- Favourite Ride
Be interesting to see if they have fixed the arms that were closed at alton for weeks
If Alton signed a contract that meant that the companies providing the rides got paid a flat fee irrespective of whether they were open, closed or partially available, more fool them.Pretty sure they will, at the fair they will want to fill all seats and make as much money as possible. At towers it made no difference to them if they had 10 arms or 5 working.
Some nice footage of Olympia Looping being put together at Oktoberfest
Great photos. It is absolutely incredible. Would love to know the operating costs to bring the thing to HPWW.
Yikes, I can kind of see why ticket prices are so expensive for it, as they need to cover the transportation and operation costs (not to mention currency rates as well).Back in 2011 it was costing them in the region of €45k to move from Munich to Hamburg. With inflation, increased fuel prices, ferry prices and documentation for the UK, you’re likely easily looking at £150-200k at an absolute minimum. You’re probably looking at £30k minimum just to get everything over on the ferry alone!
Glad you enjoyed it!So....we finally visited Winter Wonderland yesterday for our first ever visit. We also did Harry Potter Studios on Friday evening too which was also our first ever visit. That was great.
Anyway ...We did the early slot and arrived before 10am to be first in at WW.
Have to say as a person who isn't particularly that fond of travelling fairs or fairground type rides I was blown away with Winter Wonderland. We had a fab time.
Munich / Olympia Looping. Wonderful coaster. Got my 7 year old to come on with me for his first ever looping coaster. He loved it. So much so we had 2 further rides on it. So expensive but it truly is a great coaster.
The Ice Slide and Ice Kingdom were brilliant too. We prepaid for these with our entrance tickets and weren't disappointed at all. Great fun.
Wild Maus XXL. Only had one ride on it and that was enough. Mental how quick it is. The last 1/4 of the ride is incredibly rough though which spoiled it a little bit.
A fairly obvious one but the prices are obscene as you know going in. I kind of just went with it and said 'heck it's only money you can't take it with you' however just logged on to my bank account to see what we spent and it was eye watering i can't lie. Hahahaha.
Haunted Mansion. Went in with high hopes after knowing nothing about it and left feeling empty. It was pitiful. The facade is incredible but the ride is anything but.
Olympia Looping - 3
Wild Maus XXL - 1
Hangover - 1
Ice Slide - 1
Ice Kingdom - 1
Haunted Mansion - 1
I'm now a convert. Happy to say I was wrong. Great event.
Ah, that’s a fair point. We mostly did rides on our visit.Winter Wonderland if you take it on just the rides alone is a fairly mediocre experience. Yes Olympia Looping is decent, Wilde Maus XXL and Hangover are great, but the rest of the ride lineup is fairly mediocre in the grand scheme of things. You have to really embrace the whole package to truly enjoy it, so the atmosphere, the live entertainment, the food, the drink and having a look around the market too.
It’s been a fair while since I’ve gone now, but ultimately I mainly went for the atmosphere, food and drink over anything else. Sure I’ll grab the odd ride on Olympia or Hangover, but that’s about it really. For a proper ride experience to properly compare to a theme park, I’d sooner visit one of the fairs in Germany or the Netherlands over anything that’s offered in the UK. That’s based on the number of rides being way higher and the general cost being considerably lower too.
Glad you enjoyed it!
Out of interest, what did you think to HangOver? I personally thought it was excellent, and easily my favourite ride there (I dare say I may even have liked it more than any permanent UK drop tower…), but I’d be intrigued to hear some different opinions!
On a complete side note, I’ll confess that I have a bit of a controversial take on HPWW; as much as I did like my time at the event, and would happily return, I’m not entirely sure that I’d rush there every year like a lot of people do, and I’m also not sure that I’m entirely on board with all the hype that the event gets. I’m incredibly glad I was finally able to experience HPWW for myself, and incredibly thankful to my parents for taking me as a Christmas present, but I’ll admit I did perhaps feel a little bit underwhelmed by it in terms of how it compared to my expectations and the level of hype set beforehand.
Now please don’t construe that to mean that I didn’t like Winter Wonderland, because I certainly did! We did have a very nice evening there when we went in January 2020, and I’ll admit that the event is absolutely excellent at what it does, with a very wide range of stuff on offer (and some impressive stuff at that)!
However, I’ll admit that it’s not somewhere that I personally have a huge urge to rush back to. Don’t get me wrong, I’d happily go back if given the opportunity, and I did very much enjoy my time there, but based on my one experience there, I’ll admit that I’m not entirely on board the hype train for the event like most are.
I’d like to add that that’s not through any fault of the event itself, as I think it’s excellent at what it does and some of the stuff there is genuinely marvellous from an engineering standpoint, but I’m not sure if travelling fairs and that style of event are really my personal cup of tea compared to permanent theme parks.
It probably doesn’t help that I’m not personally huge on flat rides on the whole, and I was also quite sorely underwhelmed by Olympia Looping (although I’ll admit that my own high expectations might not have helped with that), and I apologise if I come across unfair, but that’s just my personal opinion on Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.