Sean: Welcome to the next installment of our China adventure. One of the many reasons 2019 was the year of this tour was because of the giant amount of new theme parks opening up in China at the moment. In order to keep up we’re trying to hit new parks within a few years from opening. Wuxi Sunac Land opened June 29th of this year and is best known for their giant B&M Wing Coaster: Falcon. Let’s head in!
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Most Sunac Parks, much like the Oriental Heritage parks, seem to focus on the region’s history. For that reason the architecture, entrance, ride themes differ quite a bit between Wuxi Sunac Land and Guangzhou Sunac Land (the two of 13 parks in the chain we visited this trip). The entry plaza for Wuxi’s park was simply breathtaking.
Definitely a good first impression! Before we head in, I want to give everyone a quick reminder that the infamous Wanda theme parks are actually all Sunac now. The Wanda company invested a lot but couldn’t make ends meet. The Super-mall mega company moved its theme park operations to a holding company, appropriately named “Sunac China Holdings”. Some of the famous Wanda parks have been renamed, some still have the word Wanda in the name. Wuxi Sunac Land shares the complex with a mall that has been renamed to Sunac Mall, but the movie theater is still named Wanda. A lot of that seems to happen. Outside of the chain’s theme parks (most of which have a mall attached) Wanda Malls are alive an well (always PACKED) across the regions we’ve visited. It tends to only be the theme park complexes that actually saw significant name changes.
Falcon opened about 30 minutes after park opening but it was worth the wait! We rode a total of about 4 or 5 times as crowds were light. The ride’s queue and station are nothing to write home about, so instead here’s a picture of myself posing with the train coming back to the station.
The park’s steampunk/industrial themed area opened just a few weeks before our visit to the park and was by far the best area of the park. Home to a solid collection of flat rides, the area is home to great landscaping and atmosphere as well.
See! We’re the first riders of the day! And good thing we made it over here so quick because after our ride on Steam Racers the coaster shut down for about 4 hours due to high winds and rain. For a minute we thought we just got on the only dispatch of the day, but luckily towards park closing we got a few more laps in.
For a second we had some hope that the park’s Dream Factory would actually be open, but we soon realized that they were still painting, putting the gift store together and Zamperla engineers were walking in and out of the building. Next time.
With my best mandarin skills I acquired us some ponchos because the water looked gross, the ride very long, and the people considerably wet! The overall experience of the ride was actually great! Several mild rapid sections are interrupted by conveyor-belt lift hills and slide sections including the boomerang, some drops and helices. Overall a very fun and unique attraction.
It seemed like a major ride based on the marquee, so we ventured in. The queue is incredibly detailed, home to animatronics, show scenes, and millions of switchbacks. This must be the park’s signature ride…
And it was! The long ultra-HD dark ride was a mix between Island of Adventure’s The Amazing Spiderman and Shanghai Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean. Absolutely stunning ride with both digital and physical scenes themed to an ancient Chinese sea battle. Absolutely in LOVE.
I present to you syrup and water mixed with food coloring! The best part of the drinks were the way they look, the setting we drank them in, and the fact that Alex enjoyed them enough to drink both of them for me.
Let’s take a quick snack break! Meet me on page 2 for way more coasters, reviews, amazing photos and delicious food!