9th-23rd July 2011

Travel, Bayern Park
Freizeit-Land Geiselwind, Schloss Thurn
Freizeitpark Plohn
Belantis, Erse Park
Heide Park
Hansa Park, Serengeti Park
Potts Park, Fort Fun
Movie Park, Schloss Beck, Düsseldorf Fair
Düsseldorf Fair, Freizeitpark Klotten
Phantasialand
Walygator, Didi’Land
Holiday Park, Tripsdrill
Tripsdrill, Schwaben Park, Europa Park
Europa Park
Skyline Park

 

Chris Sawyer
I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make this fantastic trip run so smoothly, especially Justin and Yvonne who I know have spent considerable time and effort over the past few years planning and organizing this trip, and who have had the unenviable task of looking after us all for the past two weeks and making sure the hotels, travel, and parks all went to plan – It’s been an amazing 15 days visiting so many parks, riding loads of coasters and having a great time with a great group of people – Thanks!

 

David Elvy
I just wanted to thank everyone for an amazing trip, I had a blast.

Justin and Yvonne did an amazing job with the arrangements, the Parks, rides, ers’s, food, and everything was great, but what makes the trip is always all of you guys. I had a great 2 weeks with you all,  and sorry if I did not get to say goodbye to everyone at Skyline Park today.

I look forward to seeing you all again soon

 

Steve Fagin
A massive thank-you to everybody who helped to organise this trip – whether on-board, or behind the scenes. It was a fantastic experience that delivered so many new experiences, even for those, like me, who did 2004.

That said, without such a good bunch of people, it would have been half the trip it was. Hope everybody got home without delays!

 

B. Derek Shaw
I am on my way across the pond soon. What an amazing and fun trip this has been! I’ve made many new friends, met many new ones and got to ride all kinds of roller coasters. My thanks to Justin and Yvonne and others for the hard work they put into organizing this two week journey!! It was quite fun – thanks for all your efforts!!!

 

Patrick Flumet
After one day sleeping, I’m back to thank everyone involved in this trip. It was good to do a club trip again after so long time, and I will try to do some more in the future.

And thank also to all of the enthousiasts present who made also this trip unique.

 

Tim Baldwin
Thanks to Yvonne and Justin for all their work for months and months and months. I know what all it entails and our appreciation cannot be conveyed enough. Your efforts have made many people very happy and have given us great memories.

 

Even Stangebye
Wow! What a trip! Got home last night, after spending 8 hours on Sunday relaxing at the biggest Thermal Baths in Europe (Erding Therme 5 minutes from Munich airport). Needed that! 🙂 I want to thank Justin, Yvonne and all others who contributed in the planning of this wonderful trip! It must be a lot of work! I also want to thank all of you for beeing so nice to the kids! This trip has been a dream come true for them, and a life time experience they will never forget! 🙂

 

Alex Rigsby
I wish to extend countless thanks to Justin and Yvonne for such a fantastic trip. This was my first overseas coaster tour and it was nothing less than incredible. The coordination and effort on their parts was evident every step of the way and I’m sure very few of us can truly appreciate the endless hours they spent on putting this trip together.

As well, I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to meet each of you and share my passion of coasters and parks with such a lively and friendly group of people.

I look forward to many future trips and hope to see you there.

 

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
Our thanks to everyone involved in the planning of this trip.  We had a great time.  Wonderful to see old friends, and to make new ones.  We look forward to more trips and seeing everyone soon.

 

Jeppe & Johanne Nygaard
The trip was a very good blend of the old, but fantastic, well know parks, and a bunch a smaller parks the club has never been to before.

It was great to see how much good fun and laughter we had in some of these small parks   🙂

And the big parks really rolled the red carpet out for us, Tripsdrill, Hansa, even Heide Park without us buying their ERS, and especially amazing Phantasialand and Europark … absolutely amazing …

Thanks to everybody on the trip, both new and old good freind, making this another great ECC trip memory  🙂

 

Lasse Törnqvist
Thank you very, very much all of you who were a part in making this trip simply fantastic!

My special thanks go to Yvonne and Justin for your very hard work, good organising, your ability to stay on top of things, your patience and a lot of other things I cannot find the words for…

Looking very much forward to seeing you on other trips in the future!

 

Andy Costin
I’d also like to say a big thank-you to Justin, Yvonne, and everyone involved in putting together this trip, also the parks, coach drivers, and of course, everyone who was on the trip, for making it so memorable. 🙂 I can’t wait for the next big trip now!

 

David Bebbington
Just want to thank Yvonne and Justin for all their hard work. Paul for the shorter trip and the beer. It was an amazing trip with many new friends made. To many memories to sum up:)

Even, if I have have the fortune to have kids I will be coming to you for advice as your kids are superb in every way:)

Thanks to everyone on the trip for what is a great life experience:)

 

Mike & Kammy Sislofsky
Hello All. WOW, what a great trip!!!!!!! HUGE Thanks go to Justin and Yvonne for the planning and execution of this trip. And for the management of our group of sleep-deprived, hyper-excited, coaster lovers. You both deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for surviving. 🙂 As others have said, there are really no words to express our gratitude to everyone who had a part, large or small, in making this trip spectacular. So, Justin, Yvonne, Paul, Andy, Lutz, and anyone else we’ve forgotten – we salute you. You are awesome!

And an additional thank you to everyone on the trip – you all made it so special. It was great spending time with old friends, and really cool meeting new ones. Memories of the trip float into our minds and we can’t help but smile when we think of all the amazing, crazy, funny, and unforgettable things we did together. Thanks to everyone! (The only thing I missed from home was my pillow. And I sure do miss that great bread we had every day at breakfast!)

 

Shannon Somerville & Bob Ziems
Thanks for making our first ECC trip as a couple very memorable..we’re looking forward to many more trips.

 

John King
Had a great time, met many new faces,and some fun parks with interesting and unique rides.Thanks to all who made it possible,looking forward to many more in the future.

 

Day by Day Reports

Day 1 – Travel, Bayern Park

Jeff Holmes
We arrived safe and sound in sweltering heat. Bayern Park is a really great park and is far bigger than you think. Their newest coaster was sadly still unfinished but looked really good. We were told that the intensity of the ride is quite high and is aimed at the more older end of the market i.e. older teenagers upwards. A great excuse to re-visit this park in the not too distant future hopefully. Prost!!!!!

Joe S.
Great start to a great trip. Two toboggan slides were an excellent use of the terrain. Cat wanted to follow us home, could smell the weinersneiztel on me I guess.

Michael Horwood
Wonderful, scenic park. Should win award for best landscaping. Warm & gracious staff and management. Must return for Freischuetz.

Celia Horwood
What a beautiful park. Flowers everywhere. Great park for families and will be a thrill park when Freischutz is finished. A wonderful beginning!

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
We arrived in Munich yesterday after a few days in Sweden. It is wonderful to be with the ECC and touring Germany. Bayern Park is a delight. Beautiful landscaping, lots of trees. A nice selection of rides, and will be great when the new coaster opens. Hi to Tim, Shaki, and Oliver.

Yvonne Janik
Thanks so much Bayern owners and Vesna, Thomas, and Hermann from Maurer for setting up such a perfect day at the park for us. I loved the gorgeous landscaping and the fun rides – lovely hospitality and perfect weather for our first day of the trip.

Malcolm Marr
The new ride is a big step for the park, perhaps too intense. Too many regulars missing from the trip – I quite liked Mr P’s Ridiculous Knob Coaster.

Jeppe Nygaard
Saa er vi kommet afsted, og foerste dag er gaaet godt Fantastisk at stige af ud flyveren og moede saa mange af de gode venner jeg har rejst med tidligere, – selv om vi savner et par af “de faste”. Sidste gang vi var sammen var et sted i hhv. Japan, USA, Korea eller Kina. Det bliver rigtig spaendende. Glaeder mig meget til Johanne stoeder til, og rejser med os

Jason Hammond
Today was a great beginning for my first trip to Germany. Bayern has a wonderful family atmosphere with a lot of neat little rides. The new coaster by Maurer looks like it will take this park to a whole new level. Perhaps this will to for Bayern what Raven did for Holiday World. It’s been a long time since I was able to crawl up, in and around a ride that was under construction. Got some great pictures. I can’t wait until tomorrow.

The Stangebye’s
Great start in a very nice park – Bayern Park. It wasn’t very crowded, so in the 6 hours we were there we got to do most attractions, have a meal and ERS on a coaster, sommer-rodelbahn and a log flume (!)

Bob Ziems & Shannon Somerville
A very nice park.

Bob & Mike Englander
Hit the ground running, straight from the airport to Bayern Park. Small coasters but still a lot of fun with a personal tour of the soon-to-be-opened coaster and a very good meal. Sehr gut!

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
What a wondeful park hidden away in the German countryside! Enjoyed the rides, the atmosphere, the food and the hospitality. For sure a park I will return to in the future.

Gus Bilderback
Having good time, glad you’re not here.

David Cornell
It is great to be back in Germany. 2 days, 2 new roller coasters, 2 schnitzels.

Gloria Nakamura
The park was really welcoming and the food was great, although the souvenirs need some work. But if you’ve seen the pictures, the absolute highlight of the day was sitting on the track of Freischutz – almost worth missing the credit.

Peter Oakes
I was disappointed that the rapids wasn’t going, what a bummer!
The Achterbahn was fantastic. Imagine if that was cloned and made into a mine ride with tunnels.

Ken Simmons
The trip is off to a great start. Bayern Park is a very nice park. The new coaster wasn’t ready, but we did have a tour inside the structure. Overall it was a really fun day.

Mike & Kammy Sislofsky
Bayern Park is a very beautiful park. They have planted so many flowers to give it lots of colour, and they have cute buildings too. The coasters were geared a little more toward kids, but they have 2 very nice alpine slides. The park staff treated us wonderfully, and we had a very good time there.

Allen Hite & Bob Wetherbee
Dear Diary, we are no longer butterfly virgins. Loved the park, loved the landscaping, loved the staff. It was great start to what will be a great trip. We’ll both ride our 700th coaster this trip,

Mike Thompson
Bayern Park – that ain’t no kiddie park! Lots of fun things for kids and adult enthusiasts to do. Achterbahn and the two alpine slides were the highlight at this beautiful, wooded park.

Kat Soderquist
Great day at beautiful Bayern Park. This being my 4th visit, I was happy to see the park is still moving forward and improving with each visit. Everyone on the tour seemed able to locate the elusive Mr P’s Ridiculous Knob coaster easily without a map (on their first visit). Brilliant to be back on an ECC tour once again. Looking forward the great adventures ahead.

Kristian & Mette
Extremely hot day, nice park, great hospitality and 4 new credits.
That’s all for now….

Darren and Mary
Long hot day but we both enjoyed the rides in the park, not the run of the mill type, it was a pity Freischutz was not ready but we saw them lowering the new cars on to the track – so another first.

Sue and Rich Yekel
Great time at our first park in Germany, Bayern Park. Very nice park with very hospitable park management. Hi to Mom, Dad, Sis, and Bam!

David Bebbington
Really hot but, so worth it for such a beautiful park with a great collection of family orientated rides. May well be worth a return trip, judging by the look of their new launch, currently under construction.

Lasse Toernqvist
Bayern Park is mostly for families with small children. The highlight is the family coaster Achterbahn on which we also had an evening ERS.

Nick Christensen
Well, I DID find my passport, and I GOT on the trip after all, so that’s good. Bayern Park was a very nice family park to start the trip with, and when the new Freischutz opens, it will have a more thrilling coaster, which just make this wonderful park better. Now it’s a one and a half hour drive to the hotel, where some much needed sleep will be taken care of.

Derek Cromarty
Great park mostly geared to younger children; great hospitality

Derek Shaw
After a three hour delay in Philadelphia, we got to Munich, in the early afternoon. The time was spent on sightseeing in town and also at the Olympic Stadium complex. Now on to the main reason – the parks!!! It’s been seven years since I’ve been here. Bayern Park was a great family one to start with. Beautiful alpine buildings, flowers, landscaping and brick paved walkways (not like the asphalt jungle that is found at Cedar Point.) All the coasters and alpine slides were fun. The new coaster – that wasn’t ready for us yet – will be a tremendous addition to the park, moving them up to the next level. Day one was a good one!

Rendell Bird
Bayern Park is a wonderful children’s park that’s trying to transition to a full-fledged amusement park. The new ride’s first train was being crane-lifted onto the track while we were there. This is not something even Coaster Maniacs get to see often. The park had beautiful landscaping; but I did find the layout of the park was a bit odd – nearly vertical on one side of the hill, then one bridge to an entire second-half of the park. Still, we had a great time and a good start to our trip.

Tim Baldwin / Jeffrey Seifert
Bayern Park was a totally charming out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere park. It was deceptively larger than one might first imagine. Part forested, part beautifully landscaped gardens, part zoo. This park is a solid contender for Best Children’s Park on the Golden Tickets. Which makes it more puzzling that they try to expand their demographics with a monumental high-speed launched four inversion giant in the middle of all these children’s rides. They seemed to jump over entire genres of more suitable coasters (wild mice, spinners, family-sized woodies, mine trains, etc.) Even if it is an odd fit, it looks very good and very intense. It should really put them on the map. It’s such a nice park, we hope it brings them success.

Craig Smith / Andrew Lamb
A great introduction to The German Tour and warm and sunny weather to start the tour with too. The park management were very pleasant and so were the new roller coaster’s project team who gave us a bit more of an insight and close up and hands on experience of the coaster under construction which is never to be repeated again so very special. Bayern Park offered some very unique and not to miss little charmers such as The Butterfly ride for example. The park was very clean and pleasant to be in! Good luck with the launch of the new coaster when it’s ready and thanks for a great start to our trip!! There was a bit of an Oakwood style feel to this park which was nice.

Jan & Mac Rush
This was our first visit to Bayern Park. What a lovely, inviting place! It’s the kind of park one should stroll, rather than race through, because it’s filled with colourful flowers, charming statues, and whimsical rides. For a family park, Bayern’s currently-largest coaster is surprisingly spunky and fun, with some great laterals and a rather intense helix. Oh, yes, and the train goes around twice. One of the cutest non-coaster rides in the park is the gondola ride on water, bobbing gently around garden scenes and into a castle. It’s a ride that seems to be prevalent in European parks but is non-existent in U.S. ones. Great park to start to the tour!

Steve Gzesh
After spending a few days in Germany already, it was good to finally start riding some coasters! And Bayern Park was a great place to start. It’s a charming family park with a nice selection of rides. Too bad their new coaster is still under construction and not quite ready to operate, but it gives me incentive to return to the park sometime in the future. But for now, I’m up four on my coaster list, well on my way to hitting #900 in a few days! (I’ve had my fill of the little Butterfly coasters, so hope no more will follow on this trip!)

Patrick Flumet
Good to be back in ECC tour, but as usual, I will write in French. Pour commencer tranquillement ce periple un tres joli parc familial avec quatre coasters. Le cinquieme prevu pour cette annee n’est malheureusement pas encore fini. Un grand pari pour ce parc, car la visite du chantier laisse augurer d’un coaster assez intense, donc audacieux pour un parc familial, mais qui pourrait bien relever le defi.

Paul Hindle
A great park for the kids – and for us too. Pity about the new coaster not yet ready. But I really enjoyed the alpine toboggans; please can I have one for my garden? I’ve already got the hill…….. My running total is now 480; roll on 500 !

Dave Elvy
A great start to the trip with Flights to Munich with Lufthansa, one of my favourite airlines, to then meet the other members, some old and some new faces before heading off to Bayern Park. The Park has six coasters, soon to be seven, including two Alpine Coasters, the largest of which was the Park’s highlight for me.

 

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Day 2 – Freizeit-Land Geiselwind, Schloss Thurn

Jeff Holmes
We visited two parks today. Both were family parks with great junior coasters of which we had great ERS’s on. Hospitality was really good in both parks. Prost!!!!

Joe S
Two out-of-the-way family oriented jewels; no lines, lots of fun and great hospitality from the parks.

Michael Horwood
Basically two picnic family parks with zoos and a small assortment of rides. Highlight of the day was 9 circuits of “Familienachterbahn” at Schloss Thurn – final ride and train of the day.

Celia Horwood
Yahoo for day 2!! Never had the lift that the water Nautic Jets made – what fun and the chicken was yummy. How about 9 times through the station on the Famielienachterbahn? What a fun day!

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
Hey Oliver – we saw dinosaurs today at Freizelt-Land Geiselwind Park. They were huge and very cool. The park is beautiful, and so very well-themed. The details were amazing. It is nice to visit some of the smaller parks in Germany. Hi to Debbie.

Yvonne Janik
Geiselwind and Schloss Thurn are beautiful, well-maintained parks with friendly, efficient staff. Thanks to Michael, Alf, Benedikt, and Thomas for making this a great day for us. The ERS rides were very fun – great mouse at Geiselwind and so fun to go around 9 times on Familienachterbahn at Scholss Thurn without having to get off the coaster.

Jason Hammond
Our first stop today was at Geiselwind. They had a great little collection of some unique rides. In particular, they had a Zierer spinning coaster called Drehgondelbahn. This was the most unique spinning coaster I’ve been on. I enjoyed it immensely and like it a lot more than the spinning mice. In addition, everyone seemed to have a blast riding a miniature version of a Shoot the Chutes (a Nautic Jet) called Butterfly. With a 90 kilo limit, I was to big to ride. Our final stop for the day was at Schloss Thurn. This was a beautifully landscaped park with many transportation rides and various boat rides. The ERT session we had was the highlight of the day.

The Stangebye’s
Another great day in two beautiful family parks! No queues, nice rides and good lunch! Nine rides in a row on the Schloss Thurn coaster.

Bob Englander
A good Boomerang and a Big Nucki – Bob is happy.

Bob Ziems & Shannon Somerville
It was another good day today. So far, we’re having a good time.

Steve Fagin
Couple of nice little parks. A Ranger and a Starship Enterprise in one park – takes me back to childhood at PBB. Shame the Ranger wasn’t operating�

Gus
Goodwill does not really have good underwear.

David Cornell
I really liked my second visit to Fretizeit-land Geiselwind. One of my favorite coasters is the one with the Tilt-a-Whirl like seat on each car. The spinning is completely random on each ride.. So far I have one new coaster each day. Tomorrow I start visiting parks that are new for me. The people, rides, food, and fun are all wonderful.

Mike Thompson
Two small family parks today. Freizeit-Land Geiselwind was terrific. It had a bird section, a dinosaur-themed section, a space section and more. The unique spinning coaster was different every lap – and you got three laps per ride.

Malcolm Marr
Two parks today and both were nice and off-the-beaten-track. Friendly staff and locals too. Kat got tongued by a raptor and Yvonne’s box provided much mirth.

Kat soderquist
No country does family “garden” parks better than the Germans so I was happy to spend the day in a pair of smaller parks soaking in the local culture. Survived the Boomerang without incident. Really enjoy interacting with the “live” dinosaurs at Freizeit-Land Geiselwind imported from the wilds of Kanada.

Nina Kleppe
Today we went to two parks. First we went to Freizeitland Geiselwind. It was a nice little park with four new credits. And we had a nice lunch there as well. Then we went to Schloss Thurn. Got a new butterfly credit. Yay. The ERS on the Achterbahn was great, they gave us 9 rides in a row. A big thanks to the the staff. Now we’re off to the hotel in Zwickau.

MD
Nice day with 2 parks. Fun ERS on the wild mouse in Freizeitland to start off the morning. Finished with ERS at Schloss Thurn 9 laps on the last round.

Allen Hite & Bob Wetherbee
Dear diary, another great day. We enjoyed both quicky parks and Justin & Yvonne’s planning. Just the right amount of time at each park.

Mike and Kammy Sislofsky
Frezeitpark Geiselwind was a fun place with an interesting spinning coaster, a good wild mouse, and the very wild Nautic Jets! Loved the playground equipment, the peacocks, and singing birds. The singing bears were funny, but sang a bit too long. Schloss Thurn has beautiful grounds and lots of great ways to get around the park: train, monorail, stagecoach, dragon boat. Another fun day!

Ken Simmons
We visited two small parks today, Freizeit-Land Geiselwind and Schloss Thurn. Both are really nice parks. The coaster highlight of the day was Drehgondebahn, a unique coaster with spinning cars, at F-LG- The weather held off, so it was another nice day.

Peter Oakes
At Frezeitpark Gieselwind the wild mouse was good. It really felt I was gonner come off it on them bends. The 4D cinema gave the best illusions of motion in the ones I have been on but didn’t give as much on things coming close enough to touch. The film could have been improved by the skateboarder whose eyes you see through dropping into water on to a breaking wave what wraps round him like a tube. The spinning car coaster was really well themed with the ghost train style tunnel section with spooky spiders. A great ride all round. At Schloss Thurn the Family coaster was great as it wound through the trees fast.

Gloria Nakamura
Be sure to check out the pictures of the Croco Water Rodeo and the Nautical Jets. Amazing fun! Turning the wheel on the Croco Water Rodeo creates a similar effect to snapping on Flying Scooters and it’s a lot easier. A super size version of the Nautical Jets would definitely be in The Demented Billionaires Theme Park.

The giant slide had just been “greased” (with dishwashing liquid) and we flew down. Unfortunately, it only lasts a few rides.
The food, souvenirs and park staff are absolutely great!

Darren and Mary
Freitzeit-land – nice park Darren enjoyed lots of rides on the boomerang which even I found quite smooth, park staff were friendly, the food was good with entertainment free (Justin appreciated this !!!!)

Schloss Thurn longest queue was for the Butterfly, ERS on family coaster was good especially the last ride when we went round nine times – great fun

Sue and Rich Yekel
Started off at Freizeit-Land Geiselwind. Nice park with a good selection of rides. Any park with a Condor ride is good by us! Ended the day at Schloss Thurn. Got a good workout walking around that park!

David Bebbington
A day where I got another Butterfly for the list! Surprise of the day was a smooth Boomerang and a spinning Zierer that was a good giggle. Now we move onto some wood!!!

Lasse Toernqvist
My first impression of Freizeit-Land Geiselwind is that it is a park with very, very colourful rides. It has the look and actually also the feel of a fair. Started with ERS on its wild mouse which is one of the two highlights, the other one being the Zierer spinning coaster which I term “an enlarged ladybug with spinning seats”. Schloss Thurn has the feel of castle gardens having been turned into an enhanced playground. Has evening ERS on their one coaster, a family Zierer. Made the last ride with nine laps!!

Nick Frank Christensen
Two nice and relaxing family parks today. Tomorrow its time to say hi to the REAL El Toro again, after a two year break. I hope she still rides as good as two years ago…

Derek Shaw
Freizeit-Land Geiselwind was a very nicely manicured small park. Their Wild Mouse (new for 2011) is nice and a good addition to the park. Their boomerang coaster has got to be one of the smoothest ones out of the 65 models built. The Zierer spinning coaster was basically a roller coaster with tilt-a whirl seating = very unique! Schloss Thorn was OK with yet another do-it-yourself butterfly coaster. One of the things I really like about European Amusement park rides is that you “get in and go”. Too many rifde operators barking in your ear with inane instructions back in the states. This is goig to be a pleasant two weeks!

Derek Cromarty
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ (Derek had too much fun and drank too many beers to file a report) Glug, glug, glug!

Rendell Bird
Being an American, myself, I sometimes react poorly when I find references of “Americana” in foreign places. The first park we visited today had mock-ups of German fighter planes, German rockets, and an American “lunar lander”(!). The second park had a large portion of the park devoted to a “Wild West” town complete with saloon, blacksmith shop, and a cowboys-vs-Indians show with highly trained horses. Very odd – but very well done. Ride-wise, the highlight of the trip so far was a strange tiny one-person version of the old Chute-The-Ride called the “Nautic Jets”. Imagine: a tiny plastic boat – which holds a single person, connected with a rope – is winched backwards up a hill. Suddenly, the rope loosens, the boat leaps down the slope, hits a “speed bump”, and then launches completely into the air and then splashes down in a pool. Then, the rope tightens and returns the boat to the starting point. Truly a unique ride and a wonder experience.

Tim Baldwin
The Nautic Jets were a total blast; my favourite thing so far. In my opinion, it is every bit as much of a coaster as a butterfly, powered train, alpine toboggan, Mack SuperSplash, etc. I want one in the backyard.

Jeffrey Seifert
Geiselwind had an amazing collection of birds from all over the world, from peacocks to chickens to exotic parrots. It was larger than anything I’ve seen at any zoo. It was quite a unique park. Also loved the Heege Nautic Jets.

Craig Smith & Andrew Lamb 
Another two good small parks with good catering and friendly service and warm welcome which is looking good so far. Some other interesting rides to try of the do it yourself type and great fun. We rode what could possibly be THE SMOOTHEST BOOMERANG COASTER TO DATE! YAY!! I fancy a LUNA LOOP RIDE in my back yard – good fun i thought.

