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Benidorm & Terra Mitica CF-Live Trip Report April 2015

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  1. Ian

    Ian From CoasterForce Staff Member Administrator Moderator Social Media Team CF Award Winner 2016

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    Note that it's "trip report" singular. As only three of us went, I can't imagine this topic will be flourishing with photos and anecdotes!

    Nic, peep and I went to Benidorm last weekend to sample Terra Mitica. After we arrived and got into our vile Corsa hire car, we headed into Alicante to kill several hours. We minced around the shops, had some food and took a walk around the marina. It was pleasant. We managed to kill the 5 hours before our first park of the trip opened for business - Pola Park!

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    It's a free to enter park where you can buy a wristband or pay per ride. Phew!" As we only wanted the cred, it wasn't going to burden our wallets. After checking that the coaster was available, we queued up at the little rocket kiosk and paid our €3 each.
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    The staff were friendly and they're allowed to choose which colour tracksuit bottoms they want to wear.
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    Despite it being quite a small park, it was fairly busy. Pola Park has rides which are mainly aimed at young families.
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    Why does Vadge look shocked?
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    Maybe because of the probably unlicensed IP use...?
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    ...or perhaps because this could be an unlisted cred?!
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    It turned out to be an elevated train ride. However, this is the cred.
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    With some probably unlicensed IP use.
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    It was nothing special. "Plus one and done", as the old saying goes. I don't want to call Pola Park a dump, because for what it is, it's fairly fab, but there is an actual dump next to the coaster.
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    After our +1, we headed back to Benidorm where we checked into the hotel, freshened up and then headed out for another +1 and some food.

    It turns out we arrived at Feistaland at the right time. It was getting dark, the park lights were on and it felt quite cheerful. Like Pola Park, it's a children's park and many kids were enjoying it.
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    The Plus One is amazing! We called it the Jordan Coaster after nadroJ. Why? Because it's over-done up for no particular reason apart from being fab. It's real name is Draky.
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    I've been on many kiddy creds, most of them dull ovals with little-to-no theme so it was great to see this enclosed in a decorated shoebox. Brilliant! It cost €2.50 to ride and we had about 15 laps <3
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    Then we took a little trip to the seafront to find find booze and food. Again, I think we hit Benidorm at the right time. It was warm, wasn't overrun by lobster-red chavvy Brits and hen/stag dos. I can see the appeal of the place with it's seaside bars, lovely looking beach and cheesy party atmosphere, but I'd hate to visit in peak season.
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    We had a couple of beers, some food and ended the day with a cocktail or two. Vadge and peep wanted something fruity...
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    I stuck to my usual...
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    (Although I did have a Mojito in one bar.)

    "que está al lado de la orilla" so something.
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    So that ended our cultural time and cred runs in Alicante and Benidorm. In the final instalment when we visited Terra Mitica...
    :!: Security Guard Love Story
    :!: Spanish Russell Grant
    :!: Off-Roading
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    :!: Basic Vadge
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  2. Smithy

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    Was looking forward to the trip report(s) from this, how come there was only the three of you?

    Convinced I'm the only person to ever be spited by Draky.
     
  3. nadroJ

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    I wonder if that's Spanish for 'I'm Poochy the rockin' dog!' #SimpsonsQuotes Seriously though what a random character to rip off!

    I love :emoji_zipper_mouth: +1 creds and these look fab. <3 the Jordan coaster, it's pastel purple yay <3
     
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    Just looking at that Draky "nadroJ cred", does it have the same layout as this little coaster?

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    Interesting how much a bit of theming can do. :D
     
  5. peep

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    ^Yes, that's the exact layout!


    Urgh, I was planning to write a trip report tonight but life got in the way so you might potentially see something from me come Monday or something.
     
  6. Ian

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    After 20 hours in Benidorm, we were typical Brits waking up slightly hungover and having a lobster red colouring to our skin.

    We made our simple drive to Terra Mitica, changed into shorts in the car parks (I'd like to apologise to the three other people in the car park who saw me in my boxers) and made our way to the entrance.

