On my last visit to Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko two years ago visitors were required to pay for each ride. Since that time the park has made the switch to a pay one price admission, albeit with a fee that makes it marginally more expensive for all but the most enthusiastic guests. The weekend price of fifty zlotys would have covered at least ten rides under the old system, and if the guests today were anything to go by most were not getting value for money. It's also worth pointing out that the park was not crowded on what was a gloriously sunny Saturday morning, which strikes me as fairly unequivocal evidence that the admission fees have been pitched too high. We didn't have to wait for anything at all in the two hours we spent at the park, and we were going for the big ticket attractions. In many cases there were operators standing around waiting for guests to arrive, which was great for the travelling enthusiast but not exactly good for the park's bottom line.
Today all visitors were required to use the old rechargeable smart cards to tag on to every ride, despite the fact that all were also given green wristbands. My guess is that the data from this system is used to divide the park admission fees among individual showmen, though using an easily lost card to do this seems rather clumsy to me. Surely it would be possible to print bar codes (or embed RFID tags) in the wristbands?
It was a pleasant surprise to discover a new coaster at the park since my last visit. Kolejka Gorska (#1529) is a family coaster reminiscent of those built by Cavazza Diego, albeit with a much longer train. This ride occupies a spot just inside the park gate which formerly held the Funny Mouse, the Big Apple coaster that has since returned to the fair circuit in the Netherlands under the ownership of van de Marel. The Blizzard was also absent, but the three other coasters from my last visit were still up and running. Staff insisted that we should cram four adults into the car of the Cyklon despite it really being too small for that, which might have explained why it was slamming into the base of each drop in a rather unpleasant fashion. The water effect was gone on the Mini Roller Coaster but otherwise it was exactly as I remembered. As for the Tic Tac Tornado, this remains the best coaster in the park.
After clearing the two dark rides and ferris wheel we elected to ride the Flying Machine, an antique flat ride that looks to be a local copy of Sir Hiram Maxim's Flying Machine from Blackpool Pleasure beach. This ride consists of a number of model aircraft that swing out from around a tower, in this case substantially taller than that of the more famous version in England. Though not a ride to break records it was still seriously cool.