Jan and Mac Rush
Freizeit-Land Geiselwind set the tone for the day: inside the park’s entrance was a two-level set of operating model trains. Welcome, kids, enjoy yourselves! And adults, recapture your childhood. That was certainly true on the Aqua Jets, definitely one of the wackier rides so far on this trip. The park was is basically divided in two�the ride side, and the “kinder” side. Park-goers who entered the children’s section walked up a tree-lined path, past chickens with feathered feet and peacocks strutting their stuff. Two playgrounds awaited them, with equipment big enough for grownups to use as well. Schlosss Thurn also had a zoo, with camels, deer, and other critters. It also had an incredibly large lake with paddle boats, rowboats and a “drachen” boat ride. Oh, yes, and the park also had the ubiquitous Butterfly coaster. Germany is shaping up to be the capital of that coaster type.

Steve Gzesh
We visited two lovely family parks today, which allowed me to add six more credits. Freizeit-Land Geiselwind had a couple surprisingly fun coasters: a spinning coaster and (shock!) a Boomerang! The Nautic Jets were also quite unusual and fun to watch! At Schloss Thurn, I added yet another Butterfly coaster, and got numerous rides on the family-friendly Achterban. In all, quite a good day.

Patrick Flumet
Deux nouveaux Family-Park aujourd’hui. Je ne remets pas le noms car tout est au dessus, mais les deux avaient plein de charmes. Et de l’espace pour profiter de la verdure et des forets. Et bien sur des coasters. Six ce jour, un peu plus grand que hier pour certains. On monte en puissance et demain promets.

Paul Hindle
Two more kiddie parks. F-LG had an almost smooth Boomerang, a mouse and the world’s only spinning Zierer; all very enjoyable. But I also enjoyed two ‘wet’ rides – Nautic Jets and the circular Kroko-wasser Rodeo – both immense fun. Good steak for lunch too.

Dave Elvy 
A two Park Day today, had a great time at both. F-LG had lots of Classic Rides and coasterwise, the Drehgondelbahn is the only Zierer Spinner. The highlight for me was Nautic Jets, great fun. Schloss Thurn was home to another Butterfly, and Familienachterbahn, a family coaster on which we had a nine ride run.

 

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Day 3 – Freizeitpark Plohn

John Coffield
Hello to all my ECC friends, I haven’t said anything up to this point as I wasn’t all that impressed with anything I rode up to today. Today I rode ‘El Toro’, and it was Incredible, what a amazing ride. Bravo!

Jason Hammond
This morning’s ERS was on the amazing El Toro! I probably got 20 rides today. It was everything I’ve come to expect from a GCI woodie. Smooth, fast, lots of air and great transitions between elements. As is becoming obvious with German parks, there are many small attractions with no employee supervision. More people have common sense than back in America. Most of these rides require you to seat yourself and push a button to make the ride start. These have been a big surprise for me. Also, I bought a 21 Milliliter bottle of Jagermiester here. They were readily available in the food venues.

Jeppe Nygaard
I dag har vaeret den absolute bedste dag paa turen indtil videre. Dagens park var en mindre park, som havde faeet en kaempe trae rutchebane I 2009, El Toro. Fra den bedste producent af trae baner, GCI. Direkte ind paa min top 5 trae baner I Europa. Den startede vi saa dagen med I 1 time for os selv. En god maade at vaagne paa. vi tog det roligt og noed dagen i den flotte park. Andre blev ved og ved paa El Toro naesten hele dagen. 72 ture var der en der fik koert. I gaar var Malcolm og jeg ude at gaa tidlig morgen, kl. 05:30 I Nurnbergs gamle bydel. utrolig smukke gamle bygningen og by mur med taarne og alting. Men ogsaa interessante detaljer fra communist tiden under DDR.

Joe S
I now have two El Toros in my top five; more proof that a medium sized woodie provides more bang for the buck than some large, maintenance nightmares like those in the U.S. Walking up the lift whilst the coaster was running was a hoot of a good time and some great pictures were taken while up on the apex.

Michael Horwood
Now THIS is an “El Toro” to brag about and enjoy, unlike the stapler one in 6FGA. Very cool park with many other rides to enjoy.

Celia Horwood
El Toro is indeed a five-star coaster. ERS doesn’t get much better than what we had. The friendliest ride crew and catering folks made for a great day. The park is really beautiful with fun for all ages.

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
A wonderful day at Plohn. El Toro is a GCI winner. A wonderful coaster – fun, fast and smooth. The park was very nice. We appreciated all the shaded pathways. The boat ride was fun, and yes Oliver, we saw more dinosaurs. The theming on the train ride was also good. A very pleasant day.

Malcolm Marr
Plohn was fun. El Toro at Plohn was fun. Ride Ops on El Toro were fun. Ride Ops with a water hose randomly squirting riders on El Toro at Plohn was fun. Flitzer was fun. New themed area was fun but will be more fun when finished. Choosing lunch without seeing what we were ordering was fun. Meeting Martin and George was not fun.

Jeff Holmes
El Toro fantastic GCI woodie which I rode over 30 times during the day. Another great family park which again was bigger than first expected. Prost!! To Martin Valt and Nige Harness.

Yvonne Janik
A special thanks to Lutz Muller and also the V�lkel family for making this day so great for us. We started with an excellent ERS on the totally fun every second El Toro and continued on with great rides, delicious food, and perfect weather. Thanks also to Sebastian and Toni for translating all day for us.

Martin Stangebye
We have been in some great parks, have fun, take coasters and more!

Even Stangebye
We had great day in Plohn, and El Toro was fantastic! What a woodie, and a great Millennium Flyers train! It has great elements and is soooo re-rideable. Tusenfryd: Take a trip to Plohn, and try this coaster – and get a new train on Thundercoaster.

Sophie Stangebye
Zzzzzz…

Bob Englander
Light crowds made it seem like ERS all day. Got 72 rides on El Toro (50 before lunch) – guess I must like it.

Bob Ziems & Shannon Somerville
A great day at a great park with a GREAT coaster! Need we say more?

Al Soares
Had an awesome day riding El Toro, especially the last ride with the cups of water. Hello everyone back home. Talk to you soon.

Mike Thompson
Today’s park in East Germany is only 15 years old, but you can see where the park has made numerous expansions. El Toro is the best of them and it will certainly help Plohn become better known and expand further. We had a great day!

Kat Soderquist
By my definition, a perfect coaster was today. Over 50 rides on a great woodie, nonstop giggles with friends new and old and ride ops that enjoyed their coaster with us.

Nina Kleppe
Today we went to Freizeitpark Plohn. We started off with ERS on El Toro. A great GCI coaster with lots of airtime. A big thanks to the staff for giving us a great time. Then we got to do the other coasters. The lunch was good. The Free Fall Tower was a lot of fun too.

MD
A great day today. El Toro is just a perfect coaster. A great ERS that lasted wayover its time. A big thanks to the ride ops of today. Enjoyed the rest of the park as well. A lot of hidden fun all over.

Mike & Kammy Sislofsky
Freizeitpark Plohn can be summed up in two words: El Toro! El Toro is a very good GCI wooden twister with an interesting straight bunny hop section in the middle of the ride. The ride staff was exceptional and will be hard to beat elsewhere. The park is much larger than we thought, and we had to search every crevice to find every ride. One area was filled with funhouse-type stuff and was really fun too. One more nice day.

Ken Simmons
After some wild thunderstorms and heavy rains during the night we were treated to another nice day, this time at Freizeitpark Plohn. The headline attraction at FP is one of GCI’s best, El Toro. The ride ops were incredible, giving double rides, even with the general public. I’m sure they enjoyed El Toro as much as we did. The other three coasters were fun too.

Peter Oakes
El Toro was a great ride. When I rode it later in the Day after the ERS I’m sure it was twice as fast. It burnt them bends like an olympic bob yet without making the smoke it made earlier on, and made airtime on the humps unlike on the ERS. First propper log flume on the trip. Humpty dumpty tower was more fun than I expected.

Gloria Nakamura
My heart belongs to Gravity Group but El Toro at FP is now probably my favorite GCI. The ERS was great… we also got to walk to the top of the track. Then the afternoon riding was just as great. The ride ops, Dietmar and Marcel were so much fun! Every once in awhile Dietmar would be lurking in the station and turn the hose on the train.. We also got to meet the ‘Official El Toro Dog’, Goofy… he would wander in and out of the station from behind the control panel. The bumper cars were really intense. The track was really small with only four cars and the padding around the walls was a little thin. So when you bounced off, you really bounced off.

David Cornell
What a perfect day. This park is wonderful, with both new and old rides and attractions. El Toro is a wonderful medium sized GCI woodie. The ride operators are very proud of their ride. They also like to have fun with the riders, all day. Then during the ERS, after Justin returned from taking photos at the top of the lift hill, the ride mechanic asked me, “Would you like to go upstairs?” Normally when a man asks me this question, I say no. But in this case I said yes right away. They actually let us walk up the lift hill, while the coaster was running. WOW. Plus, with the light crowd, they gave double rides all day.

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
This is how each day should start: with ERS on a good wooden coaster like El Toro. Great park, great day.

Steve Fagin
Nice ride-ops, lift-hill walk and affable dog in El Toro station.

Allen Hite & Bob Wetherbee
Dear diary, another great day. El Toro did not disappoint. Great pacing and nice pops of air. Light crowds in the park made exploring easy and lots of rerides.

Kristian & Mette
A big THANK YOU to the greatest ride operator ever……. Dietmar “the Maniac”.

Darren and Mary
El Toro must be good I rode it seven times (Mary), Darren rode it more, the operators were amazing, with lots of interaction. We also rode many kiddy rides which were fun.

Sue and Rich Yekel
Good time last night having a pizza dinner in the town of Zwickau with our friends during a thunderstorm. Today we rode our first wooden roller coaster of the trip, El Toro, at Freizeitpark Plohn. Everyone got lots of rides and we all had a grand time with the most excellent ride operators. Also got to climb the lift hill of El Toro for some photo ops which is something we’ve always wanted to do. Big thanks to the park for allowing us to do that!

David Bebbington
As the saying goes, “Wood is Good!” It is even better when you have the amazing ride operators we had today. Plenty of double circuit rides, rounded off with a water cup challenge. An amazing day!

Lasse Toernqvist
Had a morning ERS on the first woodie of the trip: El Toro at Freizeitpark Plohn. I rode it for one hour 25 minutess straight and I don’t know how many rides afterwards. Spent most of the day in the good company of David B.!

Nick Christensen
The REAL El Toro did indeed run as good as I remembered it from two years ago, though a LITTLE bit rough a few places, but that you have to expect from a two year old woodie. Had one of the best ERS’ I’ve ever had! Being my second visit to this nice family park, I still had a wonderful time, which ended with some wet rides on El Toro for most of us…

Derek Shaw
Day 3 at the Fun Factory. “There’s more than corn in Indiana and…Germany!” One of the highlights of the trip is situated next to a cornfield. Only a 95 foot tall lift hill, El Toro delivers the goods. This GCI woodie opened two years ago. Plenty of airtime in a compact footprint. Climbing to the top of the lift hill to get photos was special. Getting doused with a water hose on the brake run by a ride operator was also special. Trying to juggle cups of water while riding the last couple of rides today was also special (the idea was suggested by the coaster operator!). This is a fun place that will see me sometime in the future.

Derek Cromarty
(More coaster rides, more beer, more zzzzzzzz’s) Rich Yekel also says zzzzzzzzzzzz!

Rendell Bird
Today’s park, Freizeitpark Polhn, is another home-grown family-owned amusement park (as opposed to the kind owned by corporations). Anyway, the three main sections of the park seemed to be “Fairytale Forest”, “Dinosaur Land”, and “Wild Wild West”. Fortunately, this “Western” section had a full-sized wooden roller coaster for a “run away mine train” – El Toro. It was quite an attractive ride and was a great deal of fun. Certainly won’t cause any re-arranging of my Top Twenty – but it was a good ride, nonetheless.

Tim Baldwin/Jeffrey Seifert
We’ve been very fortunate with weather so far. This morning was so cool and pleasant, it was like a February day (in Texas, at least)…ahhhh. Plohn was quirky in a fun way. Some things were rather dangerous, to be honest, but fun to have a chance to risk life and limb, or at least limb, on things we can never see in the U.S. Fewer bugs. El Toro was such a great logical choice for the park to expand its demographic; a big audience for that one. It was great for the park to be pretty liberal with camera opportunities on the lift and brake run.

Craig Smith & Andrew Lamb
Lots of fun and interaction on El Toro today and a walk upstairs for some different views taking in Health & Safety measures of course. El Toro turned into a bit of a wet ride later in the day! (mostly for the group as we didn’t want to upset any of the public). Enjoyed the rest of the park and the interesting walkways and enchanted forest type sightings and surprises!

Jan and Mac Rush
Under the “You probably can’t find this in a U.S. park” category is the self-service ice cream machine. After inserting the appropriate amount of money, a small cone is dispensed, which is then placed under the ice cream nozzle. A small, perfect ribbon swirl of soft-serve ice cream is placed in the cone. Enjoy! Freizeitpark Plohn also has a self-service ride: the antique cars. The driver gets in; to his/her left is a signboard with a large button under it. To the right is a red/green traffic light. When the light turns green, the driver presses the button, and off they go. And oh, yes, El Toro. Fast, fun, smooth, intense. And best of all it was re-rideable. Yeah!

Steve Gzesh
In a word, today was brilliant! El Toro at Freizeitpark Plohn was quite excellent and I got in 50+ rides today to prove it! I really appreciated the ride operators who were having a lot of fun with us, too. Build enthusiasm. Check. Turn on smoke machine and disco mirror ball. Check. Double rides throughout the day. Check. Spray us down with a garden hose. Check. All I can say is that I loved, loved, loved this ride and park!

Patrick Flumet
Premier woodie du voyage, et quel premier. Top ride dans un charmant park avec une equipe d’operateurs incroyables.

Mette Johansen.
Today we had a really great ERS on El Toro that never seemed to end. I rode it at least 30 times. So now my fractured foot hurt a lot, but so what… it was FUN!!! I even got my first trackwalk credit. That’s all for now…

Paul Hindle
Wow – what a day! More unexpected stuff. I knew that this park had our first decent coaster, the woodie El Toro, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so good. I eventually rode it 62 times in three sessions! The finale was the �wet ride’ which has no doubt been described above! That’s my personal best for a day’s ride on one coaster. Just very re-rideable, and intense from start to finish. Wow again!

Dave Elvy
Today was a day of extreme ends of emotion. The good and enjoyable was El Toro, this ride is superb and easily one of the best wooden coasters in Europe. I did my first ever trackwalk, great photos, which was all amazing. Then came the bad – I lost my camera.

 

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Day 4 – Belantis, Erse Park

Nina Kleppe:
First we went to Belantis. A nice little park. The ERS on the Huracan was fun. I had eight goes. Then I rode Drachenritt. After lunch we went to Erse Park. I got another Butterfly credit. The electric bob was a lot of fun. The day ended with an ERS on Familienachterbahn. Another great day of the trip.

MD
Started the day with Belantis, it’s an okay park, but the Huracan did hurt a bit. Big minus for the extreme slow lunch service at the restaurant at the enterance.
Evening stop at Erse Park, a small park, but with lot of fun. Many self operated attractions. Most fun was the rapids, felt like we almost got over the top on that one. Got soaked on 2 out of 3 rides. A lot of stuff open for us at the ERS. Big thanks to the park.

Mike Thompson
Erse Park: An insane rapids ride, my first BobCart (terrific fun) and a park employee who resembled Stromboli. What more could you ask for in a fun afternoon?

Al Soares
At Belantis, the food service was slower than Six Flags, but the rest of the park was a lot of fun. At Erse Park, we had lots of fun, especially on the insane rapids ride.

Mike & Kammy Sislofsky
When we approached Belantis, it looked like a big field with a few rides spread out. But we were very wrong. There were quite a lot of rides and some good theming. The only negative was a lack of shade. A few interesting rides were the haunted swing, topple tower, circular airplane ride, and flume. The flume included an elevator lift, flexible boats, and an ending whirlpool. But the highlight of Belantis is Dragonritt (sp.), a Gerstlauer bobsled coaster and an airtime lover’s dream! So far, that is our favorite coaster of the trip (don’t persecute us). Then we went to Erse Park, a totally different park with many do-it-yourself rides. Some highlights were the strange raft ride, the bob karts, the nautic jet, the slide, and many more. We had a lot of fun, and best of all, we didn’t get hurt!

Ken Simmons
Erse Park was a great little park, and unlike Belantis, full of trees. The Wiegand Bobcart was a lot of fun. After six parks that were new to me, we’re on the way to Heide Park for Wednesday. Looking forward to more new coasters.

Peter Oakes
At Erse Park The Lost World spinning raft chute was the most fun. The powered bob was an interesting experience. I had a play in a canoe. Overall the park brought great fun. Today has been really good fun.

Joe S.
Very sunny park with some very unique rides, loved the flume and flying Vekoma-style attraction; was actually very funny to watch from the ground. The morning mimosas were an excellent treat. Thanks. The second park, Erse Park had an incredible assortment of attractions, most self serve. This was the highlight of the day.

Michael S. Horwood (aka Johann Sebastien Bach)
OK there is a lot of walking, but walking is good for you. I did my 1,000th coaster here on “Hurican” and the ride in rows 1 and 2 were not as bad as people warned me about. I had a fun time here and also enjoyed “Flucht dem Pharoesc” and the interesting airplane ride.

Erse Park is a hidden gem of a small, family-owned park. Lots of unusual self-start rides including a carousel . Love the raft ride with its elevator lift and splash-down that didn’t even get me wet.

Celia Horwood
Nothing like a little bubbly to start an ERS!! Actually Hurican wasn’t as bad as originally thought but then maybe the bubbly helped to numb the pain. Drachenrrit was most enjoyable as well as the Flucht dem Pharoes (hey, how about a double helix in a water ride). Despite the slow service for food, it was tasty and just loved the raspberry torte. Beautiful and sunny!

Now for a lot of fun – Erse Park!! This is a true delight with many unusual rides. It’s this kind of park that makes for extra fun memories!

Malcolm Marr
Great hospitality from the Belantis staff. Huracan is a challenging ride but you can’t appreciate the good coasters without riding some bad ones. The info tent next to the ride was a great touch. The Gerstlauer Flying ride has been the best surprise of the trip so far. A few of the rides left me with blurred vision not because they were intense but because I had to remove my eyes, a shame. For a park that’s themed around the countries of the world it could do with being a bit less Spartan, and needs more rides and shade to break up the gaps between what they already have.

Jason Hammond
Very friendly park today. I rode a flat ride that looked like a plane going in a circle around a main tower. You have individual control of each wing and if done correctly, you can flip over. Once you flip you will continue to flip faster and faster until you change the wing positions. I had to have flipped 30 times in a row before stopping. It was unbelievable and very disorienting. Our next stop was at a wonderful family owned park in the middle of the woods. They had an endless supply of fun. I got to ride the Nautic Jets boat ride that I was not allowed to ride at a previous park. The bobs, coaster and rapids ride were phenomenal. A must visit for everyone.

Mike Thompson
Bayern Park turned out to be much better than we had been led to believe it was. Huracan wasn’t horrible. The flume was a wonderful surprise, as was the Gerstlauer bobsleigh. If only the trees at this young park had provided more shade. In time.

Bob Ziems & Shannon Somerville
Huracan wasn’t bad, but the surprise for us was Drachenritt. It was a nice coaster. Overall, Belantis isn’t a bad park.

David Cornell
Belantis us a very nice park. I hope it has a good future. It has some very unique rides. I had my fourth schnitzel of the trip.

Gloria Nakamura
Belantis may only have one fun coaster but lots of other terrific rides. Poseidens Flotte (I think that’s the name) is like the Croco Water Rodeo at Freizeit-Land Geiselwind. They are probably all the same so if you love one (and I do), you’ll love them all. Be sure to read what Jason Hammond wrote about the Gotterflug. Fluch des Pharao is like a log flume but in a very large raft. It has a whirlpool effect and a great location inside a pyramid. It would have been perfect if not for the brake at the top of the drop. Capt’n Black’s Piratentauf could have been called ‘The Drunken Frog Hopper’. Gletscher-Rutscher is a large raft slide with 3 slightly different routes. Riders have to pick up their raft and carry it to their slide and then, at the bottom pick it up and put it on the conveyer belt. All the ride names are in German because there was no English map, even though we had to pay about 1 euro for it.

Peter Oakes
Before getting to Belantis what I heard about it from everyone gave me a bad impression of it. They said it was only a small park and its main attraction Hurrican was dead rough.

However I really enjoyed it. Hurrican was great with a surprising pop of airtime on the zero G roll. Another great ride was Drachenrit what was good in all ways. Gotterfluge was good fun I managed to roll it but only one way. Fluch des pharo was great fun. The best thing about it was the boat was a rubber dinghy, even the floor being flexible rubber so I felt the waves in the water go under me as they wobbled the deck. After the drop I thought it was over but it had a surprise that made me laugh, a fast whirlpool.
One small fiasco was the service in the restaurant. They were slow serving food when we were in a hurry, I hasten to add my spaghetti Bolognese was well worth the wait.

Overall Belantis is a great park although it is small. From what I learned playing Chris Sawyer’s Rollercoaster Tycoon the park seems a fledgling one that may grow slowly but strongly.

Ken Simmons
At a first glance, Belantis didn’t look like much, flat and with few trees. However, the theming in each area was nicely done. As far as the coasters go, Hurakan was a decent Gerstlauer Eurofighter. Its counterpart, Drachenritt, a bobsled coaster, from Gerstlauer, was full of airtime. Even though food service was slow, the spaghetti was pretty good. We’re now on our way to another park. More later.

Kat Soderquist
We were shown a great start to the day at Belantis with Champagne and OJ reception (perhaps to ease the anticipation of riding Hurakan). Erse-Park, the second stop of the day was brilliant. It was a giant playground with loads of self starting rides and “big kid” interactive areas that proved to be great fun for all ages. Ended the day with a wet bottom from a maniacal rapids rides-how appropriate considering the name.

Jeff Holmes
Belantis was a very flat open park but with little shade. A very pleasant reception with champagne and/or orange juice which was really appreciated. Their water ride was really good and different. Erse park was our 2nd park of the day and was totally different from Belantis; more like a smaller version of Knoebels. Another crazy water ride at this park which caused plenty of soakings.

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
Belantis was a nicer park than we expected. Not much shade, and lots of walking. A few different rides. The log flume, with a vertical lift, out of the pyramid was fun, and I only got half wet. Erse Park was a small park, lots of shade. And lots of dinosaurs! The many self-operating rides were amazing. This would never work in America. Too many lawyers.

Sophie Stangebye 
Belantis was a nice park and I really liked their water ride. Erse park was the 2nd park of the day and that was a funny park with a lots of small and funny attractions.

Bob Ziems & Shannon Somerville
We also had a great day at Erse Park. It was very nice, with a lot of shaded areas. The Bobkarts were fun, also.

Steve Fagin
Two very scenic parks. Really liked the laid-back Erse Park – bob-karts are always a plus, and the owner switched the power back on for continued riding, after the park had closed.

Gloria Nakamura
Erse Park is an absolute delight! The Lost World raft ride is insane. No pictures or video can do it justice. The park has all my favorite non-coaster rides, the BobKart, the Croco Water Rodeo and the Nautical Jets. The family coaster is pretty fast and comfortable. More than one person called Erse Park a mini Knoebel’s.

The Stangebye’s
What a great day! Belantis had a great flying Gutterflug-thing that spun like crazy, and a nice water ride. After that we went to a great family par (Erse park) with a fantastic water ride that Martin stayed on for 10 times!

Chris Noel
I really liked Belantis, and the mascot was the best of any parks I’ve been to.

Malcolm Marr
Erse Park was this year’s Deadwood, with the entire group regressing and acting like kids. The park has enough unmanned attractions to give the chains a wake-up call and we all had a great afternoon.

Kristian & Mette Johansen
We started the day in Belantis with a ERS on Huracan, it was not as bad as I feared, still it was enough with one ride. Then we walked over to Drachenritt for a few rides.

Darren and Mary
Darren said that he enjoyed Huracan, Drachenritt, and the pyramid log flume. I also enjoyed the park!

Sue and Rich Yekel
Enjoyed Belantis: Drachenflug (Condor), Fluch des Pharoa (flume in pyramid) and Drachenritt. As Yvonne would say “Huracan was a pretty ride.” As for the food service, it was pitifully slow (worse than Six Flags). Had to eat pastries and ice cream for lunch since they took so long to prepare any hot food. Special “Hi” to Rom, Schwartzie, and my sister Janet and family.

David Bebbington
I still remember my name after nine rides on the Eurofighter, so better than most. Nice quirky flume ride and a decent bobsled coaster.

Lasse Toernqvist
Belantis is a very atmospheric park with its different areas themed to different parts of the world. The ‘bobsled’ coaster was themed as knights in the castle and the other one was a cross between rapids and a log flume beginning inside a replica of the Great Pyramid. Elements of the latter included a vertical lift inside the pyramid and a vortex element outside.

