Day 13: Heide Park and Hamburg DOM
Sorry for the delay on the last part of my report, my internet went down for a few days!
My day at Heide-Park was, well, odd!
I decided to visit the park on a monday, so the park wouldn't be crowded. Well, my plan worked so well that in fact there was absolutely no one there! Really, there were less than 1000 people there, witch means free ERT on every ride!
Heide Park is huge, but it's easy to get around. If you just follow the path, you won't miss any ride.
Krake was my first ride. It would have been just another ride on another diving machine if it wasn't for something really, really odd: It started snowing during the ride! Well, what happend was that I rode Krake once, and the operators let us stay on the train and ride again. On the second ride, it started raining, a very cold rain. On the third time, the rain became snow flakes, that droped from the sky for like 2 minutes, and then stoped. For someone who lives in Brazil, that was AMAZING. The ride itself was just ok, althought the Krake monster is really cool.
I noticed a sign on my way to the Transylvania area advertising the new coaster for 2014! Later I was told that it is going to be a new B&M flying coaster.
Even though I'm not a big fan of drop towers, Scream was really good. Way better than the regular towers with 4 or 5 sets of track. BCW in Brazil has a 90m Intamin drop tower, but it's not nearly as good as Scream. I think the single gongola makes the drop more intense due to it's weight. Too bad Scream doesn't tilt before the drop.
Schweizer Bobbahn was the best bobsled coaster I've ever ridden. Really, really nice. Limit was one of the best SLC's too. On the other hand, Big Loop was very painful. Those old Vekoma coasters should be banned for life!
Colossos was one of the most disappointing coasters ever! I was expecting something as good as El Toro since they are "sisters", but Colossos is a crapy ride! It's not fast enought, the layout is predictable and there's not even 1/3 of El Toro's airime. Very, very disappointing. My last hope to find another "El Toro" in the world is The Voyage, witch I'm going to ride for the first time in June.
I left Heide-Park and drove back to Hamburg to visit one of Europe's biggest kermis, Hamburg DOM. There were 2 rides there that I was looking forward to ride for a long time: Olympia Looping and Konga
I thought Konga and Artistico would be pretty much the same, the only difference being the seats facing inside or outside, but they're 2 completely different rides. Artistico is super fun, with lot's of airtime, and Konga is way more intense, you can feel the G forces on your body the whole time. If I had to choose, I would say Artistico is better.
Olympia Looping was the other super disappointing moment of the trip. I always admired Olympia Looping. I even wrote an article about it for the brazilian rollercoaster club, with it's story and fun facts. I was so excited to finally ride it, but then, something happend:
During the first loop, the shoulder harness came all the way down, trapping my body and crushing my spine like it has never been crushed. I don't even remember the rest of the ride. My only thought was that I needed to get out of this torture machine.
I felt so bad about hating Olympia Looping that I came back the next day and decided to give it another try. This time I tried to sit in a different position and make sure there was room for my body to move if the same thing happened again. Well, the same thing happened again, the shoulder harness seems to go down and lock on the lowest position every time on the first loop. I don't know if it's supposed to be like that, but it makes the ride very, very painful. I hope they get new trains for Olympia Looping in the near future, like the ones that Teststrecke has now.
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