the main thing I'll remember about this ride won't be the ride
itself but the queue. It saw me witness one of the worst examples of
putting profit ahead of guest enjoyment I've come across. Quite a
few parks do sell fast passes, where you pay extra to skip the
queue, and I can't say I would never ever use them myself. It's
annoying when your standing in a queue to see people skip it, but in
most cases the selling of fast passes has been limited enough to not
effect the length of the queue that much. Here though at a booth a
minutes walk from the rides entrance was a booth selling single use
passes for 3 Euros. This meant about a quarter of all the seats were
given to people in the fast pass queue, which is very annoying when
your stuck in a cattle pen style queue for 40 minutes.
If you've travelled around Europe, or have just ridden Infusion at
Blackpool, this won't offer much new. It's a model known as the
coaster (SLC) of which there are around 20 worldwide, this is my 6th
one. This one though is a little different, as it has an extension
at the end, finishing with a helix not found on the standard model.
This doesn't sound like a big deal, but thanks to the fact you swoop
close to the ground at speed it's a nice thrilling bonus.
My experience with SLC's has been a mixed bag, scoring as low as 6,
all the way up to 9. Well maintained ones run around some thrilling
elements, providing an exciting ride. Some of the worst though have
become very rough, making them rides you'd hardly need prioritise to
say the least. This one wasn't too bad. The
was there, but it wasn't that overwhelming. It didn't reach the
level of thrills I've experienced on the best examples, but it still
provided a decent ride.
On a quieter day it's worth a go, but on a busier day if you don't
want to skip it you'll either have to pay extra for the fast pass,
or endure a queue that's longer than this ride is really worth.