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Chuck's Oktoberfest & More Trip Report

Postby cfc » Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:20 am

Part 1--Oktoberfest: What the Hell Just Happened?

I've read about European "fun fairs" on TPR for years, but I've never visited one. So, why not visit the biggest: Oktoberfest!

I’ve heard many differing opinions about Munich’s Oktoberfest over the years. They range from “greatest time ever” to “monumental kitsch fest” to “gawd, I wouldn’t go near Munich in September.”

And you know what? All those points on that continuum are valid. I can completely understand why some would hate Oktoberfest and steer clear of Bavaria until after October 2. It is a big, crowded, noisy kitsch fest--and that’s OK. That’s the whole idea.

So, what is Oktoberfest? To me, it’s a number of things:

1. The world’s largest beer festival and traveling fun fair. (It makes any similar gatherings in the States look like school carnivals or church bazaars.)

2. Two young, drunken women in matching dirndls (those “beer maid” outfits) walking face first into a tree, then just laughing it off and going on their way (and guys in lederhosen doing the same thing).

3. Singleminded people with their eyes on one objective, plowing through the crowd by the shortest possible route, bouncing off other revelers as they go. (Seriously, if you’re bothered by crowds or people touching you, don’t go to Oktoberfest.)

4. Huge “tents” where the party starts around 10:30 am and runs late into the night.

5. A seizure-inducing field of blinking-flashing-strobing lights and loud mixes of almost every kind of music from techno to country to oom-pah-pah.

6. Couples making out (sometimes more) in very public places, random drunks sleeping it off in random corners, police who keep an eye on things but intervene only when absolutely necessary, and the occasional ambulance with its distinctively European siren.

7. The amazing hospitality of the Bavarian people.

8. The enticing smells of curry wurst, pork-steak sandwiches, and other hot carnival food, tempting you to sample everything.

9. The most amazing collection of traveling rides you’ll ever see anywhere, including the excellent Olympia Looping (a coaster that lives up to the hype--and surpasses it) and flat rides that run crazy cycles that can tear holes in the space-time continuum.

10. Beer steins and good times.

Yes, it’s difficult to sum up Munich’s annual massive party, and it sure helps to have folks with Robb and Elissa's experience to get you through it all. You’ll just have to see for yourselves. Once again, this was another great trip--thanks!

Shall we go in?

I'm going to post a lot of photos, so I'd appreciate it if readers would hold off on comments until they're all up. I'd like to keep them together on the same page--thanks. These photos were all taken during the four days we were in Munich, too.

For now, prost!

The Munich subway map tells you all you need to know.
Welcome to one of Oktoberfest’s six or seven entrances.
This is the crowd on the busiest day of the festival, known locally known as “!@#$$!!! Saturday.”
My first official beer of Oktoberfest--a nice dunkel. This was in a small, crowded biergarten near the Alpina Bahn coaster.
Anyone seen Caesar since last night? I think we’ve picked up his trail.
Here’s one of the other entrances to the festival grounds--note the infamous spiral slide (more on that later).
Here’s Oktoberfest early in the morning. Quite a contrast to “!@#$$!!! Saturday" afternoon.
There’s even time to go to church, if you want to confess your sins early and beat the rush.
Do I really need to say its name?
You’re a braver man than I am, sir.
“Am I tethered properly?”
“Aw, you’re fine. Don’t worry about it.”
Fully licensed and legal, I’m sure.
“Garsh, folks--looks legit to me!”
Behold the true Lion King!
There is quite a range of fashion on display at Oktoberfest.
It’s hard to imagine the size of these beer “tents"--and how quickly they can put them up.
Need a toilet? Just look for Cupid’s butt in a chamber pot.
Hmm--not sure if I’m under- or over-dressed for Oktoberfest.
We did this fun house to kill some time that morning. I slipped and bumped my head in a rotating barrel--and that was before I had a beer that day.
The revelers are arriving.
This guy is is hoping to have a very good time.
This guy either tied one on a bit early or just got off Voodoo Jumper, the crazy flat ride in the background.
Yay! Olympia Looping is open! Stacey is, er, thrilled? Apprehensive?
I’m going to lean toward “thrilled.”
This ride lived up to its reputation--and then some.
I’m just shocked I didn’t take more photos of it. I guess I was too busy riding.
“This ride is sill closed. Talk to the bear.”
I think Bob snapped his neck on the Wilde Maus.
What’re you guys doing? This ride just killed Bob!
Two Staceys on Voodoo Jumper. They are at the mercy of the drunken monkey ride ops (look closely and you’ll see them).
Robb and Albert believe that monkeys make anything better.
Joe and Jere feel quite safe in the hands of our monkey overlords.
What? Fire! Stupid monkeys!
This ride runs one seriously long cycle.
“Please don’t hurt us, Mr. Voodoo Man!” More to come.
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Re: Chuck's Oktoberfest Trip Report

