Friday, May 20, 2011

Impression: Siam Park City

Siam Park City was definitely the strangest park I’ve been to. Some parts were great, new, and had good rides. Other areas seemed abandoned, with literal junk piles. What drew me to Siam Park City was actually the SLC, which I was told was smooth. This park seemed like a good option, as we had been deprived of “big coasters” thus far.

When we first got to the park, we felt a bit of a bad vibe. The entranceway was really run down, and didn’t look like it was that attractive to begin with. However, once we got into the park, it got better. They had what looked like it was supposed to be a Main Street façade. It had clearly seen better days, and the architecture was kind of nice. I had the feeling it had once looked very nice - hopefully they take the time to fix it up.

At the end of the midway was a double carousel and, of course, the second level wasn’t running. We passed on it anyway, because immediately to our left was Boomerang. What was really shocking about Siam Park City was the lack of lines, for anything. Somehow, though, we still managed to wait a while for Boomerang. While it was a walk-on, the ride ops were insisting on filling the train to at least quarter capacity before dispatch. Luckily, it didn’t take too long.

Boomerang was nothing special, just another boomerang. Not really any better or worse than other boomerangs. I mostly liked it because it was familiar. After our ride, we headed over to some other rides.

The park has this big tent set up with a lot of rides under it, which keeps out the sun but at the same time, all the heat gets trapped inside. Not a good idea for a park that’s somewhere as hot as Bangkok. We started out with a bathroom break, which was disgusting. DO NOT USE THE BATHROOMS HERE! If you think park bathrooms are bad in the U.S., you won’t believe this. They were actually charging  iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiioooooooiii money for paper towels.

After that bad experience, we tried a few of these rides. The Tagada Disco was a nightmare - it was kind of cool, but all the spinning and bouncing made it feel like the thing could fall apart. We also tried what I will call the Hamster Ball - I think there’s a name for these, but I can’t seem to remember it. Basically, the seats were enclosed in a wheel-like cart, which spun upside-down as you went around the track. One ride on that was enough for me as well.

While my sisters proceeded to reride everything twice, I decided to go take a look around the back of the park. Loop de Loop, the park’s third coaster, had been looming over us the entire time, but it didn’t seem like it was running. I went over to check it out, and found it abandoned. Plants were growing through the track, the station, nothing had been touched in months. The strangest part was that it was not closed off to the public at all. I made sure to get plenty of pictures.

I headed back to the rest of the vomit-inducing rides after that, which had a bit of a junk pile behind it. The funniest part was the giant Santa Claus statue, which is very scary. Junkyards like these were common around the park, and more than once I saw ride cars just sitting out in the open.

After we dragged my sisters away from their third re-ride on the Tagada Disco, we headed over to Vortex, the SLC. I had picked Siam Park City over other local parks because this was supposed to be a smooth SLC, which I knew we didn’t have in the US. This SLC was far from smooth - it was no better than any other SLC. The only good part was that there was no line for it. Somehow, I got roped into riding twice.

We decided that we should head into the water park now, as it was getting hotter and we all wanted to see the “World’s Largest Wave Pool.” There was no separate admission, which was nice as well. They only had a few slides, but they were fun and, like the rest of the park, had no lines. The wave pool itself turned out to be a disappointment. Yes, it was huge, but it was so big that you couldn’t even feel the waves. A bit annoying, so we didn’t spend much time
here and we headed back into the park instead.

Once we headed back into the main park, we tried a few rides that were on this side of the park. From the top of Vortex we had seen what looked like a new coaster, and it was actually on the park map as well. Unfortunately, when we got to the coaster, it was far from open. Why put it on the map to lead people to it if it isn’t open? There was some sort of dinosaur museum here, which we gladly skipped. The remains of what looked to be a train ride were also present. The tracks simply stopped a few feet away from the midway. The park definitely had a few things to work on.

Despite going to the waterpark, we still needed to get wet and it was only getting hotter. We headed to “Log Flume,” which was the newest ride and the longest line we saw all day - 15 minutes. The ride itself was a lot of fun. It was well themed, and was my first reversing log flume. Regardless, I think I like going forward better. The double down was a lot of fun, and while we didn’t get very wet, it was
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While my sisters headed straight for the Tagada Disco again, I took my life into my own hands and rode the Intamin Drop Tower. This wasn’t just any Intamin Tower, it was an Intamin Drop Tower in Thailand. I made sure to keep my legs almost completely horizontal during the ride - I was a bit nervous, to be honest. It was actually a lot of fun, so I did it twice more. I don’t know what I was thinking.

We all met back up to ride their observation tower, where I managed to get some great overview pictures of the park. The cabin itself was due for a bit of cleaning, but the ride was over soon enough. When we got off, we noticed that we only had about a half hour until the park would close. We decided that we would take one last ride on Boomerang before heading out.

Of course, with their ride policy, we had no line and instantly took the front row, but they didn’t start it until at least 6 more people got on. Because of this, we waited about 15 minutes anyway. The ride was still fun - probably the least jarring experience of the day. We headed out of the park after that.

Overall, the park was fun, but had a few things to improve on. First of all, what park leaves their junk out where the public can mess with it? Secondly, half of the rides on the park map weren’t running or built yet. While these issues should be dealt with, the fact that they weren’t made this one of the most memorable park visits I’ve had in a long time.

Overall Rating: 6/10 Stars

Note: All additional pictures will be posted here shortly. This week's HodgePodge will be postponed until tomorrow. Thanks for reading!


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