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Giant Wheel Park of Suzhou To Close.

Discussion in 'News & Rumours' started by roomraider, Jan 30, 2018.

  1. roomraider

    roomraider Best Topic Starter CF Award Winner 2016

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    It sounds like the Giant Wheel Park of Suzhou, Home to the only existing Vekoma Stingray model is on its way out.

    The below link is inviting tenders for the demolition of the park. The Ferris Wheel will however stay on as a separate attraction but what will become of the Stingray is currently unknown.

    http://www.gaoloumi.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=3100126

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    Any clues on the time line of this? Is the park shut currently, or is it remaining open for a period of time?

    Got a feeling this is going to spite me...!
     
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    Rains too much obviously...
     
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    I hope the stingray gets relocated, low throughput, but it looks solid. Has anyone ridden it? I'd love to know what people think about it.
     
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    I really wish more of those stingrays were built. Hopefully another park buys it.
     
  6. roomraider

    roomraider Best Topic Starter CF Award Winner 2016

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    It spites a lot of people since its so rarely open.
    But no there is no time line on the document. The time limit for entering a tender has passed so i cant imagine it will be too far in the future
     
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    Shame, I was hoping I'd get lucky. At least if it wasn't being demolished I figured I stood a chance! :p

    I wonder if anyone will save it. Was it unreliable, or simple infrequently run?
     
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    Park has a weird pricing structure for what it is.
    That and Chinese weather policy/attendance.
    I'd go for infrequently run.

    Hope this doesn't start happening to more of the 'older parks' with interesting rides.
    We have said it can't be sustainable in many cases.
     
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    S**te.

    They ballsed up by making this a pay-one-price park with regular park hours when it would have worked much better as a free-entry, pay-per-ride place, open in the afternoons/evenings.

    The main point of the park was the wheel, but few people are going to want to pay "full" park prices to ride it. I can't remember the price now, but I'm sure I paid around the £20 mark, which is ludicrous when you consider there's bugger all there. They even had the audacity to make the horror walk-through an upcharge as well.

    F**k that place.
     
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    Why is it :emoji_poop:e?
     
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    Every single person I know that's been on it says the same.
     
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    I recall it was something like being trapped in a blender full of marbles. Interesting, but not good.

    RIP. I hope I never have to ride it again.
     
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    Bollocks. I missed a flight and never made it there in 2016 but was planning on getting it this summer. Bloody well hope it's still open but I bet it's not. Bollocks.
     
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    Aye, I'm heading there in March! I'll pop in on the way past still, but not feeling hugely optimistic. I'll post an update. :)
     
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    Cheers. I'd be going in May so much appreciated. Fingers crossed for you.
     
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    I'll also be around before then. Will phone ahead as it won't quite be 'popping in'.
     
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    I'll keep an eye on it for now. :)
    No news is good news i guess
     
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    So only about a week until I'm off to Shanghai now, have you heard anything further, or still worth giving a go (I'm planning on being in Suzhou for a day anyway, but might save myself going to the park)?
     
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    Hi Hixee.
    Sorry for slow reply. I was away on some coaster travels myself and only got back last night.
    I cant really say anything anyway. All i know is as of the first of Febuary the park was still there at least.
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    A Chiense forum thread about the park says this in poorly translated English.
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    So nothing concrete. If you are in Suzhou itself then its worth a punt. The park is a short walk from the Times Square metro station. Otherwise with Suzhou Amusement Land now closed and Huayi yet to open theres no much in central Suzhou at the moment.
     
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    Okay, hoping that means that there's a chance still!

    I am planning on being in Suzhou for a day regardless, so I'll check it out.

    Thanks for doing the digging.
     

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