HOLIDAY PARK — Warning: a little more follow-up whining on this one.Let me get a little rant out of the way. EGF operations. I’m not being a prima donna about this, but when you have been to a whole lot of parks, you know what’s normal and what’s not in operations. You can see what should be, even when it isn’t. EGF is not crowded at all. In fact, it clearly should be a walk-on. I was actually amazed at the small number of people there, considering it’s a Saturday, the park is decently attended, and there are only three coasters.
But the park is only running one train. Still, that’s not the problem. It’s the Byzantine process of checking the restraints, carried out in such a glacial and indifferent manner.
The ops here have actively taken a walk-on situation and MADE it into a thirty-minute-plus station wait. Just amazing.
And now I’m eating cold pizza. . This isn’t Phantasialand any more.
So EGF had trains leaving the station every five to eight minutes. I timed it. You could imagine what that does to the line. Again, on a day when the crowd level means it should be a walk-on, the lines were 30-60 minutes.
So my more generous reading of the situation is that this is gross incompetence. Holiday Park has never seen how other parks work, so they’re just winging it and they don’t know any better.
A less generous reading is that this is done intentionally to sell. To sell fast passes first and foremost. Also, it traps people in the station where they’re subjected to an unending advert for an elevator pop radio station, which itself features ads for things within it.
And speaking of fast passes, the operations were so slow that fast pass riders who had just boarded the train and thus really annoyed those waiting in the station (many of whom are actually sitting on the floor in the station, because they know they won’t be required to move any time soon) — these fast pass riders were able to complete the ride, and then run around the ausgang-to-eingang path to get back on the NEXT TRAIN. You can imagine how those in the station felt about that.
And there were two young ladies with fast passes, clearly friends, who for some reason liked to sit separately, in the last row and in the second to last row — thus blocking two lines of riders. And then, to add to this, they preferred to sit on the station side, thus blocking even single waiting riders from getting on the train next to them. And the ride ops said nothing about this and let it happen over and over. The mind boggles.
Anyway, this interesting set-up made it impossible to truly marathon EGF. I managed to get in seven rides over time, spending two-thirds of my park time trying to get on this coaster.
Congrats, Holiday Park, you join my top five worst operations.
As for the coaster, which I rode intermittently, it was great. Because of the stretched out pacing, it’s not as intense to me as something like, say, Skyrush, but it was pretty awesome on the whole. The first drop is brilliant, and there’s a plethora of yonking drops. The coaster didn’t quite hit the level of personal favoriteness that I was secretly hoping for, but it was fairly awesome, nonetheless.