you've travelled around some of the UK's major parks chances are
you'll recognise some elements of this ride. It's a Maurer spinning
coaster, just like Dragon's Fury at Chessington and Spinball Whizzer
at Alton Towers. If you've travelled further afield you might even
recognise the layout, as it's the pre designed compact footprint
version found at a number of parks, and even travelling funfairs in
Europe. It's also the layout for the non dark ride section of
Crush's Coaster at Disneyland, Paris.
might think all this familiarity might have breeded some contempt.
Far from it, I still rank the Maurer spinner as one of my favourite
types of coaster.
To look at, it's far from the best example of the genre. It looks
pretty shabby, with fading paintwork and tacked on signs and
decorations. It could do with a makeover to bring it up to standard.
though aren't enough to bring down the ride experience. It's not
quite up to the standards of some of the great custom layouts like
Dragon's Fury, but for a ride designed to travel and fit in a
compact space it really packs a punch, even beating it's nearby
rival Spinball Whizzer for thrills. It tears around the course at a
manic rate, which when accompanied by spinning cars on an
unpredictable layout create a manic and unpredictable experience. It
does say something about the quality of Maurer spinners that a ride
down the pecking order, compared to the greatest examples, is still
a must try ride.