    It's gorgeous! Neat flowerbeds with pretty foliage, a great big imposing archway and a beautiful setting next to the mountain. All three of us expressed our joy.

    The archway frame a pretty lake, the mountain and a couple of rides. It's a really spacious, sexy entrance plaza. Great first impression.
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    Vagde and peep had a photo with two of the three park mascots (there's also a hippo).
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    We trundled up the hill and went in the first ride we found - Minatour.
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    It's a trackless dark ride shooter.
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    The queueline was well themed so it was a good sign that the interiors matched the exterior setting. However, the ride was pants. Either we were utterly useless at shooting or the ride system is wrong. We shot at the targets but they didn't react; the little lights didn't change. Our points went up and things moved, but it didn't feel rewarding in any way whatsoever.
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    As we walked to the first coaster of the day, we discussed how a minatour has sex and how often. We came to the conclusion that he can have whoever he wants and probably wouldn't ask.

    The first coaster was the SLC. It looked great. It has recntly been painted blue and the ride area/station was nicely presented. It rode as I expected - shaky.
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    To the next cred we headed, passing by more substantial, grand theming. I really liked it!
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    Aluncinakis is my favourite coaster at the park (but still not as good as the nadroJ Cred in Benidorm itself!). It has a wooden structure and a steel track which gave it a lot of vibrating bottomness. The seat has a little bit of moulded plastic which gently rested below my ball sack. Combine this with the vibrating bottomness, Aluncinakis was the only coaster at Terra Mitica that I rode twice!
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    Magnus Colossus looks amazing! It's wooden structure seems naturally set against the mountain. The queue is moderately well themed. It looks impressive.
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    The ride experience is dull. It does nothing! It does have a good sensation of speed but where was the airtime and the thrill? There wasn't any.

    Inferno - the death cred - was SNBO but it has been repainted and the seats are missing, so I expect it will reopen at some point soon.
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    There were only a handful of big attractions left for us to do. The best themed ride (imo) is tucked away a the far end of the park in the predictably gorgeous Rome area.
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    It's a sit-down drop tower. I've been on loads of these so it rode as I expected. There was a nice stomach churning feeling as it dropped. Satisfying.
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    With ice cream in hand, we watched the first show of the - the Homo Erotic Gladiators. It was well acted and the sword fighting was well choreographed.
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    So what was left? There's this shoot-the-chute. Doesn't it look great against the mountain? It's like it's always been there. Jonathan and Nicola rode it, I sat out. They sat near the middle of the boat so they avoided a soaking.
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    We did the 4D Cinema after. We chose the rollercoaster show...obviously. The Terra Mitica Trend continued - it looked great but was mediocre in experience.
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    We had so much time to kill and were not enthusiastic about re-riding many things, we had a long lunch. We eat in the self-service cafe near Magna Colossus. The food was rubbish (I had pasta and tomato sauce). There were birds flying inside the food hall - a well landed dollop of bird :emoji_zipper_mouth: on my pasta might have given it a bit of flavour.

    After lunch we took checked over the map to ensure we had done everything. Only two attractions took our fancy. The first up was the Porn Ponies. They had unicorns, rainbow coloured horses and all kinds of strangeness. It was ok.
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    We watched another show. Well, I didn't, I sat and played with my phone. Still, it killed time.

    The only ride of note worth doing was the log flume. We walked thought a lovely queue line and sat on the boat. I was expecting another lacklustre ride experience.
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    It was fab! We all got soaked going down the first drop! The backwards drop was fun and it was meandering enough to be interesting without being pointless. Hurrah! Only one part of Nic stayed dry.
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    So that was that. We had managed to do all of the rides, have a reride on the best coaster there and watch two shows. With about six hours until our flight home, we did a bit of sunbathing, ate ice cream and walked the park again.