Nick 
Got really positively surprised by Belantis, which is a really nice and well-themed park, man made to form the world, when you see it from a bird’s eye perspective. Huracan was one of the worst Eurofighters I’ve been on, but it wasn’t as bad as I have heard. Just get Gerstlauer to put the new over the shoulder lap bars on it, and you would have a MUCH better ride. One of the things the park needs is a nice and big woodie in the North American area of the park, and it will be a much better park. Oh, and I’ve got a new top 5 flat ride.

Derek Cromarty
Nice park; shame about the restaurant.

Derek Shaw 
Belantis is a relatively new park, built in 2003. I was amazed at the interesting assortment of unique rides. Hurrican, while not my cup of tea, looks great and should generate a lot of additional traffic to the property. Drachearitt was a real gem; it was well themed and reminded me of the one found at Tripsdril (which we will get to later in the trip). Didn’t have enough time to try everything that I wanted to. The park overall is way up there in my book. However the food service operation leaves a lot to be desired; it was maniacally slow with getting food prepared and served. The weather is delightful. Low 80’s with low humidity. We’ve been dodging really bad weather, with a few showers (so far).

Alex Rigsby
Belantis is a beautifully themed park with nary a lick of shade. Huracan is a gorgeous, bright red that was cast brightly against an initially cloudless, blue sky; it was the definition of picturesque. The ride’s quality didn’t live up to its beauty, but it was my first Gerstlauer Eurofighter and the 97 degree vertical drop was quite fun. The Gerstlauer ‘bobsled’ coaster that runs around a castle was a whole lot of fun; love the airtime hills and dive under the walkway mere feet away from people. There was a towering flat ride that involves ‘planes’ which each individual rider can control the wings, allowing them to bank or even spin 360 degrees. I managed to get myself spinning so much that I couldn’t get the thing to stop and almost stumbled off the ride when through. What fun, though! There was also an Egyptian-themed flume with inflated rafts. Not sure who the ride manufacturer was, but it was fun to float into a very large pyramid and be taken via an elevator lift and then horizontal belt to the wonderful drop. Later in the ride there was the first whirlpool effect I had been on, so that was quite a treat. We ate as the Schloss Cafe at the front of the park where the restaurant employees had not been trained anything about timeliness and efficiency. But, the Pasta Bolognese was fine and the light raspberry cake like thing I had was yummy. In all, a lovely park.

Rendell Bird
Loved the themed Drachenritt – and took a few spins on the new Gerstlauer Eurofighter (Huracan). Highlights of the visit include: a) free mimosas on the walk back to the coasters; b) the fly-n-spin ride of a type I’d never seen before; and c) the Egyptian-themed flume ride with the splash-hill running down the front of a nearly full-scale Pyramid. More shade structures would have been appreciated; but with the temperature only about 85F – I really shouldn’t complain!

Tim Baldwin and Jeffrey Seifert
There is a lot to really like about the park. Sort of like Terra Mitica, but not quite as elaborate; the theming here is really nicely done. The park is really beautiful; this comes from the landscaping and theming, as it sharply contrasts the shady forested parks we’ve had prior. There is not a single shade tree here. The ‘bobsled’ coaster is fantastic. Although time didn’t allow us to get to everything, most of the rides are unique. Sadly, virtually every one of them has a low capacity. For all its efforts to be a really big, important theme park as reflected by the size and theming. Belantis needs to add a couple of rides that are real people movers. The interesting flume should, but doesn’t. We can go with the flow outside of our own turf as well as anyone, but how the front restaurant was run was the most insane and inefficient way we’ve ever seen. With just a dozen enthusiasts, they took forever for food that should just be ready to plate up. We just couldn’t understand how it all could go so wrong. Positively the worst run food service we’ve ever experienced on the planet.

Jan and Mac Rush
One of the things we’ve heard so far on this trip is how small the parks are – which is true if you’re talking about the number of rides the parks have to offer. But if you’re talking about geographical size, well, they’re sprawling and spacious; and Belantis is large. Like the earlier parks we’ve been to, this one has multiple large lakes, plenty of paths, and places to just sit and relax. You never know what you’ll find at the end of one of those paths, which is part of the fun of exploring. The park’s ‘bobsled’ coaster is partly enclosed in a castle; inside that castle is also a haunted swing. The ride theming at Belantis is spectacular. How many log rides drop out of the top of a pyramid, to enter a whirlpool at the end? Belantis sports two coasters; the EuroFighter got mixed reviews (we liked it). The ‘bobsled’, on the other hand, was great fun. How often do you get to go around hairpin turns on the roof of a castle? And have two short bunny hops, followed by the third one dropping into a tunnel? All in all, a nice park.

Steve Gzesh
We spent last night in Leipzig after visiting the park. The city is rather quaint and looks like it came right off the backlot at Universal Studios! (I’m guessing these buildings were more than mere facades!) Today we visited Belantis, which is a rather nice park. It’s fairly new (about eight years old), so although the landscaping is quite well done, the shade trees are still rather small and will take many more years to mature. The two coasters in the park were fine and worthy additions to my roster, now at 886. Off to Erse Park now to add two more, including (sigh!) another Butterfly coaster! I’ll end the day at 888. (BTW, what’s the deal with all the road signs that have a graphic of a broomstick-riding witch??)

Patrick Flumet
Comme il faut de temps en temps travailler son anglais, et que pour le premier park du jour, tout est dit ci-dessus, je rajouterais seulement une petite visite au centre de Leipzig hier. C’etait une excellente soiree en bonne companie, malgre quelques moustiques….

Dave Elvy 
Belantis was hot, more shade needed and restaurant service was a little slow. Ride-wise, Huracan, the Gerstlauer Eurofighter was a fun multi-inversion coaster, ok in the front though a little rough in the back. Drachenritt, the Park’s Gerstlauer bobsled coaster was fun. We also rode Gutterflug, a crazy inverting (if you control it right ) aeroplane ride and Fluch des Pharoes, the log flume with the drop out of the Pyramid and a crazy helix into the depths.

Paul Hindle
Little to add to the above; the Eurofighter was not as bad as predicted – ok in the front seats – but that’s not a lot to say for 8M Euros … maybe a nice woodie here? It was a very quiet ERS which says a lot. Enjoyed the rest of the park (the ‘bobsled’ is really one at all that but just a nice coaster).

Postscript (computer on one coach went tits up, so no one on it was able to write about Ersa Park)
As a footnote we all then went to Ersa Park which was another kiddie park. BUT most folks really enjoyed it; of course there was a small coaster and a Butterfly, but also lots of self-operated rides (Nautic Jet, Crocodile, slides, etc). In addition there was a powered Alpine bobsled (a first for most people), an unusual river rapids, and lots of others. A great time was had by all.

Postscript to Postscript
Computer back with us, so here are some reports.

Darren and Mary
Darren really enjoyed Ersa Park yesterday, all the little quirky rides a lot of which were self operating.

Sue and Rich Yekel
Ended Tuesday with a visit to Erse Park which turned out to be lots of fun with many self-operated rides.

David Bebbington
Erse Park is a little gem of a park that allows the kid in you to run wild. Loads of novelty and almost everything is self operated. Definitely worth a trip for a few hours for anyone in the area!

Lasse Toernqvist
At first glance Erse-Park strikes you as just an enlarged playground; but when you encounter miniature train tracks, a family coaster, a powered alpine slide and a rapids ride you know you have a minor amusement park on your hands. Highlight: The alpine slide which is the best I have ridden so far.

Derek Shaw
Erse-Park was a real gem of a find. It’s “Knoebel-esque”. While the coasters aren’t great (another Butterfly-yawn), the park makes up in charm, unique attractions and a great staff. The powered bobsled (Bobcartbahn) was excellent. The Lost Word Rafting Bahn looked tame, however delivered the goods within a small footprint.

 

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Day 5 – Heide Park

Nina Kleppe
This is my second time to Heidepark, I was glad to finally came back to the park. The day started of with first rides at Krake, the new B&M diving coaster. That was really good. Then we had first rides on Colossos. Still a great coaster with lots of airtime. The drop tower Scream was just as good as I remember it. After a nice lunch, we rode Colossos again, and it was much faster in the rain. Veldig bra. Had a good day at the park.

Allen Hite & Bob Wetherbee
Dear diary, after some techinical difficulties yesterday with this we’re back. When we think of Heide Park we don’t think of Colossos we think of Bobbahn- our favorite Mack coaster. Last night at the park’s hotel was great. We had some nice r&r and well rested for a great day at the park. Krake was good but not all it was kraked up to be. Colossos felt more like a wooden coaster than it it did during our visit 10 years ago. Also loved the world’s only Schwarzkopf log flume.

Mike & Kammy Sislofsky
Heide Park is a great park, full of wonderful rides and beautiful flowers. Colossos was our favorite ride of the day, after a light rain it was running super fast! The integration of the monorails, boat rides, train ride, and all the paths makes the park a very fun place to explore. Our day ended with a new twist on the small monorail ride — bumper monorails! There were 6 monorail trains that stopped on the track in succession, causing chain reaction crashes. It was only 45 minutes before we were scheduled to leave, so we were afraid that we would be stuck there all night! Luckily, we were on our way again in about 5 minutes, part of a long line of 6 monorail trains. A quite unusual experience!

Ken Simmons
The rain finally caught up with us this afternoon, but it was fairly light. Heide Park is still really nice, even in th rain. The day started out with rides on Krake, the park’s new, “water coaster.” OK, it’s really a B&M Dive Coaster, but the back-left seat is a bit of a soaker. Colossos is still running well, and Desert Race is a fun Intamin launch coaster. Scream is still one of my favorite drop towers. I really enjoyed the Port Royal Hotel and the Pirate themed rooms.

Peter Oakes
I am pleased to say that today I rode the ride I always dreamed of riding one day, Colossos. It gracefully delivered airtime as it crested its giant camel humps. Its swooping turn was done well. Colossos could be even greater with a tunnel built around the bottom half of the spiral and the following hump. I guess they might do that one day. I missed my chance to ride Rita at Alton Towers but got it back on Desert Race. The Bob Bahn was great, far better than the one at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It was longer, faster and went flying through a pitch black tunnel. I loved the log flumes because the horizontal sections were fast and choppy making realistic sensations of a real stream. they were also really well themed. Heide Park is a very scenic park with really good rides.

Gloria Nakamura
Colossos ran great in the rain. If it weren’t for the braking the Bobbahn would be my favorite bobsled. Grottenblitz is now my #3 powered coaster.

David Cornell
I love Krake. Schnitzel count: 5

Steve Fagin
Good visit; we were lucky to get an early morning session on Krake, which was smooth and visually striking.

Malcolm Marr
Started the day with a Krake ERS in the back which was over too quick but surprisingly didn’t hurt. Then rode a big woodie which did and left me with a headache. Spent the rest of the day enjoying everything the park had to offer. Ended the day with more Krake, which this time was spent wet and in the front; this was a much better experience. Hi to clan Ellis; hoping Dave is enjoying this post.

Jeff Holmes
This was my 3rd visit to Heide Park and also my best. There has been some great additions to the park including their dive coaster Krake which surprisingly soaked some of the riders including myself !! Colossos seemed to be running better than my last visit in 2004. Desert Race is like Rita but better themed in my opinion. We stayed in their hotel which has a brilliant pirate theme. Prost!!!!

Jason Hammond
Today was probably the most exhausting day so far. After getting several ERS rides on Krake and Colossus, I was able to get the other 6 coasters in 1:45 with Ken Simmons. We then photographed for a while, had lunch and got some group shots. After lunch I split off and proceeded to ride almost everything else in the park. My favourite coaster was Bobbahn. A very long Mach Bobsled. Additionally they had several great flats. My favourite of which was the Wildwasserbahn II. A Schwarzkopf Log Flume with wonderful theming and a great layout built into the terrain of the park. If all goes well, my 700th coaster will be tomorrow at Hansa Park.

Bob Englander
First time back at Heide since 2002; impressed with the expansion since then. Krake and Desert Race were good, but unfortunately Colossos has become a bit rough – not unrideable, but enough to fall out of my top 10, despite the great airtime. First time this trip we’ve had a bit of rain at the park, but not enough to stop our riding.

Bob Ziems & Shannon Somerville
This was our very 1st visit to Heide Park. Colossos wasn’t bad, but it was a little bit rough. The other coasters weren’t bad either. Bob’s favourite was Krake, my favourite was Desert Race. Overall,it’s a nice park.

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Idag var det klart for de store banene: Krake og Colossos. Og dermed ogsaa den stoerste paken saa langt, Heide Park. Fin forseggjort park med mye themeing. Foruten coasters har parken det hoeyeste droptoweer jeg noengang har kjoert, 70meter. Nok en gang en bra dag paa en storartet ferietur.

Gus Bilderback
I already had PTSD from Nam, now I was subjected to additional psychological distress from witnessing “bumper car monorail.”

Mike Thompson
Similar overcast, drizzly weather at Heide Park as my previous 2002 visit, but warmer. Plus, there were 4 new credits to be obtained. Al and I rode all 8 coasters (and more) before the 1pm lunch, which helped make the rest of the day more relaxing. Wonderful, beautiful park.

Al Soares
Best park I’ve been to so far on this trip. Great landscaping. Great coaster in Colossos and the best bumper monorail ever; we were involved in a 6-train pile-up on the park’s smaller monorail ride. No harm done, fortunately.

Joe Sturek
Four additional credits at this park, it was as beautifully themed as I remember it from 2002. Krake was a fast and fun B&M with a few moments of airtime, love the vertical drop. The bobsled is still one of the best in the world, mom and I enjoyed it a few times.

Danielle/Chris: forward this link to David (dglaser4@verizon.net). Give the kids a squeeze for me and quit rubbing cat fur on Jason’s pillow. Grandmom and Joe say “Hello” to Jacob.

Michael Horwood (aka Richard Wagner). 
Love this park. Feels like Europa in that is has great attention to detail and super clean. Nice assortment of coasters, nothing 5 star, but “Collossos” is close.

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
A charming park today. A few very good coasters. We enjoyed Krake, Colossos, Bobbahn and Desert Race. It was nice to return to this park, and enjoy the boats, trains and monorails, also. A nice cool day with a few sprinkles. Kept the crowds down. A good day.

Kat Soderquist
Started the day with a little ERS on Krake, really enjoyed the beginning but its brevity left me a bit unsatisfied. Followed it with Colossos, a huge woodie that gave me an initial thrill but eventually, after several goes, it brought on a headache worthy of its name. Spent the rest of the day enjoying the beautiful park . Thanks Heide (and my ECC playmates).

Kristian & Mette
We had an early access to Heide Park with ERS on the new coaster, Krake, a quite ok diver. Then on to Colossos, a really great woodie. Heide Park is pretty big park so I am tired now after all the walking. That’s all for now…

Darren and Mary
Heide Park was good after staying in their great hotel, to be able to access Krake and Colossos early was great. The rain did not spoil a really enjoyable day.

Sue and Rich Yekel
Spent the night at the Port Royal Hotel at Heide Park in a pirate-themed room with a view of the park right outside our window. Heide Park is quite beautiful with lots of things to do. The “highlight” of our day was the six train monorail crash that we shared with Mike and Kammy and Mike and Al. Imagine if that had happened in the US? Had a bit of rain today, but was able to ride everything we wanted plus more.

David Bebbington
Heide Park is a nice big park with loads to do. Happy with getting all the coasters and having time to ride the flats! Surprise of the day was the Mack Bob Sleight that was simply superb.

Lasse Toernqvist
In Heide-Park we stayed at the hotel Port Royal where I was just blown away at both the theming of the rooms (!) and the delicious buffet. Had a morning ERS on Krake. Made my 200th coaster on the Swiss Bob! Highlight: Colossos which has some serious airtime!

Nick Christensen
Heide-Park – been there, done that! NOW IT’S OFF TO SOME KIRMES! YAY!

Derek Cromarty
Great park, shame about Colossos being as rough as hell.

Derek Shaw
Heide Park is an old favourite of mine (my third visit). Krake was short and sweet. Colossos has become rough. Picked up three coaster credits that weren’t there during my last visit (2004). The Mack bobsled continues to deliver. I forgot about the tunnel-brilliant! Finally a decent selection of souvenirs. Stayed on property last night at Port Royal Hotel – very nice!

Random thoughts: Most European parks operate as “day parks” between 10 am and 6 pm, making night rides impossible. Only a few resorts or large parks stay open late. Also forget about locating a water fountain in most parks – near impossible (I suspect there are no laws requiring them like in the states.) Missing multiple elevators at the hotels along with air conditioning. There’s supposed to be AC tonight – we’ll see.

Rendell Bird
I last visited Heide Park in 2002. It was nice to see the changes and additions. The new B&M dive machine, Krake (German for “Kraken”) is quite short but very enjoyable. Colossos, the world’s original “plug-n-play” wooden coaster, has gotten a tad rough but it’s still a Top Thirty wood coaster. Many of the other rides were very unique and a great deal of fun. I always enjoy a visit to Heide Park.

Ville Grandin
Heide Park first visit. Krake was ok but a bit short, to me a smaller version of a drop tower. Scream, the tallest Gyro-dropper in the world at 71 meters, was my absolute favourite and I did it 16 times. They also had a great 40 minute Pirate Show. Funny even if you don’t understand that much German.

Derek Shaw
Wednesday night in Lubeck, there was a small German Fair. It was only a few miles from our hotel, so a good many of us checked it out. Only a half dozen or so rides, with no coaster, however a dark ride. There was lots of food, games and gambling joints.

Steve Gzesh 
We stayed at Port Royal Hotel last night, next to Heide Park. The hotel theming was a hoot, with rooms done up to make pirates feel right at home! (The bathrooms were particularly well done!). Then on to Heide Park for my second visit. Krake was quite good, albeit a little short in duration. Colossos is a still a great ride after all these years, too! After the park, we stayed at a hotel in Lubeck, where there was a small German fair down the road. No coasters there, but I did have a bratwurst and some kind of German beignets, a nice way to mark my first fair here.

David Elvy 
It was great to be back at Heide Park, and even better staying on site. I had not done Limit, Desert Race or Indy-Blitz, so I finally got to ride these. New for this year though was Krake, a B&M dive machine. I loved this ride, with the amazing drop and visuals as you plunge towards the Water. I rode Krake 11 times, it is possibly one of the best coasters of the trip so far.

 

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Day 6 – ansa Park, Serengeti Park

 

David Elvy 
The weather today started off wet, but rain did not stop play at Hansa Park. We started off on the new Die Schlange von Midgard, a Gerstlauer family coaster. Then it was onto Fluch von Novgorod, which blew me away. The dark ride start before a surprising, impressive launch, and finishing with the signature beyond vertical drop in the dark, an amazing ride, one of the highlights. Serengeti Park was great too, with the Aquasafari and insane Die! Wilde Maus.

Paul Hindle
I really enjoyed Novgorod – great theming and LOTS of surprises. The early Schwarzkopf was smooth but tame. But then I went to do the high-level wire-walk in the trees – quite a challenge since I gave up caving/climbing over ten years ago! Serengeti gave us two coasters; the Die! Wilde Maus (actually a mine train) was great fun.

Steve Gzesh
Two parks today with seven new credits, bringing me up to 899 (you know what I’ll be bragging about tomorrow!). Hansa Park was much nicer than I expected. The overall ride theming and attention to detail was quite impressive, and the coasters were rather good, too! One unusual flat ride was the Spanische Glocke, which was a massive bell-shaped and themed ride, with excellent water and fire effects (alas, very low capacity, seating only six at a time). Serengeti Park was a nice family park, too. Too bad we didn’t have time to see the animals in the park, which surely is the main attraction, but the coasters and airboat were lots of fun, too.

Patrick Flumet
Me voila de retour apres deux parcs aujourd’hui. Hansa contient un petit bijou avec Novgorod. Theming excellent et surprises sur surprises pendant le ride. En plus des coasters, pleins d’autres attractions de tres bon niveau. Serengeti etait trop grand pour les deux heures que nous lui avons consacre, mais ce que j’ai vu etait enthousiasmant. Les deux coasters etaient les cerises sur le gateau.

Jan and Mac Rush
Exquisite ride theming, attention to detail, a variety of interesting rides, a pretty good view of the North Sea, and lush landscaping all combined to make Hansa Park a pleasant place to visit. The profusion of flowers seemed even more colourful against the gloomy grey sky. At least it didn’t rain during our visit. The trains on Nessie Superrollercoaster and Rasender Roland were timed so that the Roland train travelled through the loop of Nessie just as Nessie’s riders were turned upside down in the loop. Cool! Added to our list of “I’ve never seen anything like this ride before” was the Frisbee-like bell ride, in which guests rode in the clanger, with the bell overhead. We wish we had more time at Serengeti Park�we didn’t see one (real) wild animal there. King Kong did show up unexpectedly on the airboat ride, which was pretty intense and exciting, even if it felt like a Universal attraction on water. Die! Wilde Maus was a pretty spunky coaster, and the multiple consecutive rides added to the fun.

Craig Smith & Andrew Lamb
Really enjoyed both parks today. Taken by surprise on the Eurofighter Coaster at Hansa Park – a surprise hit! A good mix of classic and state of the art rides today, very good!

Chris Simon
Hansa Park has gone through some very nice additions since my last visit with some very well-themed new areas. Loved Fluch von Novgorod, which made a standard Eurofighter something special, even turning the lift hill into an event. Astounded with the theming on this ride.

Jeffrey Seifert
Hansa has to be one of the most beautiful parks I’ve ever been to, easily comparable to Busch Gardens and better than some botanical gardens. Add in a spectacularly themed coaster and you have a wonderful place to spend a day. Too bad the skies were grey all day.

Tim Baldwin
Haven’t had the computer for a couple of days (so many thoughts to share); but on to today. Hansa Park has been my favourite so far. Flucht von Novgrod was every bit Universal quality. I was impressed with the whole park. Lunch was dee-lish! The zoo was strictly cre-ho material. A truly forgettable stop.

Alex Rigsby
Slept overnight in Lubeck and then went to Hansa Park. What a wonderful surprise. The park has truly beautiful landscaping and some excellent theming. Fluch von Novgorod is easily my favourite coaster of the trip so far. What an outstanding coordination of themeing with this four-across Gerstlauer Eurofighter. Amazing! Gosh, it was fun! It was also a delight to get to ride a Schwarzkopf and Nessie appears to be a custom layout looper with a Vekoma that pierces the loop. Serengeti Park was easily the most disappointing of the parks so far. Half zoo, half theme park. Largely a kiddie park with some cabins in the middle and a couple of kiddie coasters. Disappointing. I would have been happier to stay at Hansa Park longer.

Michael Horwood (aka Ludwig van Beethoven)
Delightful park in northern Germany. “Fluch von N…” has very detailed theming and props, but I’m not too excited about the ride itself. “Die Schlange” is also excessively themed in a clever way, which I enjoyed. But were it not for that the ride would merely be a junior yawn. The Mouse is a disaster with breaking so heavy, my knees slammed into the front of the car3 times. Our pork tenderloin lunch was terrific.

Joe Sturek
Despite the rainy start, the weather held off and we had a excellent visit to Hansa Park. The panoramic vistas from the observation tower let us see for miles along the coastline. The collection of coasters was widely varied and mom rode her first Funtime Star-Flyer despite the wind, height and rather thin weight-bearing chains, Serengeti Park has a fun air-boat attraction, with King Kong and some ill-mannered Baboons. Of course no proper safari attraction would be complete without a spitting snake, and we know how much mom loves snakes.

Yvonne Janik
I love the theming all over Hansa Park – it seems every detail is perfect for all areas. Thanks so much to Annika Seeker and Frau Schroeder for a delightful day and for all the planning in advance for this. In November, Annika worked out all the details for our trip and gave us morning ERS – something the park doesn’t do (always evening ERS). I loved the new Die Schlange von Midgard and Curse of Novgorod.

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
A great visit to Hansa Park. The beautiful flowers and landscaping were awesome. The theming on the Curse of Novgorod was some of the best I have ever seen a coaster. Amazing! And I loved the “obstacle course” at the exit of several rides. Very original.

Mike Thompson
About the only thing I knew about Hansa before today’s visit was Nessie. The park is very well-themed and surprisingly good. Loved Novgorod. Didn’t have time for the ropes course. The meal was excellent.

Peter Oakes
I didn’t know what to expect as I boarded Novgorod for the first time. It was jam packed with surprises including zipping about in pitch blackness at the end making it feel like it’s going to crash. I was delighted with it. It was nice of the park to give Novgorod a little sister for those who might find it too intense (Die Schlange Von Midgard). That too was a good ride and very smooth. The park must have put all its heart into them coasters.

I think the Mine train that went through the Nessie loop should have had a Viking crow themed train because it’s elevated track made it more like a flying than a mine ride. Unfortunately I cant comment on the log flumes because I didn’t get round to them.
Hansa Park did everything really well. Although the meal was set It was delicious.

