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La Feria has more roller coasters than just Montaña Rusa. They're less major ones, but we're not going to pass them up. And they were all running, too, which gave us direction for the next couple of hours.
Our first visit: Ratón Loco, which we had passed a couple times while trying to find the entrance to Montaña Rusa. As you maybe guessed from the name, it's a wild mouse coaster. A spinning wild mouse, too, with circular cars that spin wildly during just about the whole ride. There's six or so cars on the ride at once. They weren't operating the way we usually see, though, with one car unloading, one car empty, one car loading, and three at various points in the track. Instead they brought all the cars to a stop, unloaded them together, then loaded each car and dispatched one at a time, albeit while the previous car was on the track and past a braking point. Not sure why they would do things that way. My best guess is saving on the number of ride operators, since then it becomes plausible that a single person could both check the restraints (on one side) and dispatch cars. Doesn't seem like a lot of savings, though, considering they had someone checking the opposite side anyway. It also made the queue feel like it took longer, although I'm not sure it added that much total wait time, on average, to people.
Anyway, it's a wild ride, much more intense than the slightly chibi mouse on the ride's attraction sign suggests. During one intense bit of spinning and dropping bunny_hugger summoned the intensest oath she'd learned in Spanish class, crying out ``Dios Mío!'' and then wondering later if this was maybe in poor taste for a country much more strongly Catholic than is Michigan. (Later she found Google Translate judged ``Dios Mío!'' to translate to ``OMG!''. On some more research, apparently the connotation of the phrase these days is of the kind of thing an elderly lady might say, or that a youngster might say to affect a cutesy pose.) So we probably didn't make any perfect strangers in Mexico City who happened to be seated with us angry.
The other two roller coasters were up the hills a couple of levels, past arcades that we were able to confirm didn't have pinball machines. Good number of foosball tables, though. Also air hockey. Our next ride was Quimera, the park's newest roller coaster (opened 2007). It's a good 111 feet tall, too, taller than Montaña Rusa (by one foot), although as a steel roller coaster it doesn't dominate our attention so. Even though it starts from a higher part of ground, too. It's this ribbon of steel, with a couple of helixes and a double loop that had me braced for a neck-banging experience like that of the tiny looping coaster formerly at Funtown Pier in Seaside Park, New Jersey. It wasn't, not nearly. The ride does have a lot of nice horizontal arches, evoking Cedar Point's Millennium Force, though it doesn't feel so much like flying as that coaster does.
And the last was the one bunny_hugger most dreaded, Cascabel 2.0. Before around 2014 it was known as Cascabel. I have no explanation for this phenomenon. Before that, it was known as Laser Loop and was at Kennywood. And I think this would then be the only Former Kennywood roller coaster we could possibly ride. What left her reluctant was that it's a shuttle coaster, going forward and backwards, and the backwards motion --- especially stopping backwards --- is hard. Harder on her than on me. Hard enough that we procrastinated this a bit.
The main thing is we went to the Carrusel Musical. This is a two-story Venetian-style carousel, of the kind we'd seen at Six Flags Mexico and, for that matter, at Morey's Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey. Also at the Freehold Raceway Mall back in New Jersey. It's not particularly old or distinguished, but it is a carousel and we're not going to dismiss that. But the ride was slow, which yes we're always complaining about. It's a good-looking ride, especially as you can look at it with Montaña Rusa and a drop tower behind it and from a part of the ground that's at about the ride's roof level.
</p> Back to Cascabel 2.0. The roller coaster has some nice pieces. It accelerates with a flywheel, so the train starts accelerating while horizontal and goes plunging into the loop and then the lift at the end of the track without a proper lift hill. It's a kind of motion I like. Dropping backwards into a loop is a bit hard on me too. The final hill, taken backwards --- slowing down, stopping, and getting a moment of looking down at pretty near the whole park from high above --- I did like. </p>
That covered the major attractions of La Feria. Now we could look at the smaller and quirkier things.
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PPS: And what all's happening at the zoo?
Oh and while we were there for the amusement rides we couldn't entirely avoid encounters with wild animals of strange and wondrous natures and a sense of enchantment and education and all that. Here, a binturong, for a change not housed with the otters and looking hung-over. (This was a special enclosure for animal-encounters, though, so who knows how they're normally kept?)
Yeah, so that thing where they say binturongs smell like buttered popcorn? Absolutely true. We got a good whiff of this guy's musk as he sauntered by.
Animal-themed Musik Express ride that we would stop on, at least once we had gotten to our primary objective for the day.