Mirabilandia

21st April 2013

It was an overcast and cool afternoon when I arrived at my second Mirabilandia this year. The conditions had kept many visitors away, meaning that the park was not busy at all. Unfortunately, this also meant that the two biggest roller coasters, iSpeed and Divertical, were both closed. While the former ran test trains at various points in my visit, the latter remained silent, allegedly due to extraordinary maintenance. Based on what I saw today, the word extraordinary should perhaps have read invisible, but I digress.

Invisible Maintenance

I wandered across to the other side of the park for my consolation credit on Max Adventures Master Thai (#1904), the second installation of a möbius coaster from Preston & Barbieri. The team at Mirabilandia have put a huge amount of effort into theming this attraction, including a stone facade and a number of model characters, and the result looks excellent. Unfortunately, their hard work isn't enough to save what is some decidedly mediocre ride hardware.

To begin with the positive, this coaster has clearly evolved somewhat from the the first version of this design that opened in France in 2010. The single cars on that model have been replaced by two car trains, and passengers board these while they are moving slowly through the station, with the lap bars locking and unlocking automatically. Capacity is virtually guaranteed by the fact that there is only room for two of the six trains on the transfer track. Unfortunately, once the cars climb the lift hill things go downhill quickly (pun intended). The tracking is decidedly awkward, with the right hand turn at the base of the second drop being a particularly severe offender, particularly towards the back of the train. The layout also feels far too short, though that at least has been remedied by sending each passenger load through both halves of the course.

With the new credit out of the way, I spent a considerable amount of time riding Katun, which had a three train wait for the front seat and no wait at all for anywhere else. Italy's first B&M was running very well today, producing forces strong enough to give me pins and needles in my feet. Next, I did a lap the other three functional coasters in the park; the powered Explorer, Pakal, and, without really meaning to, the Leprotto Express.

It was on disembarking from the vegetable coaster that I heard a screech of tires and a blaring siren that indicated the start of the Scuola di Polizia stunt show. I've written about this amazing show before, but despite having seen it twice on each of my previous visits I couldn't wait to see it again. Some of the stunts have been tweaked since my last visit, making the show even better, to the point that I'd argue that it is now the single best attraction in Mirabilandia, even more thrilling than the roller coasters. Yes, I did just write that.

I took a lap on the Giant Wheel and the Reset dark ride, before deciding I'd had enough for one day. Before leaving, however, I caught one final ride in the back left hand seat of Katun.