in 2004 the Jungle Coaster opened at Legoland, Windsor, to what
wasn't a huge amount of excitement really. It was a wild mouse
coaster, and by then there were loads of mouse coasters around the
UK, so another one wasn't that big a deal. For the park though it
was a step up, expanding to more of a family market, rather than a
more kiddie orientated one. Not having kids it was actually the
addition of this that prompted my first visit to the park.
best thing about this ride was the first drop, a comparatively large
affair, and one of the better drops I've done on a mouse coaster.
After that it was a standard affair, lacking any stand out elements,
and with surprisingly little theming, most of the effort having gone
in to theming the queue and area in front of the ride.
In 2009 the ride was removed to make room for the new hotel. The
coaster actually ended up in Legoland, Florida, when that opened. To
be honest though, even without the hotel the removal wasn't a huge
surprise, as it had encountered a few problems.
There had been noise complaints about the ride. Normally I'd get
annoyed by people who choose to live near an established theme park,
and expect no noise. Here though I think there was some
justification as the ride was on the edge of the park, very close to
some people's houses, and it did increase the noise produced by the
park by a notable amount. I think more should have been done when
installing the ride, such as partially enclosing it, or choosing a
Because of the noise large Perspex cubes were put over the cars to
muffle the noise. The fact these stopped adults riding in
front row and slowed the loading reduced the rides capacity to an
almost unbearable level. To be honest I never rode it after that as
the queue didn't seem worth it. I'm told I wouldn't have missed much
as the cubes made it a lot less exciting to ride. Perhaps it's for
the best this went then, although it does leave Legoland feeling
like it needs another good family coaster.