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Plans for 2011

Well one year down and another one looming. Here's what I've got planned.

Capital Cities
Cape Town

New Parks
Ratanga Junction, South Africa
V&A Waterfront, South Africa
Magic Company, South Africa
Gold Reef City, South Africa
Pretoria West Showgrounds, South Africa (travelling)
Chariots Entertainment Centre, South Africa
Kolmarden Djurpark, Sweden
Skara Sommarland, Sweden
Funcenter, Portugal
Isla Magica, Spain
Seville Fair, Spain
Kiev Zoo, Ukraine
Hidro Park, Ukraine
Gorky Park, Belarus
Cheluskintsev Park, Belarus
Dreamland, Belarus
Bayern Park, Germany
Freizeit-Land Geiselwind, Germany
Schloss Thurn, Germany
Freizeitpark Plohn, Germany
Belantis, Germany
Erlebniswelt Seilbahnen Thale, Germany
Potts Park, Germany
Schloss Beck Freizeitpark, Germany
Dusseldorf Fair, Germany (travelling)
Nurburgring, Germany
Walygator Parc, France
Schwaben Park, Germany
Genclik Parki, Turkey
Kecioren Park, Turkey
Basak Park, Turkey
Luna Park, Turkey
Goksu Park, Turkey

2010 - In Review...

New capitals cities that I visited.
Abu Dhabi

New parks that I visited.
Tineretului Park, Romania
Herastrau Park, Romania
Mitcham Fair, UK (travelling)
Clapham Common Fair, UK (travelling)
Slaskie Wesole Miasteczko, Poland (but only got to look, it was closed due to the leader's death)
Szczesliwice, Poland
Deadwood, NC
Morey's Piers, NJ
Waldameer, PA
Seabreeze, NY
Darien Lake, NY
Martin's Fantasy Island, Canada
Marineland Theme Park, Canada
Canada's Wonderland, Canada
Huangcun Park, China (but the only coaster was closed)
Beijing World Park, China
Aoyun Fuwa Paradise, China
Sun Park, China
Happy Valley Beijing, China
Beijing Shijingshian Amusement Park, China
Tianjin Zoological Gardens, China
Tianjin Water Park, China (but the 2 coasters were closed)
Long Rainbow Park, China (but the coaster had gone)
Nandaihe International Amusement Park, China
Lertao Ocean Park, China
Shanghai People's Park, China
Shanghai Century Park, China
Gongqing Senl…

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

My main reason to visit Abu Dhabi was to visit the newly opened Ferrari World Theme Park which after a downplayed opening at the end of October eventually opened properly for it's soft-launch on November 4th. My visit took place on the following weekend during the F1 Grand Prix event and festivities.

Rather weirdly the entrance to the park is not under Ferrari log on the south side of the building but via a walkway on the north side. Also in the Emirates the working day starts later than we in the West are used to. The park itself doesn't open until midday. So this not a park to get to too early. With a late opening comes a late closure and this park stays open until 10pm on weekdays and midnight on weekends, so night time riding is also possible here. In the initial entry hall there are a number of concession stands including a starbucks for those that need to star their day with a coffee. From there an escalator takes you up to the walkway that leads over the road and into t…