The main attraction in the new Wild Asia is “Kobra”. It is a Zamperla Disk-O coaster that consists of a half pipe with a bunny hop in the middle. It is roughly 51ft high and is 123ft long. A similar ride is in Paultons Park, called “The edge” but Kobra is much better themed than it with two giant stone cobra statues on either end of it.
The ride itself is slow to begin with, rocking back and forth building momentum to get over the big hump in the middle. When it does go over the hump, you do experience some airtime depending on what direction you’re facing. The half pipes on either end of the ride are also very fun as every time you go up the ramp, you are spinning and facing a different angle thus making every accent up and down either of the ramps unique.
Before you start thinking that Kobra is one the greatest additions to Chessington ever, it does have its own flaws. For example, the queue line can take a very long time as it takes a very long time for each ride session to begin and finish. The queue is also very poorly themed as Chessington have only put up tall bamboo fences in it which prevent the guests from seeing anything at all.
Another problem Kobra has is that the seats are like any other Zamperla Disko ride; in the motorcycle position with restraints pushing you in from behind. This can sometimes be very painful, especially at the end of the ride and your waiting for the restraints to be released.
To sum up then, Kobra is a very good addition to the park, especially for families and Children. The theming is very well done and the ride is not to scary yet not too dull. However, it isn’t a ride for adults and coaster enthusiasts like us. But for Chessington’s target market of families, they have got it spot on, once again.
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