Postby cfc » Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:59 am

The Oktoberfestiness continues!
Drifting Coaster doesn’t look all that crazy in this photo. Do not be deceived! This crazy, swinging coaster is one of the weirdest rides I've ever been on. Although the first drop is a bit painful, I ended up liking it.
Alpina Bahn is Olympia Looping without loops--and still a lot of fun.
If you drink enough beer, everyone looks like this.
This is the best spinning coaster about miners, Christmas, and fire ever.
This creepy old prospector invites you to enjoy his miners' rave with lasers, strobes, waterfalls, Christmas trees, and fire--plus plenty of spinning.
You have to admire this guy's sartorial style.
The Lion King summons us, and we must obey. Robb and Elissa reserved tables in this tent months ago, and it was worth it.
Yep--that’s one big “tent.”
Let’s see . . . oompah band, check.
Polka music, check.
Guys in funny hats, check.
Hot women in dirndls with beer steins, check.
Goofy American tourists, check.
What? We gotta drink all this? Well, if you say so.
Just keep it coming.
Caesar is still thirsty.
This is either the strangest game of Twister ever or some sort of orgy.
KT takes on the Devil’s Wheel.
The wheel wins the first round.
You don’t have to be drunk to ride the wheel.
But . . .
. . . it probably helps.
Reed and Stacey take a shot.
But . . .
. . . when you get right down to it, . . .
. . . the Devil’s Wheel always wins!
You stand a slightly better chance of beating the Devil’s Conveyor Belt to the spiral slide.
Sometimes you need a little assistance . . .
. . . sometimes a lot. (Derek, quit playing Pokemon Go and watch your step.)
“So, my old nemesis, we meet again!” Will Joey ever triumph over his archenemy? Stay tuned.

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Re: Chuck's Oktoberfest Trip Report

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:36 am

Great report so far! Oktoberfest was amazing and as great as the photos are, you really need to visit to fully understand just how crazy and awesome it is.

I was dying at the Caesar comment. Poor Caesar.
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Re: Chuck's Oktoberfest Trip Report

Postby cfc » Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:48 am

I'm not a flat-ride guy (spinning tea cups can ruin me for the day), but I thought I should try at least one while at Oktoberfest. I chose Voodoo Jumper.

This is Theme Park Review's video, although you probably already know that.

Was this a good choice? Did Joey finally triumph over the Devil's Conveyor Belt? Let's find out.
Sweet victory for Joey on his second try!
This slide stuff is harder than it looks.
“OK, little Pokemon, you’re mine!”
“At last, I have exorcised my spiral-slide demons!”
Dignity. Always dignity.
Caesar has to be around here somewhere.
Aha! There he is. Looks like he had a very good time last night.
I don’t think Janice enjoyed this dark ride all that much.
The facade was the best thing about it.
I must politely, and with all due respect, say hell no to that enormous stick ride.
Oktoberfest really comes alive after dark . . .
. . . but be sure to watch your back.
Unobstructed Olympia Looping at night.
Obstructed Olympia Looping at night (this is one great ride--not even my fat head can harm its greatness).
You will respect the Fuhrer’s hot nuts!
I think this game is rigged.
Alpina Bahn wants you to remember it’s here, and that it also has pretty lights. Thank you.
Crap, even the mostly indoors spinning coaster has great outside lighting.
“Your souls are mine!”
And now, a three-level dark ride that requires two photos: Geister . . .
. . . Palast. I rode this one twice. The first time, all the gags were working, and it was a lot of fun; the second time, not so much (many gags not working).
“Huh? Whaddaya mean the creepy Hollenblitz miner already got your souls? Damn it!”
Even demons deal with constipation sometimes.
Oh no--not falling for that again.
I decided to try one crazy flat ride while I was there. Hmm--not Parkour.
What the hell--Voodoo Jumper!
“I was a human being once. Then I rode Voodoo Jumper.”
I think this relaxing ride is more my speed.
It even has its own band. They were paid in schnapps, from what I could tell.
Yes, this is the best flat ride at Oktoberfest: The Beer Carousel.
And like the sign says, that’s it--for now. Look for more culture and theme parks in later posts. Feel free to comment.

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Re: Chuck's Oktoberfest Trip Report

Postby FirstDropJay » Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:23 am

Fantastic TR! What did the beer-tally say at the end of your stay?
You gotta enjoy that first drop, you know.

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Re: Chuck's Oktoberfest Trip Report

Postby viking86 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:45 am

Awesome report! Oktoberfest looks like a blast, and something I would love to experience one day!

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Re: Chuck's Oktoberfest Trip Report

Postby Philrad71 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:54 am

Great photos - thanks for sharing, Chuck!

I absolutely loved Oktoberfest and I am not one that normally likes large crowds. Everyone (for the most part) behaved themselves and as you mentioned, the people of Bavaria are very friendly and accommodating.

We never made reservations for a table, but the two times that we managed to get into a tent and get a place to sit, we were sat with extremely friendly Bavarian families that took us in like we were members of their family - it was awesome!
This is the last night of Oktoberfest where we drank with a single mother and her son. This was his first Oktoberfest where he could the age of 16! Believe it or not, this young man handled himself more maturely than a lot of the adults in the beer hall! LOL

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Re: Chuck's Oktoberfest Trip Report

Postby ThemeParkJunkie51290 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:54 am

Great report! =) I would love to make a visit one day!

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Re: Chuck's Oktoberfest Trip Report

Postby cparkes92 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:30 pm

I would love to go to Oktoberfest sometime
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Re: Chuck's Oktoberfest Trip Report

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:59 pm

Was there anything food-wise, that was "different" for you to have, Chuck?
Besides all that....protein, lol. And beer. :wink:

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