One ride that's become less
popular in the UK in more modern times is the dark coaster. There
was a time when taking a compact coaster and enclosing it in a
themed building was one of the main options for a stand out
attraction. Today parks have a lot more options available, and
stricter health and safety rules for enclosed rides probably don't
From the outside Flamingo Land's one looked pretty good, with a
rocky facade. Where it lacked though was in attention to detail,
consisting of just a rocky building and sign, no extra models on or
around the mountain to expand the story.
Sadly this was replicated in the queue, which was just a dully lit
tunnel. Things weren't helped by the fact it narrowed towards the
end which resulted in a slow moving crowded feeling queue.
You'd be forgiven for having low expectations of the ride after
this, and it didn't disappoint. It wasn't terrible, but the coaster
itself was an average affair, (an outdoor copy called the Wildcat
was found at Pleasureland Southport) providing an OK level of
thrills, but never reaching that high. This issue wasn't helped by
some poor interior theming. Instead it continued the feel of the
queue, being a dimly lit undecorated room.
I'm a fan of enclosed coasters, but I didn't morn the loss of this
one when it closed after 13 years at the park in 2004. Especially as
the space that became free was used to accommodate Velocity.