987-1993), Terror Tomb (1994-2001) and finally Tomb Blaster (v1: 2002-2015, v2: 2016 to present).
Take a look at our Onride POV of the newly updated ride and let us know your thoughts on the changes!
As part of the Towers Loving Care programme, Alton Towers have been repainting the Nemesis track, supports and station.
This is the first time that Nemesis has received a full repaint since it opened at the park in March 1994. The work is said to have cost over £120,000 and required the track to be shot blasted down to base metal before the new paint was applied.
The new look is certainly much more vibrant than the colours that many fans have become accustomed to, but we feel that it adds a new lease of life to the 22-year old B&M coaster.
Is that rust on the new paintwork already?! .. No, well not real rust anyway. Following the application of the bright white paint to the track, the scenic painters moved in to add fake rust, in an attempt to save the theme that fans love the ride for.
You’ll notice in the photo above that the nearest set of supports are jet black and shiny, whereas the ones further away are dirty and faded. This is because the supports are also part of the repaint, that will be completed in the 2016-2017 closed season.
What do you think of the new look? Check out the video below to see the ride in action under it’s new guise!
The Nemesis track has received a fresh coat of paint for the 2016 season as part of the Towers Loving Care (TLC) programme. It looks great!
The work is ongoing, it is believed that the rest of the supports and station will be repainted for the 2017 season.
Take a new flight aboard Galactica, the new virtual reality experience at Alton Towers for 2016.
Galactica opened on 24th March 2016, and is billed as the “World’s first rollercoaster fully dedicated to virtual reality”. The experience is a re-theme of the existing Air B&M Flying Coaster that opened in 2002.