HotZone

26th January 2013

The final day of our trip was spent mopping up some of the smaller parks in the Rio de Janeiro area. We arrived at HotZone in the Barra Shopping Mall after a morning of sightseeing from the Pão de Açúcar. We found a substantial collection of arcade games, a drop tower, and the Twisted Coaster (#1900), a junior spinning coaster from Zamperla and the third installation of this design.

HotZone

The mall is extremely close to the site of the late Terra Encantada, a park that closed in 2010 following an accident where a sixty-one year old woman fell from a ride. Maria drove us past so we could catch a glimpse of the various rides that are still standing, including a drop tower and an eight-inversion coaster from Intamin that will probably never roll again.

 

Parque Shanghai

26th January 2013

Parque Shanghai has two powered coasters from Zamperla, though one of them was clearly non functional today. The larger of the two, Dragao, was running well but wasn't exactly new territory for us. The one ride that I really liked was the Trem Fantasma, a dark ride with a car that moved a ridiculously fast speed; I found myself hanging on for dear life rather than paying attention to the passing scenery. I'd almost describe the experience as a powered wild mouse coaster in the dark; anyone going to the area shouldn't miss it.

 

Play Kid

26th January 2013

Play Kid spans two sides of a road bridge in a not-terribly-nice area of Rio de Janeiro. The park itself is a little on the grubby side, but it does contain a collection of full size flat rides and a carnival style Montanha Russa (#1901).

 

Barilandia

26th January 2013

Barilandia had an impressive number of feral dogs roaming the park. A member of staff with no English approached us as we entered, and told us that the rides would be running in about thirty minutes. In due course we were able to ride the Montanha Russa (#1902), the final credit of our trip.

Barilandia Dog

 

Travel Note

26th January 2013

Regular readers will know that my trip reports always reflect my honest opinion on the parks that I visit, be that positive or negative. Unfortunately, it seems that many local enthusiasts in Brazil do not like criticism of their favourite parks, with my thoughts on Hopi Hari generating a torrent of abuse on various sites. Some examples include:

That roller coaster is a gift for us Brazilians and Hopi Hari has to take good care of it because it is so (expletive) good.
It was obvious that those gringos were gonna say that, they think they are the most powerful people in the world, they think they are better than everyone else!
Our opinion should count more than theirs, since we visit the park every month. Why do they always have to be right about everything? They think Hopi Hari is crappy? So good trip back to their home countries, because here in Brazil we like Hopi Hari and it's roller coasters!
How long will you go on with this? Their opinion means NOTHING and if I met them in person I would tell them to stick their opinion in their asses and go back to their countries.
Those Americans are funny, they didn't like Montezum, but made a lot of compliments to what i consider the most ridiculous dark ride in Brazil, worse than the traveling ones, West River Hotel, go figure!

Similarly, my views on the lack of help provided by the Clube Brasileiro de Montanhas Russas (posted here) generated considerable negative feedback. There was absolutely no requirement for CBMR to help us out, as we are not members of that organisation, but the fact is that they promised to do so and then completely failed to deliver. We'd have been up a famous creek without the assistance of Maria Renata França who singlehandedly saved out trip from being a complete disaster. My understanding is that she was banned from CBMR some time ago, which tells you all that you need to know about that organisation.

Should an enthusiast visit Brazil? That depends. Someone only after quality coasters will likely be disappointed, as only a few of the credits are worthwhile. However, I've got to say that I really liked the country and the people, crazy enthusiasts notwithstanding. Though I've not written about them here, we did manage to squeeze in quite a few of the major tourist sites, and we also enjoyed some particularly fine food. I can't see myself returning to Brazil in the short term, but I'd certainly like to get back some day.

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