this ride opened in 2008 it received a lot of attention and hype,
praising it as a major new roller coaster. Having ridden it do I
think it lived up to the hype? To be honest, no. Don't get me wrong,
I think it's a good family coaster, just not the major ride it's
been made out to be.
One thing that received a lot of
is the theming. It's of a good standard, and the snowy mountains is
a nice twist on the standard mine train theming. One problem is only
the ride itself and the queue is themed, it's not part of a themed
area. In fact the area is a bit of a mish mash of themes with a
snowy mountain in one direction, an African Jungle in another, and
in another is blue coaster going over water world. This doesn't have
the same impact as a larger themed area would.
theming problem I had is a little more specific to me. Having
travelled quite a lot, I've seen quite a few mine trains, including
2 others with the exact same layout as Mammut. A lot of these were
also superbly themed, and although Mammut holds up well, it doesn't
set the new standards the hype made out it would.
The subject of the 2 copies brings me to an issue all 3 versions
have. Once you strip away all the
all you have left is an average family coaster. Nothing bad, but
even for a family coaster the thrills feel a little held back, not
reaching that high a speed.
Overall it's an OK ride, it would be a nice signature coaster for a
small family park. Mixed in with the big boys though it feels like a
nice filler ride, rather than a major attraction in it's own right.