Ken Simmons
Hansa Park was the first park I ever visited with ECC, so it was nice to be back with a group seven years later. It started out rainy this morning, but it left as ERS started.

Things have changed a bit at Hansa Park, most notably this year’s coaster addition, Die Schlange von Midgard, a well themed family coaster and last year’s new coaster, Fluch von Novogrod, an incredibly themed Eurofighter. All I can say to Dollywood is that this is what a real, themed Eurofighter should be. FvN is the first coaster I’ve ever ridden that had a maze for the exit. Another highlight was Nessie, Hansa Park’s custom Schwarzkopf looper.

Mike & Kammy Sislofsky
We had a nice time at Hansa Park the last time we visited, and they continue to improve the park. Most notably are the two new coasters, Die Schlange von Midgard, a very well themed family coaster, and Fluch von Novgorod, a unique Gerstlauer Eurofighter. In addition to the nice ride on Fluch von Novgorod, its exit featured a slide and then a two-lane maze in which only one brought you back into the park. Hansa Park has a nice array of rides and play areas (for the smaller kids and us bigger kids), and is packed with lots of flowers and nicely painted buildings. To top it all off, the park management treated us very nicely.

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Wow!! Fluch Von Novgorod was such a positive surprise. And the rest of the park was also a real treat. The morning rain also made the queues short, so no problem of going on rides.

Bob Ziems & Shannon Somerville
Another good park to add to our list. The weather also helped, so no problem getting everything accomplished.

Bob & Mike Englander
A bit of rain & coolness to start the day, but the hospitality of Hansa Park soon made that irrelevant. A very good Schwarzkopf and spectacular theming on most of their rides make this one of the top tier parks in Germany.

Johanne Nygaard
Hej alle sammen. Er nu paa vej vaek fra Hansa Park (naer Lubech) og videre til Serengeti park som er lidt mindre. Jeg kommer maaske til at proeve min rutchebane nr. 100 I morgen, Jubi, men det maa jeg se om jeg kommer til. Det er godt nok bare dejligt at vaere tilbage blandt alle de Andre, men jeg skal lige vende mig til at skulle tidligt op, og ud at koere rutchebaner, og saa sent i seng. Men tro mig, det er skoent at se alle de venlige ansigter jeg allerede kender, og komme til at kende. Sidder nu i bussen og er lidt smadret, saa jeg tager mig nok en paa oejet nu. Knus Johanne.

Jeppe Nygaard
Saa kom Johanne endelig herned og med paa turen, det har jeg glaedet mig meget til, fantastisk hvordan hun bare er hoppet med paa vognen og allerede snakker og hygger med mange omkring sig. Vi havde en rigtig fin dag i Hansa Park (ved Lubech) vejret saa daarligt ud, men klarede op straks vi var i parken. Stor gaestfrihed fra Hansa Park, og er stadig vildt imponeret over deres rutchebane “Fluch von Novgorod”

Jeff Holmes
Another visit to Hansa Park and they have definitely improved their entrance with excellent theming. They have now in my opinion the best Euro Fighter with fantastic “dark ride” effects giving the ride some real fun elements. I also got to ride The Bell (Glocken) which I enjoyed and very much like an afterburner but with more spins etc Prost !!!

Our 2nd park of the day was Serengeti Park which was a safari park with two fun coasters and a great Airboat ride which was a first for me. Prost !!!!!

Malcolm Marr
If escaping from Novgorod is so much fun why isn’t that city more open to tourists. This coaster is a masterclass in incorporating effects into your rides that other parks are going to pinch. The park has added a ton of theming since our last visit. Wonderful hospitality again on a sad day for the theme park industry (the burial of one of the Phantasialand founders took place today). Serengeti is vast with a couple of credits, nothing much to write about here really except that during the frog ride you have to duck. Quack!

Celia Horwood
What started as a cold, rainy day turned out most memorable. Hansa Park generously enrobed us in ponchos which we actually didn’t need. Overall, this park is beautifully themed with lots of attention to detail. The newest attraction, while short is a fine example of theming. Then there’s the mouse – theming great, but ride rough! Great meal. Serengeti Park’s Wilde Maus turned out to be the hit of the day – size does not matter to have fun.

Jason Hammond
As I am used to the cold weather in Cleveland Ohio, I only packed shorts and T-Shirts on this trip. However, I hadn’t considered the possibility of rain. Showing up to the park, I was expecting to buy a poncho as we were expecting rain. Just when I was about to ask, the park began handing out free ponchos! The day at Hansa was great. I rode my first Star Flyer, I have a new favourite Euro Fighter, and I got my 700th credit on Nessie, the Schwarzkopf looper. After Hansa we stopped for a bit at Serengeti Park. Unfortunately, we didn’t pay for the safari. But, we had a great ERS on their Die! Wilde Maus, which ironically was not a Wild Mouse. It was however a great little ride. This was one of the best ERS sessions so far. The park was beautifully landscaped. Another highlight was the Fan boat ride which had a safari theme. It ended at a scene with what could only be described as King Kong sitting in the water. You only saw him from the shoulders up and it was still sticking up about 20 feet!! It was huge to say the least. I’m exhausted again. More tomorrow.

The Stangebye’s
We had a great, but early morning, in Hansa park. It is such a nice park, lots of space, flowers, playgrounds, tasteful food and great themed rides. We got to do all the six coasters in one hour. Next stop was Serengeti park. We didn’t get to see much of the park, but we had some good time on the coasters and the Powerboat ride. Hilser til alle fra Sophie og Martin! De koser seg masse!

Bob Ziems & Shannon Somerville
Our second park of the day, Serengeti Park, was also good. We got everything done in a short time.

Steve Fagin
I was really impressed by the theming on Fluch von Novgorod, Hansa Park’s Eurofighter. Some of the SFX were worthy of Disney, and I can imagine the shock of the uninitiated, wandering onto what seems like another family ride, as they make the unexpected drop into the fast launch. The oppressive atmosphere was quite unnerving as the car enters the vertical lift into the final section of the ride, where the doors seal you into darkness punctuated by lightning strikes and a thudding drum. Good work Hansa

Gus Bilderback
Used underware is better at the Salvation Army. Hansa Park has made the best use of a Eurofighter that I’ve ever seen.

Kat Soderquist
Thank you to the incredible hospitality of Hansa Park. We were welcomed with gifts of park lanyards, custom made buttons to remember the event and ponchos to fend off the rains. After moving us quickly indoor to shelter, Frau Schroder, the asst. GM, was well prepared with a warm speech offering the events of the day and apologies for the GM’s unexpected absence. She then asked for a moment of silence to honour the Phantasialand loss. Really like all the new changes since my last visit. The theming is playful naughty with mazed exits, water blasts, and spitting children on Die Schlange von Midgard.

Nina Kleppe
The day started of in Hansapark. This was my 3rd visit to the park, and it was fun to come back. The Fluch von Novgorod was a fun surprise. A great coaster with a good theming. The launch was really powerful. Nessie is still a fun coaster. The Starflyer was good to. After lunch we were of to Serengeti Park. I liked the airboats. Then we had a fun ERS on Die! Wilde mouse.

MD
Hansa Park is really good on their theming. Loved all the surprises on Novgorod. Liked all the other coasters as well. Very good meal at the restaurant.
A small little park to finish of the day. The airboats was really good. Liked the gorilla, scary eyes. Should have had some time to do the safari. Oh, and Tweety bird is a girl….

Allen Hite & Bob Wetherbee
Dear diary, Fluch von Novgorod is our favorite coaster so far. At the beginning of the ride Bob was enjoying the theming and forgot about the launch. He screamed like a little girl 🙂 We found a section of the park to get some pictures of the sea. Nearby was a talking fountain. As we passed the fountain it spoke and shot out a large amount of water at foot level, all of which, landed in/on my right shoe soaking it through to my sock. What I yelled was not family friendly. Fortunately no one else was around 🙂

Peter Oakes
At Serengeti Park I touched the grass on the Zierer, did the boating lake, the enterprise, the tower contraption and the log flume. The cars on the tower span too slow. The log flume was quite good. The coaster we had the ERS on was violent on the dip and the bumps.

Ken Simmons
After spending the first part of the day at Hansa Park we then headed to Serengeti Park. While we didn’t have much time, I did get to ride the airboats, which had a surprise visit from King Kong. The ERS on Die! Wild Maus was a lot of fun, even though it’s only fifteen feet or so tall. Overall it was another nice day.

Chris Noel
At Serengeti Park I had the best family coaster ERS ever! Outstanding ride operator, he kept giving us extra rides.

David Cornell
Ditto. Schnitzel Count: 6
It was impressive how much Hansa Park has grown since 2004. We should spend the whole day on our next visit.

Mike Thompson
Serengeti Park’s Die Mouse Die coaster (or whatever it’s called) was more fun than expected. The Air Boat ride was unique and fun as well.

Mary and Darren
Serengeti Park included a great airboat ride, the small rides were good as was the ERS, operated by a guy who interacted well with us. The hotel was family run and although small everyone was friendly, thanks to whoever arranged for the slight bump with a lorry on the way.

David Bebbington
Nice new coasters at Hansa but, as always found running round the queue line too many times for a Euro Fighter can cause head issues. By no means is this one you want to avoid, the theming is right up there and the ride itself is very mixed and exciting. The park also has a Schwarzkopf looping coaster that offers the freedom of the world upside-down with only a lap bar. Awesome! Serengeti Park has a gem of a tiny coaster. Airtime on something no bigger than a Wacky Worm! It is sure to put a smile on your face!

Lasse Toernqvist
In Hansa Park I remembered old memories as I had been there before sometimes in the early 80’s. We had ERS on Die Schlange von Midgard and Fluch von Novgorod, the latter being a combination of dark ride, accelerator coaster and Eurofighter. Serengeti Park, which is actually a safari park with some rides, has two coasters: Froschflitzer, which is not actually a flitzer but a family coaster and Die! Wilde Maus which is not exactly a wild mouse but a kiddie coaster that actually has airtime and on which we had ERS – a very fun experience! 🙂

Derek Shaw 
I have not been to Hansa Park since the 2004 ECC trip. There were three new coasters for me to ride, including the best themed and rideable Gerstlauer coaster yet, Fluch von Novogod. It is a rolling launch coaster with incredible theming and a surprise ending. The theming may have cost as much as the ride! The family coaster was decent, again with incredible theming. The mouse mine train was rough, the kiddie coaster fun as it intertwines with Nessie, the Schwarzkopf coaster that continues to delight after 32 seasons! Long live Anton!! The second park, Serengeti, was a treat. The family coaster was standard fare, however, Die Wilde Maus was great. Even though the name says it is a wild mouse, it wasn’t. This pint-sized ride had plenty of thrills. I also enjoyed the AquaSafari, a Florida Everglades boat. (I had to travel to Germany to ride something found in the states!)

Rendell Bird 
Hansa Park, on the Baltic Sea, was one of the most beautiful parks I’ve ever visited. None of Hansa’s attractions was disappointing – all of them were either good or GREAT! As for Serengeti Park, their new attraction “AquaSafari” had American-style air-boats in a “Jungle Cruise” – style scripted ride-through. VERY loud. Nice to see huge General Motor’s V-8s being put to serious use. The rest of the park was mostly a bus-through “zoo” that we didn’t have time to do. They had a few nice ride sprinkled on one side of the park. We rode the rides and left. It’s a shame that someone from Louisiana had to travel to Germany to get a ride in an airboat (thankfully, “Swamp People” doesn’t air over here – so I never had to hear anything about “choot’em, choot’em”!).

Sue and Rich Yekel
Spent Wednesday night in Lubeck. Had a great time exploring the town and getting some McDonald’s to eat (getting sick of schnitzel and fries!). The first part of Thursday was spent at Hansa Park. The Die Schlange von Midgard and Fluch von Novgorod coasters had some excellent theming. Very beautiful landscaping throughout the park as well. The second park of the day on Thursday was Serengeti Park. We especially enjoyed the Aqua Safari airboat ride at the park. Always wanted to ride one of them! Wish we had a bit more time at this park since we didn’t have time to ride the train or go on the Jungle Safari to see all of the animals.

Gloria Nakamura
The aqua safari at Serengeti Park is King Kong at Universal meets the Jungle Cruise. Loved the launch on Fluch von Novgorod at Hansa Park. I was intrigued venough by the theming to wish I understood the story.

 

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Day 7 – Potts Park, Fort Fun

Jeff Holmes
Potts Park is a really good family park with unique rides including a self operated pirate ship which is a first for me. The hospitality was excellent and food really good too. Prost !!!!

My 2nd visit to Fort Fun and 2 great editions, a fantastic alpine slide and a unique hanging glider type ride which was a first for me. Prost!!!!

Joe Sturek
Another great family fun park with several unique swine rides and even racing swine. More wine tasting at the park for us lushes. Hello to the family. Second park today had one of the best alpine coasters in the world. We flew down the mountain side at full speed like nothing in the USA. Mom held the pedal to the metal and hauled ass all the way down! Hello all!

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
A small unique family park. So fun to visit the small parks, and see the attractions. We enjoyed the Science Museum and the Model Railroad display very much. The park was beautiful, so clean and neat. Hi to Oliver – no dinosaurs today. XOXO

Jason Hammond
Looking at the park map for today’s park, I was wondering why we had so much time at such a small park. I was very pleased and surprised when I saw all of the interesting theming around the park. There was tons to photograph and many unique rides as is becoming very common in Germany for me. My favorite ride had to be the theme ride through the pig city with a pig burlesque facade. My favourite thing to view was a bathroom with many funny photos inside. I know it’s weird. But, you’ll understand when you see the photos.
Our 2nd stop for the day took us very high into a mountainous area of Northern Germany. We rode our 1st Wiegand Alpine Coaster of the trip. It was the 4th I’ve ridden, my second favourite. They also had a Vekoma Roller Skater which had rear seat airtime over the first hill and front seat airtime over the last hill. I don’t think I’ve experienced that before on a Roller Skater. Being in the mountains, the views were amazing. I wish we could have stayed longer.

Sophie Stangebye
Den forste parken vi besokte idag var liten og koselig med mange morsomme ting aa gjore. Det var bl.a. et slags vitenskapssenter som var veldig spennende. Berg-og-dalbanene der var ikke spesiellt bra, men mye bedre enn andre vi har tatt ;-). Det var ogsaa et stor hus der med gigantiske mobler som var veldig morsomt, vi ble liksom bittesmaa :-).

Bob Ziems & Shannon Somerville
We had a good time at Potts Park. Shannon added her 400th credit today, which was nice.

Gus Bilderback
Justin finally came out and said that I was less than human. I do believe he hates me. He takes every opportunity to say something nasty about me. (Justin: When Gus stops insulting people, and the complaints about him stop, I suspect myself and others will think more of him, but until then…)

Peter Oakes
The microlights was interesting to try. I think the plane next to it was real. A Lufthansa sponsor would have suited it unlike other sponsors for rides. The lightning was well themed with the free spinning propeller on the train plus the dog I think is Snoopy challenging the red baron.
There was also an unusual half tower, half mini ferriss wheel contraption. It was alright and worth trying.
The pig racer was really a laugh. The Mad Scientist’s Lab was good fun. A whole park could be built with a mad scientist theme.

Ken Simmons
Having a late start today allowed for some shopping for snacks at the local supermarket. The first park of the day was Pott’s Park, a really nice family owned park. ERS was held on Turbo Drachen, a unique, powered suspended coaster. It was a fun ride, as the planes banked around the turns. The other coaster, Pott’s Blitz was similar to several other family coasters we’ve ridden. One section of the park was home to pig themed attraction. A good time was had at Pott’s Park, but we are now on the way to Fort Fun.

David Cornell
Potts Park is a fun and unique experience. Schnitzel Count 7.

Gloria Nakamura
Be sure to catch the pig races at Potts Park.

Mike Thompson
Potts Park was another example of “Never in America,” especially one of its WCs, which was elaborately decorated with bathroom humour. Turbo-Drachen was a swinging monorail masquerading as a coaster where riders controlled the speed to some extent.

Kat Soderquist
Potts Park has a great Science Center Terra phanomenalis. Wish I could bring my students from the USA here on a field trip when we study Optical Illusions and OP Art. Also really enjoyed their clever use of farm animals especially the pig areas. Thanks to Fort Fun for their generosity. The coasters all appear to run double goes regularly BUT just our luck?, we got three goes on the Speed Snake! Very physical day between the long walks through Potts and the hills at Fort Fun my body is shattered and I am finished for the day!

Malcolm Marr
Despite its name backwards Potts Park was a good place to start the day. Turbo Drachen is a fun powered swing coaster that swung quite crazingly in places. They have an excellent science play centre and a bizarre pig ride that highlights the dangers of inter-species gene-splicing. They also had some strange toilet artwork that showed what might happen if you peed outdoors in the vicinity of geese. In conclusion, education can be fun!

Michael Horwood (aka Max Reger). 
Potts Park was a cute park basically for kids. The inclusion of a rather extensive science center was a nice bonus. The park’s hosts were charming and so pleased that we included them on our tour. Fort Fun Adventure Park was just that – Fun!!!. Best Alpine coaster of the seven I’ve done. But the Vekoma “Speed Snake” was one of the worst with square corners and unfortunately one ride got two go-rounds. Ouch! Bang! Slam! Love the goulash dinner.

Celia Horwood
Again, it’s those family owned parks that make for the unusual, fun and truly friendly owners who made us feel welcome. Turbo Drachen was a real hoot and oh so unusual. Fort Fun Park truly lived up to its name with the “best in show” being the Trapper Slider and “worst/wurst in show” being the Speed Snake. Lots of cute theming to make this Fort Fun a great way to end the day.

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
A good time at Fun Fort, despite three coasters just being okay. Trapper Slider, the mountain coaster, was wonderful. One of the best Alpine Coasters we have been on. The park is on the side of a mountain, so we got our exercise for the day. Also, a very nice dinner.

Jeppe Nygaard
I dag var en stor dag for Johanne, da hun fik proevet sin bane #100. Hun fik forreste raekke paa foerste tog, som traditionen foreskriver, der blev taget billeder og oensket tillykke. Mange har gratuleret, saa hun er rigtig stolt. I sidste park, som ligger hoejt oppe i bjergene, havde de bygget en kaempe svaevebane fra hoejt oppe paa bjerget med 82 km/t ned til dalen. Og en Alpine Coaster, igen oppe fra bjergets top, og 2.000 meter skinner for fuld skrald nedaf. Mega sjovt, baade Johanne og jeg elskede det, igen smaa parker, hvor de er fantastisk gaestfrie. Nu videre mod Dusseldorf…

Johanne Nygaard
Hej alle sammen. I dag var vi i Potts Park og Fort Fun. I dag proevede jeg en svaeve bane hvor man flyver som i en drage flyver, virkelig fedt. Og saa havde vi ERS paa Fort Funs Alpine Coaster og Devil’s Mine. Det bedste var at det ogsaa var min bane nummer 100. Hip, hip, hurra !! Mange har sagt tillykke, og det er jeg rigtig glad for, Vi er nu paa vej til hotellet, og jeg er lidt smadret. I morgen skal vi i Movie Park, og ved aften tid paa Dusseldorf fair (en af de stoeste omrejsende tivolier i verden) Det glaeder jeg mig meget til. Hilsen Johanne

Mike Thompson
Fort Fun’s Alpine Coaster and fly-like-Superman four-person zip line were the stars of the park, although the Devil’s Mine coaster was interesting with its funhouse queue. If only we’d had another hour for Dark Rave, the rapids ride and the giant Ferris wheel.

Malcolm Marr
Nice to return to Fort Fun where I got to ride the Flying Eagle ride at last. Couldn’t help but wonder how the safety net is designed to catch a faller as they’re half over it. Pondering that was how I spent the ride. The alpine Trapper Slider (sounds like a Chuck Norris character) was one of the best I’d ridden with a lengthy course, numerous airtime pops and great pacing from start to finish. Thanks to the park for granting us an ERS on it. Had planned on going off piste and squeezing in a second alpine tonight but it looks like we’ve underestimated the journey times… again.

Nina Kleppe
The day started of with ERS on Turbo-Drachen at Potts Park. A fun little coaster. Then we got to do the other coaster. The Big House house with the big furnitures was fun too.

After lunch we went to Fort Fun where Kristian had his coaster no. 600 on the Lady Bug Coaster. Gratulerer. Then we had ERS on the Alpine Coaster. What a great coaster. Had 3 goes. WOW. It was flying down the track. Now we’re of to the hotel.

MD
Totally insane alpine ride. A lot of fun. Managed to get in six rides. Absolutely best with hands up and feet on the brakes! Did not manage to do the zip line before it closed.

Allen Hite & Bob Wetherbee
Dear diary, Potts Park this morning then Fun Fort. We we’re really impressed with Potts Parks’ hospitality & well deserved pride. The bathroom art work alone was worth the visit. Fort Fun has, hands down (or is it hands up?) the best alpine coaster in the world. It’s not the longest but it’s the wildest track layout we have ever ridden. Riding it with fellow ECCers flying along brakeless was a treat.

Peter Oakes
Fort Fun: Devil’s Mine had very good theming on its entrance. Good how the Ladybird was threaded through the trees, The Ghost train was dark with heads being boiled in glass cylinders. The Log flume was the second best ride. The first was the Alpine coaster. It was very long and nice and scary. It felt like I was going to come off as it flew through the beutiful woodland scenery. The park had and was set in beautiful scenery.

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Idagens sistepark ligger nom utentvil den beste alpine-coasteren noensinne har kjort. Hadde masse morro der under ERS’en. Fikk littlite tid til autforske resten av parken, men det far man ta ved neste besok. Absolutt en park a anbefale.

Bob Ziems & Shannon Somerville
Fort Fun was nice, but very hilly. It has great rides,and Trapper Slider was cool. The food was great. Wish we could have more time to visit.

Bob Englander
Very limited time at Ft Fun, so we were a bit rushed, but still managed to get all the coasters, the first dark ride of the trip and a small fun house. Biggest surprise was how great Trapper Slider was – totally blew me away with the airtime and phenomenal ride!!!!

David Elvy 
Potts Park was a great little Park, with the new Turbo Drachen, an ABC dynamic Swing coaster, great fun. The weather has cooled though, we are a fair way north. Then onto Potts Park, I managed to hit all of the coasters, though Trapper Slider, another alpine coaster was the highlight, a long, fast and fun downhill ride.

Steve Gzesh 
Yahoo! I hit my 900th coaster today at Potts Park with Turbo-Drachen, which is a *very unique* [sic, Ed.] swinging, suspended, powered coaster. The rest of the park was quite well done and is surely a favorite for families nearby. Next stop: Fort Fun Abenteuerland, which had three okay coasters and a fabulous alpine coaster (my first) and zip-line hang glider (also my first). Would have loved to have had a little more time in the park, but it was much fun while it lasted!

Patrick Flumet 
Ambiance tres amicale dans ce Potts Park malgre la pluie. Le batiment des sciences etait tres ludique et nous avons eu pas mal de rire. Deux coaster dont un assez particulier et peu courant. La description est faite en anglais par les autres, toujours pour perfectionner votre anglais. Le deuxieme park de la journee, car on ne se laisse pas aller, Fort Fun Abenteuerland contient le meilleur alpine coaster que j’aie fait a ce jour. Et pour la deuxieme fois, apres Hansa, le repas etait excellent, ce qui nous change des Schnitzel habituels.

Tim Baldwin and Jeffrey Seifert
The interactive science and optical exhibits at Potts Park were very entertaining. More parks should do it. Amazingly cold for July. Fort Fun…not as cold, but we NEEDED…MORE…TIME. We only had 90 minutes and there was so much to do. We missed a lot. Not sure why we short changed this park, but we did the coasters, dark ride, walk through and (long) flume. Missed the train, tram, sky ride, Wild Eagle, Ferris Wheel and taking many photos. Some confusion over dinner, so Jeff had money out of his pocket wasted. The ERS on the alpine coaster was nice; a very long version. Devil’s Mine was Jeffrey’s 800th coaster.

Sue and Rich Yekel 
The first part of the day on Friday was spent at Potts Park. It’s been rather cold with periods of rain both yesterday and today. Hope we can get some warm weather for the rest of the trip. Really enjoyed their Turbo-Drachen airplane roller coaster and riding the Nautic Jets over and over. The Nautic Jets are a blast! The second park we visited today was Fort Fun Abenteuerland. Didn’t have as much time as we would have liked to experience everything. Had our best meal of the trip here – pasta with meat sauce. Finally something other than schnitzel and fries! The absolute best part of the park was their alpine coaster, Trapper Slider. WOW is about the only way to describe it. Going full throttle down the mountain was amazing! Here’s a special shout out to my friends at Square One Markets!

