gardyloo! wrote:On the side note, how are the operations of the park? Just curious to see how it's run on a daily basis.
Mostly terrible. And I hadn't even touched upon that yet. To give you an idea, they had 14 operating coasters in the park for our visit and I only rode 4 of them. 3 of which I rode during our morning filming. I only went back to Hyperion later in the day and I rode the new Vekoma Roller Skater only because it 1. Had no line, and 2. at least was a custom layout.
I couldn't be bothered with the rest of the coasters because...
1. I just do not need to ride a bunch of kiddie coasters.
2. Everything was running one train, including Hyperion.
3. Their boarding process for getting onto rides was insanely frustrating with the whole red light/green light thing only allowing a certain number of people in the station and then you'd watch empty seats go out on every train during a 1-train operation because there was no human grouper.
4. All the major rides had fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo that you were forced to put stuff in, even though those same coasters has giant sized bins in the station.
5. Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.
I waited in line once for Hyperion because I needed more footage, and thankfully, like many of the European parks, they DO allow you to wear a GoPro with a chest mount, but a line that should have taken about 10 minutes had they either been running two trains or at least had some... ANY organization putting people in the queues for each row, took about 40 minutes, and the only reason I even got to ride a second time is because I was able to hop into an empty seat after my ride because absoultely NOBODY in the station seemed to give a shit about anything.
I did see some ride crews as we walked around interacting with guests in the station and not all of them seemed to be as bad as the ones I experienced, but even at the Vekoma Roller Skater that I did ride, I seem to remember that being frustrating for some reason, and that coaster had ZERO line at all.
I think I'd be less harsh on the park if it was at least "well run" but I didn't experience that either throughout my day.
And because I like visuals... These two pictures perfectly sum up my experience with the staff there...
This is the guy at the entrance to the Hyperion queue LAYING DOWN on the stairs!
Here we have an entertainment stilt walker instead of greeting people as they walk into the park, he's leaning against the wall and checking his watch.
To be fair, this employee was super nice and high energy greeting guests. This was the ONLY EMPLOYEE in the park that I saw doing anything like this.
On top of that, this was also another operational annoyance. The wait time on this sign basically never moved and were 100% wrong the entire day!
Here is a giant line for the SLC running only one train...
But yet the wait time was 0 minutes and it stayed like that pretty much the entire day.
And if you wanted to get food? Forget it. The restaurants were all a cluster fuck that made Six Flags food service look like amazing!
Here are a few random photos that I grabbed from our visit...
This is what 85% of the park looks like. IMO, that's just cheap, irresponsible "Chinese park" theming and none of it makes any sense or fits together in any way.
And sure, the new area DID look better...
But it's basically just a Chinese knock-off of Wizarding World or Klugheim and how long until this looks as run down as the rest of the park and the rest of the park has only been open FIVE YEARS!
I saw stuff like this all over the park in their "older" *cough* five years *cough* sections where paint was already fading and chipping away and the initial build was so poor that the steel support structure was showing through....
This is the quality you expect to see at a traveling fair. There is just no two ways about it, the park was "cheaply" made.