a good number of rides I did at Dreamland, Margate, that could
potentially be in this section. Luckily the
Dreamland Campaign is doing well, so hopefully the Scenic
Railway and a number of other historic rides will reopen again.
One other ride that stands out in the memory is the Looping Star.
The one I've got in mind is the one at the park in 2001/2002. There
was another in 1999/2000 and one I only have some vague childhood
memories of riding that was there from 1981 to 1994.
The compact single looping coaster was the staple of many British
amusement parks in the 90's.
still a significant part today, but the spinning mouse has overtaken
it in prominence. Having ridden a number of similar models I wasn't
expecting anything memorable out of this.
What I failed to realise was this was one of the better Schwarzkopf
designed coasters. One of the leading manufacturers of the era. This
became very apparent on riding, as it achieved a level of excitement
and intensity I wouldn't normally expect on this style of coaster.
This easily ranked as the best single loop compact coaster I've
ride was removed from Margate when the owners at the time moved out
of it. It was relocated to Loudoun Castle for 7 years before that
park also closed. Rather oddly it was also at Ocean Beach and
Camelot before being located at Dreamland, 2 other parks that have
now closed down, is this ride cursed? Since then I believe it's been
up for sale, but a new home hasn't been found, so it's future is