Posted Friday, December 21, 2012 10:10 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy
Oakwood theme park in Pembrokeshire is investing more than £4million on rides, a restaurant and cafe and outdoor play areas set to open in the new year. The attraction is looking to create a number of jobs through the investment which park director Dominic Jones said was the largest for more than a decade. A water ride will be among seven new attractions developed at the site.
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I'll never understand how Oakwood does as well as it does. The location really isn't convenient for anything...
The alpine slide (only steel one I've ridden)...fabulous. MegaFobia was AMAZING...and we only got rides early in the day. The Eurofighter was one of the better ones for having OTSR's, and Hydro was every bit as good as Perilous Plunge v1.0. Overall, it's a great park worth travelling to...but as you mention, it requires considerable travel.
Also the only set of flying skooters we saw in the UK...
Never heard of this place. Looks worthwhile. I'll make a note of it.
Unfortunately, if you go to our Oakwood page linked above, and click the news tab, you'll find that many of us only know it for all the wrong reasons.
It is a pretty nice park. However, it's about ninety minutes drive from the nearest major city (Cardiff). The only thing it's relatively close to is the ferry port for boats to Ireland!
I've noticed that Europeans have a different sensitivity to distance. It takes me three hours to get to Kings Island, two to Kennywood, on to Cedar Point, and all three fall in the category of "no big deal" in terms of driving distance. I've been to my in-laws three times in the last year, nine hours each way, and that doesn't seem like a big deal either. You guys can be in an entirely different country in a few hours. How cool is that?
You guys can be in an entirely different country in a few hours. How cool is that?
You can be in an entirely different state (with it's own laws, goverment leaders, quirks, etc.) in a few minutes.
Say what you will about Americans being naive to the rest of the world, but I've read/seen/heard a few of stories about visitors from other countries thinking they can do things like drive from Niagara Falls to see The Grand Canyon in the same day - they just have no idea how big the USA is.
Jeff, we can do that too. :)
Anywho, I was staying with relatives in Scotland once and decided to take a bus trip down to Blackpool. The trip was three hours, and we had to stop at a rest stop for an hour half way there for lunch. It was considered a major journey, apparently.
You're quite right. My commute to work is less than five miles and I consider that a bit long :)
I would kill for that kind of commute.
Oh heck yeah, mine is twenty-five miles each way right now.
Mine's about twenty miles each way, but on a West Virginia road, that takes about 45 minutes.
For me, about 11 miles each way..
But that's through Jersey City and Newark, two of the most populous and heavily trafficked cities in New Jersey. It can take me anywhere from 35 minutes to close to two hours, depending on circumstances. When I think about it, that's the way roller coaster lines are without pay-to-cut..in the words of Mrs. Gump, you never know what you're gonna get.
35 miles one way, 55 minutes to 1:20 depending on traffic. I win...er, lose.
I guess part of it is the fact that fuel is nowhere near as cheap here. It costs me around $10/gallon to fill my car, though that's compensated for a little bit by the fact that my car (a Saab 9-3 Diesel) does somewhere between 45-50 miles per gallon.
4 miles opposite direction of traffic, no freeway, 7 to 12 minutes depending on lights. I sometimes get up 30 minutes before needing to be at work. The supposed apocalypse day was my 13th anniversary. My tank regularly lasts 2 weeks+ It would go much longer if I didn't travel on the weekends.
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