Walter World

13th January 2013

Walter World is located around three hours drive from São Paulo over some fairly mediocre roads, to the point that foreign visitors would be hard pressed to find it without satellite navigation. We knew very little about the park prior to arriving, but a member of staff gave us some of the back story; in broad terms, the founder wanted to build a local version of Disneyworld, but passed away before the park was ready to open, and his family operate it now in his memory.

Walter World

It goes without saying that the place bears very little resemblance to the home of the mouse, but then again, the average annual spend by tourists in Pocos de Caldas may be a tiny bit less than that found in Orlando. Be that as it may, there were obvious traces of Disney, including a small castle (pictured), a pavilion representing different countries, a town hall near the entrance, a train ride, a boat ride, two monorails, and a large cafe that would not have been out of place next to Big Thunder Mountain. There were also several unique attractions giving the park its own character, including a military museum and a collection of antique vehicles.

The park is home to two coasters. The first of these is a powered Dragao, found on the top of a hill directly inside the main entrance of the park. The view from on board is spectacular in all directions, and turns what would otherwise be a fairly mundane powered coaster into a great all round attraction. In contrast, the Montanha Russa (#1875) was relatively dull, being a carnival design that I've ridden at least twenty times in other locations. Only one of the three ride cars appeared to be operational today, but this was hardly a problem in a mostly empty park.

The only other ride we tried was an old-style portable simulator ride that was buried away at the back of the military museum. The movie in use featured a roller coaster with four lift hills, one inversion, and at least a few violations of the laws of physics. It's a shame, really, as a ride like that would be amazing in real life...

 

Park do Gorilao

13th January 2013

Gorilla Park is a kiddie park found within the car park of the Novo Shopping Mall at Ribeirão Preto. There were around a dozen rides there, including a ferris wheel, a drop tower, a wave swinger, and an unusual Wacky Worm clone named Tuli Tula (#1876). Though the layout on this ride was the standard one, the train featured no restraints at all beyond a door on the side of each car. There was also a distinct downward slope on the front of the station platform which would probably not meet safety standards in other parts of the world. Does anyone know who built this?

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Walter World

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Park do Gorilao

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