Toverland (Fēnix) - July 2018
On Sunday July 8th, I visited Toverland to check out their two brand new themed areas; Port Laguna and Avalon, that both officially opened to the public the day before.
Port Laguna is Toverland's new entrance area, themed to an idyllic harbor town with shops, entertainment, a water playground and various interactive elements. When you have passed through the new entrance, you are in the middle of a harbor area with an atmospheric boulevard: the Via Magia. Several well-detailed buildings are located on this boulevard, with as eye-catcher the 27 meter tall lighthouse Solaris. The entrance area is also home to a large stage for entertainment in the summer months. However, the new entrance area Port Laguna isn't the only novelty at Toverland this year. They opened another themed area, called Avalon, which is themed to the Celtic legends around Merlin, King Arthur and the magical sword Excalibur. Avalon is home to a boatride with a dark ride section, Merlin's Quest, and a B&M Wing Coaster, Fēnix.
What are my thoughts?
Well, first of all, I can not stress enough how impressed I am that a very young park like Toverland has opened two fantastic new themed areas in the same year. Who would have thought that we would ever see a massive Wing coaster at this park? So massive congratulations to Toverland!
The new entrance area Port Laguna is the entrance this park really needed. From here, guests are able to enter the various themed areas of the park. The music and atmosphere around Port Laguna are excellent. The area looks gorgeous and there are lots of details everywhere you look; on the floor, in the walls, on the buildings and behind corners. You really feel immersed in this magical harbor town. Of course, the highlight of this area is Solaris, the beautiful lighthouse.
Avalon is the other new area at Toverland. I loved Port Laguna, but Avalon took it to the next level. This area is stunning. When you turn the corner leading up to Avalon, you are greeted by one of the most impressive views at any theme park. The airtime hill and the zero-G roll of Fēnix going over the lake and the boats of Merlin's Quest, with the sword Excalibur in the foreground really is something else. My mouth literally dropped open. Once again, this area is full with little details and is literally build around Fēnix, which makes it a very photogenic coaster.
Merlin's Quest is the park's first dark ride. It is mainly a boat ride going over Avalon's lake and underneath Fēnix. The outdoor section is nice and relaxing and gives great views of the area. About halfway the ride, the boat sails into a ruin, where the dark section part begins. Toverland has really surpassed themself. Every scene is better than the previous one. What really makes this ride is the smells in the different scenes, it gets you immersed even more. There are also various animatronics during the ride, even though most of them barely move. The most impressive one is the tree-creature, which is massive. The only minor negative I have with Merlin's Quest is that the dark ride section doesn't last very long. But the quality of the indoor section more than makes up for that. If Merlin's Quest is a preview of a future full-scale dark ride at Toverland, then we are in for a real treat. Fēnix (8.5/10)
The main highlight of Avalon is, of course, Fēnix. Fēnix is clearly the best themed coaster at Toverland, and is a fantastic overall experience. The coaster itself is one of the best Wing coasters I have done, but what really makes this coaster superb is the excellent theming throughout the queue and around the ride - it is phenomenal.
It all starts when you enter the very well detailed queue line, that really gets you immersed in the story line. The ride begins with a right turn out of the station into a dark 'warehouse', that isn't yet themed. But the park announced they will be adding theming there throughout this year. Next, you will start your climb on the rather steep lift hill. You then make an unusual right turn into the signature dive drop, which gives excellent hangtime in the front seats and a forceful whip in the left back seat. I really like these dive drops. After some high G's on the bottom of the drop, you enter an airtime hill that provides very strong floater airtime in the front and back seats. Fēnix then makes its way into the second inversion of the ride; an Immelmann. This element has some good forces and a little bit of hangtime at the top. What follows is definitely the most intense part of the ride. The 360 degree helix is much more intense than I thought it would be. It pulls some very strong positive G's, that caused me to grey out every single time, no matter where I sat. Before you know, you are twisting over the lake into the final inversion. The right-turning helix causes the right side of the train to twist all the way up into the left-turning zero-G roll. This was my favorite part of the ride, especially in the right front seat. Next, you enter a highly banked turn to the left which is a very unique sensation on a wing coaster. The following turns give some decent forces, after which a gradual turn guides the train into the brake run.
Fēnix is also full of near-miss elements that really adds to the overall experience. I liked the ride more in the front, mainly because of these near-misses. The drop is better in the back, though. The coaster is also way more intense than I expected it to be. Genuinely, that helix pulls more G's (5, to be exact) than most of the Inverts. In terms of other Wing coasters I have done, I very slightly prefer The Swarm over Fēnix, mainly because of The Swarm's final inversion. But I'd take Fēnix over Flug der Dämonen any day.
Fēnix is an excellent addition to Toverland and one of the best themed thrill coasters in Europe. Toverland really has a really bright future ahead of it!
Thanks for reading!
Last edited by JordyC
on Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:22 pm.