Flamingo Land: General Discussion

Discussion in 'European Parks and Attractions' started by soundwave96, 13th Jun 2012.

  1. Pleasure Beach Valhalla

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    All Lost River Ride needs to stop it from being 30minute lift hill- the ride, is a faster chain and some kicker wheels in the indoor section!
     
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    I have never ridden Lost River Ride, nor do I expect to. It's either too cold for me to want to ride or it's got a 2hr wait because the capacity is so utterly appalling.
     
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    But how would that help with the one mile per hour speed round the canal?
    I walked in front of the kids in the boat the whole way round, I had to keep stopping for them to carch up.
     
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    Thank you for all your thoughts on Flamingo Land's Zoo. I understand the zoo came first but I really think that you should either be a theme park or a zoo. I already think some people view zoos as simply days out anyway, and adding a theme park into the mix makes it even more so.

    I'm not going to get into a debate about zoos, I personally believe the good zoos (and even then I have issues with somewhere such as Chester for a few of their enclosures), the ones that are dealing with conservation and just as importantly education, do need to be around. You can't always have conservation in the country of origin, because some species now have no countries due to habitat loss etc but the animals still need to be looked after and bred for the day they can be re-introduced. Chester Zoo has had some amazing success with saving animal species from areas where their homes have been destroyed only for new policies and lands being secured so the animals can return to the wild.

    Ideally we should have no zoos but until frankly, there are a lot less people on the planet from areas of the world where the destruction of nature be it land or animals is the norm, we won't see this happening in this generation or the next or even the one after that.

    The only good thing that has come of COVID-19, is that I think the entire world now has some idea of where this virus came from and how and why it is here. I am hoping that his trickles into other animal welfare issues across the world and that maybe there will be some kind of movement because of it.

    Thanks again for all your thoughts. I think visiting the zoo would be something I would do, simply because I've been to three of the top zoos in the UK, and it would be interesting to see how it compares.... then I could complain. Even the good zoos need a kick up the backside if you see things you don't like (such as areas of pacing) so a smaller one definitely would need a polite reminder.
     
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    I really struggle with zoos, there aren't many things I could debate on either side of, but I reckon I could on the future of zoos. Not least because, I think a lot of people's concern for the animals comes from visiting zoos or safari parks, I know that's the case for me.

    There's an example in my family at the moment, with someone in their mid teens:
    1. Not very interested in animals
    2. Visits a zoo (Chester in this case)
    3. Becomes interested in animals + does some research
    4. Becomes anti zoo
    I think there are things you can do with television and the internet in terms of education, but I don't think it's the same.

    We had a great day at Knowsley SP last year, also enjoyed a (very cold) day at Blackpool Zoo too. Given the choice, I'd visit a theme park with a zoo, they're both a half day experience for me these days, on the whole.
     
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    Ok you mentioned, that there was only a single penguin, this is wrong there is actually 12, they have a well looked after enclosure with an above open viewing area. You also mentioned that there is no conservation? This is also wrong as flamingo land are involved in the most conservation than any other zoo in the uk. The animals are flamingos top priority and we look after them very well

    It’s a very underrated park that gets lots of hate from enthusiasts just because it’s not go top class rides
     
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    Flamingo Land does more conservation than something like ZSL? By what metric?
     
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    I was thinking of Chester.
     
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    yes but you have to remember ZSL is a large charity that owns zoos around the world. As a privately owned zoo it does more conservation than any other privately owned one. We recently realised a black rhino into the wild which was part of the biggest rhino project to date. A lot of work has been done and still is being done in the uwanda rainforest to pony trees, save species and help people. Flamingo lands have helped save over 2000 endangered species since 2014 and there are plenty of signs in the zoo telling you that, there’s also the education centre to !
     
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    Construction update courtesy of TPWW.



    Coming along nicely! Can't wait to get back to Mingo and ride it next year. :)
     
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    Looking like it’s coming along nicely! I hope it does well for them whenever it opens!
     
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    More track and supports have been painted grey and black respectively, so it looks like that will be the final colour scheme.
     
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    Unpopular opinion; I actually think I prefer the grey and black colour scheme to the red and yellow one!

    Painting it while it’s up is an interesting approach, however; I’m surprised they didn’t paint it before assembling it.
     
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    Any word on an opening date for this? Hoping they stick with this year at least.
     
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    Just seen on a Facebook group that the park is planning to open on 4 July. No word on the new coaster
     
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