Alexander: We’ve made it to the final (new) park of our China trip! While a bonus visit to Shanghai Disney took place on the last day of our tour, Guangzhou Sunac was the last call for credits and new rides on the trip.
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Shockingly, despite being a beautiful summer-y Saturday, Guangzhou Sunac was almost devoid of people. Even its location in the metro next to the enormous Guangzhou International Airport does seem to assist with filling the park.
Those who know Guangzhou Sunac Land better than we do told us that our best bet at catching both sides of Dueling Dragons would be to visit on a Saturday – all other days, its definitely either one side or the other.
We’ll get back to Dragons in a bit – for now, let’s explore the rest of the park. The indoor area that partialy encloses Fantasy Garden looks decent, but closer inspection reveals quickly developing mold and crumbling drywall.
Like Wuxi Sunac, Guangzhou Sunac has a pirate area, a fantasy area, a historic Chinese area or two, and so on. Attraction rosters are surprisingly unique considering the parks do not have overlapping markets.
Like our beloved Soarin’ Over California, Fly Guangdong focuses on the spectacular natural beauty of the actual region in which riders find themselves; in this case, the Guangdong Province of Souther China, which hosts the Guangzhou megaopolis.
We did a lap around the park just to see what all there was. We came across a rock formation similar to that of Wuxi Sunac (complete with ropes course), but it seemed empty without a B&M Wing flying through it.
Here we have Havoc in Heaven, a purported Intamin indoor coaster similar to Wuxi Sunac’s Zamperla Factory Coaster. While the latter did eventually open, Havoc appears to have regressed, with its entry on RCDB now taken down.
As you can see, Guangzhou Sunac Land is struggling with attendance. While I’m sure that visiting on a Saturday was our best bet at getting both credits, it would appear that running both sides at once is cost-prohibitive as of now.
As disappointed as we were to miss out on the invert, we can’t hardly blame the park for not running both sides of the coaster. After all, we waited close to 10 minutes at one point just to get enough people on the sitdown side for a dispatch.
A personal miss for us to be sure – but really we just feel for the park. Guangzhou Sunac Land has a ton of potential and could be something really special if they can sell a clone to a park that’s more operationally stable.
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