Cidade da Criança

15th January 2013

The City of Children is a large kiddie park located on the outskirts of São Paulo. It is operated by the local authorities, which probably explains why it was open on a weekday morning on a day with no more than a dozen guests in the park. Most of the attractions were off the shelf, but I did notice an interesting splash down ride where the landing area had no track, with the boat floating back to where it should be.

The only ride we tried was the Brucomela (#1878), a standard layout Big Apple design, albeit one built up on stilts, which made it look much taller than normal. It was also much more violent than normal, with the turnaround after the drop slamming me sideways into the ride car, which promptly left a large gouge on my knee. Though embarrassing, this minor injury pales in comparison to the day that a well-known English coaster enthusiast broke his rib on a similar ride...

Cidade da Criança

 

Cakky Balaco

15th January 2013

Maria managed to negotiate us access to Cakky Balaco, a party buffet with a miniature drop tower, a four-car spin ride, and one of the smallest roller coasters that I've come across in my travels. The track length on Montanha Russa (#1879) could not have been more than fifty feet in total, with a vertical lift leading to a tight turnaround, a single drop, and another turnaround back to the station. The ride would comfortably fit in the average family home, and if any enthusiasts are interested, it is for sale for just BRL 25000 (about €9250).

 

Parks and Games

15th January 2013

We found our third powered Dragon in thirty-six hours inside the Litoral Plaza shopping mall. Parks and Games also had a set of Bumper Cars, a set of Planes, and a swing ride of indeterminate provenance.

Planes

 

Moreno's Park

15th January 2013

The last stop of the day was at a travelling park with two coasters in Montaguá, a seaside town on the outskirts of São Paulo. The web site quoted an opening time of 5pm, but Maria was told 6pm by phone, and the rides actually opened at 7pm. Montanha Russa (#1880) was quite rough even by the not terribly high standard set by every other Pinfari ZL42 in the world, though part of that might have been the fact that I was in the back car. Happy Mountain (#1881), on the other hand, was good fun and made an excellent conclusion to our day.

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