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I like Stealth. It's a buzz.
However, whilst it represents going really fast, rather high it also
personifies a lot of points I don't like about Tussauds investment.
Should at £10 million, 'icon coaster', a sheer crowd puller, simply
"do the job?"
It's a hard argument to push - the attraction is
pulling in big numbers, and as I've said, theirs plenty of a lot I do
like about the ride. I even enjoy it's atmosphere and soundtrack - the interactivity
of the queue's TV monitors, texting the DJ, the shoutouts, screams care
and originality. But the ride remains 13 seconds long - an electric
shock, a trip to A&E, and a smooth ride home. Nemesis Inferno, Colossus,
and even Tidal Wave represent fuller, more fluent rides than Stealth -
the theming of which employs the craftiest use of 'minimalism' since
Air's 'subtle and graceful' guise.
In short, good, but really not that good.
OK - so it's neither taller
nor faster than Kingda-Ka; but then again, its something completely new
for the UK, it has a much swifter-moving queue line, and, quite frankly,
I think it's a great addition to the park.
The launch is great fun - not too
powerful to scare "medium-scale" riders, but punchy enough to
pack in a whole loada laughs. The Top hat is clean, smooth and laden
with air-time, and your backside doesn't hit ground zero until way after
the brakes have kicked in.
Theming is dubious and sparse - but
with a ride like this - the launch, and the expressions of the riders,
is the theme; and in the open plan area where Stealth is situated, you
get plenty of opportunity to witness this, and it sure passes the time
in an agreeable way.
Nice to see efficient, enthusiastic