    We waited for another show. It was in the Roman Colosseum. It's an impressive looking building. As my phone battery was getting low, I had to conserve my photo use so I didn't take any photos. The show had a preshow which was about contained more gladiator fighting and slapstick comedy. It was in Spanish so :emoji_zipper_mouth: knows what was going on but in the end the good guy won. Nic and I were more interested in the security guard and ride attendant who were flirting with one other by touching each others arms, comparing muscles and using puffy-chest body language. I hope they got together after the park closed.

    Rain clouds covered the sky just as we entered the Colosseum (which turned out to be a tent on the inside) and took our seats for the last show of the day. I don't know what was going on but it looks like there was an emperor inspired by Russell Grant's appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.
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    There were trampolinists (awesome to watch), boring-but-skillful curtain dangling and brilliant trapeze artists.
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    By the time the show finished, the the rain had subsided to a drizzle. I found a plug socket, charged my phone for 20mins and then we decided to leave.

    We drove back to the airport, doing a little off-roading because the road layout wasn't clear, and Nic refuelled the car, allowing me to take one last appropriate photograph.
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    I do hope that Nic and peep find time to do a trip report because their opinion might slightly vary to mine. Terra Mitica is a gorgeous park. It's clean, well themed and feels imposing yet cosy all at the same time. It really lacks a world class attraction. All of the rides are so average. If I was less well travelled and just starting out on my theme park enthusiasm, Terra Mitica would undoubtedly be one of my top ranked parks and Magnus Colousus would make my top 10. Perhaps I'm a bit snobby and roll my eyes at the "standard" attractions that make up Terra Mitica. I will return to the park one day, perhaps in about three or four years time, but I'm not gagging to return. There's so much potential at the park, I just wish it had something really special.

    Thanks for reading <3
     
  7. Ben

    Ben Best SM Team Member 2016 CF Award Winner 2016

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    Ha, I love how they've taken the RCT approach with the death cred and just repainted it in the hope no one will remember...
     
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    Terra Mitica looks like a really beautiful park...just a shame there isn't a great amount of good stuff to do. At least you made the best of it by ice cream and sunbathing :p
     
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    Great report Ian. I agree with your assessment of just about everything, except you seemed to get a lot more pleasure out of Alucinakis than I did. I also got a laugh out of your changing into shorts in the parking lot. I do this all the time when I visit parks, much to Aidan's embarrassment. :p
    Not quite all of the rides. You missed Los Rápidos de Argos (boring water rapids), El Rescate de Ulises (dark water ride), Akiles (Mondial supernova), the carousel and the Infinnito observation tower. They are all located along the path that leads to the left of the lake as you enter the park.
    This is the one major gripe I have with the park's layout. Many visitors (including Smithy, if I remember correctly) never ride these attractions as they're not on the park map and there's no clear signage pointing them out. If I hadn't done extensive research into the park before my visit I would have just headed up the path on the right as well and missed them too.
     
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    I always thought Terra Mitica was a massive dump, especially with all the news I heard about it, but it looks quite beautiful. Greek/Egyptian Mythology <3 Shame you guys missed out on the rides ECG mentioned. That dark water ride looks pretty fab.
     
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    They've turned it into a seperate park iirc, and it was in the process of being set up when I was there. Which was annoying as I was lookin forward to the observation tower.

    Not a clue on the name or model of this but was this not there as this is up near the show area and I've not seen it mentioned;

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    But yeah, similar views on Terra Mitica I guess, beautiful place just a bit sparse.
     
  12. Ian

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    Ah! Yes, there is that area, I think it's called Iberia, or something like that. We were aware of that but the area wasn't open when we visited. I should have made it clear that we rode everything that was available and suitable for us.

    The park's layout is quite awful. It needs to be circular. In the Roman area, there is a a gated area that looks like it leads to a water park or back down to the Iberia area. If that happens during their peak season, it would have a better layout.
     
  13. Ian

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    Oh bugger, I forgot to mention that we did this. It was so unremarkable that it slipped my mind. Although somebody on the ride before puked up which was promptly hosed down. It was nauseating.
     
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    Nice trip report Ian. My turn....


