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Fun park hits another snag

ANOTHER rollercoaster failure in the city's new amusement park Happy Valley has added to 12 the number of glitches in its 13 days of operation, giving visitors the feeling that is should be called "Scary Valley."

Passengers on the "Crazy Elf" rollercoaster were stuck on the 10-meter high rail when it stopped in midair for more than 10 minutes yesterday.

They could only get down on an emergency escape ladder as the train could not make it to the end, according to the Oriental Morning Post today.

Yet a passenger surnamed Ying's demand for a refund was refused. A manager with Happy Valley shrugged off the complaints, saying the glitches were normal and not at all dangerous, according to the newspaper.

The park also cited the same glitches when Happy Valley first opened in Beijing and Shenzhen, saying they tended to occur on big rides before they were tuned to prime condition.

Most of the 12 glitches in Shanghai happened to running roller coasters, bringing unwanted excitement by leaving passengers stranded in mid-air. The park's landmark wooden rollercoaster stopped seven times on its first day of operation.

"A healthy man could also catch a cold," explained the manager of the park, "not to mention that the breakdown was really rare."

Happy Valley had repeatedly delayed its opening date, finally opening on August 16, 10 days later than planned. The park said the 10-days were to be used to configure the rides into position. The park also imposed a daily visitor limit of 30,000 to ensure safety.


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