Alex Rigsby
Just visited Potts Park. What a lovely little park with a lot of character. There is an airplane themed suspended, powered coaster that you can somewhat control the speed of with a lever. The coaster is a lot of fun and really gets some good swing action. Also, of note, I enjoyed the Faule Schau that is a small train through a series of scenes that reflects a local children’s story about a lazy pig that is taken to town where a fair is being held. The pig win’s some kind of beauty contest. The last scene of the ride takes you past an animatronic scene of a man-pig getting his feet licked by a feet next to a spinning, meowing cat. Very bizarre. The park’s owners attempted to explain the story and it still didn’t make much sense. There was also a toilet-shaped building with various toilet rooms inside. The best part was the various paintings and artwork about using the bathroom, mostly about urinating. What a hoot! There is a huge building dedicated to science and optical illusions, plus a room in another building dedicated to bicycling with various scenes of animatronic figures powered by you peddling bicycles. What a strange little park with such friendly owners that greeted us.

Let’s start with the end: Fort Fun’s entrance is at the highest point of the park and it is a long way back to the top! Wow. I am out of shape … Devil’s Mine was the cutest Vekoma Rollerskater I’ve ridden. A very long queue themed to a mineshaft and then a custom layout Vekoma Rollerskater with two lifts [? Ed.], it was quite a fun little ride. Perhaps I didn’t expect too much since it is from Vekoma, but I really liked the little ride. Next up was Speedsnake (a Vekoma Whirlind). I’ve not ridden one and I thought the layout, while very short, was at least interesting and twisted in upon itself. But we were warned it would beat the heck out of us and in true Vekoma fashion it did. The paint job on the trains was the best part! Next we rode the Marienkaferbahn, a Zierer Tivoli, and it wrapped around some lovely trees; it was really sweet. After that we rode the Wild Eagle, a 4-person across gliding ride that pulls you up a mountain backwards and then just let’s you “fly” down to where you got on. The mountain we were pulled up was quite high, so we had a spectacular view of the mountainous and forested area. What a treat! It was low throughput but well worth it. I then rode the Mystery Warehouse dark ride. It started off well enough and clearly felt like it was travelling downhill the first half of the ride. I’ve ridden better dark rides but also far, FAR worse. While we ate our dinner the park closed. Afterwards we headed to ERS on the Trapper Slider, a Wiegand Alpine Coaster; gosh, that was fun. You are taken up the hill and then allowed to slide down in a car that can hold up to two people. You can brake yourself but it looks like most people rode one at a time. I rode three times and kept the brakes off and just hauled some serious @ss down the mountain! Loved it! I wish I had had time to ride the flume and train but time did not permit.

Rendell Bird 
Pott’s Park was the very embodiment of “charming”. The park is approximately 40 years old – but for the first 15 years nearly all of their attractions were people-powered (meaning that THE GUEST gets to pedal or push or whatever). The suspended airplane-themed powered coaster was a great deal of fun. The park’s owners were extremely enthusiastic about our visit. Loved the Science Exploratorium, the Over-Sized House, and the toilet-themed bathroom-house!

Fort Fun was an entire PARK devoted to the “American West” rather than merely a single section. The coasters were only so-so, the food was pretty good; but the Alpine Coaster (Trapper Slider) was tremendous. Truly one of the longest and steepest *I’ve* ever experienced. My ears were popping like cheap rubberbands as I FLEW down the mountain. Breathtaking. Unfortunately, Alex & I were the last ones on the ride – so we had to SPRINT up the hill to get back to bus in a timely manner(!) – finishing in a flat-out foot-race across the parking lots to reach the already idling busses. WHEW!

Derek Shaw 
After a short 15 minute ride from our hotel, we arrived at Potts Park, named after the family which owns this little gem. Turbo-Drachen, while not a coaster (in my mind) was unique and fun. It is a suspended airplane that is powered. Plenty of swinging action. The other coaster, Potts Blitz, was a standard family coaster, however one of the rides was special, as we rode it with Shannon, who was experiencing her 400th different coaster! I finally got to ride a nautic jet. It is a boat that one person at a time rides. After being pulled up a ramp, the craft hurls down the track and jumps into the water. This is sort of what many people rode at the turn of the last century in a Shoot the Chutes ride. Great fun! (I missed the opportunity at a previous park due to weight restrictions on these rides).
When you hear the name Fort Fun, what type of theming comes to your mind? It seems most Germans are fascinated with America’s Wild West of the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Many of the parks we have visited so far, had a themed section devoted to cowboys and sometimes Indians. Most of the park is dedicated to this motif. Fort Fun has changed a bit since my last visit. While the mine train, Vekoma Whirlwind (only four in the world) and Lady Bug coasters are still there, a couple more hills have been added. The Weigand alpine coaster was the second best one I’ve ridden, (next to the one in Austria on the 2006 excursion). The Wild Eagle glider had me a bit nervous, in anticipation. It’s a four person abrest glider where you are locked in riding Superman style. You are hoisted across the valley until you reach the release ppoint, then you glide back to the start, over a hundred feet in the air. Breathtaking and exhiliarating! A real good day.

Lasse Toernqvist 
Potts Park is a nice little small children’s park with a swing coaster on which we had ERS. The best coaster of the park was the other family coaster though, and it was very interesting to visit the park’s science centre and giant’s house.

At Fort Fun Abenteuerland I experienced a first: The park’s alpine coaster. The other coasters in the park pale in comparison to this one. What else can I say but: Whoah! Wow! Great! Fantastic!! 😀

David Bebbington 
Potts Park is quirky with a collection of very unique rides. The ABC junior flyer is a fun ride that offers plenty of family swing. The other coaster is similar to the Zierer found next to Mighty Mini Mega at Southport. If you get chance to go make sure you check out the science exhibition!
Fort Fun, what can I say? Amazingly good Alpine Coaster and I heard that Yvonne hurt her balls! (Please check Yvonne is ok with this before publishing)

Nick Christensen
Potts Parks was a nice and cosy family kind of playground with 2 coasters, one being the ABC suspended flyer thing, where you control the speed. That was a fun little coaster.

Fort Fun was one of the better surprised parks, with an amazing sitting, and where i got to ride my first Wiegand alpine coaster, and OMFG, that was one hell of an amazing and fantastic coaster! Enough said! Definitely going back there, if they add a terrain wooden coaster at some point! 😉

Paul Hindle 
An unusual and probably unique plane coaster at Potts; we got it to swing more by leaning into the corners! BTW do they eat nothing but Schnitzel in this country??????????????????

Plenty already said about the alpine coaster – easily the best, fastest and bumpiest I have ridden. Great food too!

Darren and Mary 
Potts Park was great it had so many hidden extra’s such as museums, the owners parents told us so much about the park and its history which was really useful, lovely little park Fort Fun was an amazing little park high in the mountains, Darren rode an alpine coaster on his own for the first time and we were lucky enough to go round three times on Speed Snake according to Darren; lucky for him but not for me.

Kristian & Mette
The first park today was the small Potts park. A really nice park with some unique rides. The ABC flyer Turbo Drachen was very fun…
Then we drove off to Fort Fun, where Kristian got his 600th coastercredit! Congratulations to him. If someone doubt it we are having a really good time. That’s all for now….

Chris Simon
Today at Fort Fun I particularly enjoyed the Wild Eagle, hanglider on a zip wire across the valley – not as scary as it sounds but a lot of fun and a nice experience. Also the Trapper Slider alpine coaster. These rides have terrified me in the past but now I have started to really enjoy them!

Craig Smith & Andrew Lamb
Lots of fun today and a chance to check out some Dark Rides and Fun House Style Rides. I (Craig) enjoyed The Speed Snake and was also glad to experience Wild Eagle which gave riders lots of wind speed. The scenery at Fort Fun was also breath taking and a real treat!

 

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Day 8 – Movie Park, Schloss Beck, Düsseldorf Fair

Kat Soderquist
Movie Park was just as I expected, a ride once and leave park. Although I was pleasantly surprised with an all you can carry buffet lunch at the Van Helsing Club. Food had fun names such as bat wings, braised werewolf legs, and witches brew. Then, in the evening, off to the Dusseldorf Fair in a torrential downpour. Like the mental ones we are, we rode Olympia Looping and Alpina Bahn inspite of the driving rains. The needles of rain combined with the intense G’s left me giggling happily all evening (plus a few German beers / shots helping it along). A German fair is full assault on your senses, a brilliant experience indeed. Thanks to Johanne for doing my hair.

Malcolm Marr
Movie World has changed a lot since my last visit but hasn’t changed at all. Still overly busy and suffering from some poor operations. Having to stay two extra hours was a bad move introduced following a decision to hold a Q&A in the morning when riding whilst the park was empty would have been better. Schloss Beck, a little park down the road, was much calmer; even the wasps were friendly. In the evening we visited Dusseldorf Fair where the 2 most famous travelling Schwarzkopfs were partnered together. Riding both in torrential rain upped the stupidity factor, but the crown for most insane coaster had to be the Wilde Maus, which in the downpour left us unable to grip the bars, throwing us around the cars.

Jason Hammond
At Movie Park we didn’t have a lot of time… at first. I ran around like a mad man trying to get my credits in before lunch to then find out our visit had been extended. After lunch we took the short walk to Schloss Beck to ride the family coaster there, they gave us 4 circuits. It was a nice ride. Beck was a nice little family park. We then spent a bit more time at Movie park. Lord only knows why, but I rode the stand-up drop tower. I won’t make that mistake again. After Movie park we headed to the hotel for a quick bag drop before heading to the Dusseldorf fair for the evening. It was raining. But, that didn’t stop us. I threw on my Hansa Park poncho and trekked the fair. I rode each coaster once just in case they wouldn’t be open in the morning. Afterwards, I had some great food and photographed and videotaped as many rides as I could. The light packages were amazing. With only a few people riding, the operators would extend the circuit time to entice people to come over. They also run these rides like no other can. A seemingly average ride like a Break Dance is turned into a pukalating death machine.

Jeppe Nygaard
I gaar var det Movie World. Jeg har vaeret der foer, for 7 aar siden. Den gang var parken koblet til Warner Brothers og havde mange film temaer inkoorpereret I parken. Tom & Jerry, Snurre Snup, osv. Det er der ikke laengere, hvilket er synd, meget af parkens atmosphere er forsvundet med det. De har hele seks rutchebaner, desvaerre ikke saerlig gode, ikke nogle man har lyst til at proeve mere end een gang. Godt det ikke er min lokale park, undtagelsen var dog deres nyeste bane, som vi havde ERS paa, Van Heldens Factory var virkelig fed. Indendoers i moerke og meget thematiseret. I aftes og her til formiddag var det et af turens allerstoeste high-lights for mig, Dusseldorf Fair. En af de stoeste omrejsede fairs i Europa, paa banken af Rhinen. Der var de to stoeste omrejsede rutchebaner i verden paa samme sted, hvilket ellers kun sker til Oktoberfest i Munchen. Der var 6-7 forlystelser der stoerre end i noget Dansk forlystelsespark, – selv om de her er omrejsende. I gaar eftes var det fantastisk med millioner of lys og lamper paa alting, og fuld hammer paa i oelteltene, saa stemningen var fantastisk selv om det oesregnede. I dag var vejret fint, saa en perfekt afslutning i Dusseldorf.

Johanne Nygaard
Hej igen. Jeg skriver foest i dag, fordi vi kom rigtig sent hjem i gaard. Jeg var virkelig traet. Den foeste park var Movie World. Den kunne jeg virkelig godt lide. Vi havde ERS paa deres nyeste rutchebane, som var den bedste i parken. Vi koeste derfra kl. 6, koerte til naeste hotel, og stillede kufferterne, saa videre paa Dusseldorf Fair i oesende regnvejr. Man kan vist godt sige jeg var vaad da vi kom hjem. Men det var meget smukt selvom det regnede. Der var 4 rutchebaner, og 2 af dem var de stoeste man kan transportere rundt, og det er meget sjaeldent de er samme sted, saa vi var utrolige heldige, og de vi kom hjem paa hotellet, kunne vi se lyset fra Tivoliet adskellige kilometer vaek. Vi var der igen i dag, og koerte paa de 4 rutchebaner igen. De havde ogsaa et kaempe spoegelseshus, jeg havde ikke lyst til at proeve det. Men der var en mand i kostume udenfor som lavede sjov med folk og skraemte dem. Det var virkelig sjovt, vi er nu paa vej til en mindre park, Klotten, hvor der bare er en enkelt bane, saa der kann vi slappe lidt af.

Martin Stangebye
Hei! Jeg har vart i paa et kult tivoli med en enormt kul bane!

Mike Thompson
Movie Park was a cross between a Universal Park and parts of Kings Island. The Nickelodeon area was better than Kings Island’s kids’ section. The trip organizers saved the day by letting us depart two hours later than scheduled, otherwise we would not have been to ride all the coasters. Van Helsing’s Factory was good fun, even though the vampires-in-a-junkyard theme was a bit unusual. Liked the three major water riders a lot. Didn’t get a chance to ride the Dora flume.
Despite the rain Saturday night, we rode all four coasters at the Dusseldorf Fair. I liked the two Schwarzkopfs more than Al did.

Joe Sturek
Movie Park Germany was disappointing with only one ridable adult coaster and three junior coasters. Everything is not worth mentioning except for the fact that mom rode the standup drop tower that tilted out while the top of the tower. We managed to ride all coasters at the Dusseldorf fair in the rain. We will be back again Sunday.

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
OLYMPIA LOOPING!!! HOORAY!!! This has been our most sought after coaster for many years, and now (we have ridden it at the Dusseldorf Fair. We rode in the rain last night and more rides today. We are amazed that a coaster this size travels to different fairs (3 days to take down, 10 days to put up). It was great to be back at a German Fair. Drinking beer, and watching the locals dance on the tables. Great time!

Michael Horwood (aka Felix Mendelssohn). 
Movie Park was a bore with no redeeming rides. Best ride was next door at Schloss Beck on the Donkey Cart ride. Amazing Fair with lights everywhere from the booths and rides. Front seat rides of the two Schwarzkopf gems in pouring rain. Marginally preferred the “Alpinabahn” as “Olympia Looping” is too much of a shoulder crusher.

Celia Horwood
Funny how you can ride one of the worst (wurst) coasters in the same day as one THE best – I’m referring to the Bandit at MovieLand (Yawn Land) and Olympia Looping, front seat, pouring rain. This was my first German fair and what a site – real red hour gone mad.

Mike & Kammy Sislofsky
We enjoyed Movie Park, even with the large crowds. Van Helsing’s Factory was an excellent ride with incredible theming. (Hey Dad, do you know who Uncle Russ sold his old cars to? They might be in a theme park in Germany.) The meal at the Van Helsing Club was really good. And all you can drink soda!!! (We’re very thirsty.) The first night at the Dusseldorf Kirmes (Fair) was a cold, rainy one, so we had one ride on the four coasters and a quick meal of meat kabobs and then back to the hotel to dry out.

Nina Kleppe
Today we visited Moviepark. The day started of with an ERS on Van Helsing’s Factory. A fun wild mouse coaster with some good surpises. Then we did the rest of the coasters before lunch. After lunch we walked over to Schloss Beck to do the coaster there. 1 extra bonus tick there.

MD:
Stupid Wilde Maus that broke my rib.

Ken Simmons
Movie Park Germany was one of today’s parks, and fortunately, I had been there before and didn’t have to wait in long lines for the coasters, except the Jimmy Neutron coaster. Van Helsing’s Factory was our ERS coaster, and was an excellent, themed ride in the dark. Bandit was not good. I did visit SchlossBeck, next door to Movie Park Germany, and found it to have a nice, Zierer Tivoli coaster.
Had a very rainy evening at the fair in Dusseldorf, but I was happier than a pig in sh*t. I rode Olympia Looping!!! Anton is the master.

Peter Oakes
Movie Park Germany. Apart from the Bandit being rough it was a good ride. They are silly designing a good roller coaster then murdering it by letting it turn out rough. They have spoilt the ship for a hapeth of tar.

Artic explorer river caves ride had really good scenery in. After queueing ages for the log flume it was bog standard and I drowned on it. However the Alien Encounter water ride was great and I didn’t get wet on it. It was good how they used the Bermuda Triangle to adapt the theme of aliens to a water ride. Van helsing’s Factory was a good combination of ghost train and coaster.

At Schloss Beck Park I thought the coaster would be just a run of the mill mini steel yet it was better than I expected.
The fair at night was a washout. The slide became a waterslide with people riding it into a puddle at the bottom on waterproof mats. Olympia Looper was best and the Booster was a good long ride for the money.

Bob Ziems & Shannon Somerville
Movie Park Germany was nice. Both of us liked Van Helsing’s Factory a lot. Bandit, on the other hand, was rough for us. Schloss Beck was nice, as well. The fair was good, also.

Bob Englander
Saturday night at the fair in the rain, not so good, tho it did make braking more interesting on the Wilde Maus.

Alex Rigsby 
Movie Park: The park has 3 distinct flavours: Entrance and front section feels like Universal Studios. Left side of park feels very Six Flags. Right side of park feels like a Paramount park’s Nickelodeon kid’s section. Van Helsing was quite excellent but needs a little more theming in the second half of the ride instead of pitch black darkness. The SLC didn’t bang my ears, but was otherwise merely Vekoma-riffic. Alien Encounter was a very good splash boat ride themed to aliens building a spaceship from man’s machines and technology. My favourite thing in the park was the indoor/outdoor river rapids ride. It was quite excellent with really great theming.

Dusseldorf Fair: I had no real expectations for Olympia Looping and came away quite impressed. Super smooth and incredibly large, the coaster is both a fantastic ride and crowd pleaser. Alpina Bahn was rougher than I would expect any Schwarzkopf to be, but still fun. Eating Nutella crepes – and apple strudel drenched in vanilla sauce was truly outstanding, as well as the oompah band in the beer garden.

David Bebbington 
When the owner said that the park had lost some heart it did not take long in the park to realise what it was that he was talking about. The park is a little like a museum with beautiful frames and no pictures. The theming is incredible with areas on par with the US counterparts but, the quality of the rides and the atmosphere in the park were poor. The woodie needs a new track, layout and trains. The SLC is not the worst but, not good. It will be interesting to visit in a few years and see if the new management has been able to turn it around.

Tim Baldwin and Jeffrey Seifert 
Son of Beast lives at Movie Park! (Who would have thought a second set of those Premier trains existed?) Actually getting to Olympia Looping was a major thrill. It was a shame the rain made riding an endurance test that first night, but experiencing the lights and atmosphere was fun.

Darren and Mary 
Movie Park had two head bangers, one was the white looping coaster and the other was the woodie, all other rides were good. We enjoyed the walk over to Schloss to ride the small rides. Dusseldorf fair was great but the torrential rain was awful, it did not stop Darren riding anything.

Rendell Bird 
Movie Park Germany had some good rides, some decent rides, and a wooden coaster that many of the people on this trip flat-out loathed. Personally, I didn’t think it was that bad – but it is true that the cars are too long and too heavy: causing a wash-board effect even on flat-track. Still, The Bandit is a Cyclone-clone and as such – at least it had an interesting layout. The indoor rapids ride was wonderful.
Dusseldorf Fair: I am insane apparently: dressed in t-shirt & shorts with a rain poncho – I went to a full-sized German fair with a steady rain falling and low temperatures. The night-time lighting-arrays were amazing. The rightfully famous Olympia Looping was running out-of-control in the rain. The size and scope of some of the attractions were difficult to fathom – e.g., portable eating establishments that folded out “complete” with cooking / serving areas on the bottom floor and eating areas on the second floor. Truly a wonderful experience.

Lasse Toernqvist 
The best part of Movie Park Germany is definitely Van Helsing’s Factory which is an all-indoor and greatly themed Gerstlauer bobsled coaster; we started out with ERS on it. The park’s wild mouse in the kids’ area of the park feels like it was bought used from somewhere. The park also has a wooden coaster and I was looking forward to it until I realised that it must have been a former SLC that had decided to spend its retirement as a wooden coaster. Took a little side trip to Schloss Beck Freizeitpark and found a very good lady bird and a couple of Nautic Jets. The very wet evening was spent at Dusseldorf Fair – my very first visit to a fair this size and I was blown away! It is basically the size of an amusement park! Got to ride the much talked about Olympia Looping with its many colours and which pulls some serious Gs. On the wild mouse there the brakes had been switched off and since the tracks were also wet from the rain this became the best wild mouse I have ridden so far – wild indeed!

Derek Shaw 
Movie Park Germany is still a mediocre park with mediocre coasters. (I was hoping that it would have improved in seven years. As even the Park Boss said when he met with the group, Movie Park Germany has no soul. Bandit (the wooden coaster) should be the next candidate for Rocky Mountain Coaster Company with topper track. Van Helsing’s Factory is the bright spot in the park. It is a highly themed Gerstalauer coaster. On the other hand Schloss Beck, (the park in the woods next door) is a delightful, little park with a great family coaster, Nautic Jets (which I got to try) and also a water slide that you traverse in a rubber raft. Great fun! We ended the day with a trip to Dusseldorf Fair. It was pouring, making the visit very soggy. Finally rode Olympia Looping coaster along with Alpina Bahn, Spinning Coaster and a Wild Mouse without brakes! Anton lives!

Sue and Rich Yekel 
Line jumping is alive and well at Movie Park Germany. Most rides there are either mediocre or bad. Bandit is one of the worst wooden coasters we’ve ever ridden! Also took a walk over to Schloss Beck Freizeitpark to take a ride on their roller coaster and Nautic Jets. Ended the evening with a visit to the Dusseldorf Fair in the pouring rain. We rode all four coasters one time and got some potato pancakes before calling it a night.

Chris Simon 
Highlight of today was the ERS on Movie Park’s new Van Helsing’s Factory indoor Gerstlauer bobsled coaster (loved the sliding hand effect on the car windscreen!), after an interesting talk by the park’s MD on the subject of the construction of the coaster and musings on the way previous owners Six Flags had managed the place.

Jan and Mac Rush 
Today was a whirlwind. First up were two parks that were a study in contrasts. Movie Park Germany is corporately owned, large, and filled with licensed character-themed rides, many of which were fun. Within walking distance was Schlossbeck, a family-oriented park�more like a big playground with rides. It was as busy as Movie Park. That the smaller venue seems to thrive in the the shadow of the bigger one is pretty amazing. Then it was on to the Dusseldorf Fair. We got our first ride on Olympia Looping. Yay! Too bad it was raining and we couldn’t see where we were going. The lights on all the rides after dark are magical, though.

David Elvy 
Today at Movie Park Germany I hit my 600th coaster, shame it was on Bandit which was very rough, I will not forget that in a hurry. Van Helsing’s Factory made a great enclosed coaster with good theming and visual effects. Schloss Beck, just next door was home to a family coaster and another Nautic Jet ride.

Paul Hindle 
Bandit is one of the roughest Woodies I have ever ridden – worse than Texas Giant was in 2008. Also queue lines at MPG need sorting out – many are just too wide and lead to too much jostling and queue-jumping.

Steve Gzesh 
Lots of parks and lots of coaster credits today! Started at Movie Park Germany, which is a nicely themed park. Van Helsing’s Factory was the highlight coaster, whereas Bandit was an unfortunate woodie that was quite painful to ride. The X-Men Action show was delightfully amusing to watch, though I don’t think they intended it to be a comedy! Next, we picked up a small coaster credit at Schloss Beck, a small family park right next door to Movie Park. Lots of families there and the kids were clearly having a ball. We ended the night at Dusseldorf Fair, which was quite fun, despite the heavy rain we had to endure. A great day!

Patrick Flumet 
Nous avons eu pas mal de jugeotte pour pouvoir faire les six coasters de Movie Park en une heure, car ce fut le pire parc en terme d’affluence. De plus, a part Van Helsing factory, les autre coasters ne sont pas tres bien. Par contre la nourriture etait de nouveau excellente. Apres, une petite viste au parc familial qui cotoie pour un petit coaster, mais ou les gens semblaient avoir plus de plaisir qu’a cote. La route du soir nous a mene a la foire de Dusseldorf.

 

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Day 9 – Düsseldorf Fair, Freizeitpark Klotten

Malcolm Marr
Today we revisited the fair and this time chose to eat-and-spin rather than ride-and-drink as we did the night before. With much clearer skies I also took the chance to take some photos. It was cool that we got a first ride on Olympia to start the day.
I’d been to Klotten before and so could take things easy. I rode the Klotten coaster once, fed some goats and bears and then had an omelette for dinner. Linz shoved me off a bench and I cut my leg but the blood is now klotten up nicely.

Jason Hammond
Today we went back to the fair. The rain had subsided and the sun came out. We got a group ride on the Olympia Looper followed by an infield tour of the coaster while it was operating. It was awesome. The rest of the day we had discounted rides on the coaster. With no rain, it was easier to enjoy the atmosphere. I tried lots more food and even a couple flat rides. I rode Devil Rock. The only way I can describe it would be a cross between a Chaos and a Monster on steroids. (Ed: It’s a Huss Flic Flac) Plus it also bounces. About 6 of us rode it. I thought it was great. After the fair we drove to Klotten. Their coaster had a great view of a city and castle in the valley below. The coaster was nearly the same as the one at Belantis minus the theming. However Klotten’s plans are for an intertwining water ride to be added next year. This was primarily an animal park. You could directly interact with almost all of them, except the bears which you could feed from a higher viewing area. They would pose for their treats. It was cute.