    Saturday 25th April

    After a long wait at the airport for Nic to arrive we soon met up with Ian past security (which was totally empty, we approved of this). Some food was consumed and then we made our way over to the plane. Our Norwegian plane had free wifi and random TV screens showing footage of a circus.

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    After landing at Alicante we sorted out the hire car and Nic soon learnt how much she hated the car. We planned to grab the cred near Alicante before heading up the coast to Benidorm but the park didn't open till 6pm so we decided to spend the afternoon walking around the city. We had an ok lunch in a department store, walked over to the Marina (which was nice) and through the old town (also very nice). The Marina had an epic old ship...

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    There was also a castle but we didn't have time to investigate...

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    Before we knew it it was time to head over to Pola Park to grab our +1. It was surprisingly busy with locals. However once we got our cred tokens there was no wait and we were soon sitting in the little coaster car. These type of coasters always manage to tread that fine line between terrifying (because you think you'll die) and providing a good thrill, this one was no different.

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    We met a Flamingo

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    Cred ridden we decided to check out the rest of the small park. It was tacky but you can't deny that it must be great for local kids.

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    We then left the park and headed up the road to Benidorm. I found it hilarious that I was in Benidorm, it represents the total opposite of what type of holiday I love going on. However upon arrival it was already not quite what I had anticipated. I expected it to be full of hotel resorts but I didn't think they would be tall thin towers with barely any space to get around in a car. It was also really run down and a bit grim, how is this place this popular?

    We had some fun checking in because of weird Spanish operations. Our room was really nice and clean but the beds were a bit hard. Meh, not like we were going to be using them for long. We freshened up and went out to cred hunt. About a 5 minute walk away was Festilandia. A small little arcade/park next to the sea front. It had the Draky cred which was themed to the hilt, much to our amazement. I don't think any of us had seen so much effort on such a small kiddy cred before.

    We purchased our cred(its) and made our way on to the ride. It went on forever, like we went around a good 15+ times. I actually got a little dizzy from going around in circles so much.

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    Cred ridden it was now time for food and alcohol. A fair amount of alcohol was consumed. We liked sitting outside the bars on the sea front at night, the temperature was nice and the beach was all lit up and because it wasn't high season there wasn't that many people about which created quite a nice atmosphere.

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    That green cocktail was a mistake, it was grotesque and it contained ALL of the alcohols.


    Sunday 26th April

    We awoke at a decent time (we were in no rush) before checking out (also within a traditional Spanish operation timeslot). We grabbed some breakfast at a local cafe. The radio decided to play a song which we had heard on the radio the day before which made us totally guffaw (funny looks from strangers were exchanged). What song could possibly make us laugh so much....


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    According to that viewing figure on the video it was indeed a 'thing' at the clubs. Anyway, moving on. It was now time for Terra Mitica!

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    Argh! It's just so gorgeous!!!! After Smithy's trip report last year I had an inkling I was going to love this park for it's looks alone but I don't think I was quite prepared for what I was greeted with. Soon after entering the park we were greeted by Hamal's chariot. Basically a guy riding around on a chariot thing and greeting everyone.

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    Spiteful second gate was closed, looked like it had nice rides

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    So it turns out the park is split into three areas, Egyptian, Roman and Greek. Each area is full of replicas of real statues and buildings and they are accompanied by little signs telling you their story. Each area also begins with some sort of historical gate which is cool. The park was already getting a lot of praise from me and we had barely stepped into the park.

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    The Egyptian area was already coming to an end and we hadn't ridden anything yet. Still, the Greek area was next and it held a mysterious building on the right....

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    The building housed the interactive dark ride Minotaur's Labyrinth. The building and queueline are extremely well themed but I'm glad we didn't have to queue for it.

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    The ride has a lot of promise but it's let down with guns that don't work (we could have just been unlucky to be fair) and inconsistent theming. When there is theming it's pretty good but there are far too many sections where nothing was happening or there wasn't enough lighting. It was just in need of a major refurb, but still it was all rather unexpected and I give them an A+ for effort.

