Overcast and generally unpleasant weather marked my first visit to Flamingoland in nearly five years. Nevertheless it was still immediately evident how much the park has changed in that time. Three of the six roller coasters from that time have been removed, including two classic Schwarzkopf designs. One of the latter has since resurfaced in Mexico, while the other appears to have dropped into the history books. These have been replaced by two new Vekoma coasters and a Zamperla family coaster, the latter being in the final stages of testing during our visit.
The better of the two new adult coasters is without question Velocity (#933), the second Vekoma Booster Bike to open to the world. There are some great things about this ride; the unique (and comfortable) restraint design and the powerful launch, to name two. Unfortunately, the usual problem with Vekoma coasters has reared its ugly head again, namely substantial vibration and jarring, especially towards the back of the train. It's a pity that Vekoma don't appear to be able to solve this problem with their fabrication; it they did, they could arguably have some of the best coasters in the world.
As hard as it may be to believe, the trip reports about Kumali (#934) are true; it is definitely a much smoother ride than the usual SLC design. However, it achieves this by a distinct lack of G-forces; the track has been engineered in such a fashion that it feels limp, rather than giving the impression that the ride means business. This is not to say that it is a bad coaster; not by any means; rather, it is a good family ride rather than the extreme thrill attraction that one might expect from an inverted coaster of this scale. I'd almost describe it as having an identity crisis, insofar as it looks intimidating enough to put off a large portion of the audience that would likely enjoy it most.
We decided to forego most of the other coasters due to weather conditions, though there was time for one blast on the Wild Mouse. As with all the other Maurer designs, it is a lot of fun provided the rider braces for impact before each brake section.
We finished up our morning in Flamingo Land with what has to have been the shortest ever ride on a S&S tower. Cliffhanger gave us just one shot to the heavens, albeit with fairly good airtime. We were waiting for the second shot when the ride operator came over to unbuckle our restraints. If there had been a lengthy wait this might have been understandable, but as there wasn't it seemed more than a little odd.