Chuck's Oktoberfest & More Trip Report

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Re: Chuck's Oktoberfest & More Trip Report

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:26 pm

Great report! Glad to see I wasn't the only one who had difficulty getting photos of Taron with the weather. I hadn't a clue what Klugheim was either, but their website gives a little more clarification. Link Basically it sounds like a working class village near a rocky landscape. Whatever Klugheim is, it looked fantastic!

I just rode Cheetah Hunt yesterday and I preferred Taron, but they're close. I agree though that Maverick is way better than both of those two.
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Re: Chuck's Oktoberfest & More Trip Report

Postby MayTheGForceBeWithYou » Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:41 pm

^I'd rank Taron on a similar level as Cheetah Hunt layout wise, but I'd also personally give Taron the edge, even if just for the comfier trains (I'm just a pinch too tall to fit well under those Cheetah Hunt-style OTSRs, and they have a nasty habit of tightening way too hard on my shoulders mid-ride).
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Re: Chuck's Oktoberfest & More Trip Report

Postby cfc » Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:46 pm

I did like the restraint system on Taron better than Cheetah Hunt's.
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Re: Chuck's Oktoberfest & More Trip Report

Postby cfc » Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:08 pm

Part 6--From the Wild West to the 24th Century and the Gold Rush to Star Trek: Operation Enterprise

Our revels now are nearly ended . . .

Yes, this was the last day after the "official" last day of the Oktoberfest trip (in other words, an add-on day), and we spent the first part of it in the Netherlands at Slagharen. All I knew about this park was that they’d opened Gold Rush, a new Gerstlauer launched coaster, earlier this year. Other than that, I was all ignorance.

Slagaharen was a very nice little park, with surprisingly good theming (to the old American West and the world of Jules Verne) and a great coaster in Gold Rush. The ride does Gertslauer’s version of the “forward-backward-forward” launch bit that’s become so popular over the last few years. The train shoots forward, rolls back into the station, shoots backward and part way into an inversion, then rolls down and shoots forward through the course. The launches are intense, and depending on where you’re sitting, you might be hanging upside-down for a moment or two after the backward launch before zipping ahead through the rest of the ride’s crazy, twisting layout. Gold Rush is very smooth--much better than Bayern’s Freischütz (which can shake your fillings loose). There’s some good air time, too.

We only had a few hours at Slagharen for a filming session on Gold Rush, so there wasn’t much time to do anything other than tour the park and grab a quick bite.
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Either we’re very early or no one visits this park.
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We began our day in the Wild West for a filming/ERT session on Gold Rush.
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Looks like their original train concept didn’t work out too well.
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These trains were much better.
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Remembrance of Rides Past
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Unlike Bayern’s launched coaster, Gold Rush doesn’t try to shake or beat you to death.
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Someone save us . . . oh, never mind! It’s too much fun.
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Gold Rush has a great layout.
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The coaster’s pretty, and so is the park.
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And I’m not saying this just because they gave us coffee and donuts.
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“Hey there, pilgrim. I’d hate to think that you didn’t wash your hands after using the toilet. I’d really hate to think that!”
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The park also had a nice section themed to Jules Verne.
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How many of you caught this “Around the World in 80 Days” joke? Phileas Fogg was the main character in the Verne novel.
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“Captain Nemo! Giant squid approaching from the stern!”
“Ugh! Again with the damn squid! Break out the deep fryer and prepare the marinara sauce!”
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Annoying pests or popular mascots? Your call.
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Business has certainly picked up since we arrived.
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This is the most secure bridge in the Netherlands.
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Soylent Blue is Smurfs!
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Gold Rush deserves another look.
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This may be the “sleeper” new coaster of the year.
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Yes, you gotta love a little park that has both Gold Rush . . .
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. . . and poffertjes. On to the future!
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Re: Chuck's Oktoberfest & More Trip Report

Postby cfc » Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:44 pm

One more new coaster this trip--Star Trek: Operation Enterprise, the launched Mack coaster at Germany’s Movie Park. This coaster was being built when I was at the park last year, and so (being an old Star Trek fan), I was happy for a chance to ride it.

When this coaster was announced, I thought that it was based on the new Star Trek movies. I was pleasantly surprised that Star Trek: The Next Generation was the inspiration. Movie Park built an entirely new section, Federation Plaza, for the ride. While it wasn’t Disney- or Universal-level theming, they did a pretty nice job (especially their facsimile of the Enterprise’s Bridge, which was part of the pre-show).

The Enterprise crew has been taken captive by the Borg, and it’s up us to rescue them (poor bastards). This requires piloting a “shuttle” on a crazy course to avoid Borg defenses, penetrate the Borg cube (which looks like a big black box with a green strobe light), save the crew, and get out. They even use a screen in the “shuttle bay" to show the course you must follow to pull this off; odd, but it looks a lot like the layout of the coaster (and involves a forward-backward-forward launch sequence--what a twist).

I enjoyed Star Trek: Operation Enterprise quite a bit. There was good air time on some of the hills, and the inversions are crazy. It’s a winner for Movie Park. Now if they could just do something about their wretched wooden coaster, Bandit.