    The next ride we came across was the mess of Vekoma track, Titanide. It looked rather nice after it's clearly recent repaint. Doesn't mean it'd make it good though and I think all three of us were dreading what awaited us at the end of the queueline.

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    I think those strained faces in the photos above say it all. Whilst being no where near the worst of them it still rattles around the track like it just wants rid of you.

    Moving on, I was shocked to discover that this epic temple held within it a generic simulator show.

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    The big splash boat ride looked like fun but it didn't feel quite hot enough for this type of ride just yet.

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    Never did discover what was inside this amazingly themed building...

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    The sheer amount of effort just for shops and toilet facilities was also ridiculous and I loved it...

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    How amazing does the log flume look?...

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    Next up was the second cred of the day, Alucinakis. A weird woodie/steel hybrid of family style proportions made by Zamperla? It doesn't really do much and does just happily vibrate the entire way around. This is definitely a good coaster for the little ones to start out on.

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    We had now reached the end of the Greek area and we now approached Rome and it's ridiculous wall...

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    As soon as you pass the wall you're greeted by Magnus Colossus which is rather impressive and the scale of everything was awesome. The queueline was really long (devoid of other guests mind) but well themed, the whole area felt like a Roman military fort, the theme helped by the presence of some battering rams etc.

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    So, the ride. It looks epic, the setting it just amazing and even watching it go round makes it look great. Unfortunately for those that have ridden a coaster made by the Roller Coaster Corporation of America you'll know that they don't always ride very well. I found the first double drop to be quite something, plenty of airtime. However once at the bottom of the drop the problems set in. It becomes quite a rough and unpleasant experience, rattling around in quite a fierce manner. It's certainly not the worst I've ridden but I wouldn't want to get back on it.

    In the exit shop we found random merch with Studio100 (Plopsa parks) characters on.

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    Next door Inferno was being all sad and closed, not surprising after it killed someone last year. Still, a nice fresh paint job (clearly owning it's new death cred status in a stark blood red) and awaiting new seating.

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    The Coliseum theatre looked amazing from the outside and the poster for the show later in the day looked great so we pencilled that in.

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    The drop tower, the flight of the pheonix, stole our attention though. Intamin drop towers are fab and this one was themed!

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    The drop tower was exactly how I expected it to be, great views of the surrounding area and a sudden plummet to the ground. Great stuff. Next up was some play fighting over in the Greek area...

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    It was actually rather good. Didn't fully understand what was going on (problem with plot twists in foreign languages) but the fight choreography was great.

    It had really warmed up now so Nic and I decided to brave the big water ride. Other people were now also interested in becoming moist and two little cretins in ponchos decided that they were to re-ride in the same row as us meaning I HAD to be on the side, I was not pleased about this and judging from Ian's photos I did a great job of venturing closer to the middle :p It was actually pretty good, there wasn't much random meandering about which was nice and although we got pretty wet it was a disgusting amount and we dried off within the hour.

    As it was next door we decided to enter the epic temple and do one of the simulators. There was a choice of four films, we obviously went for the cred-themed one. Apart from us the only other people interested was an older British couple, as the staff gave us ages to faff about we had a mini-chat with the British lady, she was fab.

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    Afterwards Ian and I decided to ride the giant frisbee ride, Synkope. We were about to walk right on when the staff had to hose down some seats from some vomit. They did quite a quick job of it. Actually operations were pretty good in the park but that was probably helped by the lack of other guests waiting for rides.

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    I really enjoyed it but it was very close to the edge of being too long a ride cycle. Food was up next and not really knowing what was available we just ended up in a food court type of place next to Magnus Colossus. It was meh. We found a hippo...

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    We saw them earlier in the day but we were now running low on things to do so we went back to do the porn unicorn ride...

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    It was then back to the VBC (Vibrating Bottom Coaster) for some more vibrating fun.

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    Ian and Nic then walked like an Egyptian over to the log flume...

