E-DA Theme Park

3rd June 2011

The first challenge for any tourist planning to visit E-DA Theme Park is to figure out how to get in. Do not be tempted to follow the massive line of children working their way across a pedestrian bridge; this is in fact the group entrance, and there are no ticket sellers on this route. The regular entrance is on the third floor of the nearby outlet mall, and is sufficiently well hidden that one of the staff at the group entrance offered to bring us there.

Once inside the gates the park is very easy to navigate, being quite small; all of the rides can be found in the vicinity of a single midway. Many of them are located within a building at the far end of the park, a nod to the hot and humid climate found in Taiwan. There are food and drink outlets scattered throughout, including one with the rather odd name of Doodoo Supply; perhaps the park would do well to hire a native English speaker to proofread their translations!

Doodoo Supply

We made it to the entrance of Rooftop Junior Coaster (#1624) two minutes before it was due to open, and thus we got on the first circuit of the day. There isn't much to say about another Fabbri spinning coaster, except to note it with a ch-ching sound! Two floors below it was another coaster, the imaginatively named Dark Ride (#1625). This coaster is a custom layout roller skater built by Vekoma, and it's a winner. Rather unusually the station is located at the highest point in the layout, and thus the lift hill comes at the end of the course. The enclosed design and theming made the design feel faster than it actually was despite a row of magnetic trim brakes running down the first drop.

The signature coaster is Big Air (#1626), the long-delayed hammerhead stall design that at one stage was due to appear in Fantasy Island in England. The basic premise of this ride is a U-shaped layout, with cars that rotate slowly when they reach the summit before dropping under the influence of gravity. While an interesting experience, and fun in an odd way, this design lacks a certain je ne sais quoi that I feel is required for a ride to become a classic, unlike one of the other Vekoma products in Taiwan.

By this stage the park was absolutely heaving with people, an occupational hazard as one approaches the end of school term. We joined the ridiculously long queue for the Haunted House, though quickly abandoned the prospect when we saw how slowly it was moving. Rather than fight our way through long queues in thirty degree heat, we elected to try another option.

 

Bada Forest Paradise

3rd June 2011

Bada Forest Paradise is a beautifully scenic park located near the city of Pingtung in southern Taiwan. It is also home to a single powered coaster. Unfortunately the ride in question was closed today; George managed to persuade an operator to try to run it anyway, but it refused to move. We did enjoy a haunted walkthrough and some of the natural scenery before it was time to catch our train back to Taipei.

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