Bob Ziems & Shannon Somerville
Our visit to Klotten was very nice. Their coaster was a bit better than Belantis, with a lot of airtime. We really enjoyed our time there.

Even Stangebye
We are now on our way to the Mosel Valley to ride the great coaster Heisse Fart in Klotten. Earlier today we were at a great German fair in Dusseldorf, with some amazing rides, good food, sun and amazing coasters. It is unbelievable that these huge coasters are erased and taken down several times each summer!

Mike Thompson
Rode two spinning rides today that had me grinning from ear to ear. Hello to everyone back home from Mike & Al.

Joe Sturek
Sunday morning at the fair was excellent, no rain, and reduced price rides on Olympia Looping, one of the greatest steel coasters in existence. Mom drank a dark German beer today at the fair with some help from me, it was really too butch for me (I’ll stick to wine while in Europe). Klotten once again provided great views of the valley below. Their coaster, still log-flume-less, is just as good as I remember. We watched Mr. Bear dance for his snack whilst at Klotten (Mr. Bear always loves a good snack no matter where he is!)

Yvonne Janik
The German Kirmes was amazing! The food vendors had wonderful, homemade breads and goodies that were nothing like the frozen then fried items for sale all over fairs in the US. I really enjoyed finally riding Olympia Looping and walking around underneath it.

Celia Horwood
Klotten Park was yet another example of how a small family owned park has such charm and Heisse Fahrt was a hoot to ride. Beautiful location too!

Mike Thompson
Klotten’s Gerstlauer was another good example of a ride that is desperately needed at small, family parks in the U.S.

Mike & Kammy Sislofsky
This morning dawned cool and clear so we could ride without getting wet from the rain, and take lots of photos of the endless rides, snack shops, games, beer halls, and the German people. A wonderful cultural experience! Klotten’s coaster has lost some of its speed, but is still very fun, with a great long layout.

Nina Kleppe
Dusseldorf Fair was a spesial and noisy experience. The Olympia Looping was good, I wish it didn’t have the over shoulder restraints. Thank’s too the crew for the backstage tour. They hurted my shoulders. Got to do the rest of the coasters. The Star Flyer was fun.
Klotten is a nice little park with a great view over the Mozel river. Heisse Fart was as fun as i remember it from 2004. I’m surpriced they haven’t finished building the logflume yet. It was nice to come back to the park.

Ken Simmons
Today’s visit to the fair was nice and dry. I had a couple more rides on Olympia Looping and really enjoyed the opportunity to venture under the structure while it was running.

Bob Englander
Sunday morning at the fair with partly cloudy weather, much better. Definitely liked Alpina Bahn better than Olympia Looping (and a big thank you to the owners for the free ride and backstage tour). And of course way too many food choices (only had part of a ham pretzel, some chocolate-covered pineapple, a brat & some special fair-only ice cream blend (plus the glazed nuts for a late nite snack).

Peter Oakes
Klotton Park. I think the idea of Heisse Fart is that riders are distracted by the chocolate box view from the top so the drop takes them by surprise. Part of the pleasure of visiting the park is seeing the view of the Moselle Valley and the two castles.

Gloria Nakamura
Thank you Mr. Barth for the tour of Olympia Looping. If it weren’t for the over the SHOULDER restraints it would be in my Top 10. But definitely one of the most beautiful coasters ever. Alpina Bahn was just as much fun as it was in 2003.

David Elvy 
After the wet experience at the Fair last night, we went back today. Olympia Looping is simply incredible, and I rode it seven times. Alpina Bahn was great, the Wild Mouse was insane and Spinning Racer was great fun. The Bellevue provided amazing views of the Fair, and High Energy showed how Bling at Blackpool could be run. An amazing, if expensive few hours.

Paul Hindle 
Really enjoyed the Fair; 10 coaster rides, 3 other rides, beer, bratwurst. A very expensive morning but worth every Euro.

Steve Gzesh 
We returned to the Dusseldorf Fair for some addition non-rain rides on Olympia Looping and the rest of the fair. It’s amazing how smooth Olympia Looping is, especially considering how frequently it’s assembled and dismantled throughout the year. Great food at the fair, including a German gyro-like sandwich, made with the requisite German pork instead of lamb.

Patrick Flumet 
Apres des millions de lumieres et de gouttes de pluie, nous y sommes retourne ce matin. Il faut dire que deux mythiques coasters transportable etaient la, j’ai nomme l’Alpina Bahn et l’Olympia Looping. Le temps etait plus clement et nous avons eu droit a un ride pour nous sur Olympia avant l’ouverture. Une foire dans laquelle on pourrait passer une semaine facilement.

Jan and Mac Rush 
This morning we returned to the Fair. No rain! More great rides on Olympia Looping, as well as the three other coasters. There was also time to explore the rest of the fair, with its food stands (crepes, anyone?) midway games, and spinning rides. It was like being in a small, densely populated amusement park. What fun!

Chris Simon 
A morning at Dusseldorf fair (not as big as I thought it would be) and a rare chance to ride not only Alpina Bahn but the famous Olympia Looping. Not only that, a tour around the inside of its structure, which was pretty scary as the trains flew past just feet away. Notable instruction from Justin – whatever you do, make sure you DON’T die!! (ED: It was more along the lines of; be careful, you will lose against a coaster train, so please, don’t die!)

Sue and Rich Yekel 
Started off the day with another visit to the Dusseldorf Fair. The rides are very expensive so we only took one additional ride on both Alpina Bahn (our favourite) and Olympia Looping. We also got to go inside the structure of Olympia Looping for some photo opportunities which was a neat experience. Hi to Steve and Rachel, the Barry family, and Bam Bam!

Derek Shaw 
Today was club t-shirt day. We all looked like kids on a school outing although it did prove beneficial. We started the day with a return engagement at the Dusseldorf Fair. No rain today and the sun even came out! Got a behind-the-scenes tour of Olympic Looping coaster and walked the midways of this 10 day annual fair. I cannot believe the stellar line-up of major rides that line the midway, owned by different concessionaires. The Olympia Looping takes 40 hours of set up and take down, only playing eight sites each year. Of course I had potato pancakes again (having located the stand that makes them last night.) I also enjoyed some traditional German music during lunch.

Lasse Toernqvist 
Another very good day at Rheinkirmes began with an exclusive ride on Olympia Looping followed by a guided tour inside it. Did various other stuff and was amazed of the attachment of the operators to their rides!

David Bebbington 
Schwarzkopf lives!

Rendell Bird 
We returned to the Dusseldorf Fair in the rain-free daylight. Possibly less magical – but much more comfortable! 🙂

Tim Baldwin and Jeffrey Seifert 
Crawling about inside Olympia Looping this morning was a treat. We got a more pleasant fair experience in the daytime.

Darren and Mary 
The fair this morning was great Darren managed eight rides on the Olympia Looping; really enjoyed the fair and the food.

David Cornell
I want to give a big thank you to the owners and staff of Olympia Looping for the behind the scenes tour. They trusted our group to behave safely and we did. The Dusseldorf Fair was great fun. I hope to spend more time at one of these fairs some time.

Derek Shaw 
The last time I was at Klotten (seven years ago), they were still planning on installing a flume ride on the coaster lift hill. They still are and moved a ton of dirt a few weeks ago for a tentative March 2012 opening. As this small family owned park gets enough money to do the job, they proceed with projects; I respect them for that. The mouse-type coaster is still great, although not as snappy as it was in 2004. The rest of the park has a great many do-it-yourself rides. Got another Nautic Jet ride. I also love how it is situated high in the mountains, with a beautiful winding river along with a castle below!

 

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Day 10 – Phantasialand

Jeff Holmes
This was my 2nd visit to Phantasialand and the theming is still as stunning as it was back then. Black Mamba is their coaster that I had not ridden and what a fantastic ride that was very similar to Nemesis but just as good maybe even better… Their new ride this year was a dark ride called maus aux chocolat which is a great 3D shoot em up. Well done Phantasialand keep up the good work. Prost!!!

Joe Sturek
Phantasialand was just as great as I remember it from my first visit. Thanks to the hospitality of the park, we were able to do everything we wanted in the park and still have time to relax and enjoy a drink in the Asian themed hotel bar. I didn’t tell mom a thing about the Winja coasters before riding them to keep the surprise elements just that. We laughed continuously during our 4 repeat rides on them. Thank you much to the park!

Michael Horwood (aka Karlheinz Stockhausen)
Great park in general with massive attention to detail on every ride and pathway. The park was super supportive of our tour with LOTS of percs including a real feeding frenzy lunch. The buried structure of “Black Mamba” reminded me of “Nemesis” and rides equally well with very smooth heart-line flips. So many unique rides so you don’t feel it’s just another ride clone with a new theme. Anja was a terrific hostess for our day of fun.

Celia Horwood
Fantastic! Talk about a park that is fun for all ages! Attractions are great whether they range from white knuckle to kiddy and everything in between. Theming is spot-on with every detail lovingly displayed. Employee uniforms unique in all areas. The Maus aux Chocolat was an absolute hoot – talk about fun. For a non raft-ride conniseur, this one was terrific. The best strawberry ice cream too. Many thanks for Anja and her great staff for all the extra surprises making this day so very memorable.

Yvonne Janik
Vielen Dank to the Loffelhardt family and to Anja and Andreas for an excellent day in Phantasialand; your generosity to our group was overwhelming. I will fly to Germany again from Texas just to come to this park in particular – amazing theming, lovely scenery, and every detail considered in the park planning – WOW! The new maus ride was the best indoor ride ever – so elaborately, perfectly orchestrated.

Jeppe Nygaard
Back again in Phantasialand, my 3rd visit, all with the ECC. Every time I’m stunned how amazing the park really is. Wow. The theming and detail is just second to none. Today was even more special, Anja and her crew where amazing!! It was so cool all that special treatment we got, by far the best ever. Phantasialand, right in as the number 1 park of the trip!!

Johanne Nygaard
Hej alle sammen. Vi har haft en fantastisk dag. Da vi kom til Phantasialand, havde vi ERS paa Black Mamba, som er virkelig god, saa god, at den nu er nr. 2 paa min liste de bedste rutchebaner overhovedet, derefter gik vi rundt i parken og fik proevet nogle af de andre ting. (rutchebaner) Derefter et trylleshow i Wintergarden, det var virfkelig fedt. Faelles spisning, og proeve flere ting. Til sidste Street Extrema, et stuntshow, som ogsaa var virkelig sjovt, saa var det ogsaa paa tide at tage videre. Vi er nu paa bussen i 3 timer, paa vej mod hotel i Frankrig. Hilsen Johanne.

Bob Englander
The park promised us a few surprises, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when the day was over I was very happy (and tired). Phantasialand has set the bar very high for the rest of the parks on this trip.

Bob Ziems & Shannon Somerville
We had a great visit today. We really liked Maus au Chocolat. The coasters were good also. Thanks for the unexpected goodies (the ice cream was delicious!!).

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
This was my 2nd visit to this park, but the first with a group, and that really is a big difference. Those 3 ERS’s in the morning, and the hospitality we were met with was just amazing. Thank you, Phantasialand, for a superb day!

Mike & Kammy Sislofsky
What a great day, at an amazing park!!! The early rides on the “Chocolate Mouse” ride, Black Mamba, and Winja’s Fear and Force were greatly appreciated. One of the best things about Phantasialand is the integration and intertwining of all the rides and walkways. Everywhere you go, you see a different view of a ride. The atmosphere performers in the Berlin street and the Wuze Town area were really fun. (Did you see the woman walking with the baby carriage with a fake baby in it? She said her name was Mary Poppins!) The generous lunch and the free ice cream topped off an exceptionally hospitable park staff. Thank you so much!

Gloria Nakamura
I loved Phantasialand back in 2003 without any extras. How special everything was today! The “Chocolate Mouse” ride is like Toy Story Mania, only with better theming. I especially liked the “pastry bag guns”. Both sides of Winja as good as I remember, particularly Force! Rode all the way to the end of the ERS. Black Mamba was fantastic! The waterfall absolutely made the ride. Phantasialand is a reminder of how few large parks get the balance between great coasters, fun rides, good theming and food. They consistently do more, rather than less. The Wave Swinger with the fountain effect, the Michael Jackson Thriller Mine ride and the Mystery Tower (Tower meets Dr. Frankenstein) were among my favorites. Everything was phenomenal! Thank you so much Phantasialand

John King
Phantasialand is an excellent park. Their fine attention to detail in all aspects of their operations. Their theming is probably some of the best I have experienced and their rides are well worth waiting for, even though they did give us 2 free fast passes. The extras they gave the group were superb and far exceeded my expectations. All in all, I had a brilliant day.

David Cornell
The managers at Phantasialand were so generous with what they gave us. The ERS on the Maus du Chocolate was great fun. I’d love to ride that over and over to get better and improve my score. The ERS on Black Mamba was fantastic. That B&M inverted coaster blew Air out of the water for terrain hugging action. The we had the front seat at the magic show and an all you could eat visit to the restaurant that was not designed to be a buffet. On top of the we received two Quick Pass tickets that I used for Black Mamba and the “Chocolate Mouse” ride. Finally we had a free ice cream. This is one of the best parks I have visited. It has so many unique and well themed attractions. I look forward to my next visit.

Kat Soderquist
Today we visited Phantasialand, my most anticipated park on the trip. I have heard of the wonders that this park held BUT it exceed my expectations a million fold. Anja greeted us with surprise after surprise beginning with an ERS on Maus du Chocolate. I had never done this type of interactive ride before and found it great fun. The mice were so cute and cause great mischief in the kitchens. It was followed by another ERS on Black Mamba, one of the best B&M inverted terrain coasters coaster I’ve ridden to date. The ride ops were great with loading allowing us to get the most out of the ride time. Then Anja lead us over to yet another ERS on Whinjas, Force and Fear- WOW! was my reaction this surprising couple. This head start and the 2 quick ride passes Anja then distributed allowed me to relax and enjoy a wonderful day in a park I am looking forward to visiting again soon. PS. the free ice cream ticket was the cherry on a perfect day.

Nina Kleppe
Phantasialand is such a lovely park, I was so glad to come back. Thank’s so much to the staff for giving us 3 ERS’s in the morning. First the new 3D game Mouse au chocolate, then Black Mamba, then Winjas Force and Fair. That was great. The magic show was good too. The river rapid was fun, didn’t get that wet. And then we got a free icecream. Yummy. Had a great day.

MD
Great day at Phantasialand today. Start of the day was just amazing with great hospitality from the park. 3 ERS’s to start the day – wow. Really liked the Maus au Chocolate, best shooting thingy I have done so far. Great food for lunch, and thanks for the icecream. Also very nice to give us the exit passes, they where well used. Big thanks to Anja for a great day.

Ken Simmons
Today, Phantasialand went all out for us. ERS on their great new interactive dark ride (think Toy Story Midway Mania), Maus au Chocolat kicked things off. From there we went onto enjoy Winjas and even more ERS on Black Mamba. We were also given two Quick Passes, so we could go straight to the front of the line. I used one of my passes for a third ride on Maus au Chocolate (315,500 score). At noon we had reserved seating for their magic show. The highlight of the show was the lovely assistants. A nice lunch followed the show, and then one last treat from the park, a coupon for free ice creams. We’re now on the way to France for a visit to two parks.

Peter Oakes
Phantasia has some good rides such as the Wenjas, Black Mamba and Colorado Adventure. The dark rides were also very well done. The chocolate mouse shooting ride was lots of fun. Colorado Adventure was the best coaster. The wave swinger was good with fountains almost touching the riders feet.

The staff were very friendly with us giving us three ERS’s, lovely lunch, fast ride passes and ice cream vouchers. The trouble with the river quest ride was a great wave of filthy pea soupy water floods the boat. The Night Hawk coaster was well themed in the station but that was all. The train wasn’t themed like it could have been and the overall ride and theming inside the main part of the ride was poor.

Mike Thompson
Anja and the Phantasialand staff couldn’t have treated us better. Starting with the terrific Maus-au-Chocolat 3D ride, then ERS on Black Mamba and the two fun Winjas coasters, made everyone’s morning. It also made it less hectic for first-time visitors to Phantasialand to see everything. Thank you Anja and Phantasialand for the ride time, the hospitality, the food, the exit passes and the generosity.

Malcolm Marr
An amazing day today with the hospitality bar raised to a new level by Anja and her team. With ERSs on Maus au Chocolat, Black Mamba and Winjas, complimentary exit passes, reserved show seating and complimentary lunch and ice creams we were very spoiled today. Favourite ride of the day has to be the B&M, which i think just beats Nemesis; I loved the pacing.

Jason Hammond
As some had mentioned, our trip seems to be getting better and better as we go along. Today was our best ERS and suprises so far. Phantasia Land has some of the best theming I’ve ever seen. Black Mamba is my new favourite B&M Inverted and their Mine Train is right up there with El Diablo in Spain. Tomorrow will bring a new country credit for me.

David Elvy 
It was great to be back at Phantasialand, the park gave us a great show, with an ERS on the new Mouse in Chocolate, a visually stunning 3D Tour and shooting ride. This was followed up with Winjas and Black Mamba, which is still a superb ride, especially in the front, close to the landscaping. New for me was Talocan, an amazingly themed topspin, with water and fire effects, superb ride. The meal the park provided was easily the best so far. Thank you Phantasialand for a truly amazing day.

Paul Hindle
Agree entirely with David; a great park, and the park looked after us so well! Two minor niggles: I wasn’t impressed with the very short ride in the Mystery Castle, and the dark ride Temple of the Night Hawk was also a mystery – it needs some theming.

Steve Gzesh
Had a really phun time at Phantasialand today. The overall quality of the park is up there with Disney and Universal, plus the thrill rides are quite good. Black Mamba was my second new 5-star coaster on this trip! Great day!

Patrick Flumet
Probablement le parc avec le meilleur theming du voyage. Nous avons recu un accueil royal avec deux ERS, un repas d’enfer tellement c’etait bon, des quick pass et une glace pour couronner tout cela. Un grand merci a l’equipe de Phantasia Land.

Jan and Mac Rush
We can summarize our day at Phantasialand today in one word: wow! Talk about being treated like royalty! ERS on two coasters plus the new interactive dark ride; two fast passes; giving us free rein at the lunch buffet (you can imagine how that went); and free ice cream. Oh, yeah. Considering how crowded the park was today, it was really nice not waiting in line with a bunch of screaming teenagers. Black Mamba was definitely a front-seat ride. Winjas was intricately themed and great fun to ride. One negative note: some of us have problems with our eyes adjusting from daylight to almost-dark inside queues, especially long ones. It would be nice to have some unobtrusive lighting to help us find our way.

Andrew Lamb & Craig Smith
Phantasialand is one of the best themed park I have visited. The attention to detail really blew my min. Craig liked the top spin. My favourite ride of the park would have to be Winjas as was not expecting the interesting lift and trick tracks.

Chris Simon
Fantastic hospitality today from Phantasialand – ERS on their new Maus au Chocolat dark shoot’em ride, which is quite possibly the highest tech ride to date! 3D projections where your gun actually shoots graphic balls into the screen – can’t quite work out how it’s done. And the theming and attention to detail in the queue line was extremely impressive. Then ERS on Black Mamba, the B&M inverted coaster. My first time on it, wow, the integration with the scenery actually beats my beloved Nemesis! Also an ERS on Winjas Fear & Force. I also enjoyed Mystery Castle 3 times. What a rush.

Tim Baldwin and Jeffrey Seifert
What a tremendous day! It is so cool when a park “gets” enthusiasts. Grand hospitality from the park and we can’t thank them enough. Wonderful! Black Mamba shows you don’t need huge statistics to be extremely impressive. The theming and low-to-the-ground snaky curves made the inversions secondary to the ride’s overall impact – truly, a fantastic B&M. The attention to detail at this park rivals IOA. Our favourite day so far. It’s a shame the park was under-merchandised, because we would have bought a ton of logo souvenirs if they had just sold them – loved the place.

Rendell Bird
Phantasialand – the smallest theme park in which you can walk yourself to death(!) Two or three great rides (Black Mamba, Colorado Adventure, etc), three or four good rides (River Quest, Winja Force, and Winja Fear, etc), and no particularly bad rides – makes Phantasialand the highlight of the trip so far! Add in the park’s hospitality and you’ve got a fantastic day!

Alex Rigsby
Since when did Cirque du Soleil start designing and themeing theme parks?! That certainly is the way it felt! What an amazing park. The theming of this park easily equals Islands of Adventure. Black Mamba may be my new #1 B&M inverted. It is THAT good, flying through the trenches! I could easily go on and on, but this park is simply fantastic. And the management were so friendly and welcoming; they treated us so very well. Thank you, Phantasialand!

Derek Cromarty
Great park, great rides, great hospitality.

David Bebbington
Absolutely beautiful park with theming everywhere you look. So far the best park on the trip, with a nice collection of rides and amazing hospitality. Only one thing missing from today and next time I come I will make sure that I bring her along. A shoot out to my girlfriend, Kelsey back home, who I miss and wish was here!

Lasse Toernqvist
In Phantasialand we had three ERS’s [Maus au Chocolat (a shoot-em-up ride), Black Mamba and Winja’s Force & Fear], two quick passes and an ice cream voucher. Wow – great hospitality! The best so far on this trip. My favourite ride is definitely Winja’s Fear. The park is wonderfully themed and this also includes live actors. Definitely a park I will be coming back to!

Sue and Rich Yekel 
Spent Monday at Phantasialand. They have excellent theming on the rides and the staff treated us extremely well. Thanks to the staff at Phantasialand for all that they did for us! Black Mamba reminded us of Montu and was definitely a favourite. Only negative was their wait time signs which were extremely inaccurate. You basically had to double the time posted in order to get the accurate wait time. Special hello to our friends at Lake Compounce (Jerry, Larry, Chris, and Mike)! Now on our way to France for a day.

Ville Grandin
Phantasialand is the best park so far. Black Mamba is the best coaster of the trip if you sit in a mid-right seat. Loved the amazing magic-show.

Darren & Mary
Thank you for a lovely day at Phantasialand. Three ERS rides, nice food & free ice creams. We enjoyed all the rides in the park, the atmosphere and the theming. Darren could have stayed on Black Mamba all day!

Derek Shaw
Phantasialand was one of the highlights of the trip that I was looking forward to…a nd I was not disappointed. Maus de Chocolat is their new interactive dark ride “shooting gallery” that was very fun and interactive. Black Mamba was GREAT as usual, Winjas was FUN as usual and the park was DELIGHTFUL as usual. The drop tower is still a favourite. This is a must do park when visiting Germany. The hospitality that was extended with the surprises, was very much appreciated. Thanks for continuing to be a quality operation.

 

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Day 11 – Walygator, Didi’Land

Joe Sturek
Walygator’s B&M raptor clone ran with incredible g-forces thanks to a lack of mid-course brake. The park’s food staff was incredibly helpful and friendly, thank you. Wanted to say hello to Jacob from grandmom and uncle Joey.

Celia Horwood
We’d been to the park back in 2004 and wondered then if it would still be operating. Obviously it is with the B&M being smooth and the nice surprise was that the brake in the middle not being turned on. Anaconda wasn’t as bad as we thought. Didi’Land was cute with Drachu being a fun party ride.

Michael Horwood (aka Johannes Brahms)
The best part of the day is that it is Celia’s birthday and we got to ride more coasters together. Love you always, Michael.

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
A visit to Walygator this morning. We did not get to ride the B&M during the ERS so needed to ride it with the GP. Anaconda, the woodie, was better than expected. A nice ferris wheel, and fun on the horses. Our second park today was Didi’Land, a children’s park with three coasters. Hi to Oliver (no dinosaurs today, but a few alligators), Tim, Shaki, and Debbie.

Yvonne Janik
Thanks to Frederique and Helene for a great day at Walygator – I enjoyed the friendly staff very much and Helene’s organized, fun personality. The Sheriff Academy ride was a real hoot -so original and cute. Also thanks to Didi’Land for being so generous when we arrived quite late after traffic and construction – lovely park and very fun Drakker. Thanks to Michele and family for their hospitality and gifts.

Jason Hammond
Today at Walygator, I rode Raptor’s cousin, Monster. The biggest difference was the fact that the mid-course brakes were never installed. Great rides! We showed up late to Didi’land. But, it didn’t matter. This was one of the most fun ERS sessions we’ve had on the trip. The crew absolutely loved us. Great park!

The Stangebye’s
We had a great time in the French parks, even though the weather is far from normal July weather (raining and 17’C). Monster was a nice coaster, and the Magic Mouse must be the worst so far on the trip (why Sophie took it 3 times no one understands). On our way back to Germany and Expedition G-force!

Bob Englander
Just crossing the border out of France as I type this, glad to be returning to Germany. Ok, we had 2 nice small parks today with an interesting ERS session at the beginning and a fun ERS session in the rain at the end.

