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Zip World Tower | Tower Coaster | Wiegand CoasterKart | 2021

Thekingin64

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Certainly longer and more substantial than expected, still not rushing down to ride it, especially at £25 a go...

Dial up the speed a bit and you'll have a much better ride, and more worth the journey.
 

CrashCoaster

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From what I've been hearing, the ride actually runs faster when the track is dry, and the weather was **** in that POV. I actually saw clips of another POV from a news article I read about the coaster where the weather was fine, and it did actually look to be running a bit faster.


I've also heard it runs faster on-ride than how it appears in POVs; I think how wide the track is compared to regular alpine coasters also doesn't help the appearance of speed. Here is a vlog from Coaster Crazy from the site where Andy checks out the new coaster, there is some cool drone footage towards the end of the video that I have set the video time stamp to (28:38):-

 
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Hixee

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I've also heard it runs faster on-ride than how it appears in POVs; I think how wide the track is compared to regular alpine coasters also doesn't help the appearance of speed.
I do think that first POV from Coaster Crazy suffered a lot from the "GoPro effect". On flat ground with relatively little other stuff around to help the perception of speed, I'm sure it looked worse than in reality.
 

Will

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I notice coastercount seem to have decided this is a cred - at £25 a time (not to mention the rather inconvenient location), I'm hoping the majority disagree!
 

CrashCoaster

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In my opinion, if you consider a normal powered coaster (e.g. from Mack or Zamperla) to be a cred, this should be too. It's fundamentally no different imo besides the fact you control your speed. Honestly, I'm surprised Wiegand Bobsleds/Bobkarts aren't considered creds when Mack/Intamin Bobsleds often are.
 

Hixee

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This actually sort-of cropped up before, and I went on to cover these models later in the thread:

I think these would fall under their own category for me, and look something like this:
Normal Coaster - rails, no speed control, uphill coasting = coaster
Powered Coaster - rails, no speed control, requires to be fully powered round the whole circuit = coaster
Mack Bobsled - no rails, no speed control, uphill coasting = coaster
Alpine Coaster - rails, speed control, no uphill coasting = not a coaster*
Powered Slide - no rails, speed control, requires to be fully powered round the whole circuit = not a coaster
Alpine Slide - no rails, speed control, no uphill coasting = not a coaster
Alpine Cart - rails, speed control, requires to be fully powered round the whole circuit = not a coaster

To my mind it comes down to the "steps removed" argument again. These feel like one too many for me.
 

Will

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Probably infinitely more fun than an SBF Visa spinner though, so I'll bare it in mind if I'm ever anywhere near Swansea :)
 

Thekingin64

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Sorry to bump this topic but looks like this may now have closed permanently. A member of the ECC has been in contact with Zip World, and they have apparently confirmed the closure.
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Unfortunately haven't ridden it myself but it did look fun. However, if the ride can't run in rain, it's not going to hold up in Wales...
 

cocoa

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lolwut

did the electronics fry, or is it just that it rains all the time? pretty funny all up
 
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