In the proposals submitted to Kingston Council, the Resort outline plans to install a new mini log flume ride in the area adjacent to Toadie’s Crazy Cars and the Gruffalo Arena. The mini log flume is the same ride that used to be located at Weymouth SeaLife Centre and has a maximum height of 4 metres meaning it will be aimed at a younger audience than the existing flume, Tiger Rock. The ride will have six logs, each able to carry up to 3 riders. As part of the development, the log flume will be re-themed to include safari theming, including animal models located around the route. As well as the installation of the ride itself, the immediate area surrounding the attraction will also be developed to include a new public walkway linking the new mini log flume with Toadie’s Crazy Cars, and a public viewing area for the flume drop zone. A new entrance portal will be installed at either end of the public walkway creating in effect a sub area containing the mini log flume and Toadie’s Crazy Cars.
In order to create the required space for the new mini log flume, changes are proposed for Toadie’s Crazy Cars. The current track for the ride will be re-routed so that it occupies a more central location, and the length of the track will be reduced from 200m to 168m long. The attraction will also receive a re-theme with safari jeep style cars and other safari theming added to the ride. This theming will include animal models being placed around the route for guests to spot on their way around the track. This new theming will match that of the new mini log flume ride.
The proposed alterations to Toadie’s Crazy Cars will be the second time the ride has been rebranded. The attraction first opened as Old Crock’s Rally in 1987, with it later receiving its Wind in the Willows theming in the early 2000s. It also had its track shortened once before to make space for the ride station for Dragon’s Fury.
Currently, there is no indication within the plans as to when the new mini log flume and re-themed Toadie’s Crazy Cars are expected to open, however it is possible that the attractions could be the Resort’s 2020 addition. These plans follow the submission in September for a new drop tower ride to replace Rameses Revenge with an expected opening date of 2021.
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