Almost time to face “the final frontier.”
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Hooray for Horrorwood! (Hmm . . . I sense another Halloween event.)
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Boy, security is tough here!
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Hmm . . . something new has been added since my last visit.
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More on this later . . .
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. . . if we live that long. Ulp!
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Oh my god! Pumpkins and corn stalks!
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It’s clear that something terrifying could happen here at any moment.
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This sign is way up on the side of a building. The only way I could cross it would be if I were Spider-man.
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AND WE’RE OFFERING AN APOCALYPSE OF SAVINGS!
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Well, there’s goes my Christmas in the Big Apple. Guess I’ll have to go to Sacramento again.
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Van Helsing’s Factory is still a lot of fun . . .
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. . . and it has the coolest restroom signs.
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You can still eat schnitzel, drink a beer, and watch “Addams Family” episodes dubbed into German here.
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The Old West was never this horrifying.
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Albert: The Man Without Fear!
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Well, they reactivated my commission. Better drag my butt to Star Fleet Command. I'm sure they have a mission of profound importance for me!
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Note the artfully tilted photo, which has become very popular online nowadays. Yes, I’m pandering shamelessly!
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Yeah, don’t be like a Klingon.
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What? You called me up to work in the Star Fleet gift shop?
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I wonder if this plush Romulan ship can fire an adorable bolt of high-energy plasma capable of disintegrating an asteroid.
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So, the Enterprise crew works in their pajamas?
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Star Fleet must be getting desperate if they’re accepting bears.
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This “Holodeck Simulator” looks suspiciously like a roller-coaster test seat.
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So, the Enterprise crew is depending on us to save them. They are so screwed!
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Picard loses his crew, and they mount a rescue mission. I lose a crew and spend the rest of my Star Fleet career cleaning space latrines and working in the gift shop. There is no justice!

More to come from Movie Park.
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Re: Chuck's Oktoberfest & More Trip Report

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:14 pm

Great report! Gold Rush and Star Trek look like two great coasters.
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Re: Chuck's Oktoberfest & More Trip Report

Postby cfc » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:19 pm

Post that last set of photos! Make it so, Number 1!
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“We are the Borg. This queue has been assimilated. We shall add its biological and technological distinctiveness to our own.”
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So that's where the shuttle hangar is. Must've skipped class that day at Star Fleet Academy.
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“USS Vakompire”? Who’s the captain--Dracula?
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“I’m the baddest Frenchman you will ever see, because I’m British.”
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“I am the captain of the Vakompire. We shall attack the Borg and drink their precious blood!”
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Hmm--caught in a Borg tractor beam. My finely honed commander's instincts tell me that's not good.
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“Save us! The Borg drink Pepsi instead of Coke, and their beer is really bad pilsner!”
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What? The Enterprise crew being subjected to Pepsi and bad beer? This situation calls for decisive action.
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Mr. Crouse! Push random buttons! Engage!
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This is our “shuttle craft.” Sporty, eh?
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The mission is rather complicated. First, you’re launched up while photon torpedoes whiz over your head.
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Then you’re launched backwards up this spike--all while hoping a stray phaser blast doesn't explode your head.
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Back down you go (you hope with enough speed to avoid being vaporized).
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Now you have enough momentum to break through a weakness in the Borg defenses.
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Who knew that a rescue mission could be so much fun.
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Movie Park and Mack have come up with a very good ride.
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So, riding roller coasters = Star Fleet training?
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Bring it on, you Borg bastards!
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OK, Borg, that was a good one there! You’ve confused us for a moment.
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But we’re gonna cram this shuttle . . .
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. . . down your cyborg throats!
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Assimilate this, suckers!
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OK, who’s flying this thing?
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The guy in front looks absolutely terrified.
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Space . . . the final frontier . . .
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. . . of fun!
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Mission accomplished! My career is saved! What? Yes sir, I can close the shop tonight . . .groan.
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That’s a wrap from Movie Park. Back to Dusseldorf, then home. Thanks for another great time in Europe, Robb and Elissa--and thank you all for reading.
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Re: Chuck's Oktoberfest & More Trip Report

Postby ThemeParkJunkie51290 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:32 pm

I would love to take a European trip! You're pictures are wonderful! =) Great trip report!
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Re: Chuck's Oktoberfest & More Trip Report

Postby The Great Zo » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:35 pm

That whole Star Trek area is a huge change for Movie Park. Really impressive, actually!

They've still got a lot of work to do -- dated attractions and some really awful big coasters -- but this is a great first step. Have to say, their family/kids area is really quite nice too.
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Re: Chuck's Oktoberfest & More Trip Report

Postby JordyC » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:50 am

Great reports and photos! I really enjoyed Gold Rush and Star Trek: Operation Enterprise when I rode them earlier this year. Both are different, but in a way pretty similar. I prefer the launches on Gold Rush, but Operation Enterprise has a great mix of airtime and hangtime and I just love that!

It looks like an awesome trip! Thanks for sharing.
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