Photo TR: Adhari Park in Manama, Bahrain

Trip Report of Adhari Park in Bahrain (Middle East Region)
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Photo TR: Adhari Park in Manama, Bahrain

Postby miniviews » Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:56 pm

I had the opportunity to visit Adhari Park (http://www.adharipark.com.bh/english/index.html) in Manama, Bahrain after working constantly for 12+ hours 7 days a week for 3 weeks (plus the occasion belly dancers, filipino live bands, alcohol in the Middle East, and lack of sleep). With a 10 Dinar rental car and a handheld GPS, I ventured off toward Adhari Park getting lost a bit at the many chock full intersections. Since it was a Tuesday (equivalent to a Wednesday in the States), it was not very busy but it was a nice sunny day and not to too hot compared to the combination of sandstorm, rain (mud), wind and monsoon-like weather from previous days. I did not take photos of many patrons (there weren't any) due to my “force protection” training. The kids seem to be very excited, running around, screaming and laughing aloud. Anyway, a very clean park with beautiful landscape and cheap to enjoy a quick hour or two: 500 fils to enter, and pay per ride with the roller coaster at 1 Dinar ($2.70 USD). The park's Tagada was out for maintenance but there were other flat rides operational, including a Disk O and a monorail.

Here's a POV of Himalaya:
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Edit: Updated day I visited and added Tagada photo.
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Adhari Park (aka Ain Adhari National Park on rcdb.com) entrance, 14 April 2009
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Park map with the park's only roller coaster Himalaya labeled as "Spinning Madness"
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Spinning Madness, aka Himalaya roller coaster
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One of two lift hill in which the spinning cars constantly spin.
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Pay per ride, 1 BHD for Himalaya.
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Himalaya's spinning train at a stand still due to an Emergency Stop.
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Another view of Himalaya
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Another flat ride
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The log flume
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Happy patrons who was not afraid of the camera
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Disk O named Skateboarder
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Mini golf entrance
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The empty pool area (park is in transition from the winter months to the summer months)
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Adhari Park's transportation vehicle other than the one-stop monorail
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No swimming
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Groovy Town entrance
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Another view of Himalaya -- nicely maintained grass/landscape in a desert environment
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Exiting the park for more adventures in Bahrain
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Japan themed Tagada
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Postby Erik Johnson » Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:05 pm

Oh cool. Thanks for posting this.
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Postby ebl » Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:14 pm

A coaster identical to the Himalaya makes its rounds to county fairs locally as "Pole Positiion"---or "Pain Position" as I think of it. I think this model is from Fabbri.

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Postby netdvn » Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:15 pm

Thanks for posting these. The park looks very clean and well-landscaped.

EDIT: Is this park brand new or just really well-kept?

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Postby Airtime&Gravity » Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:24 pm

Nice trip report and photos, and the park looks really nice. It looks pretty small, but the theming and landscaping look better than a lot of American parks. The only problem I see with the park is that some areas look to have a severe lack of shade, but even with that, this still appears to be one of if not the nicest park in the Middle East.

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Postby Jakizle » Thu Apr 16, 2009 5:41 pm

EBL wrote:A coaster identical to the Himalaya makes its rounds to county fairs locally as "Pole Positiion"---or "Pain Position" as I think of it. I think this model is from Fabbri.

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Yes you are correct. Fabbri's Pole Position was at this years San Antonio rodeo and carnival. However, the layout is slightly different. Pov is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl5IMEBeOeQ.

Thanks for the trip report...this park looks very nice despite its lack of roller coasters.

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Postby miniviews » Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:00 pm

Thanks all for commenting.

^ Great POV. The first time I rode Himalaya, I sat on the end with 3 other kids and we spun constantly, especially after one of the brake runs.

^^ I agree with the lack of shade. I'm surprise the park was opened in the middle of the day on my visit. According to the park's website, they are opened during the afternoon and evenings during the summer time, all day for weekends (which is on Friday's & Saturday's).

^^^ It seems pretty new according to RCDB.com and my observation. I did not venture to the other Bahrain parks to compare to this park due to lack of time or restricted "liberty" venue (aka Bahrain Mall).

BTW, I uploaded more photos at my flickr site: Adhari Park Flickr Set
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Postby Corkscrew » Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:43 pm

Cool trip report of a park that isn't seen much... thanks for posting.

It actually looks like a very nice, well kept up park; the kind I wish we had around here.

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Postby Jds03 » Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:51 pm

That was really neat. For such a small park the level of detail they put into themeing their rides and everything is truly amazing. This is a real “Quality over Quantity” park.

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Postby larrygator » Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:05 pm

Yay, new country and park for TPRs park Index.

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