Dropped into the Show for a while this afternoon/evening and had a great time as usual.
The total lack of people there was probably disappointing to the RAS but was fantastic for me as I was able to move around really easily, see heaps more than I usually do and I even found myself browsing through the showbags, something I never do due to the enormous amount of people queuing at the door so all that was a nice surprise for me.
I came in through the Kids Carnival entrance so I checked that out first. I really enjoyed walking through here! It was nice seeing families having fun together and the kids were really enjoying conning their parents into taking them on rides that thrilled the kids and scared the adults.
I almost had a go on Bell's Crazy Raft before I decided to get a review from AFF first. Is it a thrill ride despite it being in the Kids Carnival? Should I spend my coupons on it next time? It sure sounded good and I've heard it goes pretty fast.
Shortly afterwards I checked out the Coca-cola Carnival which was pumping despite most rides only running half loads at a time and some not at all. I noticed several rides, including the Zipper, Waveswinger and Raupen Bahn weren't operating. I'm not sure whether they had broken down in the hot weather, had shut down due to the lack of customers or whether there was a power failure on that part of the midway. No Limit did appear to be working but no one was riding, quite sad to see and I should've had a go myself, next time for sure!
One ride that was doing pretty brisk business was Pirates Revenge. I forgot just how really wet you do get on this thing! The first hint is when you sit in a large puddle of water on the seat which is maintained each ride cycle. It was nice not to have to line up but it looked as if every seat was occupied constantly.
Another ride doing not too badly and absolutely scaring and thrilling everyone. A very long (too long) ride cycle with excellent chatter from the operator who appeared to enjoy his job.
Celebrating ten years at the Show, this coaster is more popular than ever and if there had been more people, it would've held a massive queue. As it was, every car was full of passengers having a great time.
That's basicly it for this visit. I'm most likely returning on Wednesday or Thursday and will do more rides then and perhaps some pics as well!
Here is something I was pondering today whilst walking through the two carnivals. Can any of you name the rides that have survived since the Royal Easter Show moved from Moore Park in 1997, opening at Olympic Park the following year? There are very few but here are the ones I came up with.
Skymaster Wheel which operated at Moore Park for years, March's Waveswinger which operated for a short time towards the end of the Show's run in Moore Park although the Yoyo was there more often than not, perhaps O'Neil's Waveswinger currently in the Kids Carnival but I'm not sure, the steam carousel currently not located in either of the carnivals but an old Show favourite from years back. That was all I could think of. Everything else is new or updated I think. Obviously I'm talking about rides that continue to appear at the Show today since 1997, I know many rides from that period are still operating at other carnivals and amusement parks. If you can think of any others, let me know!