Bob Ziems & Shannon Somerville
Walygator was a very nice park. The Monster was smooth. Anaconda was okay, except for the roughness. The highlight of the day for us happened at the second park, Didi’Land. The ERS on Le Drakkar was great.

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Two parks in France today. Started in Walygator, where there was some interesting rides, with the B&M Monster being the best coaster. Then ending the day in Didi’Land with an amazing and very memorable ERS on Le Drakkar.

Steve Fagin
Great ERS on the Raptor clone at Walygator, and an enjoyable experience at Didi’Land. But what was that Wild Mouse, tracked in resplendent pink, with reassuringly tight shoulder restraints and gonad-busting seat partition? An isolated but aching in a nice little park.

John King
Monster is a fine addition to Walygator. The pasta lesson at lunch was very informative… though it didn’t stop me from pinching Gloria’s pasta. Didiland is a fun park. The ERS on Drakkar was great even though we rode in the rain. The ride operators were crazier than we us. If the restraints on the mouse were not so restrictive it would have been a lot more fun.

David Cornell
Despite warnings from Kat that these parks in France were fun. The two coasters that people warned me were bad were in fact, comfortable. Just a lot of vibration on Anaconda. The soft padding on the very poorly designed over head restraints on the Mouse at Didi land, made the ride painless. A 7 credit day in France. Yeah!

Kat soderquist
To be quite honest, I was not looking forward to visiting today’s parks having been to both before. But I am delighted to say, I was pleasantly surprised in both instances. Walygator had a delightful illusion show followed by a tasty boxed past lunch. Didi’park welcomed us with an unexpected ERS that was a moment of pure ECC magic that took on a life of its own thanks to great ride ops and maniacal rains. It was brilliant to see Justin smile so brightly.

Malcolm Marr
A day that on paper looked terrible turned out to not be the case. Walygator is doing what it can to remain open and it’s a shame that it shows in the park. Some of the rides weren’t running and other parts of the park were lacking some TLC. Monster however, despite its appearance, was running superbly. With the mid-course non-existent this inverter offers way more forces than most. The illusion show was great however; happy birthday Jenny! In the afternoon we visited Didi’land and had an Aska moment with the Soquet coaster at the end of the day. So much fun was had with ride staff and Club making the most of the hour. It was great to see Justin smiling, he’s had a challenging few days keeping the trip on track.

Nina Kleppe
First we went to Walygator. We had ERS on Monster and Anaconda. Then we did The Horror House and we got to see The Magic Show.
Didi’land was a little park, and we got do the 3 coasters there in the rain.

MD
No need for the largest coaster to have a great ERS. Really a lot of fun at the Didi’land ERS tonight. Great ride ops and just insane coaster crazy people.

Ken Simmons
Started at Walygator today. Monster, the Raptor clone was great, especiaaly the section after the missing block brake. Anaconda was blah. Walygator was just OK, but the food service lady did a great job getting the group through.
Didi’Land was our second park. I had the opportunity to experience my worst coaster ride ever. The Mouse was just awful. Drakkar, our ERS coaster, was a lot of fun. The ride ops were really into it.
We’re leaving France for Germany now. Yeah!!

Peter Oakes
At Walygator the Monster was good with not having block brakes and it also had lots of helixes as well as its inversions. Anaconda was really good on the first three hills then it suddenly crapped out for the rest of its course. I think it crapped out because the train didn’t have enough speed for what the remaining track was designed for, for instance I think the camel humps should have delivered airtime but they didn’t. Waly coaster was also running a bit slow. I thought the French would show a little pride in inventing parachutes by calling the Waly Twister something that means Waly’s Skydive, with parachute like cars.

Good fun at Didi’Land on the Drachen ERS. The Rapids were good.
Both parks were nicely landscaped.

Mike Thompson
Our sole hotel stay in France (Novotel) served the only bad breakfast of the trip so far. Monster (the B&M Raptor clone) is an odd fit for Walygator. And it’s the best thing in the somewhat boring, but not bad park. If you want to know what Raptor would be like brakeless, then visit Walygator. Didi’Land was way more fun than expected. Nice people there.

David Elvy & Paul Hindle
Walygator Park was a small family friendly park with The Monster, a huge B&M Inverted Raptor clone, so nice to be able to ride it 15 times, and the lack of mid course brake run made for a fast, intense, high g-filled ride. Anaconda was not as rough as Bandit, and the lunch was great too. Didi’Land was a nice little Park, and the ERS on Le Drakkar was certainly memorable, riding the coaster with friends, cheering, music, great ride operators; all great fun.

Steve Gzesh
We visited our first park in France today: Walygator Park. It’s a nice park with four coasters, most notably The Monster (aka Orochi, from Expoland in Japan, where I already rode it, so alas, I cannot count it again) and Anaconda, a mid-size woodie that was reasonably smooth in the front seat, but otherwise not terribly thrilling. All in all, a fun park to visit.

Patrick Flumet
Deuxieme visite pour ce parc ou cette fois, j’ai pu servir de traducteur. Un sentiment bizarre flotte autour de ce parc. Ils ont un Woodie, un Inverted B&M, et pourtant le parc ne semble pas vouloir mettre tout cela en avant afin de grandir. Il n’y a pas de theming clair, et cela ressemble plus a une foire statique qu’a un parc. Heureusement, la dame qui a assure la distribution du repas etait fantastique et a releve le niveau.

Jan and Mac Rush
Walygator Park is an eclectic, fairly large amusement park. Anaconda is its bouncy wood coaster, The Monster, its smooth B&M. The loop-corkscrew (Waly Coaster) wasn’t bad�the corkscrew part was actually smooth. The park also had the best electric pony ride so far. It was themed like a derby, and the horses did gallop at different speeds. Fun! It was a nice park to visit.

Tim Baldwin and Jeffrey Seifert
We are surprised Walygator could afford a B&M inverter, but hopefully it will be a new level of success for the park. It appears that the park made a run at being a theme park at one point, but it is the areas of landscaping that truly look nice. Perhaps they will remove the deteriorating theming in the years ahead and just concentrate on being a pretty amusement park. We wish them the best. Having ridden Raptor countless times, it was fun to ride this version without any block brakes in place, letting the second half scream even faster. (David and Susan … missing you being a part of the group.)

Rendell Bird
Walygator Park was a small family park – and obviously not a particularly prosperous park – but they somehow managed to acquire, transport, and re-assemble a B&M inverted coaster. We managed a few good rides despite some early morning mis-communications that resulted in hard feelings and missed opportunities. Then, we rode the remainder of their coasters, and then shared a nice meal with a smart cappuccino and a hot fresh crepe filled with Nutella. We had a good time.

Derek Shaw 
Last night after Phantasialand, we headed over the border into France (I forgot to mention the trip includes a few parks there. While getting gasoline for the coaches some of us journeyed to a McDonalds beside the gas station. To my delight, they were selling McRib sandwiches! (I haven’t had one since last March; it was great). Our first park over the border, was Walygator Park, outside Metz, France. Once known as Big Bang Smurf, the large park fielded four coasters including a B&M inverter that I previously rode when it was at Expoland Park in Osaka, Japan. This ride, identical to Raptor, is superior in speed (no trim brakes) has no mid course block brakes. The wooden Anaconda continues to deliver a real boring ride. The Vekoma looper family coaster is OK. Completing the set is a Wacky Worm. This park is OK and has some other interesting rides including a walk through House of Terror which is a combo fun / haunted house. We had a group lunch with a most exceptional French woman who ran the concession, making sure everything went without any major problems.

Rounding off the day was a really nice gem of a park – Didi’Land, home to three coasters, including a Wacky Worm, a spinning coaster and the highlight, Drakkar, a family coaster. The spinning coaster, while attractive, had a very tight restraint system, making rides extremely difficult to endure without some head pain. The ERS was on Drakkar – what a delight! We got the operators wound up with our high fives, cheering, waving and whatever else, which in turn got them revved up as well. The result was an extremely energetic session, with multiple goes. The station was alive with 70 happy and worn out attendees. This is what the Club is all about. Coasters don’t have to be huge to be memorable. Drakken was FUN!!!

David Bebbington
Today was a trip to Walygator. Monster was seriously quick through the final helix due to no mid-point block brake being installed. Brilliant coaster, not sure about the pink paint! Second bit of firewood was in this park, Anaconda is seriously rubbish! Nice service for lunch but, a major wasp problem was an issue.

Ok let’s first get the negatives out the way for Didi Land! Wacky Worm is nothing to write home about and the mouse had the most stupid restraint system I have ever seen. Now the positives. Again the park has a few nice unique rides that offer an entrance in the thrilling world of a junior theme park addict. The rapids are small and sweet. The merchandise in the shop is relevant to the park (quite rare in Europe) and the staff were amazing. Drakkar maybe on the same sort of scale as a roller skater but, it turned into one big party of an ERS with the staff joining in on the fun. The music in the station was turned up, the “Encore shouts” echoing round as the train came in and the staff cheering us all the way. Great little stop of for the evening and their hospitality is much appreciated. Also steeling the opportunity her to send my love again to Kelsey, back at home.

Lasse Toernqvist
The best part of Walygator Parc has to be the B&M inverter which pulls some serious Gs through the last helix. What it lacks in theming it makes up for in the ride itself. I don’t normally care very much for inverters but this one has been my best so far. The park itself unfortunately feels run down and lacks soul. This was made up for us in our special arrangements, though – great park people!

Sue and Rich Yekel
Just completed our first park in France, Walygator Park. We had a good time at the park and got to ride everything that we wanted due to no crowds. We especially enjoyed the Monster rides with no mid-ride braking. Lunch service went very well today and we got to try a sugar crepe for desert which was very good. Now heading to Didi’Land which is the second park we’re visiting in France. Hi to Jason at Dorney. You’ll be proud to know that I wore my Dorney shirt today.

Ville Grandin
I’m rating The Monster as the third best coaster on this trip, behind Black Mamba and Escape from Novgorod. Not much else in this kiddie park to do. Small crowds gave me 13 goes on The Monster.
Starting to get home-sick now. The food choices for a vegetarian in most of the parks is just awful.

Darren and Mary
Walygator Park was really nice, lots of flowers growing, Darren says that he enjoyed the two coasters with loops, he rode the Monster seven times, Anaconda three times and the corkscrew five times plus all the small rides. Lunch was a nice change from fries, they did well to serve us as efficiently as they did; they praised Club members for being so patient whilst they were being served.

Kristian & Mette
Not much to say about Walygator, a rather small park with four coasters, including two kiddie rides. We also attended a Magicshow, which I think was a waste of time. BTW, I got my 400th yesterday on Black Mamba, a B&M inverter in Phantasialand … :D. That’s all for now.

 

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Day 12 – Holiday Park, Erlebnispark Tripsdrill

Nina Kleppe
Finally I got to come back to Holiday Park to ride Expedition Ge-Force. And the coaster was just as good as I remember it from 2004. A great coaster with lots of airtime. WOW. Had many rides on the ERS, and got a couple of rides in the afternoon.
Then we went to Tripsdrill. Got to ride all the coasters in the rain. The evening ended with a great ERS on Mammut, a fun and smooth wood coaster.

MD
Shame about all the rain in Holiday Park. Ge-Force is a great coaster, but did unfortunately hurt my ribs a bit, but anyway managed a lot of rides on it.
Tripsdill is really a great park, have to go back there one day. Just too little time to explore all the things that are there. Really enjoyed Mammut ERS in the evening.

Malcolm Marr
Since my last visit the only change to the park has been the influx of Plopsa associated characters. I remember Maya the Bee from my childhood in Germany and it is nice to see him back even if now in CGI. G-Force is still a good ride but continues to be let down by poor operations, which also blight some other rides. It’ll be interesting to see how the investment changes the park in the next few years.

Joe Sturek
Expedition GeForce is still one of the best steel coasters on the planet. Despite the light rain, we had an excellent time during our ERS on GeForce; thank you Holiday Park! And yes, I had to buy the GeForce cargo pants, sorry Chris (thanks for the tip Yvonne!).

Mike Thompson
Expedition GeForce climbed a few notches on my list – no trim in the middle of the ride!!! Very nice park, which is transitioning in a character-driven theme park.

Yvonne Janik
GeForce is still the best steel coaster on my list – WOW! There is nothing better for airtime, turns, smoothness, and thrills. Thanks so much, Rudi and Bernd and all the staff for a great day.

Jason Hammond
Today was the day that I had been looking forward to the most. GeForce is as everyone told me, a mix of Millennium Force and Bizzaro/Superman. It’s a great ride. I just wish it had the Millennium Force restraints and leg room. I’m not a fan of the triangular restraints. They dig into my thighs and make the extreme air time uncomfortable to ride more than a few times. That being said it’s still a lot of fun and Can’t wait to ride it again in better weather. After arriving at Tripsdrill in the evening, we had a great ERS on Mammut. This was the smoothest woodie we rode on the trip.

Even Stangebye
It was nice to come back to Holiday Park to ride Expedition GeForce again. Last time I rode it was in 2004, and it still is just as great as then! Many coasters becomes less good to ride after some years, but GeForce delivers 100% after 10 years in service, and it is still among my top 5 coasters!

Martin Stangebye
Hi! I have been in the coolest coaster ever!!!!! Exepedition Geforce! It was perfect air-time and much more!! I was fast enough to ride eleven times.

Bob Ziems & Shannon Somerville
We had a good time at Holiday Park today. Expedition GeForce was good with plenty of airtime. It was nice to experience it with such a great group of people.

Peter Oakes
G Force was great, exciting all the way from lift to station brakes. Smooth, fast and lots of airtime.

Bob Englander
GeForce has been at the top of my coaster list for quite a while and it did not disappoint, even if I had to repeatedly ride it in the rain. Devil’s Barrels was a great log flume with good themeing. It included a backwards drop and a big double drop for the finale. Very well landscaped park like a forest.

I could say the other group meals on this trip were better than this one at Holiday Park.
On the way to Tripsdrill I had a little surprise, I saw two concords as we passed the aircraft museum.
At Tripsdrill We virtually got another ERS on Gsente Sau. It was nice and fast as the trim brakes were off.
It was like being Santa Claus flying round the rooftops. The last turn reminded me more of a bobsleigh than the Bob Bahn at Heide Park.
Mammut is a great ride. Very smooth twisting track. It was very well themed, with the power overload in the sawmill and the tunnel. Moreover the smoke effects smelt like burning pine wood.
I had fun getting a chance to operate the ride.
The log flume was very well themed. I couldn’t lift the Bikini because I couldn’t get to it for all the bags on the platform.

Michael Horwood (aka Arnold Schoenberg)
It is a destination park only because of G-force. Other than that I’m not really drawn to this park.

Kat Soderquist
Brilliant evening ERS on Mammut that chased the rains away. Thanks to my two favorite ride ops: Chris Noel & Peter Oakes for making the send off so “special”.

Malcolm Marr
Ended the day with a fun ERS on Mamut at Tripsdrill. The ride is much better than the naysayers had given me the impression of and whilst not the airtimiest of coasters it is smooth and easily re-rideable. Also enjoyed the bobsleds which in the rain and with all the brakes left open offered a crazy riding experience.

John King
Expedition GeForce is excellent! Very re-rideable, good speed and air time. The turns, the first drop are the work of a genius. Definitely one of the best coasters around. Holiday Park is a great place to spend the day. It’s a pity we had to leave so soon. Perhaps I was having a good day but I rode Super Wirbel (the resident head banger), twice. No, I was having a good day. Tripsdrill was wet, Mammut was very wet, G’sengate Sau was even wetter. I became sodden, but it was fun!

Mike Thompson
Tripsdrill was terrific, but the layout is confusing for a first-time visitor. I’m sure we missed something fun. Food and wine (oh, and the coasters), were wonderful. The rainy evening rides were a hoot! And best of all, I got to operate Mammut!

Mike & Kammy Sislofsky
What can you say about Holiday Park except EXPEDITION GeFORCE!!!!! Still running great. Tripsdrill is still a lot of fun too. It is a very pretty park with a lot of fun things to do. G’sengte Sau was out of control during the rain, and Mammut is very smooth and a nice ride.

Ken Simmons
For the eighth straight day rain was with us. Expedition Ge Force was running great. It was nice to see the mid ride trim brake had been removed. Holly’s Wilde Autofahrt and Super Wirbel were OK. The evening was spent at Tripsdrill with an ERS on their nice Cordes wood coaster, Mammut. It was nice and smooth and had an almost GCI like flow to it.

Bob Englander
Great ERS on Mammut Weds nite, once the rain cleared up just in time.

Celia Horwood
Holiday Park – Wow ! May the (G) Force be with us! This is such a thrilling ride and despite the rain, all rides were splendid. The coaster is truly a choreographic dream.

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
Holiday Park – Wonderful to be back at Holiday Park. Expedition Ge Force was running great. It remains my number #1 steel! It has been several years since our last visit, and it is very nice to see all the new rides that have been added. A light drizzle was falling and kept the crowds away, which was good for us, and allowed us many rides on our favorite.

David Elvy & Paul Hindle
Expedition GeForce at Holiday Park is simply stunning, easily one of the best coasters in the world, extreme, intense and airtime filled, though riding it in the rain is a little painful. We had a great, but wet morning at Holiday Park. At Tripsdrill, Mammut is a nice wooden coaster, perfectly suited to the park as it is as smooth as glass, and it has some good theming.

Kristian & Mette
Expedition GeForce has a lot of airtime that makes it a good coaster, but not that good… Holiday Park has a very strict policy against people with different kind of handicap so I had some problems getting on the coasters. The Mammut at Tripsdrill is a really good woodie, smooth and well themed. In fact, the whole park is well themed and a very nice park with some different rides.That’s all for now…

Darren and Mary
We both enjoyed the ERS on Ge Force, but once this ended we went to the corkscrew (one of Darren’s favourite types of coaster) Darren sat in the seat and then was told that because he had a disability he was not allowed to ride the coasters in the park, so this spoiled my view of the park. Thanks to Kat, Malcolm, Patrick and everyone for their support. We both enjoyed Tripsdrill, the smooth rides during both ERS sessions, also Schwaben was a nice little park.

Ville Grandin
Rode Expedtion GeForce until my thighs started to give in. Best coaster and almost a walk-on every time because of the rainy day. Also was thrilled that I got to play adult Rollercoaster Tycoon, dispatching a train on Tripsdrill’s Mammut; I’ve wanted to do that for many years.

Sue and Rich Yekel 
Another rainy day for us. Got to ride Expedition GeForce for the first time. Most of our rides were in the rain, but we did get two rides when it let up. Not quite as good as our #1, Montu, but it’s definitely #2 and our favourite non-inverting steel coaster. Finished up the day at Tripsdrill which closed early due to the weather. We had ERS on Mammut when the park closed and the rain let up a bit. It was a fun ride and some members of our group even got to operate it.

David Bebbington
Expedition GeForce is still one of the best coasters out there for me. It has plenty of airtime and even in the rain offered a fantastic ride. Tripsdrill was raining and this made a very nice surprise for the bobsled; it was flying. Completely different ride from the dry and offers serious airtime for a coaster of this type. Schwaben has a nice family coaster that was good fun to ride. It is a brilliant addition to a park of this type with their target audience. All round good days.

Lasse Toernqvist
Holiday Park: Expedition GeForce is most definitely the highlight here. The first drop makes you feel that you are actually plunging towards the ground before making a wicked twist. After that and loads of airtime and another very good twist. The log flume that goes backwards some of the way was also good fun. At Tripsdrill we had an evening ERS on wooden coaster Mammut of which the best part is not the ride itself but the theming – an old sawmill.

Nick Frank Christensen
Holiday Park: Why is it ALWAYS raining when I’m at Holiday Park? Well, been there, done that. Got my mouse credit, and just had a nice and relaxing day, and EGF was as awesome as always, especially in the front! Erlebnispark Tripsdrill: Had one of the coolest and most awesome ERS’ EVER on Mammut, where some of us, including me, got to be a ride op for a moment, which was very cool.

Derek Shaw
Holiday Park is always a treat for me, especially Expedition Ge Force – a top shelf ride!! The mouse was new for me. I always enjoy the dark ride. Unfortunately the rain put a damper on things, but not our spirit. During the evening Derek Cromarty and I took a long walk around town, getting lost, wandering some residential area. An older German lady (who spoke no English) told us how to get back to the train station. Ten minutes later, she spotted us (while taking out her garbage) and led us to the street we needed to be on.

Derek Cromarty
What day is it? Have we been to France yet? Where’s me tea and crumpets?

Rendell Bird
Holiday Park – home to one of my favourite steel coasters on the face of the planet : Expedition GeForce – rode it in the rain – painfully pummelled. Fantastic ride! Tripsdrill – one of the cutest parks of the trip so far but we had to cut short our visit. I missed the washing-machine themed rapids ride; but I did manage to catch the “Fountain of Youth” – themed flume ride where the “logs” were shaped like bathtubs. Great ride. Enjoyed Mammut more than expected. Schwaben Park – a small park where the main claim-to-fame was their zoo (with chimps and tigers). Their new coaster was surprisingly good for a ride with such a small footprint.

Tim Baldwin and Jeffrey Seifert
We are totally tired of the rain – but not of Expedition GeForce. It is every bit as great as we remembered. The healthier lunch was a plus, and Rudi’s candid answers at the Q&A were fun. Our arrival to Tripsdrill saw the park closing early due to rain. The ERS was expected to be a washout, but the rain stopped and it was great fun. Jeff got to dispatch Mammut.

Craig Smith & Andrew Lamb
Continuing to have so much fun still at the small parks and family sized parks over the past day. The rain on Wednesday maybe caused some inconvenience but still enjoyed riding the small and best coasters on the planet. Expedition GeForce Is still a fine steelie and was interesting to hear from Rudi explaining to us about how that first drop came about as is one of my favourite drops on any coaster (Craig). Andrew has said he has had an amazing trip so far and it seems The ERT at Didi Land has been a winner so far despite the majority have been so good! Tripsdrill really took me away with its attention to detail and surrounding area so nice to be there!

Steve Gzesh
Wednesday at Holiday Park was quite wet with all the rain. Expedition GeForce is still an excellent ride, so that helped. Next up: Tripsdrill for a first-time visit. Mammut was quite a good woodie, and I have to say it’s the smoothest and quietest woodie I’ve ever ridden, and has some excellent theming for the ride, too.

Patrick Flumet
Les deux dernieres ERS en fin de journee sont exactement ce pourquoi le club existe et ce a quoi il tend. Celle sur Le Drakkar etait un pur moment de folie enthousiaste, et celle sur Mammut fut inventive car nous avons eu la possibilite d’etre les operateurs du coaster. Les differents types de consignes donnees a ce moment la.

 

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Day 13 – Erlebnispark Tripsdrill, Schwaben Park, Europa Park

Joe Sturek
Mammut was a shocking surprise for this total German wood coaster, smooth riding allowed for many repeats rides. The flume was just as humorous as on previous visits, while the rest of the park was landscaped beautifully. Mom and I enjoyed the excellent cherry ice cream whilst on the way out.

Our first evening in Europa included ride time on Euro-Mir and Blue Fire. Euro-Mir’s rotating lift is an element just of itself. Our first ride on Blue Fire was front row, little did we know that whilst in the station, the rain had started and was certainly a surprise during the launch. After that, I stayed on the coaster for the duration of our ride time since I was already wet.

Jason Hammond
After a short drive from the hotel, we had another ERS at Tripsdrill, This time on my favorite Gerschlauer of the trip. Smooth, great theming and lots of air time! Next was Schwaben. When we arrived, there was only a few people in the park. There were no lines for any of the 3 coasters. Force 1 was lots of fun. The animals in the park were very cute. I missed my 1st opportunity to try out a Cinema 180 as it was closed.

With the end of the trip in sight, we arrived at the most anticipated park of the trip, Eurpoa Park. The first night was a blur. We did our quickest hotel check-in of the trip. The park had everything perfectly organized. Off to ERS. Euro Mir was first and it was awesome. With 6 trains, no one had to get off for the entire time. Blue fire was next, That is probably the best restraint ever for an inverted coaster.

Ken Simmons
We were back at Tripsdrill today for a short visit that included ERS on G’Sengte Sau, which is always a fun ride. Now we’re heading to Schwaben Park and then to my favorite park, Europa Park for an evening ERS on Blue Fire Megacoaster.

Bob Englander
Thurs sun made for another fun ERS on G’sengte Sau, followed by a quick run thru the rest of the park before moving on to Schwaben. Just got my 900th credit on Force One (woo-hoo) at Schwaben – time to start planning the next hundred.

Bob Ziems & Shannon Somerville
We really enjoyed our visit to Tripsdrill yesterday & today. Mammut was very smooth, with some good pops of airtime. Their other coaster, G’sengte Sau, was very nice, also. The second park, Schwaben, is one nice little park. Force One was good. Hello, Crystal & Ariel (if you’re following this)!

