E-World

20th September 2007

This park was known as Woobang Towerland at the time of this visit.

E-World is a large park built on the side of a mountain with a massive tower at its peak. This tower is home to a restaurant, an observation platform, and the Sky Jump, a controlled way to allow people to jump some one hundred and twenty three metres off the side of the tower. Only three of our group decided to do this attraction, but those that did spoke very highly of it. Given more time in the park I might have been persuaded to give it a try, but as always for me it was a case of credits first.

Woobang Towerland

The first ride to open was the Magic Castle, a pretty slow moving powered coaster. It seems unlikely that the poor electric motors had ever tried to move a full train load of adults before, but they managed somehow, denying us the rollback that everyone was clamouring for. The ride design looked like it could easily have been driven by gravity, as it reached a peak early on and then moved steadily downhill, but it definitely wasn't; in fact it felt like the motors were being used to control the overall speed to prevent even the slightest possibility of airtime.

The best coaster of the morning was the rather long Meisho-built Camel Back (#1074), a fairly typical Japanese designed ride that built up a considerable speed while somehow lacking any perceptible g-forces, other than one nasty jolt at the entry of a helix which took out my knee. Riding the Bumper Cars immediately afterwards was probably not the best way to heal that injury!

We had been warned before entry that two of the park coasters were going to be down, and sure enough the train of the Hurricane was in several pieces. When we first approached the Boomerang (#1075) there were several maintenance men working on the lift hill with welding machines and screwdrivers, but they disappeared after a while and the ride opened. It was certainly one of the nicer rides of its type, but I elected not to chance a second go.

 

Kumdori Land

20th September 2007

Kumdori Land is built around the mostly deserted site of the world exposition in 1993, thus making it Korea's answer to Expoland. We were able to walk through the area, and while the architecture was spectacular the experience was more than a little creepy, particularly looking at the thick layer of dust covering the maglev train. Though the park has the tallest coaster in Korea there's not a whole lot else there, and many of us chose to pass the majority of our allotted time in an indoor restaurant where we could escape from the oppressive heat outside.

Kumdori Land

The aforementioned coaster has been through several names, but is currently known as Black Hole Express (#1076). It takes almost ninety seconds to ascend the lift hill by means of a very slow chain, giving riders ample time to ponder whether the fifteen year old rolling stock can cope with the five inversions on the course. The answer is, as ever with Vekoma, sort of; the two large loops are fine, but the corkscrews in the second half of the ride are pretty vicious. I decided to ride a second time so I could take some pictures, and it was absolutely not worth it.

The group actually managed to break the Kumdori Coaster (#1077). Though a standard Vekoma family coaster should in theory be capable of operating with a full load of adults, the front two cars overshot the brake run resulting in the ride being closed down temporarily. We saw them cycling trains for a while with some serious looking maintenance men examining the braking system, to no avail; every train I watched stopped correctly, hardly surprising given that they were all empty.

The layout of the last coaster of the day is best known to European audiences as X:\WTF, due to its backwards trains and odd stops in various different places. Kumdori Land operates their Vekoma Enigma as a standard forward facing coaster with no mid-course pauses, allowing Space Adventure (#1078) to reach an impressive top speed in almost complete darkness, the only caveat being a somewhat hard stop at the end. The result was superb, wickedly intense, and tied with Phaethon for my favourite coaster of the trip so far. Thorpe Park should do this to their version as a matter of urgency.

I decided to finish up my visit with a ride on the Blizzard ride despite a somewhat troublesome stomach and the oppressive heat. This was not particularly smart, and I was relieved when the relatively short cycle came to an end.

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E-World

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