Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko

3rd July 2010

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.

Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko

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.

 

Lunapark Łódź

3rd July 2010

The second stop of the day was at Łódź, a city roughly two hundred kilometers north of Katowice. The drive between the two locations was more than a little painful, as the dual carriageway road was constantly interrupted by intersections, each of which came with a speed camera enforced seventy kilometer per hour limit. Lengthy drives are relaxing and even fun when driven with cruise control, but this journey was pure torture. It was a relief to get out of the car.

Lunapark Lodz

Lunapark is hidden deep inside Park im. Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego, a public facility that today was full of rather scary looking men dressed only in their underwear, suggesting rather strongly that this might not be a good place to let unaccompanied children roam free. The gates for the amusement park seem to mark the boundaries of a safe haven within, as the atmosphere generated by brightly coloured rides and wide open space could not be more different to the dark and scary forest outside. The choice of rides in the park is rather good, with a decent haunted house, a ferris wheel, and an assortment of spin and spews ranging from the tame to the extreme. All attractions are priced individually and have their own ticket booths.

The star attraction is the Schwarzkopf Jet Star (#1530). Though thirteen versions of this ride are known to have been built, only five still operate today, and the appearance of this one would suggest that it might be on borrowed time. Be that as it may, the ride quality was everything we'd anticipated, and we couldn't resist completing a second circuit.

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