Mike Thompson
Schwaben Park was a cute hillside park with a couple of good coasters, especially Force One.

Even Stangebye
We had a great time in Tripsdrill yesterday and this morning. Tripsdrill is one of the few parks where all its coasters are re-ridable. ERS on Mammut was great, and Martin got to start the coaster from the control room. Schwaben park this afternoon was a nice little familypark with a great chimpanse show. Now off to Europa park!

Sophie Stangebye
Idag har vi vaert i Tripsdrill, de hadde to veldig bra braner, en i stal og en i tre. Noen timer etter dro vi til Schwaben park. De hadde tre baner, men ingen var spesiellt bra. Noe som mye morsommere der var apene og sjimpansene, de var utrolig sOte. Na er vi pa vei til Europa park for ERS! 😀

Jeppe Nygaard
Paa vej mod den stoerste, og en af de allerflotteste parker, Europa Park. En af mine absolut favoritter, det er vores sidste lange koeretur, saa det bliver nok ogsaa vores sidste rapport. Vi har det stadig super fint. Johanne har faaet mange nye venner omkring os, hvilet er skoent at opleve. det er aergeligt at taenke paa at turen snart er slut, og samtidig bliver det godt at komme hjem og faa hvilet lidt, stor hilsen til Jer derhjemme.

Johanne Nygaard
Hej alle sammen. I dag var vi i Tripsdrill Park, som var en rigtig flot park. De havde en virkelig god trae rutchebane, som hedder Mammut. Derefter koerte vi til Schwaben park. Der havde de ogsaa tigre og aber, vi er nu paa vej til Europa Park, som har 10 rutchebaner, saa der er meget vi skal naa. Men vi har ERS paa to af banerne, som det hjaelper lidt. Det sure er, at turen snart er slut, oev !! men det bliver ogsaa dejligt at komme i sommerhus naar jeg kommer hjem. Knus Johanne

Michael Horwood (aka Alban Berg)
Tripsdrill: Still a funny name for a park. Mammut is terrific. It feels like riding on plastic, but it is in fact laminated wood. So much attention to detail, many of which are humourous and sexy in a cute way Schwaben Park: So out of the way, but charming and fun. No waits and no crowds.

Celia Horwood
Tripsdrill – What an absolutely charming park. Detail everywhere. As for the ride time on Mammut – absolutely a hoot! Just loved all the new coaster operators – never in North America would that happen. How about walking around with a wine too! The log flume was truly unique.

Schwaben Park – Force One was much smoother than anticipated. Didn’t anticipate getting stuff thrown at me by a monkey. Hmmmm, hope it wasn’t what I thought.

Our ride time on Blue Fire in the rain will always be in the top thrills of all time.

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
Tripsdrill – The addition of the Mammut Coaster is very nice. A nice coaster, a nice ride. Lots of themeing in the ride. Well Done Tripsdrill! This was our second visit to the park, and we enjoyed going around and seeing the different attracations. I still like the man in the outhouse! Wish I knew what he was saying.
Hi Oliver. See you soon.

Yvonne Janik
Thank you, Inge and Tripsdrill for your generosity to our Club for the evening and morning exclusive ride sessions and delicious lunch (an hour earlier than planned originally). What a great morning of sunshine and fun, and we didn’t mind the rain either.
Schwabenpark was a great park – lovely variety of coasters to ride, animals to see, and a variety of other rides and amusements to enjoy. Thank so much to the Hudelmaier family.

Malcolm Marr
Didnt ride anything today at Tripsdrill, instead I chose to make the most of the good weather and take some photos. Schwaben Park was a cute family run park with a surprisingly good mid-size coaster. Is “schwaben” German for “steep” as this park was on the side of a tough-to-climb hill.

Europa Park is still an amazing park and is now home to one of my favourite steel coasters. Blue Fire is an incredible ride and an amazing addition to the Mack catalogue. Expect to see many more rides like this in parks in years to come. We were given an ERS on the ride but a rainstorm caused many to drop out, which was a shame. A few (stupid) members, myself included, kept riding through it (yes, Europa will happily run their rides in the rain).

Nina Kleppe
Today we went back to Tripsdrill. First we had an hour ERS on G’sengte Sau. Then we got to do the droptowerin the tree. That was fun.
Then we went to Schwaben Park. Got to do the coasters there. The polybob was fun. Now we’re of to Europa Park.

MD
A new short stop at Tripsdill. Got to explore a short part of the park. Fun drop tower thingy.
Schwaben park is a nice little park. A run to do the coasters first and the had more than enough time to see the rest of the few attractions. The much tallked about PolyBob was found. Now getting ready for my first visit to Europa Park 🙂

Peter Oakes
Schwaben Park is only a little one but that doesnt mean you can’t have a great time in it. The Force one was a smart coaster with a smart train and a very enjoyable ride with good rerideability. nice to see some animals along the way.

John King
Back to Tripsdrill. Mammut was shut, no rain, early lunch (my vegetable pie and french fries metamorphized into patties and potato croquettes) and away. Schwaben, a fun little park. Force One, perfect fit, easy ride, good fun. Could have spent longer here.

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Tripsdrill was a park I wish we had more time at. The rides weere good, and a lot of small details around the park to take inn, like wine tasting for instance. Schwaben was a smaller park, but nevertheless lots of stuff to both do and see there too. Now off to Europa Park, and I’m sure this will be another great day on this awesome trip.

David Elvy & Paul Hindle
G’Sente Sau is well-themed and is a great ride. Schwaben Park’s new Zierer Force One is sure to be a hit.

Sue and Rich Yekel 
Started off the day with more time at Tripsdrill with some sunshine (what’s that???). Although we would’ve liked more time at this park, we did get to ride most things that we wanted to, especially the flume where you ride in a bathtub boat. We then went to Schwaben Park for a brief visit and had some fun rides on their newest coaster, Force One. We’re now on our way to Europa Park, a park we’ve wanted to visit for about 10 years now, for some ERS on their newest coaster, Blue Fire. Can’t wait until tomorrow to spend a full day exploring Europa Park and hoping we won’t see any more rain.

Lasse Toernqvist
The highlight of Trsdrill is G’Sengte Sau (a Gerstlauer bobsled) on which we had a morning ERS. At Schwaben Park there was a nice little family-run park with a new Zierer family coaster called Force One which was just great – I greyed out on the helix! Then there is Himalayabahn, an old Schwarzkopf bobsled, and a very good one indeed with airtime on the first drop!

Derek Shaw
Day 13 at the Fun Factory was a morning return trip to Tripsdrill, a park that continues to be a favourite park. The bobsled was out-of-control last evening (no breaks due to the rain.) I had no info on Mammut before I rode. This wooden coaster, built by a German firm was smooth, fun and featured a decent layout. While not an airtime machine, it was nice, especially the theming BEFORE the lift hill. This is the first wood coaster I have ridden with theming. I love the flowers, unique rides and general atmosphere of this place. Schwaben Park was new for me – what a gem! A typical worm, Schwarzkopf Himalayabahn (Anton lives!) and the new one, Force One. The last ride was quite surprising in how good it was. The powered alpine sled was also fun. Now on to the best park on the planet, IMHO, Europa Park!!

Tim Baldwin and Jeffrey Seifert
Our second day at Tripsdrill saw great weather, but sadly attempting three parks in one day was a bit ambitious. Sadly Tripsdrill got the short end of the stick and we left early. The park is really remarkable and we had just over an hour to try to see and do everything. Really enjoyed the place, but we needed much more time.

Jan and Mac Rush
We must have finally appeased the rain gods: it was sunny on this morning’s visit to Tripsdrill (although last night’s ride on G’Sente Sau in the rain was pure chaos – it doesn’t get better than that). Fortunately our ERS was on Mammut last night. It would have been nice to have more time at the park. The rides were intricately themed, including the most unusual tree-shaped drop tower in which the seats were logs. The park, like all the ones on this trip, had statues, fountains, and flowers of almost every colour; gorgeous. Schwaben Park was another family-oriented one, with three spunky coasters and a Bobkart, among others. It was also bigger than it looked. Great day so far. Now we’re really looking forward to Europa!

Steve Gzesh
Returning to Trpsdrill for Thursday morning allowed for some further exploration – without rain! – and it really is a very nice park worth returning to some day. Next: Schwaben Park for a short visit. Force One gave a very nice ride with little pops of airtime in the front. Overall a very nice family park. On the way to Europa now for what is sure to be a major highlight of the trip!

 

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Day 14 – Europa Park

Joe Sturek
Our second day was a very relaxed day at the park, riding, eating and shopping (yes Chris, 99 more Euros spent); great fun and loved the hotel, worth the cost.

Michael Horwood (aka Kurt Weill)
This is simply a top 5 theme park in the world. So much to do, you feel overload as soon as you enter. The attention to detail both man-made and natural is amazing. But ending our stay here with the news from Norway was a sad way to end ECC’s final night together.

Celia Horwood
This was our 2nd time at Europa and it was more classy than ever. A true total sensory time with some of the most beautiful landscaping anywhere (noticed rhubarb on one of the boat rides). The family rides are totally charming. Truly felt like a VIP by the park’s friendly staff.

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
A wonderful time at Europa Park. One of the best parks in the world. We enjoyed Blue Fire, not so much in the rain, but a great ride in dry weather. A great collection of coasters, which will soon be complete with a GCI woodie. We will return to ride as soon as we can. The park is beautiful, with flowers, shops, restaurants all themed to the country area they are in.

Thanks so much to Yvonne and Justin for a great trip. We always enjoy our ECC trips, and this one is no exception. A superb trip!! Germany continues to be one of our favourite countries to visit.

Hasta la vista, Oliver! XOXO

Yvonne Janik
Major thanks to Europa Park including Miro, Sena, and Diana – what a fun 2 days we have had. I loved Eurostat with lights on and then off as well as the exclusive ride sessions on Blue Fire, EuroMir and Silver Star – just walking around the park is great fun.
Thanks all trip members for being so fun and for coming along on this big trip.

Malcolm Marr
Friday was much more calm but we still managed to get around everything, due mostly in part to the excellent ride operations and ridiculous throughput rates on their rides. Following a pretty dire country-and-western themed dinner (my fault as I don’t like that music at all – others did) we spent a few hours in the company of Miro in more relaxed surroundings in front of Blue Fire. Thanks to him for making the visit to the park so special.

Kat Soderquist
Thank to everyone at Europa for making my visit a truly memorable time. From the hotel to the ride ops to the shops, all staff members did a fantastic job in making my time easy and effortless. A few highlights include a high energy hand slapping ERS on Euro-Mir. A maniacal eight rides in the blinding rains on Blue Fire, which was for me, defines my passion for riding-thanks MM for sticking it out with me. The huge comfortable beds at Hotel Colosseo. An incredible day exploring all the bits of the parks with great company. WOW!!! And a wonderful finish to the trip in the company of Miro, whose passion and knowledge is so refreshing. I happily can say, “I get it”. Europa is park perfection. ps. Will the extra “ride” credit at the Food Loop count?

Jason Hammond
After my best nights sleep of the trip, we had more ERS in the morning on Euro Sat and Silver Star. Though the B&M required an extra click compared to the states, it was still everything I’ve come to expect from them. So much to say about the park and so little time. I have to pass the computer on to the next person now. Bye, it’s been a great trip. One more small park and then back home.

Jeppe Nygaard
I can not put in words how fantastic Europa Park is!! It really is mind blowing. The scenery and atmosphere of that place is amazing. And this time was my best ever visit. I was afraid we wouldn’t have enough time to ride all the coasters, since there are now so many. Realizing that the park has made awesome ERS plans for us, with 4 coasters total. After that we had so much time to explorer the park, and not many people on the que line we got all the coasters and even time for two shows, and several other (dark) rides. Food loop restaurant was very funny. Big, big thanks to Europa Park and Miro for making the end of our trip so special. We’ll be back !!!

Sophie Stangebye
Jeg hadde det utrolig flott i Europapark og vil gjerne tilbake n�r den nye tre berg-og-dal-banen har kommet! Denne turen har vaert en fantastisk opplevelse som jeg aldri kommer til a glemme. Favoritt banene mine var El Toro, Colossos, Black Mamba, Blue fire og Expedition G-force. P� Pegasus i Europa park fikk jeg min 200 berg-og-dal-bane!

Nina Kleppe
Europa Park is a very nice park, and it was so fun to come back. ERS on Euromir and Blue Fire in the rain last night was fun. This morning we got ERS on Euro Sat and Silver Star. Then I did the rest of the coasters and many other fun rides in the park.

MD
Europa Park is really a very nice park. Unfortunately only managed to do the ERS part of the park. Had a short stroll in the evening, but for sure had to come back.
Thanks for a great trip to all that organisied it and to everyone that where a part of if.
(Ed: It appears that Mette may have broken a rib at the fair last week, and has been in pain for the final week of the the trip.)

Peter Oakes
Europa Park was the biggest and best park on the trip. Blue Fire is the best ride. It has a very imaginative and original theme, better than having the same old dragster theme launched coasters have. The ride is a very good one.
The water coasters were good in all ways including they make big splashes yet you come off dry.
Pegasus was a nice smooth coaster.
I see that the park is getting a new wooden coaster for next year. Now that the park has a coaster with inversions, it will have virtually everything when the wooden coaster opens.

Ken Simmons
As always, Europa Park was the highlight of the trip. ERS on Euro Mir and their great launched coaster, Blue Fire Megacoaster kicked things off Thursday night. The trim brake free rides on Silver Star were my best ever during Friday morning’s ERS. Having my lunch delivered via coaster track was quite fun. There were even loops in the tracks!
Despite ten straight days of rain this has been a great trip. Just one park, Skyline Park, remains and then we’ll be heading our separate ways. Thanks to Justin, Yvonne and every one else involved in making this a wonderful event.

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
My first visit to Europa Park, and what an awesome park. This comes very high on my best-park list. Got to do almost everything I wanted due to short queues, but have to come back for the shows another time. Loved staying at the resort hotel. I also got SilverStar as my 600th coaster. Now we’re off to Skyline Park as the last park on this great trip.

Bob Ziems & Shannon Somerville
This was my first time there (Bob’s 2nd time). It was very nice. We really enjoyed it. Thanks to everyone involved in making our 1st ECC trip as a couple much memorable.

Bob Englander
Another great visit to a great park. More great rides on Blue Fire and Silver Star- Not enough rain to limit our fun. All in all a terrific, albeit exhausting, tour – thanks to Yvonne & Justin for all the work that went into making this trip such a success.

Martin, Sophie and Even Stangebye
We had such a great time in Europa Park – definitively the best park on the trip, with the best hotel (Colosseo) and one of the best coasters (Blue Fire). Sophie got her 200th coaster on the Pegasus and that’s not bad beeing only 14 (!). Martin was also close, but will end up on 191 after this trip. We are now off to the final park (Skyline park) before heading for the airport. We have had a wonderful time! Many thanks to Justin, Yvonne and all others who have had a finger in planning and arranging this trip. Also thanks to all in this trip for beeing so nice to the kids. They have had the most fantasic vacation ever! Also thanks to www.yr.no, and the Norwegian Meteorology Institute for giving on-the-hour correct forcasts each day! See you all on a coaster soon!

Mike Thompson
This was my second visit to Europa Park and it remains my third favourite park I’ve been to (behind IOA and Disneyland). The hotel was great and Blue Fire Megacoaster is now one of my all-time favourite steel coasters. Riding in the rain during ERS was a top highlight of the trip.

David Elvy 
Europa Park really pulled out all of the stops. The first evening we had two ERS’s: Euro-Mir, followed by Blue Fire in the rain. Today started with another two ERS’s on Eurosat and Silver Star. The crowds were light all day (10 minute line for Blue Fire), and we got all of the coasters done by 11am. Blue Fire is stunning, and can’t wait for the new woodie Mythos.

Paul Hindle
As usual I agree with Dave; thanks to Miro from the park putting together a superb visit with fours ERS’s. I had thirteen rides on Blue Fire (four in the rain – more power-showers at 62 mph!). And I loved the lift hills on the Euros – new for me. One minor quibble was that the last meal was basically a poor plated version of 1960s �chicken in the basket’ in an ambiance unsuited to the occasion. And the less said about country and western music the better. The previous evening’s hotel buffet was vastly better. I’ll certainly be coming back!

Steve Gzesh
This was my second visit to Europa Park and it did not disappoint the second time! What a wonderful park with excellent rides and overall theming. Highlights include riding Blue Fire in the pouring rain (not sure if I got wetter on this or on Olympia Looping at the Dusseldorf Fair!), the Food Loop restaurant, where your entrees arrive via a coaster track, and the sumptuous Colosseo hotel where we stayed for two nights. Europa was a superb way to cap off this amazing trip! Thanks again to Yvonne and Justin for all their planning for this trip!

Patrick Flumet
Mis a part les petits parcs familiaux, tous les grands, ou pretendu tel, devraient prendre des lecons chez Europa Park en ce qui concerne la gestion des files d’attente et le chargement des personnes sur les attractions. On est chez les champions hors categories! Sans parler de la qualite du reste du parc, incroyable. Theming et attractions juste au dessus du lot. Merci a tous ceux qui ont rendu ce tour possible au fil des jours.

Jan and Mac Rush
Our first visit to Europa Park was nine long years ago. We loved the park then�and we love it now. The efficient ride operators, more rides on Euromir (yay!), the wonderfully smooth and intense Blue Fire. Wow! Europa is simply beautiful and a feast for the eyes. Flowers, lakes, fountains, architecture, theming; this park has it all. The dark rides are among the best. One of the cutest is Piccolo Mondo. It’s a happy, upbeat “dark” ride. There really needs to be a way to differentiate typical doom-and-gloom dark rides with the occasional makes-you-feel-good kind. Two nights in the same sumptuous hotel was such a luxury, especially at the end of the trip. What a wonderful way to cap two weeks of riding and hanging out with friends, old and new. Thanks, Justin and Yvonne!

Craig Smith & Andrew Lamb
We both have had 100% fun on this large German Tour. We had a good finish at Europa Park and I managed to ride the more scenic and dark rides this time which is what I wanted (Craig). The coasters were really good and I found Blue Fire to be an exciting ride and I like the large loop on the ride. The ERS’s were special too and I loved the music being played at the park and on rides (masterpieces). Thank you to all individuals that made the trip happen and organisation and to those who attended, we enjoyed your company. I will remember also Andrew kept on hugging those huggable statues at the parks no matter who was looking within reason! A good trip overall!!!

Chris Simon
Europa Park rocks! My third visit to the park and I’m still stunned by the immersive, convincing and quality theming and architecture, although the latest lands (Portugal and Iceland) do not seem to be developed to their full potential as yet. Blue Fire was a surprise – not the g-ridden monster it looks like but full of grace and floats/hangtime in all the inversions, especially the inline twist. The park is all about coasters though but also has many dark rides and other interesting diversions hidden along the way. Fluch der Kassandra, the Universe of Energy, and the Diamond Mine are easy to miss but are complete gems.

Tim Baldwin and Jeffrey Seifert
Europa Park was a fitting grand finale. Pages could be written on how magnificent this park is. We found our return living up to everything we remembered from our original visit. It’s a wonderful place just to walk around even if you aren’t riding. Did five dark rides only to find out we missed one.

Rendell Bird
Europa Park was an amazing place. It was full of great shows, great rides, and great theming. It was a great park to end our fourteen-day mad dash around Germany. I considered it a special treat to be able to stay on property at one of their resort hotels – and merely hop on a monorail to get to the park. Europa Park is such a beautiful park that we would snap pictures in all directions while queuing for the rides. All hail Yvonne and Justin for arranging such a wonderful trip.

Derek Cromarty
If I don’t make it home, I’m still sleeping on coach #2. Tell Peter the driver to take me home. I’ll give him an extra five quid!

Derek Shaw
I spent the last day-and-a-half at mecca – Europa Park, the BEST park on the planet, IMHO. What can I say? It’s a fantastic place: the hotels, the grounds, the rides, the staff, the food. Blue Fire was a real good first attempt by Mack to enter the inversion market. It was fast and fun. Euro-Mir, Eurosat, Bobsled and Mouse are always good. Silver Star was running a tad slower and a little rough down the first drop. The history of the park ala “GE Carousel of Progress” style was exceptionally well done. Forget Disney – come to Europa Park, you’ll have a much better time! With the addition of the new GCI woodie next season, the park will be perfect!

A word about beers. The past two weeks I’ve had a chance to taste all types, kinds and styles. I prefer alt or dunkel – dark beer. Dark wheat beer is good too. It seems each region has its own specialities. I’m not a pils fan – it’s OK. My thanks to Peter, our driver for having a good dark beer on board for purchase (we had many happy hours on the coach!).

Lasse Toernqvist
Europa Park must be my best amusement park experience so far. Its different areas are themed to different European countries or regions and the signs are even written in the native language of the area in question. The park showed us great hospitality by giving us ERS’s on four of the park’s ten coasters (Blue Fire, Euro-Mir, Eurosat and Silver Star) and this gave us plenty of time to explore the rest of the park for the entire Friday. Europa Park also has one of only two restaurants in the world where the food is served by a roller coaster!! Of course Nick and I had to have our lunch there and we ended up spending about two hours there because it was just plain fascinating! On top of this, the food is good and it is not even that expensive to eat there. I am definitely coming back to this park. Justin and Yvonne, words are not enough to describe what you have done for us organising this trip and keeping things together. Thank you!!

David Bebbington
Europa Park is up there as one of the best parks on the planet. It has brilliant theming and good, good rides. Blue Fire is the only coaster that I have been on where I like the heart line roll. Last thing to say is Europa Park Wohooo!

Sue and Rich Yekel
Finally got to visit Europa Park and it was amazing as expected. Luckily the crowds were light and we were able easily to accomplish everything that we wanted. Our favourites were Euro-Mir and Blue Fire. Can’t wait to visit the park again soon, especially to experience their new GCI wooden coaster being built for 2012. Many thanks to Europa for their hospitality and ERS’s on four of their top coasters. Luckily the rain held off for most of our time at the park. Saturday will be spent visiting our last park on the trip, Skyline Park, followed be some more time in downtown Munich with our friends. It was an excellent first trip to Germany!

Ville Grandin
What I will remember about Europa Park is the amazing theming around everything and the fantastic show “Luminocity”. The skills and jokes on that show made for the best memory of the trip. I loved the mix of different, yet the same kind of people that have been on the trip. Theme parking is definitely more fun this way.

Darren and Mary
Great time at Europa park having four ERS sessions meant that we got all the coasters done quickly and we also rode nearly all the smaller interesting rides, Darren was very interested to see that they are finishing a new wooden coaster for 2012. Thanks to everyone for making this an excellent trip, hope to see you all in USA in 2012.

Kristian & Mette
My first visit to Europa park was a good experience, not too crowded so I managed all the coasters and then some. Much thanks to four really fun ERS sessions. All in all this has been a great trip. Hope to see you all on a trip in the near future.

 

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Day 15 – Skyline Park

Rich & Sue Yekel
Our final day of the trip included a stop at Skyline Park. We were a bit rushed for time, but luckily we were able to stay a bit later than others since our flight home wasn’t until Sunday. We were able to ride all 5 coasters, their Condor ride, and take a ride on their Nautic Jets. Of course the rain had to make a final appearance for our last hour at the park which prevented us from riding a bit more. After being dropped off at the Munich airport, a couple of us enjoyed a bit more time in Munich with a trip to Lollihop to ride their small coaster and dinner at one of the top rated German restaurants in Munich, Augustiner Braustuben. We had a wonderful time on our first trip with the European Coaster Club and hope to attend more trips in the future. Many thanks to Justine and Yvonne for all of their hard work putting this trip together!

Derek B. Shaw
Sky Line Park was the final park enroute to the Munich airport. While not big, it is home to a few unusual rides. I quickly got credits on all three of the major coasters, including Sky Ride. This is the unusual oval coaster like Obissimo in Madrid, only with no additional track features. Very odd. I’m glad I did it but have no plans to marathon on it. Also picked up two more butterfly credits (If you’ve been on one of them, you’ve been on 50 of them!)

Seven Americans staying at Park Inn Munich all went to a Family Entertainment Center (FEC) via the S Bahn subway system for a couple of spins on the Mini Wilde Maus at Lollihop. We ran into the four Noregians enroute, so we were a bigger group. The ride operator really got into waving hands on the ride making it a fun way to end our trip.

But wait, it’s not over! We all went as a group to an authentic brewhouse/restaurant right in the heart of Munich, thanks to my friend Heidi, who suggested it. (shes’s originally from Bravaria). Getting there was half the battle, working through S bahn stoppages, getting a guided tour to the bus station around the diversion by a friendly, older English speaking German lady. Jason had the privilige/frustration of having to deal with an intoxicated Brazilian woman who spoke in part German, English and Brazilian all in the same sentence! It was funky, but worked out.

It’s been a fun, amazing trip thanks to Justin, Yvonne and Germany friends along the way like Lutz, Andreas, Matcheld and others. Goodbye Duetschland, for now.

 

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