Photo TR: Fantawild Adventure Taian (Sept. 1, 2012)

A visit to a large park in Shandong province
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Photo TR: Fantawild Adventure Taian (Sept. 1, 2012)

Postby The Angry Darren Mullins » Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:04 am

Today I made my first visit to a Fantawild Adventure. I visited the Fantawild Adventure in Taian, which is in Shandong province. This park is a very nice park. The castle and main street area seem to copy Disney with a few modifications. There are two Vekoma knock offs here. Vesuvius Volcano is a mine train made that copies the Vekoma mine trains at the Happy Valley parks here in China, but it is made by a company called Golden Horse. Flare Meteor is an SLC by Golden Horse. It is a mirror image of the Vekoma SLCs at the Happy Valley parks. Flare Meteor was rough, but I still enjoyed it. Vesuvius Volcano is a very good mine train. I love mine trains and I love this layout. There is a smaller coaster called Climbing Train. I was denied the credit for this one as I am too tall. Climbing Train is not on the RCDB or ACE Coaster Census. This is the 123rd coaster I have found before ACE or RCDB. I tried to get on this coaster and the exchange of words went like this:

Darren: I want to ride this.
Ride Op: You are too tall.
Darren: ...but I'm a manboy.
Ride Op: Your brain has a problem.

Needless to say I was all heartbroken at being denied the credit.

Another ride at Fantawild in Taian is Mystical River. It is a combination of a chutes ride and a coaster that features gravity propelled drops and sections of dry track-complete with two chain lifts. Other rides include a wave swinger that is enclosed by some odd structure and a handful of 3-D attractions and simulators.

In all, I was impressed by my first visit to a Fantawild park. The park clearly tries to be Disney with a few thrill rides added in, but it has a unique atmosphere of its own.
Fantawild Taian Entrance.jpg
I have arrived at Fantawild Adventure in Taian.
Fantawild Taian Castle.jpg
This huge castle is inside the gate.
Fantawild Taian Carousel.jpg
Here is my obligatory carousel shot for this TR.
Fantawild Taian Conch Bay.jpg
This is Conch Bay. It hosts a 3-D film that is a lot of fun.
Fantawild Taian Ride.jpg
This is one of the more popular rides at Fantawild.
Fantawild Taian Rides.jpg
Here are a couple of other rides.
Fantawild Taian Wave Swinger.jpg
The wave swinger here is covered by an odd structure.
Fantawild Taian Restaurant.jpg
This restaurant serves up yummy food.
Fantawild Taian Dinosaur House.jpg
This houses a dinosaur attraction. I like how this building is upside down.
Fantawild Taian Climbing Train Station.jpg
This kiddie coaster is called Climbing Train.
Fantawild Taian Climbing Train 1.jpg
It is a cute little coaster.
Fantawild Taian Climbing Train 2.jpg
Climbing Train packs a lot of fun into a small space.
Fantawild Taian Climbing Train 3.jpg
Too bad adults are not allowed to ride.
Fantawild Taian Vesuvius Volcano Entrance.jpg
Here is the entrance to Vesuvius Volcano.
Fantawild Taian Vesuvius Volcano In Action.jpg
Here is Vesuvius Volcano in action.
Fantawild Taian Mystical River.jpg
The large drop on Mystical River was covered. It was a dry drop(no water on the drop) with a wet splashdown.
Fantawild Taian Flare Meteor and Lake.jpg
This is Flare Meteor as seen from across the lake.
Fatawild Taian Flare Meteor 1.jpg
Here is another look at Flare Meteor.
Fantawild Taian Flare Meteor Through The Loop.jpg
Flying through the loop.
Fantawild Taian Flare Meteor In Action.jpg
Here is an action shot.
Fantawild Taian Flare Meteor Cobra Roll.jpg
Here is one final action shot of Flare Meteor to close out the TR.

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Re: Photo TR: Fantawild Adventure Taian (Sept. 1, 2012)

Postby larrygator » Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:41 pm

thank you for continuing to provide these PTRs. I'm finally catching up and adding them to the Park Index.
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Postby deathbydinn » Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:47 pm

Something that I've noticed is that a lot of the parks you report on seem to have a few rides and buildings that look really nice and well themed, but most of the other rides just kinda sit out on the midway with no real effort to theme them. Also looks like they might have been inspired by the swings in the orange that once stood at DCA.
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Postby SLUSHIE » Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:47 pm

Lol they copied the failed DCA wave swinger in an orange! I guess they put it in a lime though.

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Postby ernierocker » Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:54 pm

Another Chinese park that looks fantastic in photos.
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Re: Photo TR: Fantawild Adventure Taian (Sept. 1, 2012)

Postby The Angry Darren Mullins » Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:01 pm

This park not only looks great in photos, it is a great park. Most parks in China are part of larger city parks. In these parks, the buildings are kept in good condition while the rides rust away. In parks like OTC parks or Fantawild, the rides are kept in good condition. Modern parks in China are really awesome even if they tend to copy coasters from other parks.

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Postby cfc » Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:09 pm

The castle here looks like Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland and that "ice cream building" at Six Flags Great Adventure had a baby.
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Postby gisco » Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:17 pm

Looks like they copied a few other parks along the way too!

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Re: Photo TR: Fantawild Adventure Taian (Sept. 1, 2012)

Postby Geauga Dog » Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:54 pm

Just wanted to thank you for your reports. I do read them but haven't posted responses before.

Here's an odd question. Since you've experienced quite a few Golden Horse knockoffs is there anything they do that you would consider as decent rides?" I know we tend to pick on Vekoma's rides for head banging but I'd hate to experience what a knockoff ride is like.

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Re: Photo TR: Fantawild Adventure Taian (Sept. 1, 2012)

Postby jedimaster1227 » Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:21 pm

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It looks like Fantawild definitely drew some inspiration from Disney California Adventure's former Orange Stinger (now the Silly Symphony Swings) with that design.
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!

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