Fascinating insight here (albeit illegal?) of the abandoned Ultimate, Raptor Attack, Toad in the Hole and the Wave, uploaded just a few days back!
Although definitely trespass an amazing insight to the parks past attractions! they were brave to adventure down into the rat/raptor attack very creepy! Nice to see a lot of the toad hole workings all still there too, suprised the boat wasnt intombed in there too! Ultimates second half was looking in particularly bad state would certainly need a lot of retracking doing to it, from what I’ve heard in the past the Ultimate was expected to have needed a major refit around its 30th anyway and that was before it sat totally neglected For years, would surely cost millions now to bring it back to working order, it’s sad but I can see why the new owners have deemed it not worth it.
Overall very sad to see all the abandoned rides and What has happened to the park over the years. As a local lad I first visited the park in 2001 and the Ultimate was my first big coaster and the place in general is what has made me the enthusiast I am today. The place used to have so much charm, quirky rides (not necessarily good but unique) such as toad hole, the bat flyer, the wave on its own tucked in the trees, the rat ride of course a excellent theme and experience, and then daddy of them all the ultimate! All just replaced by unimaginative fairground tat, the character of what the park was started dying long ago and now we have the last piece of it going too.
In my opinion the ultimate was a great ride must have had 100’s of rides over the years, first half was just filler but that second half was absolutely bonkers and damn right insane, nothing else I have ever ridden matches it’s ferocity through those first few banked curves in the valley. Yes it was crazy rough and the track work/design/profile was something like someone would Build on rollercoaster tycoon who had no clue about coasters but that’s what some how for me made it good, absolutely wild! Very sad and nostalgic about its loss and personally feel its a big loss to the coaster community there won’t be a ride like it ever again, love it or hate it was a must ride, even if just the once haha.
as for the new direction of the park, I hope they can make something of the place, the New direction does seem to working out for them I feel, it’s certainly popular with young family’s where live in the locality and I would like to take my baby daughter one day. Hopefully it pays off and we can see some decent themed and thought out investments in the park in the future, would be a shame for the place to shutter completely and I wish the best for it.
in conclusion will always have fond memories of what once was and a shame what has happened to the place in the last 15 or so years I used the think the place had real potential with some big investment but alas that direction of the park did not work out.
(ps sorry the essay of nostalgic rambling)