Terra Mítica is located in the resort town of Benidorm, in the south-eastern corner of Spain. The name translates literally as mythical land, and as such it was no surprise to see that it is largely themed after ancient Egypt and ancient Greece, with sprinklings from other parts of the world. The theming was of a very high standard throughout, making this one of the most picturesque parks I've visited to date.
Our morning began with an ERS on Magnus Colossus (#210), one of only a handful of wooden coasters built by the Roller Coaster Corporation of America. We had been forewarned that this ride wasn't one of their outstanding achievements, and with that in mind I decided to queue for a front seat ride to start with; the idea of missing part of the exclusive session didn't worry me much. Much to my surprise the ride turned out to be fairly decent, if a little bit on the jarring side. The park staff were extremely accommodating and allowed us to use cameras during our session, so I was able to take some excellent on-ride photographs. As an aside, this ride makes a very odd noise when it is out on course, that is quite different to what one would expect from a typical wooden coaster. Does anyone know why this is?
We caught a quick lap on the Alucinakis (#211) junior coaster on the way to Triton's Fury, a giant splash ride featuring two drops just like the one at Port Aventura. This marked the first truly funny moment of the trip; after one circuit, the ride operator asked if we'd like to stay on, so we went around again. Most people got out after three rounds, but I and two others stayed on for a fourth go. By the end of four circuits on a giant splash ride with two drops, we were, not surprisingly, completely drenched. Nevertheless the baking Spanish heat ensured we didn't stay that way for long.
Some simulator rides are too aggressive to be fun, and The Lost Temple falls into that category. Riders are thrown from side to side with considerable force, and the result is far from comfortable. The resultant bruising, coupled with utterly incomprehensible rapid fire Spanish, made this one of two attractions here that I frankly didn't enjoy at all. The other was the shiny new suspended looping coaster, Tizona (#212), which left me with my first Vekoma headache of the trip. It was telling that I enjoyed the Tren Bravo powered coaster considerably more than the apparent star attraction!
We shared a boat on the Rapids of Argos with a local family, and quite possibly prevented a nasty accident by doing so. A small child who decided to stand up mid way round the course just as the boat entered a particularly rough area of water. Both George and I yelled at him to sit down; his parents, also in the boat, were completely oblivious to the danger. Never stand up on an amusement park ride, folks.
Icaros was a contender for the slowest wave swinger in the known universe. The experience was quite frankly boring, though it could easily have been fixed by doubling the speed of the motor. Rather better was the Laberinto del Minotauro, a Sally Corp target shooting dark ride. For some reason this model did not feature any scoring, though it wouldn't have made any difference since more than half the targets were not working properly. The scenes themselves were well done though; this ride could be very good with a bit of work.
After enduring The Lost Temple this morning I was not enthused about riding another simulator, but The Mystery of Keops was so unique that we had to give it a try. The mechanics for this attraction have been built into a Pyramid which really looks the part, even down to the magnificent frescoes on the wall of the queue line. Passengers board a single large gondola which moves up and down very slowly between different scenes. This was clearly one of the first rides to go into the park; though the technology is a bit dated now it is still an interesting ride.
We finished the day with a highly enjoyable show called Barbarosa (Red Beard).