(note: Photos from Thorpe Park were just posted on page 15
Ocean Park, Hong Kong.
This TR is probably going to be a bit shorter because I wasn't there for very long for two reasons: 1. It was POURING rain on and off, 2. It got dark, 3. There wasn't that much to do there. (I know, I know, I said only TWO reasons...sheesh!)
Overall, the park was REALLY odd. Picture if you will two seperate parks on two different sides of an island both operating independantly from each other. One park is a really nice "Sea World" type park with 'cute' characters and a nice atmosphere, and the other park is a crap hole filed with random amusement park rides, bad operations, and rude employee. One day, these two parks decide to merge and connect each other by a really nice skyway ride that overlooks Hong Kong.
Now, I have NO IDEA if this is what actually took place, but this is what the park "feels" like.
When I first got in the gates, I was like "Wow, this place is really nice!' All the buildings were nicely decorated, there were cute characters and it really reminded me of a Sea World.
I boarded the skyway (which takes like 20-30 minutes to get to the other side) and I arrive at a place that is not so pleasant.
They run the coasters one train empty/one full, the rides are rough and painfull, the selection of flat rides is un-memorable. Basically, I got the two credits and that was that. There was nothing else of interest at all. The rides side of the park was so poorly run, I just wanted to leave.
It was a shame beacause from first impressions I really thought this would be a surprise! The closest "Japan Park" I could compare it to would be Tokyo Summerland. Except Summerland's ride portion was *MUCH* nicer!
They have two coasters here. I fairly boring Vekoma mine train with the BEST view from a coaster in the world. And a REALLY rough and painful Arrow multi-looper. I mean REALLY rough and painfull. It was so rough I had to ride it twice because it turned the video camera off during the first ride!!! GRRRR. This was NOT a coaster I wanted to have to re-ride.
The employees were very rude and BARKED at everyone where to sit. And it wasn't just a language thing because they were all speaking English and everyone just overall seemed to be in a 'bad mood.'
So I got the two credits and took off. I would have been nice to explore the "Sea World" side of the park, and if we end up coming back here when HKDL opens, we'll have to do that.
Ok, onto the photos!