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    The log flume doesn't actually have that much theming but the station is nice. The boat looked really dry when we got in so we weren't expecting much from it. You pretty much go up the main lift hill straight away. We go down the main drop and we hit the water... At first there was a nice spray, good, then a massive wave comes over the right side of the boat literally covering us and because that wasn't enough another massive wave comes in too. We were literally soaked through, how refreshing. Also very ironic after not getting overly wet on the bigger boat ride. There was also a small backwards drop but it was full of anticipation and not a lot else.

    We decided to do some sunbathing to dry off a bit. We then went back over to Rome to catch a family show as we'd now exhausted all the ride options. If you spoke Spanish and you had kids I'm sure this show was a right blast. I could tell it was rather silly, like an older Spanish version of Dick and Dom.

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    We had to kill some time before the next show (the park had a total of 11 shows!) so Ian and Nic had a leaf race in a water feature, nothing happened which was sad.

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    The next show was about a 'crazy' Centurion delivering a runaway slave to the consul. It was the same guys as the other show and it was pretty much the same sort of deal, they were amusing (to those that could understand) and created a bit of a distraction to the lack of good rides.

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    There was like a 15 minute wait for the next one which was more play fighting. It was based on the story of Spartacus, once again it was ok and the fight choreography was pretty good (the cast for all the shows was the same but with slightly different roles in each).

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    The sky looked scary so it was a good thing it was time to go inside for the last show of the day! Nero was their new show but I got the impression that every year it's the same show with slight modifications. There was clearly a very loose story and there were some pyrotechnics but just not enough of them. The cocky swinger was amusing to watch and was quite a good finale. I think we were all half expecting a disaster after it took forever to get one of the net poles to stay up and in place. The trampoline guys were also pretty good but the whole projection thing was done better at Walibi Belgium.

    While the show was on we could hear the heavy rain pelt the roof of the theatre, it did not sound fun. Upon exiting it had calmed to a fine rain so we still waited around a bit for it to calm down some more. Once it did everyone (including us) left the park because well, everything was now closed due to the mass of rain (the kids dodgems was basically flooded).

    As we were making our way over to the car we noticed a high ropes course in another odd bit of the park, there was also a small swing-park and... donkeys? We came to the conclusion that Iberia park was closed due to it being over-run with donkeys....

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    It was a nice weekend and thanks to Ian and Nic for organising everything and providing some good laughs. I really liked Terra Mitica but it just needs some rides that are actually re-ridable and/or good. Still, it looks beautiful and their dedication to all of the shows is quite something.


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    Great report John.

    I think Terra Mitica, from looking at yours and Ian's reports anyway, is one of the best parks I've seen in terms of attention to detail of the theming and scenery...it's just a shame the lack of anything decent in the park lets it down! Shame.
     
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    If Iberia Park is ever actually open it'd make the park feel a lot fuller tbh, as Ian said when you get over by the drop tower it just sort of ends because it's gated off whereas before I'm certain you could walk down to the observation tower, rapids and other rides.

    Great pictures Peep, so much I either missed or can't remember in terms of themeing details.
     
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    Nice reports!

    Terra Mitica is such a beautiful park, but it lacks anything of real note. The Minotaur dark ride is probably my favourite thing there, and even that isn't Sally's best work.

    Part of the problem is that they (the park) were financially :emoji_zipper_mouth: almost from the very beginning - which is why the park has now been split in to two gates. Iberia Park (the bottom part where the rapids are and the SLC used to be) only opens in Summer when it can try to make some form of profit. But even then there's not much to do there, and when I went in July last year, that park was dead. And Terra Mitica wasn't that busy either. And because the park is split in two, it leaves it very disjointed with effectively 2 Egyptian areas (one of which has a load of out of place kiddy rides dumped in it), and a long walk from one end to the other.

    If someone came in with some real investment it could be great, but until that happens, it will always be a huge waste of potential.
     
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    Dafuq is a 7D cinema? Haha.

    This is probably the first time I've read a report about Terra Mitica and it actually looks gorgeous. I'll have to go whenever I'm next in Spain, and hopefully they'll have a great attraction by then.
     

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