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New Metroland - Review

New Metroland

Park Info
Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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Status: Defunct
Opened: 1988 - 2008
Attractions: 12
Member Ratings
Park: 6.2/10 (5 votes)
Coasters: 4.8/10 (8 votes)
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    New Metroland - Review

    Review by: Webmaster | Last update: 24-Jul-2007 | Based on 2 visits between 02/07-07/07

    New MetroLand is the largest indoor funfair in Europe. It is located in the MetroCentre shopping complex, which is one of Europe's largest indoor shopping malls. MetroLand first opened its doors to the public in February 1988. In 2006, the park received 1.2 million visitors, making it the 8th most popular attraction in the UK.

    The original development, together with the rest of the MetroCentre, was financed by the church commissions of England. Construction and fitting out work in MetroLand cost approximately £20 million. A further £1 million was invested by Funday's Limited who took over the park in 1989.

    In August 1996, Arlington Leisure took over the running of the park and invested over £2 million updating and upgrading all attractions, relaunching the site as The New MetroLand.

    The park currently features 12 rides, a stage show, an arcade, and four franchised food outlets. Entry in to the park is free and visitors can either purchase individual ride tickets, or buy a standard all day wristband, which permits unlimited use of all rides, except the the Aztec Adventureland play area which requires a separate pass, or the purchase of a Gold Pass, which also includes all the other rides.

    The park is open daily (excluding Christmas Day and New Years day) from 10 a.m. during school holidays or 12 p.m otherwise, until 8 p.m. every night except Sundays where the park closes at 6pm. Parking at the MetroCentre is free.

    As a roller coaster enthusiast, my sole purpose for visiting the park was to get an extra credit on the roller coaster, however, upon entering the park I was saddened to learn that the park is under threat of closure. This seems stupid to me, as the park was quite busy, and there were lots of families strolling around. It seems an ideal place for shoppers to take their children to relieve them of the boredom of shopping.

    While the park may not seem like a destination park, it is the only park in the area, and for an indoor park it is quite attractive. There are fake palm trees, lots of neon lights for ride signs, and a variety of bright colors to catch the eye. The park does only have a small number of attractions, but there is certainly enough there to occupy visitors for a couple of hours. There are no hardcore thrill rides, but there are a couple of flat rides to entertain the teens, and a handful of kiddie rides to keep the young ones occupied, and as admission is free parents don't have to spend anything on themselves.

    The park was clean, but I have to say the toilets were not - the gents smelt very bad. I did not eat in the park but the food on offer looked to be pretty much junk food, but there are some decent restaurants in the MetroCentre itself only a short walk away.

    I only rode on the roller coaster so I cannot comment really on the staff, but the operator of the roller coaster was pretty much like an android with no personality or haste, which seems to be what I find at most parks.

    Overall, if your are taking your family then it is definitely worth a visit, or if you are a teen looking to hang out for a couple hours then you should be able to entertain yourself. There are lots of other things to at the MetroCentre such as shopping, dining, ten pin bowling, and you can even catch a movie. So whilst the park is not an all day attraction, you can make a full day of it by taking in other activities.

    Scoreboard
    Coasters:  3/10
    Dark Rides:  N/A
    Flat Rides:  4/10
    Kiddie Rides:  5/10
    Water Rides:  N/A
    Cleanliness:  6/10
    Food:  5/10
    Landscaping:  6/10
    Theming:  6/10
    Staff Friendliness:  6/10
    Staff Efficiency:  6/10

    Overall: 

    5/10

    Ideas for Improvements
  • None.
    New Metroland Tips
  • Look out for special offers on the official website.
  • Tickets for the new roller coaster cost £2.50 in 2007.
  • Look out for a cheaper pass in the evenings.

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